With the recent struggles of Brad Miller, and the surge of Chris Taylor in his first exposure to AAA, I decided this morning to take a cursory look at their respective minor league numbers. I expected that they might be somewhat similar, but this is bananas.
ALL NUMBERS COURTESY OF BASEBALL REFERENCE.
Miller played 219 games in the minors, amassing 999 Plate Appearances.
Taylor has played 216 games in the minors, amassing 990 Plate Appearances.
Overall, Miller slashed .334/.409/.516, with 113 walks, and 162 strikeouts.
Taylor? .323./.410/.470, with 119 walks and 167 strikeouts.
Overall Miller seems to have a slight edge in pop. Looking at AAA alone however, Taylor is slugging .581 in his 136 AAA AB's, and Brad slugged .596 in his 104 AAA AB's - a negligible difference in an admittedly small sample size.
Meanwhile, Taylor has 63 SB and 13 CS in his minor league career; and Miller only stole 30 bags, with 11 caught stealing.
The only other offensive stat that shows significant divergence between the 2 in a way that might be statistically relevant is that Taylor has 13 HBP, and Miller was only hit 4 times.
Defensively, I'm not going to dig into any advanced metrics, but in games played at SS, Sergio had a .940 fielding percentage and Taylor has a .944 fielding percentage. So, they've both made their fair share of errors.
I'm not going to try to make a determination on the "Send Miller down, call up Taylor" question. But, simply as a study in similarity it's kind of insane!