Chris Balcom-Miller Pitcher

     
 

Born: March 3, 1989
San Jose, CA
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th round, 2009 by COL;
35th round, 2008 by KC
How Acquired: Acquired from Colorado for Manny Delcarmen (August 2010)
College: West Valley College (CA)
High School: Leigh HS (CA)

Photo © Dave Letizi

Links
2011 Prospect Preview
Q&A with Chris Balcom-Miller (April 2011)
The Book: Chris Balcom-Miller (6.27.11)
2012 Prospect Preview

Scouting Scratch: Balcom-Miller sharp (5.9.12)

Relased (March 2014)

Scouting Report: Strong frame with a well-developed lower half. Rigid, stiff, and jerky pitching mechanics, but consistently repeats release point. Shorter with his arm action. Expends a lot of energy via his delivery and tends to tire himself out. Fastball sits 89-90 mph with excellent sink and run in on the hands of right-handed hitters. Fastball shows heavy, downward action that makes it difficult to elevate. Average command, as he has difficulties reeling it in for stretches. Heavily fastball dependent. Average-to-better 81-83 mph changeup that shows drop and occasional fade. Generates solid arm speed when throwing it, but can leave it up in the zone too much. Currently his best pitch. Below-average 80-82 mph slider. Lacks tight break and consistent finish out of the strike zone. Throws from same slot as fastball and can improve to an average offering. Pitches to contact and when on with his command generates a high amount of groundballs. Not afraid to come after batters and work inside. Currently lacks a consistent swing-and-miss offering. Stuff best suited for short outings. Ceiling of a sixth- or seventh-inning reliever at the major-league level.

 
   
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2009 Casper Pio Rk Col 20 4 0 1.000 1.58 11 11 0 57.0 37 13 10 3 10 60 0.82 6.00 9.47
  2010 Asheville SAL A Col 21 6 7 0.462 3.31 19 19 0 108.7 86 42 40 3 19 117 0.97 6.16 9.69
  2010 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 1 0 1.000 3.00 1 1 0 6.0 5 2 2 1 0 3 0.83 --- 4.50
  2011 Salem Car A Bos 22 3 1 0.750 2.34 7 7 0 34.7 24 10 9 2 11 37 1.01 3.36 9.61
  2011 Portland East AA Bos 22 3 6 0.333 4.81 16 16 0 82.3 103 53 44 4 32 75 1.64 2.34 8.20
  2012 Portland East AA Bos 23 4 5 0.444 4.41 26 12 0 85.7 79 46 42 9 49 61 1.49 1.24 6.41
  2013 Salem Car A Bos 24 0 0 --- 1.35 4 0 0 6.7 6 2 1 0 2 1 1.20 0.50 1.35
  2013 Portland East AA Bos 24 0 1 0.000 4.12 9 0 0 19.7 20 9 9 3 9 18 1.47 2.00 8.24
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 21, 2009 (COL)
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: June 28, 2009 (Casper)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
     
  Awards
2009 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year
2009 Pioneer League All-Star
2009 Topps Rookie Level All-Star
SoxProspects.com Awards
2011 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - SP
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 11-17, 2011)

 

  

 
 

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