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2023 Dodgers in review: Tyson Miller

MLB: AUG 29 Diamondbacks at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Of the 58 players to appear in at least one game for the Dodgers in 2023, Tyson Miller was the only one to wear two different numbers during the season. It was part of a busy year for the right-hander, who pitched for three different major league teams.

Miller ended 2022 with the Rangers but was claimed off waivers by the Brewers last November. He was traded to the Dodgers for cash on July 12, then via waiver claims went to the Mets and back to the Dodgers to bookend his August.

The right-hander, now 28, played his prep baseball at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, then played at college at Cal Baptist in Riverside. Though he didn’t grow up rooting for the local teams.

“I wasn’t really a Dodgers fan until I got into pro ball and saw it behind the scenes, and not just as a fan,” Miller said in an interview with True Blue LA in July. “They’re the west coast Yankees, they’re very professional. there are future Hall of Famers in this organization. It’s a cool experience.”

Tyson was the third Miller to pitch for the Dodgers in 2023, though the trio of Bobby, Shelby, and Tyson were never all active together at the same time. Tyson Miller was active for five games with the Dodgers in his two stints with Los Angeles, and pitched in a pair of home games, pitching two innings of low-leverage relief in each appearance.

Miller wore uniform number 58 in his first stint with the Dodgers, which lasted from July 26-29 on the active roster. By the time he returned in late August, Gus Varland was wearing number 58, so Miller was assigned 61 this time around, a number worn earlier in the year by Tayler Scott.

On August 30, Miller was designated for assignment, and after clearing waivers two days later was sent outright to Triple-A.

Miller finished out the season with Oklahoma City, where he posted a 1.69 ERA in nine games, with 21 strikeouts (a 34.4-percent rate) and four walks in 16 innings. Between his time with the Brewers, Dodgers, and Mets, Miller pitched in the majors and minors for both, and was optioned the maximum five times for one season.

In all, Miller in the majors had a 4.70 ERA in 10 games and 15⅓ innings, with 10 strikeouts and six walks. In Triple-A, he had a 3.50 ERA in 26 games, with 50 strikeouts and 15 walks in 43⅔ innings.

2023 particulars

Age: 27

Stats: 2 games, 4 innings, 2 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Salary: unknown

Game of the year

On August 29 against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium, Miller was wearing number 61 when he pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, including two strikeouts.

That was his last major league game of the season.

Roster status

As someone who was outrighted multiple times, Miller elected free agency in October. He signed a minor league deal with the Mariners on November 2.