Tuesday, May 13, 2014

David Miller, Complete Game - 431

Originally published Dec. 16, 2011
Looking for his fourth win on the young season in 1989, David Miller went out and got it.

Pitching for AAA Oklahoma City, Miller threw a complete-game shutout against Columbus. He gave up eight hits and no walks to pick up the win, 2-0.

Miller went on to collect a total of nine wins for Oklahoma City that year, against 13 defeats. In his fourth professional season, Miller had made it to AAA.

Miller, though, never never got a chance to throw a shutout, or anything else, in the majors. His career ended the next season, back at AAA.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Miller's career began in 1986, signing with the Braves. He played that first season between the rookie Gulf Coast League and the rookie Pulaski Braves.

Used mainly in relief that first year, Miller posted a 1.79 ERA on the season, and picked up eight saves.

Miller moved to single-A Durham in 1987 and turned starter. He went 15-9 in 27 starts, with an ERA of 3.59. That year earned him his first trip to AA in 1988, at Greenville, then his first trip to AAA later that year at Richmond.

At Greenville, Miller went 5-4 in 10 starts with a 2.50 ERA. At Richmond, he posted an 11-6 mark with a 4.12 ERA. In late August, he picked up his ninth win after a six-inning outing where he gave up one run.

Late in spring 1989, though, the Braves shipped Miller to the Rangers for a reliever. For the Braves that spring, Miller pitched five innings, exiting with a 7.49 ERA.

Miller went on to play those two seasons at AAA Oklahoma City. He went 9-13 his first season and 7-9 his second, ending his career after five years, short of the majors.

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