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Mariners call up shortstop prospect Brad Miller

Jun 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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A month after calling up Nick Franklin from Triple-A to take over as their starting second baseman the Mariners are calling up Brad Miller to take over as their starting shortstop.

Miller was crushing the ball for Tacoma, hitting .356 with six homers and a 1.022 OPS in 26 games following a promotion from Double-A and the 2011 second-round pick has hit .334 in 219 career games as a pro. Defensively there have been questions about whether he’s capable of sticking at shortstop, so Seattle will be taking a huge hit there by playing him over slick-fielding Brendan Ryan. Of course, Ryan has a .196 batting average this season after batting .194 last year.

Franklin has fared very well in the early going, hitting .287 with an .832 OPS through 28 games at age 22, and now the Mariners will give the 23-year-old Miller a chance to be his long-term double-play partner.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    (Brendan) Ryan has a .196 batting average this season after batting .194 last year.

    Bad move, M’s. Don’t you see that Ryan is trending upward?

    • neoshweaty - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Are you trying to say that stats have some place in the game? Did you even play? If you didn’t, how are you in a position to comment about the game? I know Wedge loves Ryan’s grit and will to win which is all that matters.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        I wish I could give this comment 100 thumbs down

      • seattlej - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        It appears that there are at least 30 (and counting) commenters that need to turn on their sarcasm detectors.

      • neoshweaty - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Seattlebj, LOL! I thought it wasn’t even necessary to put ‘/s’ because it was so fucking obvious that my comment was a joke. Apparently about 36 people don’t get it.

    • 06mustang - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Am I the only one that gets this dudes joke? People, please its funny. RELAX already.

  2. artthoumad - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    So… Ackley to the OF is going to be a permanent thing?

    • litebrite347 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      I don’t see how that’s gonna work considering Ackley doesn’t have an infield arm. He can barely get the ball to first.

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