Miller's longest outing of the spring was also his best, though he was unable to turn in his first spring performance with no walks. He has posted a 3.44 ERA and 14:7 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
"When you get close to the season, you want to start feeling good, and right now, I feel like I'm right where I need to be physically," Miller said. "I've still got some things to work on, but I feel really good," Miller said to MLB.com.
After being traded from the Cardinals,
"I'm looking forward to a clean start to the season because getting traded over from St. Louis, you never really expect that," Miller said. "It's everything I've known, being drafted by them and coming through the farm system and stuff like that.
"But it's exciting. You're getting traded from a good team to another. I'm excited about the opportunity with my new teammates. I think we have a great chance to do something special here in Atlanta, and I'm looking forward to helping however I can."
Over his career, the right-hander has an ERA 3.33 with 312 strikeouts and 134 walks.
Miller was at 215 pounds last season, when he went 10-9 with the Cardinals. Dealt to the Braves in the offseason for Jason Heyward, Miller has bulked up.
"I feel stronger ... more poise," he told MLB.com's Kevin McAlpin.
Miller has a 6.14 ERA in three games this spring.
"I feel good," Miller said after the start, per MLB.com. "My stuff still needs to get there -- it's not as sharp as it can be, but at the same time, my arm feels good. I've got a good idea of what we need to do going forward."
Miller allowed five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings over his first two spring starts before bouncing back Tuesday. He's set to open his first season in Atlanta after posting a 3.33 ERA and 312:134 K:BB ratio in 370 innings with the Cardinals in his first three seasons.
After surrendering four runs in a third of an inning in his spring debut,
"You always want to do better than the last time out. It wouldn't have been too much harder to beat. It was a pretty rough outing," Miller said after the outing, per MLB.com. "Today was just more trying to learn from last time and just getting more feel for the [strike] zone, which I felt like we did a good job of."
Miller added that he wasn't working on anything in particular in Thursday's outing. He needed 47 pitches to complete his three innings of work.
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