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Mariners call up Triple-A shortstop Chris Taylor to push struggling Brad Miller

Jul 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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After a huge spring training that won him the Mariners’ starting shortstop job Brad Miller has struggled mightily, hitting .205 with a .599 OPS and 74/25 K/BB ratio in 86 games. He had a strong June, but has followed that up with a horrendous July, and now it looks like the Mariners are ready to consider an alternative.

Seattle called up Triple-A shortstop Chris Taylor, who hit .328 with five homers and an .894 OPS in 75 games for Tacoma. At this point giving Miller some competition is a worthwhile idea and Taylor is known for having a good glove, but he also struggled to control the strike zone at Triple-A with a 74/35 K/BB ratio and he’s totaled just 15 homers in 258 pro games.

Also, just for the record: Miller batted .410 with four homers, 14 total extra-base hits, and a 1.314 OPS in 21 games this spring. There’s a reason those games don’t mean anything, difficult as that may be to remember each year.

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  1. neoshweaty - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Wonder who would be on the spring training all stars for the last 4 years and if any of them are on their major league squads and contributing at a high level.

  2. philpac33 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I can’t believe how long the M’s leash is with Miller; he’s been brutal. They gave Nick Franklin a short stint after raking in Tacoma but he couldn’t keep it up in Seattle. I really hope Taylor swings it well the rest of the year. If I remember right Taylor was hitting around .375 before a thumb injury from sliding put him on the DL. Mariners need to put more runs on the board, hopefully Taylor can produce and help this team into the playoffs.

    • okobojicat - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Last year Miller’s numbers at AA and AAA were also better than anything Franklin and Taylor have put up at any point in their career.

      The Mariners keep having these amazing hitting prospects in the Minors that fail miserably in the major leagues (Ackley, Saunders, Smoak, Miller, Montero, Triunfel). Saunders and Seager and Zunino look like the only offensive prospects that actually look like major leaguers (and Saunders and Zunino are only slightly above Replacement Level). The book is still out on Franklin and Taylor. The Mariners have an issue in their prospects making that leap from Tacoma to Seattle.

  3. kmg1016 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Franklin should be playing shortstop. His offensive ability should override his defensive shortcomings, and realistically, he’s got a good chance to be at least a decent shortstop if he works at it. Derek Jeter’s no Ozzie Smith, but the Yankees have wisely let his bat carry his glove, and it has.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/nick-franklin-as-a-shortstop/

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