Brad Miller Has Worn Out His Welcome, Call Up Chris Taylor
Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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.