Alabama baseball signee Noah Miller puts on three-homer clinic in front of MLB scouts

Tom Dombeck
Sheboygan Press

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - Ozaukee senior shortstop Noah Miller, an Alabama baseball signee, has had a large contingent of interested spectators wherever he plays this spring, and they’re not the usual high school baseball fans.

Miller, the 57th-ranked prospect in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft according to MLB.com, put on a clinic Tuesday against Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in front of an estimated 20 major league scouts.

Ozaukee routed the Resorters 13-0 in five innings, with Miller going 4-for-4 with a triple, three home runs and six RBIs.

Ozaukee's Noah Miller (27) trots from the outfield following the warriors 13-0 victory over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

“It was a good day, how about that,” Miller laughed. “Went out there, wind wasn’t playing too bad so I took advantage of the pitches they gave me.”

All the attention given to the state's top prospect has a benefit to his opponents, Miller says.

“I don’t try to think about who is here. They’ve been at a lot of my games so kind of used to it by now,” Miller said. “It’s awesome, it’s fun. (Elkhart Lake) have probably never seen MLB scouts at their games. It’s weird playing these guys in high school and seeing (pro scouts).”

One of the major league scouts in attendance spoke about the Ozaukee senior under the condition of anonymity. 

“Obviously, you’ve got a guy who is a really good baseball player,” the MLB scout said. “He knows what he’s doing in all of his actions on the field. Really baseball-oriented and it’s good to see. His physicality has increased from last summer. His swing from both sides of the plate. Got a good approach that is really fun and advanced watching him.”

He needed only three innings to see everything imaginable from Miller. 

In his first at bat, Miller narrowly missed a home run by driving the ball to deep center for a triple before scoring on a groundout. Then in the next half inning, he cleanly fielded a ball to short before rifling it with pinpoint accuracy to the first baseman.

“He hasn’t been tested real much (on defense) but he looks like he’s got full body control, comes up and makes the play by throwing the ball across the diamond,” the MLB scout said. “That’s what big league players do, and he was really smooth with that.” 

What stood out the most was Miller’s at bat in the third inning, when he worked the count full and got a little bit of luck when a pair of foul balls were not caught by the right fielder and first baseman.

Miller made Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah pay, launching a bomb over the left-field fence into the woods.

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“They made a mistake there, that ball should have been caught,” Miller said of the first baseman’s error. “I probably shouldn’t have been in that situation but I got a fast ball middle in and took advantage.”

It’s exactly the type of response the scout was looking for, taking off shortly thereafter.

“That’s one of the cool things when you go out and see high school players, you always try and ask yourself if they do what they should do and the quality of his bat is good,” the MLB scout said. “He fouled a couple pitches off, got a little bit of a break when the first baseman didn’t make a play he should have, got a pitch down the middle and deposited it into those trees. That’s what good players do when they get a cookie.”

The senior ended his day with two more home runs, all three coming with a man on, to help contribute to the rout. Miller appreciated the warm weather which made the ball launch as if shot out of a cannon.

“I think it helps; it’s not very warm in April and May so getting into June, playing in June, is going to help me,” Miller said.

With the draft being pushed back from its usual June date to July 11 this year, the scout says Miller is taking full advantage even if he’s not sure exactly where he’ll be selected.

“That’s the $64,000 question, and it only takes one team to pick you,” the MLB scout said. “Where that is, who knows? The industry knows about Noah Miller so they know the things he can do, so what’s going to be really fun is what it’s going to be on draft day, especially with the draft pushed back a full month he’s going to get a chance to showcase himself to the industry which is going to do nothing but help his draft status.”

Miller isn’t the first star baseball player in his family. His brother Owen Miller was drafted in the third round three years ago out of Illinois State by the San Diego Padres and recently made his major league debut with Cleveland.

Ozaukee senior Noah Miller walks back to the dugout during a game on May 18, 2021. Miller is considered the top prep MLB Draft prospect in the state this year.

Having a little bit of experience with the process through his brother, the Ozaukee senior isn’t worried about where he’ll be selected.

“I try not to think about the predictions; kind of what happens on July 11 happens on July 11,” Miller said. “If I don’t get picked, don’t get the money I want, I’ll go to college. Obviously it’s a dream to play professional baseball.”

With performances like Tuesday's, Miller is proving why he’s the top prospect in Wisconsin.

Contact Tom Dombeck at 920-686-2965 or tdombeck@htrnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Tom_Dombeck.