After kicking off their 2013 seasons at the Class AA level, former Tigers Brad Miller and Kyle Parker are on both on schedule in their climb to the Major Leagues.
Now in his third professional season, Parker has already provided several walk-off highlights for the Tulsa Drillers, the Colorado Rockies' AA affiliate.
For the season, he's batting .271 in 35 games, with seven homers, 17 RBIs and five doubles. He has a .482 slugging percentage.
Last season with Class A Modesto (Calif.), Parker hit .308 with 23 home runs and 18 doubles, and had a .582 slugging percentage.
Miller, who led all minor leaguers in hits last season while playing at the A and AA levels in the Seattle Mariners organization, is back with the AA Jackson (Miss.) Generals this season. He's currently batting .296 in 34 games, and has a .392 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage. He has two homers, eight doubles and one triple.
A year ago, Miller - in his first full professional season - had 186 hits and 15 homers, with a .410 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging mark.
Two former teammates of Miller and Parker - catcher John Nester and pitcher Scott Weismann - have landed with the Frontier League's Evansville (Ind.) Otters after being released by Major League-affiliated clubs.
The Frontier League is an independent league not connected to Major League Baseball. The Otters, one of the league's most successful franchises, plays at historic Bosse Field, which will be 100 years old in 2015.
Another former Tiger, John Hinson, has retired from baseball after being released earlier this spring by the Houston Astros organization. Hinson was plagued by injuries during his rookie season and appeared in just 13 games. He batted .339 and hit a pair of home runs for the Lexington (Ky.) Astros.
Hinson has returned to Clemson to complete his degree in secondary education.