Brad Miller, SS, Clinton Lumberkings (A, 21.6 years old on average in 2011)
6-2, 185 lbs, 22 years old
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Acquired: 2011 Amateur Draft (2nd Round)
I like Miller a ton. If he can stick at shortstop I think that he’s the best position player in the Mariners farm system. A guy who hits from the left side, and for some power, and that absolutely tore up the ACC last year. Miller probably isn’t the kind of guy who has to move to the outfield if he has to move off short, but he’s blocked at second base by Dustin Ackley and may not be an ideal third baseman. Miller signed early enough to get 59 plate appearances in A ball. In those PA’s he hit .415/.458/.528, some of which was due to a 24.4 percent line drive rate, but also grossly inflated by a .489 BABIP. Miller figures to be a hitter that shares a lot of similarities with Ackley at the plate, but he’s probably not as good in any category. If everything goes right for Miller, he’s Stephen Drew. More likely he’ll end up in Freddy Sanchez territory. Expect a quick promotion schedule for Miller, as the team will probably be looking to replace Brendan Ryan from the farm system next offseason.
Potential (of 40): 32
Probability of Success (of 30):20
Positional value (of 20): 17
Character (of 10): 10
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