By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
May 28, 2012
Ron Miller is a guy I always liked, even when I knew some people would bury him over the body. Hey look, a lot of your so-called draft darlings are pretty ordinary athletes, but Ron’s got something most don’t — quick twitch muscles in his hands, wrists and forearms.
I get tired of reading that power comes from leverage. OK, I can talk down the first base line with a copy of my two books, Willie’s Boys and Bushville Wins, balanced on my head, but it doesn’t mean I can hit the ever-loving snot out of the baseball. Raw power is hard to find; harder to find is a guy who can bring it into a game. Is he the finished product as a hitter? No, of course not, and he’ll have to learn how to use right field enough to be dangerous, otherwise he’s going to run into the Ron-Ron shift. Here’s a sneak peak at your future spray chart defenses: the shortstop and the third baseman will practically be holding hands, the second baseman will be at short, and the center fielder will be way over in left while the left fielder is getting chalk on his spikes down the line. So take that low-and-away slider and drive it right. That’ll really screw them up.
Great example of a non-showcase kid using natural ability to rise above pay-to-play players of inferior natural ability; great example of a guy working hard within the current system we have to make it. I got no problem putting my name on him, I have for a while, and for the last time, I don’t care if he can’t run. Go show ‘em what a ballplayer looks like.