Brad Miller is closing in on his Major League dream.
Promoted weeks ago by the Seattle Mariners from Class AA Jackson to Class AAA Tacoma, Miller has put on a show for the parent club, which plays just a stone's throw away.
In 23 games for the Tacoma Raniers, the former Clemson star and ACC player of the year is batting .348 with five homers, three doubles and 14 walks. He has a .422 on-base percentage and a .565 slugging average.
Miller earned his promotion with a solid start at Jackson (Miss.), where he batted .294 in 42 games, with six homers, seven doubles and a .506 slugging percentage.
In a review of the Mariners' top prospects by Bleacher Report, Miller is pegged as a likely late-season call-up by Seattle this season, and a strong candidate to start at shortstop for the club in 2014.
"With Nick Franklin's move to second base and Brendan Ryan in the last year of his contract, Miller could be looking at the starting shortstop job in Seattle next season if he continues to play like he has," wrote BR columnist J.J. Matthews earlier this month. "Miller was solid at Double-A Jackson this season before earning a promotion to Tacoma after Carlos Triunfel was called up to Seattle. Since arriving at the Triple-A level, he has only gotten better, posting better offensive numbers across the board."
Matthews notes that Miller has complemented his offensive punch by improving defensively.
"A concern with Miller heading into this season was the defensive issues he had in High-A High Desert in 2012," he wrote. "But he has quieted the critics a little bit with an improved performance this season. Miller very well could see some time in Seattle later this season, especially if the Mariners' front office decides to hand him the position in 2014."