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DOB: 10/18/1989 (Age: 23)
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185 lbs
Drafted/Signed: Second round, 2011 (Clemson)
Scouting Notes: 2011 second-rounder has absolutely raked since entering the Mariners’ system; spent most of the season at High-A High Desert (.339/.412/.524, 49 XBH, 19 SB, 79/52 K/BB) before a mid-season promotion to Double-A Jackson where he didn’t skip a beat (.320/.406/.476, 13 XBH, 26/22 K/BB).
6’2” left-handed hitter boasts a line-drive swing with excellent bat-to-ball skills; doesn’t try to do too much at the plate and knows how to let hands work; has plus raw power but doesn’t always tap into it; extra-base machine capable of hitting 50 doubles over a full season; biggest asset may be his plate discipline, as he tracks the ball deep and, in general, has an excellent feel for the strike zone; attacks the ball with consistency rather than feeling for contact; speed is slightly above-average and he should no problem swiping 20 bags until he loses a step.
Miller made necessary improvements on defense and was able to remain at shortstop the entire season; has the instincts, actions and quick feet to stick at the position; possesses a strong arm but lacks a consistent release point (36 errors in 2012); will need to trim down the error totals in his ascent to the major leagues; if not, his bat-speed combo still offers upside at either second or third base.
Spring Training Forecast: Miller enters major league camp hoping to showcase improved defense and the ability to stick at shortstop.
2013 Outlook: Likely to open the season back at Double-A, Miller should receive a promotion to Triple-A later in the season with the potential to serve as a September call-up.