|Brad Miller gets call up from Mariners|
|Clemson Athletic Communications - Friday, June 28, 2013 9:04 AM||
“I didn’t even know what to say, honestly,” Miller told the News Tribune on Thursday night. “They pulled me in and told me. Still I don’t think it has set in yet. I’m just so thankful and excited. I could definitely imagine it and I was hoping. You just keep playing hard and let everything take care of itself. It’s surreal. It’s more than I can imagine.”
Miller earned his promotion to the Majors by hitting .356 with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 28 RBIs, 26 runs, a .426 on-base percentage, .596 slugging percentage, and two steals in 26 games with the Rainiers after a 42-game stint with AA Jackson (TN) earlier this season. In 219 career minor league games from 2011-13, Miller is batting .334 with 56 doubles, 10 triples, 27 homers, and 128 RBIs.
Miller was a standout shortstop at Clemson from 2009-11 who batted .339 with a .451 on-base percentage, 36 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers, 135 RBIs, 173 runs, 143 walks and seven hit-by-pitches against only 112 strikeouts, and 46 steals in 191 games (189 starts).
His best season in a Tiger uniform was as a junior in 2011 when he received the Brooks Wallace Shortstop-of-the-Year award as the nation’s best shortstop. Miller, who hit an ACC-high .395 with 53 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, five homers, a .498 on-base percentage, and 21 steals in 54 games, was a first-team All-American and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year. Miller, originally from Windermere, FL and a graduate of Olympia High School, was drafted by the Mariners in the second round with the #62 overall pick in June of 2011.
Miller can become the 48th Tiger in history to play in a Major League game, including the 17th Tiger who played under Head Coach Jack Leggett.
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