William Edward McMillon was originally signed by Marlins scout John Castelberry...attended Clemson University from 1991-93...finished his three-year career at Clemson with the best lifetime batting average in school history (.382)...named to Baseball America's All-Freshman team and to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team after hitting .391 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI in 1991...hit .372 with four home runs and 27 RBI as sophomore in 1992...was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, led the Tigers to the ACC Tournament title and finished second to Georgia Tech's Jason Varitek for the league's batting crown (.377) as junior in 1993...added five home runs and 30 RBI...is married, Krista.
Used primarily as a pinch-hitter, McMillon had some big moments during the season but isn't exactly the power hitter most teams would like in a lefty off the bench. He's unsigned for 2005.
Was a non-roster invitee with the A's this spring but opened the season at Triple-A Sacramento...was brought up to Oakland on May 29 and spent the rest of the year with the A's...earned his spot on the roster by going 6 for 10 with four doubles as a pinch hitter over his first 17 games...since 1974 (the earliest year pinch hit data is available), no Oakland player has had four pinch doubles in an entire season...finished the season by going 10 for 26 (.385) as a pinch hitter with four doubles, one home run, seven RBI and three walks...his pinch hits were the most by an Athletic since Dave Magadan tied the Oakland record with 13 in 1997...led the American League in pinch hits, pinch doubles and pinch average, tied for second in pinch homers and pinch RBI and tied for fifth in pinch walks...now has a .250 (18 for 72) career average as a pinch hitter...went 9 for his first 17 (.529) as a pinch hitter but was 1 for his last 9...ended up batting .268 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 66 games overall...the home runs were are career high as he had just seven home runs in 151 career games entering the season...also had career highs in games, at bats (153), hits (41), doubles (11) and RBI (26) and matched his high in walks (19)...made 35 starts for the A's (27 in left field, eight at designated hitter) and was 31 for 120 (.258) in his starting assignments...hit .314 (11 for 35) as the A's designated hitter...saw most of his playing time against right handed pitchers as he was 39 for 136 (.287) against right handers and 2 for 17 (.118) against left handers...also saw most of his action batting leadoff (17 starts) and hit .296 (21 for 71) with 16 of his 26 RBI while batting in the number one spot...was 4 for 7 (.571) with seven RBI with the bases loaded this year and is 9 for 18 (.500) with two grand slams and 21 RBI in his career with the bases loaded...following his promotion to Oakland, he pinch hit seven times over an eight game span from May 30 to June 8, going 3 for 7 with two doubles and two RBI as a pinch hitter over that stretch...made his major league debut at first base on June 26 at Texas...led off the game with a home run for the first time in his career on July 26 at Anaheim...hit each of his first three home runs and four of six for the season against Anaheim...batted .423 (11 for 26) with eight RBI in nine games against Anaheim for the season and is a .318 (14 for 44) career hitter against the Angels with four of his 13 career home runs...had his first of four three-hit games on July 26 against Anaheim (also August 24 at Toronto, September 7 at Tampa Bay and September 21 vs. Seattle), matching his career high...that boosted his average to .301 (22 for 73) after his first 37 games but a 2 for 28 (.071) slump over a 13-game stretch from July 27 to August 22 dropped his average to .238...went 17 for 52 (.327) with three home runs and 15 RBI over his final 16 games beginning on August 23 to finish the year at .268...snapped a 0 for 16 streak with a two-run double on August 23 at Toronto and had a career high five RBI the next day against the Blue Jays...finished the season with seven RBI against Toronto...snapped a 0 for 7 streak as a pinch hitter with a three-run pinch hit homer on September 11 against Anaheim, the first pinch homer of his career...batted .333 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 38 games with Sacramento...added 17 walks for a .401 on-base percentage...hit .384 (43 for 112) against right handers and .195 (8 for 41) against left handers...saw most of his action hitting third (46 for 140, .329)...appeared in 27 games in right field, nine in left field and two at designated hitter...was on the disabled list from April 16 to 24 with a right abdominal strain...hit two home runs in his first game back on April 24 against Las Vegas and had five home runs and 11 RBI in his first seven games...batted .396 (21 for 53) over his first 13 games and .300 (30 for 100) over his last 25...went 7 for 8 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in a doubleheader at Tacoma on May 20, including a four hit performance in the first game...had a season high four RBI on May 23 against Fresno.
Was with the Florida Marlins in spring training but was released at the end of the spring and ended up spending the entire season at Triple-A Columbus in the New York Yankees organization...hit .301 with the Clippers with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 115 games...was the only regular in the Yankees farm system to hit .300 or better...led Columbus in hits (133), doubles (32), walks (59) and on-base percentage (.388) and tied for the team lead in runs scored (72)...batted .324 (111 for 343) with all eight of his home runs against right handed pitching compared to .222 (22 for 99) against left handers...saw most of his action in the leadoff spot where he hit .300 (84 for 280), but also saw some playing time hitting second (20 for 61, .328) and third (27 for 90, .300)...average improved to .337 (30 for 89) with runners in scoring position, including .350 (14 for 40) with RISP and two outs...appeared in 75 games in left field and one at first base and also batted .303 (47 for 155) in 39 games as the designated hitter...hit .160 (4 for 25) with no extra base hits and three RBI in 14 spring training games with Florida but was released on March 30...signed a minor league deal with the Yankees organization on April 8 and hit .363 (41 for 113) over his first 30 games through May 19...hit .323 in April and .337 in May...reached base safely via hit or walk in 20 consecutive games from April 30 to May 25...then batted .281 in June, .280 in July and .288 in August...had a 10-game hitting streak from June 8 to 17 (15 for 39, .385)...reached base safely in 22 consecutive games from June 20 to July 16...had three doubles on July 25 against Norwich...homered twice on August 19 against Louisville and both came in extra innings...tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the 15th and hit the game winning two run shot in the 17th for a 10-9 win...went 4 for 4 with three doubles and a RBI on August 30 against Toledo in his only appearance of the season at first base.Career:1993
-made his pro debut at Single-A Elmira, collecting 69 hits in just 57 games...ranked seventh in the league with a .305 batting average, 19 points better than any other Elmira player...finished fourth in the league in on-base percentage (.398) and eighth in slugging (.465)...was second on his club with 14 doubles and third with six home runs. 1994
-played his first full professional season at Single-A Kane County, hitting the 100 RBI mark...led the Midwest League and all Marlins minor leaguers in RBI (101) and walks (84)...his 101 RBI marked a new Kane County record...started in the Midwest League All-Star Game and was named to the league's post-season All-Star squad...was also selected to the Topps Single-A All-Star team. 1995
-batted .313, third-best in the Eastern League, in a minor league best 141 games at Double-A Portland and was named Marlins Minor League Player of the Year...paced the league in hits (162), walks (96), on-base percentage (.423) and games played...finished second in at-bats (518) and runs (92), third in RBI (93) and fourth in total bases (239)...named to the Eastern League All-Star squad...collected 93 RBI, most in the Florida minor league system...also led Marlins farmhands in hits, walks and total bases...his 96 walks were fourth-most in all of the minors...belted two home runs twice, June 24 versus Trenton and July 21 versus Norwich...named the Eastern League Player of the Week July 24-30...named the Marlins Minor League Player of the Month in July. 1996
-played the first half of the 1996 season at Triple-A but was recalled to the majors by the Marlins on July 24 and spent the remainder of the campaign with Florida...collected his first major league hit in his debut on July 26 versus San Diego off Trevor Hoffman...went 2 for 3 with three RBI the next day versus the Padres...won the International League batting title with a .352 average despite his recall to the major leagues in July...his .352 average led all Marlins minor leaguers...earned the nod as a Triple-A All-Star from Baseball America...was also tabbed as an International League All-Star and the league's Rookie of the Year...was one of just two IL players with 15 or more homers to rank in the top 10 in hitting...led the circuit with a .418 on-base percentage...finished second with a .602 slugging percentage and fifth with 32 doubles...was named IL Player of the Week from June 10-16, batting .439 (18 for 41) with five doubles and three homers...named TOPPS/NAPBL Player of the Month for July...was rated as the Marlins seventh-best prospect prior to the season by Baseball America. 1997
-saw action with both the Marlins and the Phillies in 1997, combining for a .256 batting average with two homers and 14 RBI...was recalled by Florida twice, first spending time with the Marlins from May 17 to 23...went 1 for 5 (all pinch-hit appearances) and collected his first major league extra-base hit when he doubled on May 17 at Pittsburgh...rejoined the Marlins on June 22 and went 1 for 13 at the plate before returning to Triple-A Charlotte on July 10...started in left field on July 2 at Boston and July 6 at the Yankees...was acquired by the Phillies on July 21 in exchange for catcher Darren Daulton and was recalled by the major league club on August 18...hit his first career homer b a grand slam b off San Francisco's Mark Gardner at Veterans Stadium on August 18...went 3 for 5 in the game...started 19 games, 17 in left field, for the Phillies and had 12 RBI in those games...split his minor league action between Charlotte and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...opened at Charlotte for the second year in a row and hit .279 with 26 RBI in 57 games...reported to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his trade from the Marlins to the Phillies on July 21...batted .293 with 21 RBI in 26 games for the Red Barons...twice had four RBI in a game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, August 2 at Pawtucket and August 10 at Syracuse. 1998
-played all season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 1998 but appeared in just 77 games due to injuries...ruptured a tendon in his right middle finger during a check swing on May 14 at Louisville...was on the disabled list from May 21 to July 13 and underwent surgery to repair the damage...hit two homers in a game twice, doing so on July 30 versus Rochester and August 23 at Syracuse...enjoyed a 10-game hitting streak from August 3 to 12 (.436, 17 for 39)...drove in a season-high five runs August 23 versus Syracuse...batted .308 with six doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI during August...strained his right hamstring September 1 versus Pawtucket, forcing him to miss the final six games of the season...hit .281 against lefties...batted .247 with righties on the mound, belting 11 of his 13 home runs. 1999
-enjoyed his best offensive season since 1996 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and ranked eighth among all Triple-A players with a career high 38 doubles...his doubles total was fourth in the International League...finished third in the league with 97 runs...his team best .304 batting average as well as his 132 games played and 16 home runs were all his best marks since 1996...set a career-high with four triples...also drove in 85 runs after having no more than 70 RBI in any of his previous three campaigns...walked nearly as often as he fanned, recording 65 bases on balls and 79 strikeouts...hit safely in a season-high seven games three times including the first seven games (.550, 11 for 20)...homered, a grand slam, and drove in a season-high five runs on May 23 versus Durham...notched a season high 18 RBI in both April and July...posted a .346 batting average (72 for 208) from the beginning of July through the end of August with six homers and 34 RBI...batted .302 (32 for 106) versus lefthanded pitchers and .304 (109 for 358) versus righthanders...hit .323 (40 for 124) with runners in scoring position. 2000
-split his first season in the Tigers organization between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit... named the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year...had his contract purchased from Toledo July 31...made his first appearance in the major leagues since September 28, 1997 on August 5 versus Minnesota...belted two solo home runs versus the Twins, the first multi-home run game of his career...posted a career-high nine-game hitting streak August 10 to 27, batting .424 (14 for 33) with seven runs, three doubles and three RBI...established a career-high with three hits versus Seattle August 22...belted his second career grand slam September 23 at New York against the Yankees Roger Clemens...his four RBI matched a career-high...collected 18 RBI during September...was 5 for 7 (.714) with two RBI as a pinch-hitter...led the International League with a .345 batting average and a .446 on-base percentage...led the Mud Hens with 30 doubles...selected to the league's mid- and post-season all-star teams...collected 32 multi-hit games with Toledo...failed to reach base via a hit or walk in only 11 of 105 games...hit .403 (31 for 77) with nine doubles, four home runs and eight walks when leading off an inning...hit .347 (58 for 167) with 13 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 42 RBI with runners on base...posted an 18-game hitting streak May 16 to June 4 for Toledo...hit .378 (28 for 74) with 16 runs, seven doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI...collected five hits, including two doubles, and scored four runs June 23 versus Ottawa...was 38 for 98 (.388) in June and was named the TOPPS Player of the Month in the International League. 2001
-was claimed on waivers by the A's from Detroit and hit .293 in 20 games with Oakland before a shoulder injury ended his season in late July...batted .217 in 40 games overall as he was hitting just .088 in 20 games with the Tigers when he was designated for assignment on June 12...had appeared in just six games since April 25 when he was claimed on waivers by the A's on June 13...struggled initially with Oakland as he went 1 for 11 in his first five games to put his average at the .089 mark at the end of June...then hit .340 (16 for 47) in July with seven doubles and 10 RBI in 15 games...began post All-Star Break play with an eight-game hitting streak from July 13 to 21 (13 for 29, .448) which fell one short of his career high...had a pair of three hit games on July 13 against Los Angeles and July 20 at Kansas City, tying his career high...kept his hitting streak alive with a pinch hit two-run double on July 19 at Minnesota, snapping a season opening 0 for 13 streak as a pinch hitter, including 0 for 2 with the A's...ended up going 1 for 14 as a pinch hitter for the season...was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 23 with a right shoulder inflammation...had season ending arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder on August 15...his lone home run of the season came with Detroit on April 9 at Minnesota...has seven career home runs and three have come against the Twins....hit .156 (7 for 45) with the bases empty and .277 (13 for 47) with runners on...has a .306 (52 for 170) career average with runners on base, including .288 (30 for 104) with runners in scoring position...ended up making 15 starts for the A's: 13 in left field, one in right field and one at designated hitter.