Graduated from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla...Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the June, 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign...Played college baseball at Clemson University where he finished his career with a .339 BA, 16 HR and 135 RBI over a three-year career...Named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC in 2011 after leading thAe conference in batting (.395)...Played in the 2010 College World Series batting .188 (3-16) with two runs and an RBI for the Tigers...Played opposite current teammate Tyler Webb (South Carolina)...His father, Steve, played college baseball at the University of Northern Iowa. His sister, Megan, was an accomplished high school softball player...Was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team (2009, 2010)...Played AAU baseball for former White Sox and Tigers outfielder Chet Lemon...Resides in Windemere, Florida...Grew up a few houses away from Ken Griffey Jr's house ASin Windemere.
Played for four organizations (Dodgers, Indians, Yankees, Phillies) from Spring Training through the end of the season, but only appeared in Major League games with the Indians (13) and Phillies (66)...Hit eight of his 13 home runs during the month of September, T-4th among National League batters...Combined to bat .260 with 13 HR and 25 RBI over 79 games with an .894 OPS...Tallied three multi-home run games, all during the last two weeks of the season...Led all MLB players hitting seven home runs from Sept. 21 through the end of the season, T-2nd most (Harmon Killebrew, MIN, 9 HR, 1962) by any player over the final nine games of an MLB season since the schedule expanded to 162 games in 1961...Hit 12 HR vs. right-handed pitchers and 1 HR vs. a righthanded pitcher...Hit his first career pinch-hit home run on 6/25 vs. NYM off Wilmer Font, as part of a five-run rally giving Jake Arrieta a win after trailing 5-2 entering the inning...Began his 2019 journey in Spring Training with the Dodgers, but was released and signed by the Cleveland Indians (3/24) at the end of March. Was later signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent in late April (4/22), but did not appear in a Major League game...Played in 41 games with Scranton-Wilkes Barre (AAA). hitting 10 HR with a .399 on-base percentage.
Played in 75 games between Tampa Bay (48) and Milwaukee (27) over the course of the season...Played in 10 minor league games making appearances in Colorado Springs (AAA) and at Charlotte (A) for injury rehabilitation...Missed time on the Injured List for a groin strain (4/9-19)...Was designated for assignment on June 7, then was traded from the Rays to the Brewers on June 10 for 1B Ji-Man Choi and sent to Colorado Springs...Ran off a career-high nine game hitting streak (6/26-7/4), batting .355 (11-31) with 2 HR and 6 RBI during the stretch...Batted .324 (11-34) during the month of July...Batted .458 (11-24) in Interleague play, highest in MLB among players with 25 or more plate appearances...Hit a career-low seven home runs and did not record an RBI over his final 14 games of the season.
Hit a career-low .201 (68-for-338) in 110 games (96 starts; 87-2B, 9-DH)…hit 9 HR, his fewest since his rookie season in 2013 (8), on the heels of a 30-HR season in 2016…recorded a career-high 63 BB to finish with a .327 OBP... Missed a combined 42 games due to a pair of disabled list stints…was on the 10-day DL for 15 games (May 16-31) with a left abdominal strain and 27 games (June 7-July 6) with a right groin strain... His .201 avg. was the 3rd-lowest in franchise history (min. 300 AB), ahead of Carlos Peña in 2012 (.197) and 2010 (.196)... Walked once every 6.46 PA, 4th-highest rate in the AL (min. 300 PA) and the highest by a Ray since Carlos Peña (6.32) in 2008... Among second basemen, his 11 errors tied for 3rd-most in the AL and were the most by a Ray since Melvin Upton Jr. (12) in 2007…made 10 errors in 198 chances through July 14 for a .949 fielding pct., compared to 1 error in 159 chances after that (.994 fielding pct.)... Hit .320/.345/.640 (8-for-25) with 2 2B, 2 HR and 9 RBI in his last 8 games (all starts) beginning Sep 19, increasing his season avg. from .192 to .201…totaled only 3 RBI in his previous 26 games (20 starts) from Aug 18-Sep 17.... Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day roster (2014-15 with Seattle, 2016 with Tampa Bay)… started at second base and hit cleanup... Struck out in 13 straight games to begin the season, setting a club record (min. 1 AB or SF)... On April 8 vs. TOR, drew a bases-loaded walk for the first walk-off plate appearance of his career… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Rays player whose first walk-off RBI came via walk... On April 14 at BOS, finished a double shy of the cycle…marked the fourth time in club history a Ray recorded a triple and homer in the same game at Fenway Park, and first time since Sam Fuld on April 11, 2011 (2-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR)... During the four-game series from April 14-17 at BOS, became the first Ray in franchise history to ever triple twice in a series at Fenway Park... On May 9 vs. KC, his homer was projected by StatCast at 329 feet, the shortest by a Ray since StatCast data is available (2015)... Surrounding the All-Star break, became the first Ray with go-ahead hits in the 8th inning or later in back-to-back team games since Jerry Sands on June 15-16, 2014 at HOU, vs. BAL…on July 9 vs. BOS, hit a go-ahead, 2-run homer in the 8th inning off Joe Kelly, the third time in his career he hit a go-ahead homer in the 8th inning or later…it brought the Rays to within 3.5 games of the first-place Red Sox entering the All-Star break…on July 14 at LAA, his 10th-inning RBI double marked his third career go-ahead hit in extra innings and first since April 11, 2015 at OAK... On Sep 19 vs. CHC, his 6th-inning homer off Mike Montgomery was the Rays only hit of the game…it was the seventh time since Baseball Reference data is available (1913) that a team's only hit was a home run by the No. 9 hitter, first since PIT Joe Randa on Sep 22, 2006 at SD... Underwent core muscle surgery, performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, following the season.
Hit 30 HR in 152 games in his first season with the Rays…surpassed his career total (29) in 343 games over three seasons with the Mariners…his previous career high was 11 HR in 2015…ranked 2nd on the team to Evan Longoria with 30 HR, 81 RBI and .482 SLG and led the club with 6 3B and 47 BB…became the sixth Ray all-time with a 30-HR season, joining Longoria (4), Carlos Peña (3), Aubrey Huff (1), Fred McGriff (1) and José Canseco (1)...Miller and Longoria became the third pair of Rays teammates with 30 HR apiece, joining Longoria and Peña (2009) and McGriff and Canseco (1999)…in 2016, only four other pairs of infielder teammates hit at least 30 HR: BAL Chris Davis (38) and Manny Machado (37), CHC Kris Bryant (39) and Anthony Rizzo (32), SEA Robinson Canó (39) and Kyle Seager (30) and TEX Rougned Odor (33) and Adrian Beltre (32)...Became the 17th player in major league history to hit at least 30 HR while playing the majority of their games at SS-but the first of those who batted left-handed…PHI Jimmy Rollins (2007) and CWS José Valentin (2004) did it as switchhitters…prior to 2016, the HR record for a lefthanded hitting shortstop (min. half of games at SS) was 24 by DET Dick McAuliffe in 1964-but both Miller and LAD Corey Seager (26) passed him in 2016...Set the Rays home run record for a shortstop, as 19 of his 30 HR came while playing SS…the previous record was 15, shared by Asdrubal Cabrera (2015) and Julio Lugo (2003)...Began the season as the starting shortstop and finished it as the primary first baseman… started 140 games total (95-SS, 37-1B, 7-DH, 1-LF)…became one of only three players since Baseball Reference data is available (1913) to make at least 35 starts at both SS and 1B in a season, joining MIL Mark Loretta (1999) and STL Dots Miller (1914)…the 37 starts at 1B all came over the team's last 52 games, beginning Aug 8…didn't start a game at SS when Matt Duffy was healthy, but started 9 games there in September…prior to 2016, had never appeared in a game at 1B...Is one of five active players to start a game at all four infield and all three outfield positions in his career, a list that includes former Rays Ben Zobrist, Sean Rodriguez and Jake Elmore...Hit 22 HR at home, tying CLE Mike Napoli for 2nd in the AL behind BAL Mark Trumbo (25) and falling one shy of Carlos Peña's club record (2007)…73.3 pct. of home runs came at Tropicana Field, the highest ratio by a Ray (min. 20 HR) since Ty Wigginton (75.0) in 2006. Ê Hit 27 of his 30 HR (90 pct.) off right-handed pitchers, 3rd-highest rate in Rays history (min. 20 HR) behind Eric Hinske (19 of 20, 95.0 pct.) in 2008 and Corey Dickerson (22 of 24, 91.7 pct.) in 2016...Eight times his home run(s) accounted for all the Rays runs…according to Stats LLC, since data is available (1974) this tied former Rays first base coach George Hendrick (1980 Cardinals) for the most of any major league player in a single season…this included one game in which Miller hit 2 HR (Aug 13 at NYY, both off RH Masahiro Tanaka) totaling 4 RBI in an 8-4 loss...Hit 7 HR vs. the Yankees, tying BAL Mark Trumbo for most in the majors and most by a Ray vs. NYY since Evan Longoria in 2013 (9)...Tied for 5th in the AL with 6 3B…since his debut on June 28, 2013, his 20 3B are tied for 5th in the AL, trailing teammate Kevin Kiermaier (22) among others…tied for 6th in the AL with 34 XBH after the All-Star break...Led the majors with 5 games in which he recorded a triple and a double-most of any AL player since ANA Chone Figgins (6) in 2004, as well as setting a club record (prev. 3, several times)…4 of those 5 games came within the team's first 50 games, the first player to achieve that since CIN Vada Pinson in 1959...Was batting .071 (2-for-28) through April 15 until his first home run on April 16 vs. CWS...On May 6 at LAA, recorded 4 hits-including a home run-to tie his career high...On July 31 vs. NYY, hit the fifth home run into the Rays Touch Tank since it opened in 2006… was the first player to hit one in there since SEA Nelson Cruz on May 27, 2015…the only other Ray to do it was José Lobatón in Game 3 of the 2013 ALDS, a walk-off homer off BOS Koji Uehara...His 26 RBI in August were 4th in the AL, one shy of the AL co-leaders (HOU José Altuve, BOS Mookie Betts, MIN Brian Dozier), his careerhigh for a calendar month and the most by a Ray in any month since Kelly Johnson in May 2013 (26)…had a streak of 6 games with an RBI from Aug 3-8, longest streak by a Ray since Ben Zobrist in Sep 2012 (6)…had 11 RBI on the Aug 15-25 homestand...Had 3 multi-homer games: Aug 13 at NYY, Aug 16 vs. SD and Sep 21 vs. NYY…on Sep 21, was part of back-to-back-to-back home runs (between Longoria and Dickerson) in the 3rd inning and hit his 30th HR later in the game… Miller already has 8 career multi-homer games, equaling the total that BOS Ted Williams had through the same number of games (495)...Hit only .158 (15-for-95) over his last 27 games, beginning Sep 4, and finished the season in an 0-for-18 slump.
Was the Mariners Opening Day shortstop for the second consecutive season...one of only four in the majors to start games at SS (83), 2B (5), 3B (1) and all three outfield positions: CF (20), LF (9) and RF (1) in 2015...joined CIN Kristopher Negron, BOS Brock Holt and LAD Enrique Hernandez...Mark McLemore (2001) was the only other Mariner to start a game at those positions in the same season…Has been the Mariners primary shortstop for the past 2-1/2 seasons...started 81 of the Mariners first 116 games at SS in 2015, then made only 2 starts there the final six weeks of the season as he shifted more to the outfield when the M's promoted rookie SS Ketel Marte and traded away outfielders Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano…Set career bests in games (144), at-bats (438), hits (113), doubles (22), home runs (11), RBI (46), walks (47) and OBP (.329)...his career-high 13 SB were 2nd on the Mariners and his 6 sacrifice flies led the team…His .730 OPS ranked 7th among major league shortstops with 400 or more AB, just behind TB Asdrubal Cabrera (.744)…Had never played the outfield as a professional before debuting in LF on May 14 vs. BOS...210 of his first 228 career starts were at SS...worked with M's coach Andy Van Slyke on the transition...in 41 games (30 starts) in the outfield committed just one error in 253.0 innings and 55 total chances…Played all three outfield positions Oct 3 vs. OAK, starting in CF (6 innings), moving to RF (1 inning) and finishing in left field (2 innings)...only one other major leaguer did it in 2015: STL Randal Grichuk...became the fourth player in Mariners history to play all three outfield positions in a game, joining Rich Amaral, Stan Javier and Michael Saunders…Led the Mariners in batting after Sep 1 with a .319 (23-for-72) avg. ...during his career has done his best hitting late in the season, batting .288 with a .456 SLG after Aug 1 and a .224 avg. and .358 SLG before...in 2015, batted .304 with an .801 OPS in his final 51 games…Hit all 11 of his home runs vs. RHP, and each of his last 15 HR have been off righties...last home run off a southpaw was April 11, 2014 vs. OAK Drew Pomeranz...27 of his 29 career home runs have come vs. RHP… Named AL Player of the Week, May 11-17, after hitting .429 (9-for-21) with 6 runs, 3 2B, 4 HR and 5 RBI...it was his second time winning the award (also as a rookie in 2013)…On May 16 vs. BOS, he homered twice off Rick Porcello in a 4-2 loss...it was the fifth multi-homer game of his career and it came in only his 233rd game...that's as many multi-homer games as Willie Mays had after his first 233 games...also one more than Frank Robinson, two more than Ken Griffey Jr. and three more than Ted Williams.
Appeared in 123 games, making 107 starts (SS-105, 2B-2), hitting .221 (81x367)with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 4 triples,10 home runs and 36 RBI... Hit .267 (59x221) with33 runs, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs and 25 RBI in his ﬁnal 80 games (May 29-end of season);hit .151 (22x146) with 14 runs, 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 11 RBIin his ﬁrst 43 games of the season... Hit .350 (14x40)with 5 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, .366 on-base percentage, .500 slugging and a .866OPS in his ﬁnal 17 games (Sept. 6-end of season)... Over ﬁnal 32 games (starting Aug. 11), posted a .930 OPS, the 8th-best mark in the American League during that span... Became just the 4th Mariners shortstop with 10+ home runs in a season, joining Alex Rodriguez (5x), Rey Quiñones (2x) & Todd Cruz (1x)... His 10 home runs as a shortstop were 2nd-best in the American Leaguebehind Chicago's Alexei Ramirez (15)... Hit .298 (25x84) with 15 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 12 RBIwith an .867 OPS during June... Made ﬁrst Opening Day roster…18th Opening Day shortstop in club history... Hit .410 (25x71) with 6 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 21 Cactus League games to win Opening Day starting shortstop position.
Appeared in 76 games, making 73 starts (SS-68 G/62 GS, 2B-13 G/11 GS, 3B-3 G/0 GS). Among AL rookies after the All-Star break, ranked 2nd in extra-base hits (18), T2nd in home runs (8) and 3rd in hits (66), runs scored (33) and RBI (29)…overall led American League rookies with 6 triples (T4thmost in Mariners rookie history). Made team-high 67 starts batting leadoff (32-35 team record)…hit .281 (18x64) with 5 extra-base hits and 3 walks as first batter of game. Recorded 3 multi-home run games: July 19 at Houston, Aug. 13 at Tampa Bay, Sept. 28 vs. Oakland…first Mariners rookie to record three multi-HR games during rookie season…first ML rookie to accomplish this since Chris Young, ARI (5 in 2007) & Ryan Braun, MIL (3 in 2007). Hit first career leadoff home run Aug. 13 at Tampa Bay (also multi-HR game)…Ben Zobrist of Tampa Bay also hit leadoff HR in a multi-HR game, marking third time in MLB history that each team's starting leadoff hitter hit multiple home runs in the same game, and the second time both hit a leadoff HR (6/5/94 - Tony Phillips & Chuck Knoblauch). Recorded pair of triples in first game batting leadoff July 5 at Cincinnati…3rd rookie in club history with 2 triples in a game (Spike Owen-6/28/83 & Danny Tartabull-5/13/86). Went 3-for-5 with 2 HR and 5 RBI July 19 at Houston…first 2 HR of MLB career, joining Nick Franklin (5/30 at SD) as only Mariners with multi-HR games for first homers of career. 6 of 8 home runs came via multi-HR games, including first 4 HR…3rd player since 1969 to record first 4 career HR in pair of multi-HR games. Missed 6 games Sept. 15-20 with a mild left hamstring strain. Named American League Player of the Week for week ending July 21…first Mariners rookie POTW since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989. Made MLB debut June 28 vs. Chicago-NL (0x3, RBI, BB, SB)…recorded first 2 hits (both doubles off E. Jackson) June 30 vs. the Cubs. Combined to bat .319 (82x257) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 68 games with AAA Tacoma and AA Jackson. Hit .356 (37x104) with 26 R, 5 2B, 3B, 6 HR and 28 RBI & finished with active 22-game hitting streak at AAA Tacoma.
Hit .334 (186x557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson...86 hits ranked 2ndamongst all minor leaguers, and ranked 4th in runs scored and T10th in doubles...led allMariners farmhands with 56 multi-hit games...reached base safely, via hit or walk, in 123of 137 (90%) games...named California League All-Star and Player of the Week, April 5-15(.372/16x43, 15 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI)...recorded season-high 16-game hit streak, May30-June 15 (.369/24x65, 14 R, 7 2B, 3B, 5 RBI); T8th-longest in the California League...hit .320 (47x147) in 40 games with Jackson...started all 8 playoff games at shortstop andhit .314 (11x35)...received the Mariners Heart and Soul Award for his exemplary play andleadership skills both on and off the field.
Began pro career with Clinton...hit safely in 11 of 14 games...reached on an infieldsingle in first career at-bat, Aug. 20 vs. Kane County (1x4)...participated in the 2011Mariners Instructional League.