Former Clemson standout Brad Miller was selected Wednesday as one of 50 top MLB prospects to the All-Star Futures Game.
The Seattle Mariners' product, currently playing at the AAA-level, will be on the U.S. team in a U.S. versus the World format of the game held at Citi Field in New York on July 14.
Miller, who won 2011 ACC Player of the Year in his final season in Clemson, has been an “offensive revelation in the Mariners’ farm system” in 2013 according to the team’s official site. More from the story:
It was announced that (No. 1 prospect Taijuan) Walker and his Rainiers teammate, shortstop Brad Miller, have been selected to compete for the U.S. Team in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
"We are very proud of both players for their accomplishments and it is an honor to be selected to play in the Futures Game," Mariners director of player development Chris Gwynn said. "Both players started the season in Jackson and have earned a promotion to Triple-A. We are proud of how they represent our organization and look forward to watching them play in New York."
Miller has been an offensive revelation in the Mariners' farm system, ranking in the organizational top 10 for batting average (.314) and home runs (11).
The 23-year old also leads the organization with 52 RBIs. While there has been talk of moving the Clemson product from shortstop, the Mariners haven't shown any signs that they intend to do so. Miller was the Mariners' second-round pick in the 2011 Draft and has risen quickly through the organization.
More info on the game from MLB.com: Since its inception in 1999 at Fenway Park, the Futures Game has grown in stature and importance. Perhaps a seeming experiment at the outset, the game now becomes a career ambition…
It has proven to be a very firm stepping stone for alumni of the game, with 99 former Futures Gamers going on to appear in at least one Major League All-Star Game. In last year's Midsummer Classic alone, there were 30 former Futures Gamers on the American and National League rosters. Perhaps the biggest sign that the Futures Game has become an exciting motivator for the game's young stars is that some have admitted to pressing a bit too much to get there.