Apr 17, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) steals second base against Seattle Mariners shortstop Brad Miller (5) in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas beat Seattle 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Miller Has Worn Out His Welcome, Call Up Chris Taylor

So yesterday, I’m watching the second game of the Royals/Mariners series and Brad Miller made another dingle berry error that cost the M’s a couple runs. Now I’m not the only one who has been cursing and dropping F-bombs on Twitter about Miller’s fielding and hitting but manager Lloyd McClendon needs to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that Miller is nothing but a headcase and he’s gotta go.

To Tacoma I mean. People want Nick Franklin to get the call up but not many people realize that the Rainiers have two true shortstops, one in particular is making a lot of noise down there.

That one in particular is Chris Taylor. Don’t know why people seem to overlook him. The Mariners drafted Taylor in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. Taylor in the last two seasons has put up some great numbers in the minors. Last year Taylor began the season in Single-A High Desert and posted some good numbers through 67 games.

He posted a .335 average with 16 doubles, 7 triples, 7 home runs, 44 RBIs, 62 runs scored, and he stole 20 bases. He was then promoted to Double-A Jackson where he produced with a little down grade. He posted a .293 average, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 44 RBIs, 46 runs scored, and stole 18 bases.

So far this season for the Rainiers he’s played in 30 games and has a .347 average, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 19 RBIs, 23 runs scored, and 6 bases stolen.

You do see that Taylor is a quick learner when getting promoted, so what is to say he wont do the same if the Mariners were to give him the call up? Franklin will probably get the call up before Taylor does, since Franklin does have more experience and is two years older than Taylor. But I think that the Mariners need to overlook Franklin and look at Taylor more closely. Cause lets face it; who would you rather have?

Would you rather have Nick Franklin, a guy who’s primary position is second base and is getting trained now as an outfielder? Or would you rather have Chris Taylor, who’s primary position is shortstop and who is a lot younger and is more determined to prove he is ready for a shot at the majors?

Me……I choose Taylor.

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  • HurtTurtle

    “Would you rather have Nick Franklin, a guy who’s primary position is second base and is getting trained now as an outfielder?”

    Yeah. His primary position was shortstop till the Mariners shifted him to second base. In a 2009 Sports Illustrated article on rising high school stars, Baseball America’s Conor Glassey said: “Franklin is a switch-hitter and has a short, compact swing that allows him to consistently get the barrel on the ball. He also has the athleticism to remain at shortstop as a pro.” Now, thanks to certain self-appointed experts in the blogosphere, Franklin is supposed to be unfit to play short. Don’t buy into the “he lacks the range” B.S., and don’t blame Nick for being mishandled by the M’s. It’s what they do.

  • Joshlundgren

    Nick Franklin is only 6 months older than Chris Taylor. I think the team would be better off getting him a full season in AAA and giving Nick Franklin another shot to stick with the big league club. This season Miller has played minus SS and the M’s are still a game over .500. I think that Franklin isn’t going to be any worse at the position than Miller has, and Franklin deserves another chance to prove himself. He’s earned it.

  • David Todak

    Franklin is already on the 40 man. Maybe when (if) Paxton and Walker are available, we DFA a relief pitcher to free up a spot for Taylor, but I don’t see us making tweaks to the 40 man before then.

  • maqman

    If it was me I’d call up Taylor. Might as well find out what he’s got and get Miller away from the spotlight so he can sort himself out. They are not doing him or the team any favors by keeping him with the big club. I understand the 40-man issue and the desire to make Franklin look better for the trade market but Taylor has produced the goods and deserves his shot at the job.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    Give up on him after 30 games? i am sure you would be one of the first crying when he realizes his potential somewhere else. If you expect the Mariners to contend this year you are not really paying attention. This team is headed inthe right direction but it won’t be this year,hopefully next season we will see a team that has gained the experience, realized potential and winning attitude needed to be serious contenders. “Fans” who want to give up on players in this manner really don’t get it. In baseball you can either buy a contending team or build one. With the Mariners, this season at least, still keeping a bit of a lid on the payroll they are looking to build and not buy and that’s gonna take another year or two.

    Deal with it.

    • M’s Fan1986

      Clearly you dont understand the concept of “competition.” Bringing up Taylor could be the kick in the butt that Miller needs, or Just maybe, Taylor comes up and becomes the next Mariner Shortstop.

  • Cameron

    Stop it. Part of the reason we keep destroying prospects is we call them up before they’re ready to patch holes our front offense didn’t have the foresight to patch at the beginning of the year.

    The kid has played 30-odd games at AAA, let him freaking develop at a normal pace instead of throwing him to the wolves. Same thing they did to Zunino last year, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.