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June 28, 2013

The Call-Up

Brad Miller

by Jason Cole and Paul Sporer


The Situation: With the Mariners’ offense once again struggling to score runs, Miller is being called up to replace incumbent shortstop Brendan Ryan. Although Ryan has flashed his usual fantastic glove, he’s hitting a punchless .196/.254/.252 in 67 contests. Seattle will look to play the hot hand with Miller, who’s currently riding a 22-game hitting streak while batting .356/.426/.596 in 26 Triple-A games.

Background: Miller was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft following an accomplished three-year career at Clemson University. The Orlando native has since produced at every level, quickly mashing his way up the minor-league ladder. While Miller didn’t rank in Baseball Prospectus’ top 10 Mariners prospects this past offseason, he’d certainly crack that list today. Entering this season, Jason Parks wrote that Miller didn’t “have an ideal profile for an everyday shortstop” but could be a “valuable utility player at the major-league level.” The prospect has since hit .319/.399/.521 between the Double- and Triple-A levels, proving that his breakout 2012 campaign wasn’t just a mirage. He’s looking more and more like a big-league regular in the middle infield.

Scouting Report: I was able to put eyes on Miller during both spring training and an early-season series at Double-A Jackson. He impressed in both looks, showing an all-around mature game––particularly at the plate. The 23-year-old prospect earns the “gamer” moniker from many scouts, as he’s a high-energy type who wears his socks high and seemingly has no use for batting gloves. In the end, Miller’s solid tool-set should separate him from your typical big-league utility scrapper.

A lefty hitter with an athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame, Miller flashes a solid-average hit tool to go along with a disciplined approach and fringe-average to average pop. Despite his unorthodox swing––he doesn’t really load his hands––he has plus bat speed and stays extremely short to the ball, enabling him to make consistent contact to all fields. The quick bat and decent strength help to yield some pull-side power. Miller is also an above-average runner who gets out of the box quickly, posting consistent 4.1 home-to-first times when I last saw him in April.

While Miller continues to prove himself with the bat, his glove remains the primary question mark. Flashing the potential to become an adequate defender, Miller has enough range and instincts for shortstop. But his iffy hands have led to consistently high error totals, including 14 in 51 games at short this season.

In a perfect-world scenario, Miller’s overall profile would play best at second base. The Mariners’ current infield situation isn’t perfect, however; Miller is simply a better fit at shortstop than fellow middle infielders Nick Franklin and Carlos Triunfel. Miller doesn’t have superstar upside, but he profiles as a usable big-league regular up the middle. As Mariners fans have learned in recent years, there’s plenty of value in that.

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