Miller Thrives By Getting On Base

Jay Miller didn't really figure on going to the Phillies, since they weren't one of the teams that seemed overly interested in him. But that's okay with Miller, who looks to get his pro career started quickly.

Jay Miller put up a long list of accomplishments at Washington State. He ends his college career ranked as the all-time hit leader (307) for the Cougars and is second all-time in doubles (74). What he's most proud of though doesn't show specifically in those numbers. "I guess the proudest part of my career is my strikeout ratio (22 BB:15 KO in 2006). I'm all about getting on base and moving guys over," explained Miller.

That quality will fit nicely in the Phillies minor league system that has its share of high strikeout guys.

Miller is set to meet with a scout from the Phillies on Wednesday and wants to get a deal done so he can get assigned to a short-season team quickly. "My classes end on the 16th and I want to be playing as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to getting started," said the 22 year old outfielder. Coming into the draft, Miller didn't really know what to expect, but he didn't figure on being drafted by the Phillies. "There were a lot of other teams that had scouted me a lot; Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, Baltimore, but Philadelphia is great. I was just excited to be drafted, but the Phillies did sort of surprise me," admitted Miller, who lasted until the 17th round.

In his college career, Miller had played right field early on, but moved to left field and had been somewhat of an anchor there. His time at Washington served as a great experience and he's glad that he chose to attend Washington State. "This is a great school. It's a college town and it's been a lot of fun. It was definitely the right decision for me."

While the Phillies need power hitting position players, don't look to Miller to help fill that void. "I'm never going to hit many homeruns," admitted Miller. "But I'll do everything else that I can do to help my team win."

His final season as a Cougar was a definite success and he wound up with his first All-America honor and he finished the season hitting .361, good enough for sixth in the PAC-10. That average and his ability to get on base were just too much for the Phillies to pass up. Those numbers also make Miller a nice addition to the Phillies' minor league system.

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