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Brad Miller
Birthdate: 10/18/1989 (27 y, 5 m, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/185     Position: SS
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 2, Overall: 62, Team: Seattle Mariners
Contract: $3.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Miller went 1-for-2 with three RBI from a sacrifice fly, a run-scoring groundout and a solo home run in Thursday's 10-8 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates. (3/10/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Exactly 36 batters hit 30 or more home runs in 2016 (just 19 in 2015), yet only two of those did so while starting at least 10 games at shortstop. The first is perennial All-Star Manny Machado (37 HR) and the other is 27-year old batting glove-less Miller, who finished the season with 30 home runs (22 of which came at home), 81 runs batted in, hit .243/.304/.482 in a career high 601 plate appearances, and started 37 games at first base, too. Miller’s .243 batting average was in line with what should have been (and what will be) expected (career .246 AVG), but the home run surge was heavily influenced by two key factors. First, his 2016 home run per fly ball percentage (20%) rose to more than double his previous career rate (10%). Second, his batted ball profile shifted heavily towards the pull side, increasing from 33% the year before to 43% last season. Give the former Clemson Tiger credit for intentionally adjusting his game plan, acknowledging in a late August interview his attempt to swing harder at pitches in the zone and incorporate a more pronounced leg kick designed to free him up to access more power. The change worked, not only resulting in his boosted home run totals (only 2 of which came in 21 April games), but in his growing hard hit rate (35%), too (higher than other notable shortstops like Tulowitzki, Bogaerts, Russell, and Lindor). One important red flag: the left-handed hitting Miller slugged just .373 against southpaws (.509 vs. RHP), so the number of plate appearances he receives in 2017 will be an equally important number to watch as any regression there may lead to a strong platoon that gives him far fewer opportunities to rack up counting stats. (Trey Baughn)

The Quick Opinion: Like most hitters selling out for power, there is a trade off in other important areas, and for Brad Miller his growth in isolated slugging percentage (.239 vs. .144 in both 2014 and 2015) also led to a reduced contact rate (76%) and increased strikeout rate (25%). Miller clearly has pop, but his newfound approach will need to be accounted for when factoring in the impact on his batting average and opportunities to steal bases (just six last year).

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DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
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DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2013-09-27SEAOAK1SS110100011112
2013-09-05SEA@KCR1SS221100081422
2013-08-30SEA@HOU1SS1121000101424
2013-08-19SEA@OAK1SS1201000279
2013-08-13SEA@TBR1SS140100051217
2013-07-25SEAMIN1SS311100081321
2013-07-14SEALAA1SS121100051015
2013-07-13SEALAA1SS011100071017
2013-07-09SEABOS1SS212100071320
2013-07-08SEABOS1SS310100071118
2013-09-29SEAOAK1SS012000051116
2013-09-28SEAOAK1SS1300000369
2013-09-25SEAKCR1SS00200114913
2013-09-24SEAKCR1SS20100004812
2013-09-23SEAKCR1SS1000010131932
2013-09-21SEA@LAA9PH1000000325
2013-09-14SEA@STL1SS01100102810
2013-09-13SEA@STL1SS220000041014
2013-09-11SEAHOU1SS301000061218
DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2013-09-10SEAHOU1SS1100000121224
2013-09-09SEAHOU1SS111001051520
2013-09-08SEATBR1SS12100003811
2013-09-07SEATBR1SS31001102911
2013-09-06SEATBR1SS202000041014
2013-09-04SEA@KCR1SS320000091221
2013-09-03SEA@KCR12B-SS22000102810
2013-09-02SEA@KCR1SS202000041418
2013-09-01SEA@HOU1SS11200002911
2013-08-31SEA@HOU1SS010000011718
2013-08-29SEA@HOU1SS12100002810
2013-08-28SEATEX1SS-3B21101005813
2013-08-27SEATEX12B-SS2000000131225
2013-08-26SEATEX2SS11200002911
2013-08-25SEALAA1SS1210000369
2013-08-24SEALAA12B-SS210000041519
2013-08-23SEALAA1SS201000031013
2013-08-21SEA@OAK12B221000031417
2013-08-20SEA@OAK1SS-2B21200003912
DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2013-08-18SEA@TEX1SS211000061016
2013-08-17SEA@TEX12B02200002911
2013-08-16SEA@TEX1SS020000031013
2013-08-15SEA@TBR1SS20100005914
2013-08-14SEA@TBR1SS030000072128
2013-08-11SEAMIL12B1100000178
2013-08-10SEAMIL1SS210000031114
2013-08-09SEAMIL1SS41000003912
2013-08-07SEATOR1SS500010011112
2013-08-06SEATOR1SS11100003811
2013-08-05SEATOR1SS02100005611
2013-08-04SEA@BAL12B200001041216
2013-08-03SEA@BAL1SS212000051217
2013-08-02SEA@BAL1SS310000061218
2013-08-01SEA@BOS1SS011000061117
2013-07-31SEA@BOS1SS1220000111425
2013-07-30SEA@BOS1SS220000041014
2013-07-28SEAMIN1SS200000010818
2013-07-27SEAMIN1SS40000009918
DateTeamOppBOPosGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2013-07-26SEAMIN8PH-SS1100000156
2013-07-24SEACLE1SS-3B20100103710
2013-07-23SEACLE1SS12000005712
2013-07-22SEACLE1SS220000061117
2013-07-21SEA@HOU1SS-3B2020000111829
2013-07-20SEA@HOU1SS20000007916
2013-07-19SEA@HOU1SS0410000131427
2013-07-12SEALAA12B30000004812
2013-07-11SEABOS12B110000071522
2013-07-10SEABOS1SS-2B211000081018
2013-07-07SEA@CIN1SS110000051015
2013-07-06SEA@CIN12B1000000141630
2013-07-05SEA@CIN1SS11200002810
2013-07-04SEA@TEX9PH-SS1000000123
2013-07-03SEA@TEX9SS010000041519
2013-07-02SEA@TEX9SS2110000369
2013-06-30SEACHC8SS20100006612
2013-06-29SEACHC22B-SS111000071724
2013-06-28SEACHC9SS101000041014