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Owen Miller

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Owen Robert Miller

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Infielder Owen Miller was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the 2018 amateur draft, out of Illinois State University. He was coming off a season in which he had hit .384 as a junior, after batting ,328 and .325 his first two years in college.

He began his pro career with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League, then after 49 games was promoted to the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League, where he played another 26 games. The move up in classification did not seem to bother him as he batted .335 for Tri-City and .336 for Fort Wayne. His combined line in 75 games was .336/.386/.460, with 40 runs and 33 RBIs. He was named a mid-season All-Star in the Northwest League. In 2019, he moved up to the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the AA Texas League, skipping a level along the way, and batted .290/.355/.430 in 130 games. He also showed good power with 28 doubles and 13 homers, scored 76 runs and drove in 68. He was a Texas League All-Star, a AA All-Star and a Padres organizational All-Star. He then played in the Arizona Fall League, although he found the going tougher, hitting just .176 in 18 games.

In 2020, the Padres added him to their 60-player pool when the season finally started after the stoppage caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. He was working out at their alternative training site when on August 31st, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with three major leaguers - Austin Hedges, Josh Naylor and Cal Quantrill - and two other top prospects - Gabriel Arias and Joey Cantillo - in return for P Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen and a player to be named later. He made his major league debut with the Indians in 2021, playing 60 games and hitting .204 with 4 homers and 18 RBIs. He was used at both second and first base, but also saw time at 3B, SS and DH.

He played his first full major league season with the renamed Cleveland Guardians in 2022 and got off to a great start as he was batting an even .400 at the end of April. He obviously could not maintain that torrid pace and finished at .243 in 130 games with 26 doubles and 6 homers, scoring 53 runs and driving in 51 for the division winners. He split time at first base with Josh Naylor, getting most of the starts against lefties and also seeing time at second base and at DH. He went 0 for 4 in the Wild Card Series when the Guardians swept the Tampa Bay Rays in two games, and 15 for 5 in their loss to the New York Yankees in the Division Series. Following the season, on December 14th, he went back to his home state when the Guardians traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers in return for future considerations.

His younger brother, SS Noah Miller, was the #36 pick in the 2021 amateur draft.

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