After an impressive showing in the Alaska Baseball League and two strong campaigns at Cal Poly, the Boston Red Sox struck gold when they picked Mike Miller in the 9th round of the 2012 MLB draft. Signing him at just a $5,000 signing bonus, Miller might prove to be the deal of the century for Boston.
Miller, a 24-year-old infielder for the Salem Red Sox, is having a great year after missing most of 2013 due to an injury. Last year in Greenville, Miller was limited to just 15 games, but racked up 16 hits in 45 at-bats, justifying a promotion for himself. In Salem this year, in 43 games totaling 165 at-bats, Miller is hitting .315 while boasting a .383 OBP. His approach is advanced at the plate and the only drawback there is to Miller is a lack of power. Power is an overrated aspect of the game anyways, and it is good to have fast runners on base such as Miller for the power hitters to knock in home. Keep in mind Miller is just 5 ft 9 and weighs around 170 lbs so, he projects as a number two hitter, not a cleanup guy.
On defense, Miller is impressive no matter where he plays. At second base, third base, and shortstop, Miller holds his own making him a valuable option for any team. Time will tell where Mike Miller plays on a regular basis in the long run, but it certainly makes for an interesting resume playing so many positions.
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Now would be a great time to give Miller a promotion to AA Portland. Miller is older than most of his Carolina League counterparts and is far more advanced than them all around as well. The starting shortstop job in Portland is open, giving Miller a chance to prove himself against Eastern League competition. With his advanced approach at the plate, Miller should have no problems in the upper levels or the Minor Leagues because he gets on base whether it be a walk or a hit. Patient hitters at the plate tend to thrive longer than aggressive hitters at higher levels so, if this is true, then Mike Miller has a long successful career ahead of him.