Mariners' Brad Miller named MLB's American League player of the week

First Seattle rookie to claim honor since Ken Griffey Jr, in 1989, Miller batted .385 with 2 HR, 7 RBI vs. Astros

Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller drives the ball to right field for a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Seattle Mariners' Brad Miller drives the ball to right field for a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Former Clemson All-American and ACC player of the year Brad Miller has been honored as MLB's American League player of the week.

Miller is the first Mariners rookie to claim the league's player of the week honor since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.

During a weekend series against the Houston Astros, Miller batted .385, hit his first two major league homers, scored four runs, and batted in seven runs.

He saw action at both shortstop and third base, and served as the leadoff man in the Mariners' batting order.

Miller started his second full minor league season at AA Jackson, earned promotion to AAA Tacoma, and then after a torrid month, was called up by the major league club. He has served as the team's primary starting shortstop for the past three weeks.

Miller was a standout shortstop at Clemson from 2009-11 who batted .339 with a .451 on-base percentage, 36 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers, 135 RBIs, 173 runs, 143 walks and seven hit-by-pitches against only 112 strikeouts, and 46 steals in 191 games (189 starts).

The Windermere, FL native became the 48th Tiger in history to play in a Major League game, including the 17th Tiger who played under coach Jack Leggett.

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