RIVERSIDE – When it comes to drafting professional baseball players, projectability is a word tossed around as often as a rosin bag in July. Pitchers may look like good prospects as 16 or 17 year-olds. They may even look good at the collegiate level at 20. But how will they look as a pro in two years? Can they get bigger and better, and do they have the mental fortitude to succeed at the next level? Even as an NCAA Division II program, California Baptist has had a reputation for developing pro-ready pitchers, and this year will be no different. CBU right-hander Tyson Miller may have been under the radar much of last season because of the stellar performance of ace Adam Hofacket, but after a strong summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League and Miller’s new role as the No. 1 pitcher on CBU’s staff, scouts are taking a close look at the tall, lanky junior. Miller already has been named PacWest preseason pitcher of the year and selected to the NCBWA preseason All-West region team. Pro scouts also like what they’ve seen. Miller has been ranked on several draft lists and is 63rd on Baseball America’s top 100 draft prospects list. If projections hold, Miller could be among the first Division II players chosen in this summer’s draft and could be the top pick in CBU program history. Pitcher Trevor Oaks, who was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round in 2014, currently holds that honor. Not bad for someone who wasn’t even offered a scholarship out of Shadow Hills High in Indio before catching the eye of CBU. “The biggest thing is projection,” Coach Gary Adcock said. “It’s not what you are now, but what you look to be in a couple years. I think if you follow Tyson’s progress, when we signed him we were the only offer he had. (He threw) 84 to 86, skinny, right handed. He’s gained 25 pounds, his velocity’s increased eight to 10 miles per hour, and his breaking ball’s gotten better. (There’s been a) significant move forward each year.” Miller finished 7-3 with a 3.32 earned run average last season. At 6-5 and 200 pounds, he has a physical presence on the mound, and at just 20, is expected to add pounds as he grows into his frame. “I’m still gaining weight, and the velocity’s getting up there to 91-93,” Miller said, noting he’s also been working on his mental game. “Obviously there’s a little pressure,” he said of all the draft hype and projections before Thursday’s season opener. “You want to please the scouts, but what Coach Adcock and I talked about this year is not letting it affect me on the field. I don’t have to try to prove anything to them … for me it’s about not worrying who’s in the crowd and just pitching my best.” “He throws hard, and he’s not afraid to go inside on guys,” Sanchez said. “He has a really good feel for all of his pitches … I feel pretty good about putting the 1 down.” CBU has had a pitcher drafted every season since 2010. Hofacket was taken in the 10th round last year by the Angels. Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow Freedom Communications, Inc. the right to republish your name and comment in additional Freedom publications without any notification or payment. Source.