Brad Miller has been named the American League Player of the Week. The announcement came this afternoon on the MLB Network.
In three games vs. the Astros in Houston, Miller hit .385 (5-for-13) with four runs scored, two home runs, seven RBI and a 1.346 OPS. He hit the first two home runs of his career and drove in a career-high 5 run in Friday’s win.
Miller becomes the first Mariners player to earn player of the week honors since Felix Hernandez (8/20/12), and the first Seattle position player since Justin Smoak (6/4/12). He is the first Mariners rookie to earn the honor since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989 (week ending 4/30/89).
Miller became the second Mariner this season to record a multi-homer effort for the first two home runs of his career, following fellow rookie Nick Franklin’s two homers on May 30th in San Diego. Miller, a former second round pick out of Clemson in 2011, became the first player in Mariners history and the 22nd in Major League annals (dating back to 1916) to notch a pair of games with at least four RBI in the first 17 games of a career. He joins Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig as the only rookies to accomplish the feat this season.
In 19 games, he is hitting .270 (20-for-74) with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 14 RBI, 12 runs scored and 10 walks in 19 games, including seven multi-hit games.