by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Could Brad Miller’s playing time be in jeopardy? The trade to acquire Kendrys Morales makes it obvious that the Mariners are putting a priority on improving their offense. It is also obvious that Miller has been a major disappointment.
In 289 AB he was hitting .204 with 8 HR and 3 SB. His strikeouts were up to 23.2% and he has consistently failed to hit the ball with authority given his 17.1% line drive rate. Throw in an inflated 14.0% IFFB and it’s no wonder why the average has struggled.
He showed signs of turning things around in June (.298), though that came courtesy of a .339 BABIP. In July he’s back to hitting .189… However, there still is reason for optimism. His strikeout rate in July is down to 18.3% and the line drive rate is at 19.0% (after being 20.6% in June). It’s not impossible that he turns things around, the question is if the Mariners are going to give him a shot.