Today couldn’t have gone any better for Clemson fans. Early this morning it was announced that Brad Miller, the former Clemson shortstop and 62nd pick of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft has been called up to the Seattle Mariners. From my earlier post on Sports-Kings:
After just 26 games at the triple-A level, where he hit a cool, .356, the former Clemson shortstop and 2011 ACC Player of the Year has been promoted to the Seattle Mariners. He will take over for Brendan Ryan–who is hitting just .196–as the starting shortstop.
Brad Miller has drawn 35 walks in just 68 minor league games (combined across double-A and triple-A). As a junior at Clemson University he drew 40 walks and with an OBP near .500. If I had to give a player comparison it would be Michael Young, one of my favorite All-American ball players. Both make great contact and collect tons of hits, though Miller may have a more patient, Bobby Abreu-esque approach. Neither is a dominant power hitter or base stealer (24 home runs and 13 stolen bases are career highs for Michael Young), but both are (or were) well-rounded enough to earn very respectable totals in the categories.
Clemson fans can all unite to applaud their fellow Clemson Tiger and wish him well! Send him a congratulatory tweet at SergioMillar.
As if that wasn’t enough, Clemson University held a 2:00 pm press conference (6/28/13) to announce that the suspect in the case of the Howard’s Rock vandalism has been apprehended. The “Rock Vandal” faces up to five-years in jail! Surely, he has temporarily surpassed Steve Spurrier to become the biggest villain in Clemson lore.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can get your filthy browser off my blog. No, but seriously you should check out the video below to learn about Clemson’s special traditional with Howard’s Rock and then just know that someone broke into the stadium and severely damaged the rock. Approximately 15% of it was broken off. TigerNet has all the details.
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- Pisgah Forest man charged in vandalism of famed Clemson rock (blueridgenow.com)
- One Alleged Vandal Of Clemson’s Special Rock Arrested (deadspin.com)
- Former Clemson SS, Brad Miller, Part of Promising Future in Seattle (ryankantor.com)
- Touching base with new Mariner shortstop Brad Miller (blogs.seattletimes.com)
- Former Clemson Shortstop, Brad Miller, Promoted to Seattle Mariners (Sports-Kings.com)