College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 58 with Clemson shortstop Brad Miller. He is from Windermere Florida and attended from Olympia High School. As a junior in high school, he hit .420 with a .560 on-base percentage, six homers, and 31 RBIs. He was honored as first-team All-Central Florida for his seasons. Before the 2008 MLB Draft, he was ranked the 17th best prospect in the state of Florida by Perfect Game. Miller was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round before deciding to attend Clemson.
As a freshman in 2009, he started all 66 games he appeared in hitting for a .273 average while hitting three homers and driving in 36 runs. He was disciplined at the plate as he walked 53 times to have an on-base percentage of .405. He spent the summer of 2009 with the USA Collegiate National Team where he accumulated a .255 average with 13 runs, eight RBIs, 16 walks, a .417 on-base percentage, and eight steals in 23 games.
As a sophomore in 2010, Miller ended up leading the team in hitting when he hit .357 with eight homers and 49 RBI. He also was able to pick up nine stolen bases in 11 attempts. He again spent the summer with the USA Collegiate National Team as he appeared in 14 games (seven starts) as he led the team with a .447 batting average with a homer and six RBI.
The biggest issue with Miller is his defense which has been atrocious the last two seasons. In 2009, he made a team high 23 errors and last season made 32 errors, including three in the College World Series. The 55 errors are likely the most I have ever seen from an everyday shortstop at the Division 1 level. I have had several scouts and crosscheckers wonder why he is the everyday shortstop for the Tigers. According to multiple accounts from fall practice, Miller was still playing at shortstop and made a critical error in one of the games. He is on this list more for his potent bat then for his fielding.
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