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Detroit Tigers Call Number 2: Brad Miller – Utility Man

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Brad Miller watches as his two-run home run clears the fence. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Tigers are in a bit of a strange place. Their lineup could theoretically be upgraded at a handful of positions, but they also don’t have any glaring holes. At least not if we project Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson to join the club quickly.

They will eventually have to make some harder decisions, particularly with regard to their young outfielders, but for now they are left to make smaller improvements at the margins. It looks like Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Isaac Paredes, and Zack Short will be battling for utility duties on the club, but if the Tigers are really interested in competing this year, they should be targeting a little more stability.

Brad Miller is a flawed player, but he would give the Tigers some much needed left-handed power along with patience and defensive versatility. It might be helpful to compare him to another flawed lefty slugger, Joc Pederson:

Pederson has better career numbers, but Miller has been the better player over the past few seasons. He’s was also superior to Pederson by Statcast’s numbers last year, with the same hard hit rate, but a higher average exit velocity, a higher barrel rate, and a faster sprint speed.

We bring up Pederson only as a means to suggest Miller might be undervalued. The FanGraphs crowdsource numbers expect Pederson to get a two-year, $18-million deal. They didn’t even bother to project Miller.

And again, Miller can play multiple positions. He’s not a great outfielder by any means, but last year he played both outfield corners as well as first base, second base, and third base. He could help form the strong side of a platoon and buy the team some time if Greene or Torkelson need a bit more seasoning.