BRAD MILLER, SS ... ONE-STOP SHOPPING
2013 Age: 20 ... 6-foot-2, 185 ... drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Clemson
Cheesy MarinersTalk.com catchphrase: Miller Time!
Baseball-Reference.com Stat Line:
|2012||22||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||SEA||137||643||557||186||40||7||15||68||23||7||74||105||.334||.410||.512||.922|
Key 2012 splits imported from MinorLeagueCentral.com:
More explanation of the stats here. If you find this too small, at least in Firefox you can right-click and click "View Image" to enlarge (not sure about other browsers). Essentially, the more color the better.
Fun Facts to Know and Tell:
- I had been focused on Miller being from Clemson, so I didn't realize that he and Franklin are both from the Orlando area, and their high schools are only about 20 miles away from each other.
- Miller graduated from Olympia High School in Orlando in 2008 and Franklin from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs in 2009. I don't know if they ever faced each other as youth the way Ackley and Seager did, but it would seem likely.
- There is also a Brad Miller who played in the NBA (a 7-footer), another who played in the NHL, another who was a congressman from North Carolina, and yet another who was an Australian Rules Footballer.
Three Numbers (confused? help here): Plate Skills: 118 Production: 110 Composite: 128
Am I getting on the Gordon Gross bandwagon? Of course! Why wouldn't I? But actually, I forecast all my "controversial" rankings back in November: Miller over Franklin; Catricala over Romero; Ard over Kivlehan. And I stuck with them, but this is probably the only one that Gordon will sign on to.
Besides Miller actually being groomed to play shortstop, of which we are no longer sure regarding Franklin, Miller established himself as the superior offensive option as well. He may not have the home run power that Franklin has (left-handed Franklin, that is), but 40 doubles and 74 walks ... how can you not love that? And, yes, it does remind me of the back of a John Olerud baseball card. [True, his K% is not as extremely low as Ole, but you can't have everything.]
Olerud's career ISO was exactly .170, and Miller could approximate that if he hits enough doubles. Now, there's no assurance that he will, but even if he doesn't, he'll have plenty of stick if he can play shortstop every day, and the organization seems to think he can. They apparently loved what he did in the Cactus League (.810 OPS with 4 doubles, 2 triples and a homer), and held onto him until the last day.
Oh ... did we mention the 23 steals? Ole only had 24 attempts in his entire career.
Wait for a pitch that he can hit for a double ... in other words, Till I Get My Way