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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pat Miller followed his father to the pros, not to the majors. Played five seasons, made AA

As Pat Miller started his pro career in 1990, talk often turned to his father, Bob Miller, The Helena Independent-Record wrote.

That's because Miller was taking the first steps in his attempt to follow his father all the way to the majors.

"I've always had this dream since I was a little kid to make it in pro ball," Miller told The Independent-Record that July. "I want to be just like my dad."

Miller's father had a career that included time in 10 major league seasons. Miller had a career that spanned six pro campaigns. He made AA, but not the majors.

Miller's career began in 1990, taken by the Brewers in the 19th round of the draft out of the University of Detroit Mercy.

Miller started with the Brewers at Helena and at single-A Beloit. He got into 12 games, starting 11 and went 3-5 with a 4.33 ERA.

He returned to Beloit for 1991 and turned reliever. He pitched in 33 games, saved nine and had a 1.63 ERA. He picked up his eighth save that August by going 2.1 innings and giving up one hit.

Miller started 1992 at high-A Stockton, then moved mid-season to the Mets and single-A Columbia. In 1993, he made AA Binghamton for two games. He gave up two earned in two innings of work.

For 1994, he moved to independent Amarillo. He went 9-3 as a starter, with a 4.59 ERA. He then saw four outings back there in 1995 to end his career.

Though he didn't follow his father to the majors, Miller did follow his father into another career, financial services. Miller started Miller Financial in 1998, according to his website. He continues to head the practice in 2020.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,423
Made the Majors:1,202-35.1%
Never Made Majors:2,221-64.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:294

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