Mason Miller Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/24/1998 (25)
Mason Miller Season Stats
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Mason Miller News
Oakland Athletics right-hander Mason Miller, along with Dany Jimenez and Trevor Gott, could get an opportunity to close out games this season. However, when asked about the possibility of Miller seeing save chances, manager Mark Kotsay indicated he'd like to see Miller succeed in high-leverage spots and gradually move up the ladder rather than anoint him the closer from Day 1. Initially, the 25-year-old is expected to be used in two- to three-innings stints in relief before Kotsay feels comfortable giving him any save opportunities. The A's want Miller to be a starter in the long-term, but his extensive injury history has forced their hand to keep him in a relief role for now to try and keep him healthy. Miller has the best stuff in the A's bullpen, but without many save chances, he might just be a ratios/holds contributor in deeper fantasy leagues in 2024.
Oakland Athletics right-hander Mason Miller will be a starter in the long-term for the team, but he's ticketed for a bullpen role in 2024. He spent four months on the injured list in 2023 due to a UCL sprain in his right elbow. Miller finished his rookie year with a 3.78 ERA in 10 games (six starts) with 38 strikeouts and 16 walks in 33 1/3 innings, and that type of late-inning workload is likely to continue. So far in camp, the 25-year-old, who averaged 98.3 mph with his fastball last year, has been lighting up the radar gun. The team's No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, also has a wipeout slider, cutter and changeup, which makes him a natural fit for the closer's role. Miller should see some save chances, but Dany Jimenez and Trevor Gott could also factor into the ninth-inning picture in Oakland. For now, Miller is a speculative closer option with plenty of strikeout upside in deeper leagues.
Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst said at the winter meetings on Monday that the team is looking at a bullpen role for top pitching prospect Mason Miller next season, possibly in a closer role. The A's aren't ruling out a move back to a starting role, but the team would like to see him get through a healthy season first. Using the 25-year-old in a relief role in 2024 will allow the A's to limit his workload after a UCL sprain in his right elbow kept him out for most of last season. There's a lot to like about Miller's right arm and his strikeout upside, and even though he has more long-term intrigue as a starter, he could be pretty attractive in a relief role, especially if he's closing out games. He was impressive in his first 10 big-league outings (six starts) in 2023, posting a 3.78 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings pitched.
Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Mason Miller showed flashes of electricity in his big-league debut in the 2023 season before a UCL injury sidelined him for four months. Miller returned for six September outings before his season ended with a rock-solid 3.78 ERA and 27.3% K% with an average fastball velocity of 98.6 mph in 10 appearances, only four of which were true starts. Given his lengthy injury history and limited work in the minors, A's management is moving Miller to a relief role for the 2024 season. With Trevor May retiring this offseason, Miller could potentially step into the closer's role for the A's given how powerful his arm is. While closing for the rebuilding A's isn't exactly fruitful, May did lock down 21 saves last season, good for 23rd in the league despite missing time early due to anxiety. Miller currently sports a 240.30 ADP as the 91st pitcher off the board, a little early considering his new relief role and non-guaranteed closer's spot. Managers would be wise to keep an eye on the situation in spring training before pulling the trigger on Miller, especially that early.