2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 5: Brad Miller

Brad Miller, SS/2B, Jackson Generals (AA, average age 24.3 in 2012)

6-2, 185 lbs, 23 years old

Bats: Left, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2011 Amateur Draft (2nd Round)

2012 Ranking: 6th

ETA: 2014

As a prospect, Miller is objectively behind Nick Franklin. He’s spent the last two years a level behind, only receiving a promotion when Franklin was promoted, and he’s also a year older. Miller mashed High Desert last year, though, and hit well in Jackson when he was promoted. He’s one of few college shortstops that can stick at the position, and the only reason he’d move off is if Franklin had locked down the position once Miller made it to the bigs. Even then, Franklin may move to second or third base depending on what happens with Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley. Miller struck out 16.7 percent of his plate appearances in High Desert, and 15.3 percent in Jackson, both reasonable numbers, and walked 11.0 percent of his plate appearances in High Desert and 12.9 percent in Jackson. His mid-.300 BABIP is probably not sustainable, though his high-contact, high-patience, moderate speed, and ability to keep the ball out of the air may lead to a higher BABIP than normal.

Potential (of 40): 32

Probability of Success (of 30): 20

Positional value (of 20): 18

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 80

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  • maqman

    I like him, I think he has a future in The Show. Hopefully he’ll get to Tacoma sometime this season, they can let Franklin play 2B.