M’s Go With Shortstop, Pick Brad Miller at #62
Not exactly the name that people were expecting here, but considering how involved we seem to have been in Virginia and North Carolina and South Carolina these past few years, it makes a kind of sense. Miller hits lefty and had a .403/.506/.571 slash line at Clemson this year with a 40/34 K/BB. Craig Counsell is the comp that they’re throwing out for him, apparently, because he has an approach that seems superficially wonky/icky. I don’t remember Counsell’s batting particularly, but Miller keeps his hands really high while batting and somehow manages to generate the speed to get the bat through the zone, so unconventional, but not bad by any stretch. I’m looking at the BA report now and the final word is “baseball rat with good makeup,” which definitely sounds like the type of pick that we’re inclined to make.
He seems to have some defensive inconsistencies, but it’s not for lack of tools or range. His arm is fine, his speed is fine, he just seems to have a weird approach that leaves him unable to make certain plays. This sounds like the kind of thing that could be straightened out in time, so I think that the second base or third base claims are not necessarily solid, just stemming from the usual practice of moving slightly erratic guys to less demanding roles. It seems like a good pick even if it wasn’t one that was on our radar. Expect that phrase to fit into nearly every post from here on out.