Two weeks in, Brad Miller finding his groove as Seattle Mariners' shortstop

Chris Epps, Ben Paulsen providing July fireworks for minor league clubs

Brad Miller (Seattle Mariners photo)

Brad Miller (Seattle Mariners photo)

From a rookie shortstop two weeks into his Major League career, the Seattle Mariners could hardly hope for more than they're getting from Brad Miller.

The former Clemson star and ACC player of the year is doing in Seattle what he did in the minors - making contact, hitting line drives into the gaps, using his speed to stretch singles into doubles, and boosting his on-base percentage by drawing walks.

On top of that, he's played error-free in 10 games at shortstop, and has made just one error overall, that while playing second base.

Through his first dozen games, Miller is batting .275, with 11 hits in 40 at-bats. Since opening 0-for-9 at the plate, he's batting .354, and has four doubles, two triples, six RBIs and two stolen bases. He's struck out 10 times and has drawn five walks. He has a .356 on-base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage.

Epps & Paulsen are hot, Parker's not: Former Tiger Chris Epps has been on a recent Tear with the Advanced-A Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks. During a recent 10-game stretch, Epps batted .361, with three homers, three doubles and a triple, boosting his season average over the .300 mark.

In 68 games, Epps has hit 11 homers and has 23 doubles and 49 RBIs. He has a .556 slugging percentage.

Playing for the Colorado Rockies' AAA team at Colorado Springs, Ben Paulsen is 13-for-33 (.394) with six doubles, a triple, five runs and six RBIs in his last 10 games.

Meanwhile, playing for the Rockies' Class AA Tulsa Drillers, Kyle Parker has been in a prolonged slump, as he's batting just .206 in his last 10 games. His season average has dipped to .265 - his lowest as a pro. He has 13 homers and 11 doubles in 73 games. After playing exclusively in the outfield during his first three seasons in the minors, Parker has played first base in his last two games with Tulsa.

Pro Notes

- A total of 32 former Tigers are currently active in professional baseball - four in the Major Leagues, 21 in the minors, and seven playing for independent league teams not affiliated with MLB clubs. The independent league players include Casey Harman (Quebec Capitales), Ryan Hinson (Wichita Wingnuts), John Nester and Scott Weismann (Evansville Otters), P.J. Zocchi (Lincoln Saltdogs), Justin Sarratt (River City Rascals), and Matt Padgett (Kansas City T-Bones).

- In his most recent start on July 5, Jason Berken pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with three strikeouts to earn his seventh win of the season.

- Chris Dwyer pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to earn the victory in his last start on July 4. He allowed just five hits while recording one walk against one strikeout.

- David Haselden is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in four starts this season. He has allowed just four runs in 22.0 innings pitched with five walks against 20 strikeouts. He's playing for the Great Falls Voyagers in the Chicago White Sox organization.

- Ryan Hinson pitched a six-hit shutout on July 6 to become the winningest pitcher in Wichita Wingnuts' history with 29 career victories. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 24.0 innings pitched.

- Dominic Leone has recorded six saves in his last eight appearances and has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings pitched during that stretch.

- Matt Padgett is the midst of a nine-game hitting streak in which he is 14-for-34 (.412) with five doubles, four home runs, nine runs and 10 RBIs.

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