Mariners bringing up shortstop Brad Miller
Eric Wedge spoke out in frustration about the Mariners continuing lack of offensive production following Wednesday’s loss to the Pirates and the club made a move to help with that situation on its off day Thursday.
Brad Miller, a 23-year-old shortstop out of Clemson University, will join the Mariners on Friday afternoon to begin his rookie campaign as Seattle continues a midseason youth movement.
Miller, riding a 22-game hitting streak at Triple-A Tacoma, was told after Thursday night’s game with the Rainiers that he was getting called up, according to Ryan Divish of the News Tribune.
Miller will join a Mariners roster that has already added two other top position prospects, second baseman Nick Franklin and catcher Mike Zunino, in the last month.
The club also just recalled Dustin Ackley from Tacoma on Tuesday and he’s expected to make his Major League debut in the outfield Friday night when the Mariners open a three-game set with the Cubs at Safeco Field.
The Mariners are last in the American League in runs per game and batting average (.236) and Miller has hit at every level of the Minors in his quick rise since being a second-round Draft pick out of Clemson in 2011.
He’s hit .334 in 219 games over three Minor League seasons, including .356 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 26 games for Tacoma since being promoted from Double-A Jackson this year.
Veteran Brendan Ryan has filled the Mariners shortstop duties the past three years and is one of the premier defenders in the Majors, but has a .217 average in 331 games for Seattle and is batting .196 this year on the heels of a .194 season in 2012.
The Mariners will need to move someone off both their 25- and 40-man rosters to make room for Miller. The club hasn’t made any announcement of Miller’s arrival yet, but the logical move with the 25-man Major League roster would be to send rookie shortstop Carlos Triunfel back to Tacoma as he’s hit just .083 in 24 at-bats while receiving limited playing time.
The left-handed hitting Miller was selected on Wednesday to play in the upcoming Futures Games during All-Star weekend in New York.
Miller hit .415 in 14 games for Class-A Clinton in 2011 after signing with the organization, then batted .339 in 97 games for Class-A High Desert and .320 in 40 games for Jackson last year. He hit .294 in 42 games for Jackson this year before getting moved up to Tacoma, where he reached base in all 26 games he played.