Brad Miller Provides Pop to the Brewers’ Middle Infield
Sometimes, life is a little weird. I ended up on the phone with my dad for a sprawling 25 minute conversation which included some Brewers talk (Like always) and mentioned how the Brewers could use help from a guy like Miller. Whilst on the phone, Milwaukee made the move to acquire the infielder from Tampa Bay for Ji-Man Choi and cash. It was a great deal for each side. Choi gets to play nearly every day, and Milwaukee hopefully gets some help with their offense as it’s been sputtering near the bottom of the order.
Miller is a valued addition to the team from an offensive perspective. He’s a home run hitter from the left side of the plate. That’s always a welcomed sign to see. He also did a lot of his homer damage at Tropicana Field, one of the worst places to hit for a batter. He now gets the luxury of hitting at Miller Park. Also, Miller played in the American League for most of his career, and while interleague means pitchers see batters more, the exposure to Miller is very limited from the National League. The veteran infielder is struggling a bit at the plate this year with strikeouts as his K rate is the highest of his career, but we’ve seen different guys revive their careers here in Milwaukee.
The only major issue with Miller is he’s a putrid fielder. He has not played shortstop in a couple years for good reason. The scouting report is he can make some of the hardest plays look difficult, but then simple ones, he will just boot away. Miller might play second, and the team may go back to Jonathan Villar at shortstop, a move they haven’t used in a couple of years. Another idea could be a potential platoon when Tyler Saladino comes back from injury. Saladino is probably a few weeks away from being healthy again though.
Good move by David Sterns and crew as they try to keep up with the NL Central