Mariners Draft Brad Miller 62nd Overall

With their second pick of the draft - and the 62nd pick overall - the Mariners again went somewhat against what was expected of them. But unlike the first round, precious few people really care about the second round, so we've avoided a similar freakout.

Brad Miller is the pick, and Miller is a 6'1, 21-year-old, lefty-hitting and righty-throwing shortstop out of Clemson. This season he batted .403 with 40 walks and 34 strikeouts, leading his team in all three important offensive rate stats. He also led the ACC in both average and OBP while finishing fourth in slugging. Even for a guy without a lot of power, Miller had himself a hell of a year.

The quick scouting report - and please recognize that I'm by no means an authority on the subject - is that Miller is one of them "polished" hitters with a good eye and a line drive swing that'll hit for singles and doubles instead of majestic home runs. Additionally, he runs well, and even though he's been fairly error-prone at the collegiate level he seems to have the body and agility to stick at short as long as his hands are up to the task. Just because I know people love player comps, the name that comes to mind is Cliff Pennington, but then I've never seen Miller play, and watch how you start to equate the two in your head anyway. Brains, man. I just drew a connection out of thin air that you still won't be able to shake. We are so easy to manipulate.

Miller was named a First-Team All-American, for whatever that's worth. He also missed about two weeks with a broken finger that healed just fine. Finally, his batting stance is ridiculous.

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