Miller's Simple Approach

After being drafted out of Selma High School, Alabama, in the 4th round by the Florida Marlins, Jai Miller has been a standout athlete who is progressively improving to become a fine young ball player.

"I think I'm progressing pretty well. I mean I had a really good week a couple of weeks ago; I was player of the week," Jai Miller confidently stated. "Just having a week like that just lets me know that I'm doing what I need to do and I just need to continue doing what I'm doing."

Miller has been known to be an extremely gifted athlete, one who was a Prep All-American football player in high school. He decided to choose baseball and has shown some progress every year offensively. He still wants to continue improving and learn his approach better offensively.

"Well, I mean, it varies depending on the pitcher, if I've faced the guy at his past. Looking at his numbers, guys who have faced him, what kind of pitches he has and how pitches to certain guys pretty much determines how my approach is based on that guy," he explained.

Simplifying his approach, the 6-foot-4 outfielder doesn't want to think too deeply when he is at bat. He hopes to boost his .216 batting average by taking a fundamentally simple attitude for hitting.

"The most important thing is seeing the ball and hitting it. You try to go out there and think too much, and that takes away from you just reacting. So I mean you want to have an approach, but at the same time you just want to react to it."

"Over time it's playing, playing, and playing, just understanding your swing and just get more comfortable out there. It's just one of those things that come along over time, being more consistent at the plate," he admitted.

With experience, he can become a solid ballplayer with first-rate athleticism. A positive mindset along with a hard working mentality will enable him to have a chance to move up in the organization.

"You can see the guys who are just athletes out there that haven't been used to playing. That's kind of how I was when I first got into pro ball. I was kind of raw and getting used to the game. I think over time, just keep playing, and just fine tune yourself playing baseball."

(Photos exclusively Copyright © 2007 Nikolaus Johnson Controlled Images)


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