Rangers call for Tyson Miller on waivers
The Texas Rangers have claimed right-hander Tyson Miller on waiver from the Chicago Cubs, the team announced today. To make room for Miller on the 40-man roster, the Rangers moved Hunter Wood from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day list.
Miller, 25, was a Cubs 4th round pick in the 2016 California Baptist University Draft, selected five picks after the Rangers drafted Charles Leblanc. Miller had a strong 2019 season in AA, having a 2.56 ERA in 88 innings in 15 starts for AA Tennessee before hitting a wall in AAA Iowa, where he had a 7.58 ERA in 11 starts. Still, the Cubs saw enough to protect him in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason, and he was ranked 12th in the Cubs season by BA before 2020.
Miller spent the 2020 season at the Cubs alternative training site and played two games in the majors in 2020. For some reason, he fell to # 27 on the Cubs BA roster after the 2020 season.
Miller started the 2021 season on the COVID-19 roster and has appeared in three games this season for AAA Iowa, allowing 3 runs on five hits and two goals on 5.1 IP, striking out 6. The Des Moines Register had a story about him just a few days ago, just before he was assigned a mission.
Miller is a big right-hander (6’4 “) whose profile was a swingman or perhaps a potential starter, although the starter projections seem to have obviously faded, given he ended up asking for a waiver. Still, with the Rangers in a position where they had a spot on the 40-man roster available, he’s someone they can go to Round Rock and potentially shuffle up and down if they need someone. one in the paddock or in a starting role that can give them multiple innings, although he might as well be back on the waiver thread in a few weeks if and when the Rangers need to open another roster spot of 40 players (just ask Jack Kruger about this).
Hunter Wood, meanwhile, is moving to the 60-day injured list with what John Blake has described as a “slight UCL sprain.” The initial feeling when Wood was put on the injured list was that he wouldn’t be back for a while, and that would seem to confirm that.