Joshua Miller

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joshua Miller pitched as high as AAA before becoming a coach. As a player, he was mainly called Josh Miller.

Miller was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 32nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. He made his pro debut that year with the Batavia Muckdogs, going 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 outings and walking only 4 (2 of those intentionally!) in 31 1/3 IP. He was with the Clearwater Threshers in 2002, posting a record of 3-2, 2.42 and 17 saves. He walked just 11 in 70 2/3 IP and led the team in ERA; they featured future major leaguers Eude Brito, Frank Brooks, Taylor Buchholz, Yoel Hernandez and Robinson Tejeda. Josh split 2003 between Clearwater (1 scoreless inning) and the AA Reading Phillies (0-3, Sv, 5.36 in 43 G).

Let go by Philadelphia, Miller signed with the independent New Jersey Jackals for 2004 and went 8-3 with a 3.76 ERA to place 10th in the Northeast League in ERA. In 2005, he was 7-6 with a 3.88 ERA for the Bridgeport Bluefish. He was third in the Atlantic League in ERA behind Brett Laxton and Denny Harriger. That performance impressed the Houston Astros enough to sign him and send him to the AA Corpus Christi Hooks, where the right-hander had a 0-1, 7.04 record in 3 appearances.

Back with Corpus Christi in 2006, Miller went 11-10 with a 4.14 ERA. He was one shy of leading the Texas League that year. In '07, Josh split the season between the Hooks (4-4, 3 Sv, 3.48 in 25 G, 18 BB in 98 1/3 IP) and the AAA Round Rock Express (2-2, 3.89 in 10 G).

Miller returned to Round Rock in 2008 and went 8-9 with a save and a 5.41 ERA. He walked just 19 in 148 innings but allowed a .309 opponent average. He had the lowest walk rate in the entire Pacific Coast League.

Josh signed with the La New Bears of Taiwan for 2009 but bombed with a 1-2, 7.00 record in four outings and was released in favor of Victor Zambrano.

Miller became a pitching coach with the Greeneville Astros in 2013-2015. In 2019 he was named bullpen coach of the Houston Astros, then in 2021 was promoted to co-pitching coach, alongside long-time coach Brent Strom and took over the position by himself in 2022, after Strom retired.