Hot hitters: Brad Miller, Kyle Parker on the fast track after sizzling 2012 seasons

Miller's 185 hits second in all of Minor League Baseball, included 62 for extra bases

Clemson's Brad Miller watches the ball after hitting a pitch against Maryland.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson's Brad Miller watches the ball after hitting a pitch against Maryland.

The Seattle Mariners have their eye on Brad Miller, just as do the Colorado Rockies on Kyle Parker.

The two former Clemson stars recently completed their second successful Minor League seasons, and both have been pegged among baseball's top young prospects by MinorLeagueBall.com.

Miller is ranked No. 25 on the 'hot hitters' list, while Parker is No. 49.

Miller caught the attention of all of Minor League Baseball in the summer of 2011, when, after concluding his Clemson career, he finished his 'short season' with a .415 batting average.

In his first full season in the Mariners' system, Miller moved from Class A High Desert to Class AA Jackson and batted .334 with a .410 on-base percentage. His 185 hits ranked second among players at all minor league levels to Arizona's Adam Eaton, who had 196.

He joined Corey Dickerson of the Rockies and Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox as the only minor leaguers to register 40 doubles and steal 20 bases in 2012.

Miller also finished the season with 15 homers and seven triples, for a total of 62 extra base hits.

"He flat out puts the bat on the ball, hitting a number of different arm angles and deliveries off the mound with ease," says a Mariners' website, SeattleClubhouse.com.

At the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Mariners presented Miller with one of the organization top awards for minor leaguers - the Heart and Soul Award for "exemplary play and leadership."

“Brad has been a leader both on and off the field this season,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He has a knack for getting things started when they need to get started and motivating his teammates throughout the game.”

Miller led all Mariners farm players with 56 multi-hit games, including 12 three-hit games and two season-high four-hit games. He reached base safely, via hit or walk, in 123 out of 137 (90 percent) games he appeared, including 90 of 97 games with the High Desert Mavericks. He was named to the California League All-Star team and honored as the league’s Player of the Week last April.

After starting last season on the disabled list for the Rockies' Modesto Nuts Class A team after being hit by a pitch on the hand in his opening game, Parker ended up having one of the top seasons in the Rockies' system.

He batted .308 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs, and was named to Baseball America's All-Minor League Second Team.

Modesto manager Lenn Sakata told the Denver Post that if Parker keeps progress as he has so far, he has a chance to "make it to the big leagues in a couple of years."

"He's showing signs of becoming a complete player who can play defense, run the bases and play with discipline," said Sakata.

"The nice thing about his season is the improvement in on-base percentage," Rockies director of player development Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post. "His walks-to-strikeouts ratio is really good, and that shows in the quality of his at-bats."

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Comments » 2

t1gers writes:

Kyle Parker is going no where fast, just like when he tried to scramble in the pocket

justcurious writes:

in response to t1gers:

Kyle Parker is going no where fast, just like when he tried to scramble in the pocket

agree

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