Brad Miller (baseball)

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Brad Miller
Brad Miller on August 4, 2013.jpg
Miller with the Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 13
Second baseman / First baseman
Born: (1989-10-18) October 18, 1989 (age 27)
Windermere, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2013, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through June 3, 2017)
Batting average .242
Home runs 61
Runs batted in 213
Teams

Bradley Austin Miller (born October 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB), he previously played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners. Miller played college baseball for the Clemson Tigers, where he won the Brooks Wallace Award as the top shortstop in college baseball. Miller also was an outfielder with the Mariners.

Since joining the Rays, Miller has split time between shortstop and first base, to give Matt Duffy and Alexei Ramirez playing time, as Miller is rated as a poor defensive shortstop.

Amateur career[edit]

Miller attended Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida.[1] Out of high school, Miller was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. However, he opted to instead attend Clemson University. While playing for the Clemson Tigers baseball team, he was selected to the 2009 and 2010 Collegiate National Teams, appearing in the 2009 World Baseball Challenge and 2010 World University Baseball Championship.[2] He won the 2011 Brooks Wallace Award as the top college baseball shortstop in the nation.[3] He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Miller was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his MLB debut on June 28, 2013. Miller hit his first grand slam on September 28 in a game in which he hit two home runs. Miller played shortstop for the Mariners in 2014.

In spring training in 2015, Miller competed with Chris Taylor to become the Mariners' starting shortstop. Taylor broke his wrist during the competition, and Miller became the starter by default.[5] When the Mariners promoted Taylor to the majors in May, they made Taylor the starting shortstop and indicated that Miller would play in a "super utility role", similar to that of Ben Zobrist.[6]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On November 5, 2015, the Mariners traded Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar to the Tampa Bay Rays for Nate Karns, C. J. Riefenhauser, and Boog Powell.[7] Miller finishes his 2016 season with a .243 batting average and a career-high 30 home runs. Midway through the season, Miller made the move from shortstop to first base.

After the trade of Logan Forsythe, the Rays announced that Miller would move to second base for the 2017 season.

During the 2017 season, Brad Miller was the opening day starter at second base, his 3rd main position with the club in one year. On May 16th, Miller reported pain in his lower abdomen, on May 18th, the Rays placed him on the 10 Day Disabled List.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infielders Brad Miller and Nick Franklin bring Central Florida flair to Seattle Mariners". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "KSU's Martini Invited To 2010 Collegiate National Team Trials". Wibw.com. July 1, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Brad Miller Wins Brooks Wallace Shortstop-of-the-Year Award - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports". Live5News.com. July 4, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scout.com: Miller named ACC Player of the Year". Maryland.scout.com. May 23, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chris Taylor breaks wrist, leaving Mariners shortstop job to Brad Miller". Yahoo Sports. March 14, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mariners notebook: Miller says he’s `pretty frustrated’ at shift in roles". Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Stecker, Brent (November 5, 2015). "Mariners send Brad Miller, Logan Morrison to Rays in 6-player trade". mynorthwest.com. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Brad Miller Injuries: Signings, Trades & more". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 

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