Friday, June 28, 2013
How Miller fits in Seattle
By Jason A. Churchill
The Seattle Mariners are expected to call up shortstop prospect Brad Miller before Friday's game at home versus the Chicago Cubs, a move that will push defensive wizard Brendan Ryan to a bench role and force some roster decisions for skipper Eric Wedge and the front office.
Miller isn't going to sit much, so infielder Carlos Triunfel likely will be the odd-man out on the 25-man roster, but Miller has to be added to the 40-man roster, too, so the club will have to clear space. Among the options to be designated for assignment include Triunfel, catcher Jesus Sucre -- currently on the 15-day disabled list -- or left-hander Anthony Fernandez, who hasn't performed well in a return trip to Double-A. It's conceivable that Sucre could be placed on the 60-day DL, too, which also clears 40-man space.
Ryan could soon be traded, as he's a free agent at season's end and could provide a contender with some defensive insurance. Miller was a 2011 second-round draft picks -- No. 62 overall -- and will join a a handful of '11 draftees that have hit the majors already. Others include top pick Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon, Baltimore Orioles righty Dylan Bundy, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. of the Boston Red Sox and M's reliever Carter Capps.
Miller profiles as a future average glove at shortstop, but should provide some offense. He's a left-handed batter with a short swing, average power and above-average speed. He may not be a strong fantasy value right away, but if he gets off the start his double-play partner Nick Franklin has, he'll need to be snatched up in a hurry.