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5 Brad Miller SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/185 | Birthdate: 10/18/1989 | Birthplace: Orlando, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 50/31 | Average Draft Position: 157.88
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Brad Miller caps June with fourth HR in last 13 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller continued his recent surge with a solo home run during a 10-4 win Monday at Houston. It was Miller's fourth home run in his last 13 games.

Miller hit .349 (15 for 43) with a .417 on-base percentage, .628 slugging percentage and 1.045 OPS over his last 13 starts in June. For the month, he hit .298 with a .355 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage, .867 OPS, five home runs, 12 RBI and 15 runs in 26 games.


Hitters to start in Week 14


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/29/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 14 (June 30-July 6)? Mike Zunino, Eric Hosmer, Neil Walker, Brock Holt, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Brad Miller knocks seventh home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday.

Miller's eighth-inning home run closed his team's gap to one run, but the offense was unable to come up with an equalizing run before running out of chances. The shortstop has knocked four of his seven home runs in the month of June. He has hit .208/.280/.336 with 21 RBI and three stolen bases in 226 at-bats.


'Bad Miller' looking like Brad Miller again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) I've made no secret that Brad Miller was one of my favorite breakout picks coming into the year, and even when I finally relented to dropping him in mid-May, I was careful to note that it wasn't goodbye forever, that you'd want to keep an eye out for when his fortunes eventually turned.

It may already be happening.

So far in June -- a span of 20 games -- he's batting .323 (21 for 65) with three home runs and an .883 OPS. His strikeout rate is still a little too high for comfort, but he's coming off his best week in terms of Head-to-Head scoring (25 points) and doing nothing that would have alarmed anyone if this was the way he started the season.

Miller hit .334 with a .925 OPS over his minor-league career and was the 10th-best shortstop in Head-to-Head leagues from the time he reached the big leagues last season. I still like Eugenio Suarez more among bargain-basement shortstops, but Miller himself is available in 64 percent of leagues. That number should shrink significantly between now and the All-Star break.


Brad Miller slugs fifth home run Monday vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-1 win over the Padres Monday.

Miller had hit just one home run since April 11 before knocking his second homer of June Monday. While he's been better at the plate this month, Miller still owns a .179/.250/.296 line with five home runs, 17 RBI and three stolen bases in 196 at-bats.


Injury in minors possibly keeping Brad Miller up


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller has struggled to open the season, leading some to call for him to be sent to the minors, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Miller has hit just .154 over 136 at-bats. There's a sense a minor-league stint could kick-start his bat, but the Mariners haven't made the move. That's possibly because infield prospect Chris Taylor fractured a finger recently. 

Taylor had gotten off to a nice start at Triple-A, hitting .372 over 145 at-bats. He would have been the most likely replacement for Miller in the majors. With Taylor hurt, Miller isn't likely to be shipped out.


Brad Miller on slump: 'I'm one swing away'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller doesn't believe he requires an overhaul to escape a massive, extended slump that has lowered his batting average to .154.

"One swing away," he told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "One little thing. Baseball is such a feel game, and it's right there. I always feel like I'm right there. Nothing too crazy."

Miller, who was the talk of baseball during a torrid spring, has just two hits in 36 at-bats since his last multi-hit game on May 2. But his struggles extend back to mid-April. He has just seven hits in his last 71 at-bats.


Brad Miller's stock remains on the decline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) There are many Fantasy owners out there wondering what to do with Mariners shortstop Brad Miller? Should you keep him in your lineup, stash him on your bench or drop him onto waivers?

Most Fantasy owners have been taking the last option, as Miller's Fantasy ownership has dropped from 97 percent as of Week 2 to 48 percent as of Thursday. Ouch.

I must admit, I'm part of the less than 50 percent of Fantasy owners still holding out hope for Miller to turn it around. The potential is there. He's just chasing a lot of pitches outside the strike zone and it appears he doesn't have a lot of confidence at the plate. I went more in depth about Miller's Fantasy value in a blog I wrote Thursday.

I can't blame Fantasy owners for needing to make a move with Miller, especially if you are in a shallow league and can't avoid a roster spot. But if you are in a deeper format and can afford to keep Miller on your bench, then I support that decision. If you have kept him this long, why not hold onto him a little longer.


Manager indicates patience running thin on Brad Miller


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Spring training phenom Brad Miller will get a chance to recapture that magic despite his woes in the regular season, per MLB.com. The Mariners are sticking with him as their starter, though perhaps not for long.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned," said Lloyd McClendon. "He's struggling right now and I'm trying to get him out of it. I've said a few times you either play 'em or you bench 'em. We're trying to play him and see if he can come out of it. I don't have any answers."

Apparently, neither does Miller. He has just one hit since May 5 and his average has fallen to .156 on the season. He hit two home runs in the season opener and just one since.


Brad Miller swipes two bases vs. A's Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 1 for 3 with a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases in his team's 4-2 win over the A's Monday.

After smacking an RBI single in the sixth inning, Miller stole both second and third base off Oakland starter Scott Kazmir. They were his first two steals of the season. Miller has hit .192/.238/.323 with three home runs and nine RBI in 99 at-bats.


Struggling Brad Miller benched again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) A massive slump that followed a mild one has Mariners shortstop Brad Miller out of the lineup Friday for the second time in five games. He is set to sit against the Rangers.

Miller, who started the season hot after a torrid spring, has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats and owns a poor stat line of .183/.221/.341.


Brad Miller back in second spot despite slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) The flip-flop of Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller in the Wednesday lineup got the Mariners was intended to reinstate the latter into the second spot despite his slump.

Miller doubled in the eighth inning Tuesday for his first hit since April 17. But Lloyd McClendon claims optimism that he can regain the form that made him one of the hottest hitters in the game in spring training.

"Hopefully he's over the hump and back on course again," McClendon told MLB.com.


Brad Miller dropped to bottom of batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller was dropped to ninth in the order prior to Monday's game against the Astros, MLB.com reports. Miller has three home runs and seven RBI over his first 72 at-bats, but is slashing .194/.237/.361 over that span.

Brad Miller smacks home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 6-4 win over the A's Friday.

Miller shook off an 0-for-8 performance in his previous two games to hit his third home run of the season Friday. He opened the season with a nice 5-for-15, two-homer performance in a series against the Angels, but he's struggled at the plate since, hitting .220/.238/.488 with a 14:1 K:BB ratio in 41 at-bats this season.


Brad Miller goes yard twice in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 8-3 win over the Angels Tuesday.

Miller has 10 career home runs in 316 at-bats, but he incredibly has managed to post four multihit games in his career. He's looking to improve on a .265/.318/.418 line in his rookie season. Tuesday's big line was a great start.


Brad Miller set to start at short for Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) What was assumed is now official: Brad Miller is the starting shortstop for the Mariners. Lloyd McClendon has also announced the Nick Franklin has been demoted to Triple-A Tacoma.

Miller thoroughly outplayed Franklin in the spring competition. Miller batted .439 with 17 runs, four home runs and 12 RBI in exhibition play to run away with the position.

"Brad separated himself," McClendon told MLB.com. "I'd be a fool not to recognize that. Brad won the job. Nick didn't lose it."


Get excited about Brad Miller


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) Manager Lloyd McClendon has done his best not to tip his hand on the Mariners' shortstop situation, but that hasn't stopped me from falling more in love with Brad Miller this spring.

I chronicle the whole thing in my Sleepers 2.0 column, using words like "tingly," "sizzling" and "stud." It's actually kind of embarrassing.

I feel I owe it to him after leaving him out of the initial column because of his so-called competition with Nick Franklin. He was clearly the front-runner coming into spring training given the way the two performed as rookies last year and the fact he actually has the range to play the position. If a .439 batting average and 14 extra-base hits in 57 at-bats hasn't locked it up for him, the Mariners are just trying to lose.

I'm thinking they haven't declared a winner yet because they want to keep Nick Franklin's trade value high. Plenty of teams have needs up the middle, and he's too good for the minors or the bench.

But he's no Miller, who I'd consider a near lock for a .300 batting average this year, with possibly as many as 20 home runs.


Mariners manager not ready to name starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Brad Miller has performing much better offensively (.447/1.000/1.512) this spring than Nick Franklin (.235/.412/.745), and it would seem he is running away with the starting shortstop job for the Mariners. However, manager Lloyd McClendon considers it a closer race than you would think.

"I think they’ve both played well to this point," McClendon said, per The Seattle Times. "I will reserve my thoughts on that for a little while longer. But they’ve both done a nice job. I’ve been pleased. As far as separation, I don’t think they’ve really separated themselves. I evaluate things a little different than how you guys evaluate them. I don’t particularly evaluate on given performance on any day. I see good things from both of them."


Lloyd McClendon seeking to find best lineup combination


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Lloyd McClendon knows who will be in what is a strengthened Mariners lineup to start this season, but he is still experimenting with the batting order, per the Tacoma News-Tribune.

McClendon will bat sizzling shortstop Brad Miller second and third baseman Kyle Seager fifth in the game Wednesday against Milwaukee. He is planning on batting deposed shortstop Nick Franklin leadoff on Thursday. The Mariners have reportedly been actively seeking to trade Franklin.


Brad Miller smacks fourth spring home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller continued to shine Tuesday, going 3 for 4 with three runs and his fourth spring home run in his team's 5-5 tie with the Padres.

Miller played second base Tuesday as the team used Nick Franklin at shortstop, likely in an attempt to showcase him for a potential trade. Miller, who is 14 for 34 with four home runs this spring, likely has the starting shortstop role all sewn up.


Brad Miller homers, steals base Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 1 for 2 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 6-5 win over the Reds Monday.

Miller opened the spring 0 for 5 over his first two games before filling up the stat sheet Monday. He's battling Nick Franklin for the starting shortstop role, with the loser of the competition set to be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.


Mariners will option loser of shortstop competition


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/3/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told The News Tribune on Monday that the loser of the Nick Franklin/Brad Miller battle at shortstop will be optioned to Tacoma, where he will get regular at-bats. 

"With young players," Zduriencik said, "it's very important that they play regularly."

Franklin and Miller would have played alongside one another this season, but the team signed Robinson Cano to play second base. There have been trade rumors floating around Franklin all winter, and a deal is still just as solid a possibility as a demotion (if he loses the competition). 

Franklin, 23, hit .225 with 12 home runs and six steals in 102 games last year for the Mariners. Miller, 24, hit .265 with eight home runs and five steals in 76 games. 


Mariners have open competition for starting shortstop job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon reiterated Wednesday the competition for the starting shortstop job is wide open between Brad Miller and Nick Franklin. McClendon made sure to convey that message to Franklin, who primarily played second base last season.

"I said, 'Look we have a Hall of Fame second baseman, that’s just the way it is," McClendon said, per The Seattle Times. "This is a new chapter in your career. One door is closing and another one is opening so it’s an opportunity for you and I’m going into this with my wide eyes open and you have the opportunity to compete for the shortstop position. I don’t have any preconceived notions."

McClendon said whoever stars defensively will likely walk away with the starting job.

"You gotta be able to catch the ball," he said."I’m looking for a guy that’s going to make all the routine plays."


Brad Miller, Nick Franklin to compete for starting job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday infielders Nick Franklin and Brad Miller will compete for the starting job at shortstop, according to MLB.com. McClendon said he's not looking to move either player to another position.

"That's a good problem to have," McClendon said.


Brad Miller homers twice, drives in five


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Mariners shortstop Brad Miller was instrumental to Saturday's 7-5 victory over the A's, going 2 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI atop the Mariners lineup.

It was Miller's third two-homer game of the season, a surprising figure considering he has just eight home runs with the major-league team. His five RBI matched his monthly total heading into Saturday's game. Miller owns a .262/.316/.417 line with eight home runs, 36 RBI and five stolen bases in 302 at-bats.