Miller homers in second straight game

BOX SCORES: SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

What began as an encouraging start to 2017 quickly turned south for middle infielder Jalen Miller. Fifteen games in, the 20-year-old from Georgia was slashing .306/.377/.468 with a 17.4 K%. Unfortunately, Miller has been getting BABIP'd a bit, still only striking out at 18.7% but averaging .195 in the 60 games since.

In Miller's last two games, however, he's cleared the fence twice, including Monday night's 405-foot bomb with Madison Bumgarner watching.

Despite his disappointing batting line (.219/.277/.344), I think we can still expect some potential from Miller in the coming years, especially considering he is 2.5 years younger than the average California Leaguer. He's a legitimate defender, and will likely progress up the ranks with a second base profile rather than at shortstop.

Hopefully Miller can push through the rest of the season and bring his line up into the .250/.320/.400 range. Regardless, he's getting great experience playing amongst highly-touted players like himself, such as Bryan Reynolds, Heath Quinn, and Aramis Garcia.

One final note on Miller: I am quite curious why staff doesn't have him attempting to steal more often. He's only tried six times this season in 75 games. He clearly has speed. Is it a base-stealing skill issue or a team-wide lack of basestealing? Considering the San Jose club averages about one attempt per two games, my guess is it is the latter.

OTHER NOTES

Logan Baldwin hit his first professional home run in Monday night's Salem-Keizer Volcanoes game in Everett, Wash., and follower Dave D. had this to say about Baldwin's dinger:

— Also going yard in Everett was second baseman Orlando Garcia, who now has three homers in just 40 plate appearances. Overall, he's slashing .323/.436/.645 with five walks and six strikeouts. Garcia was a recent 15th-round pick out of Texas Tech.

— Left-hander Seth Corry pitched two perfect innings in relief of rehabbing Matt Lujan for the AZL Giants. The third-rounder from Lone Peak High School in Utah hasn't allowed a hit yet as a pro, but has hit a batter and given up three walks in 3.2 innings. Chris Kusiolek had this to say about Corry Monday night.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

  • Remarkably, only one team (DSL Giants) will play baseball on July 11.

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-3, BB
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sandro Fabian: 0-for-3, CS
  7. Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, 3 SO
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  12. Matt Krook: DNP
  13. Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: DNP
  18. Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-4, 2 SO
  19. Dan Slania: DNP
  20. Cory Taylor: DNP
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: 2-for-4, R, HR, SO
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: DNP
  26. Dylan Davis: DNP
  27. Ryder Jones: DNP
  28. Hunter Cole: DNP
  29. Miguel Gomez: DNP
  30. Ryan Howard: 0-for-5, 3 SO

LATEST NEWS