The future is now for former Clemson star and ACC player of the year Brad Miller.
The red-hot Miller has been called up from AAA Tacoma to the Seattle Mariners, and will likely make his Major League debut tonight at Safeco Field as the team's starting shortstop for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Miller was informed of the club's decision by Tacoma Raniers manager John Stearns after Miller hit a solo home run and extended his hitting streak to 22 games in a 2-0 Raniers win on Thursday night.
Miller, who started his season at AA Jackson, spent just a month at the AAA level.
“I didn’t even know what to say, honestly,” Miller told the Tacoma News Tribune. “They pulled me in and told me. Still I don’t think it has set in yet. I’m just so thankful and excited.”
“I’m on cloud nine,” Stearns told the newspaper. “I got to tell him that he was going to the big leagues for the first time. It brings tears to your eyes, that’s how good it is.
"He was crying, and it was a sensational moment. You get a few of those moments in your lifetime. I was able to tell David Wright that he was going to the big leagues for the first time when I was working for New York, and this was every bit as good or better than that: Brad Miller.”
To make room on the Mariners' 25-man roster, Carlos Triunfel will be headed back to Tacoma, while current starting shortstop Brendan Ryan will move to the back-up utility infield role
After Thursday night’s win, Miller, 24, is hitting .356 with five doubles, six homers and 28 RBI. He has a .426 on-base percentage and a .596 slugging percentage.
Miller reached base safely in each of the 26 games he played in Tacoma.
Miller was drafted in the second round by the Mariners in 2011. He led all minor leaguers in hits last season - his first full year as a professional.