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Robinson Cano’s double-play partner is pretty good too

Apr 2, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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Mariners shortstop Brad Miller had a monster spring training, batting .410 with 14 extra-base hits and a 1.314 OPS in 70 plate appearances to easily hold off Nick Franklin for the starting job. And he kept rolling last night, homering twice in an 8-3 win over the Angels.

Combined with his half-season debut last year Miller now has 10 homers in 78 career regular season games. He also went deep 16 times in 108 total games between Double-A and Triple-A while in the minors.

That’s not extraordinary power or anything, but it certainly suggests Miller is capable of hitting 20-plus homers over the course of a full season and … well, not a lot of 24-year-old shortstops do that. In fact, here’s the complete list of 24-year-old shortstops with 20 or more homers in the last 20 years: Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, J.J. Hardy, Bobby Crosby.

Miller was never a particularly highly touted prospect coming up through the Mariners’ farm system, but he hit .334 with a .925 OPS in the minors and looks ready to form a helluva double-play combo with Robinson Cano.

  1. spudchukar - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Won’t be a sleeper long. But his offensive output certainly elevates the Mariner attack. That is arguably the best infield in Baseball, and that is assuming Smoak is just OK. Seattle Rising.

  2. drewzducks - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    “Robinson, that is something we, in baseball, refer to as “range”.”

  3. chunkala - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Ah, no Miller isn’t good.
    Let’s circle back in 6 months to see how right I am.

    • ironcurtin64 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      I usually only read the articles and comments, but just had to create an account so I could reply to your ridiculous comment. It’s ridiculous.

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