Four years after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox, infielder Mike Miller was called up to make his Major League Baseball debut Monday morning.
Miller was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket ahead of Boston’s three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 26-year-old shortstop will likely spell All-Star Xander Bogaerts, who has started 74 games this season and recently expressed the desire for extended rest.
“You have to tough it out. It’s not easy, trust me, it’s not easy,” Bogaerts told the Boston Herald. “I know I’m tired. I can feel I’m tired. I don’t have no legs.”
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Miller has worked his way up through five levels of the Red Sox organization since being drafted in the ninth round back in 2012. He was one of three Cal Poly players drafted that spring, along with outfielder Mitch Haniger and right-handed pitcher Nick Grim.
Having played 46 games this season with Pawtucket in the International League, Miller currently owns a .256 batting average and a .324 on-base percentage. He has 41 hits, seven doubles and seven stolen bases to his credit.
The Red Sox entered Monday’s series opener in Tampa Bay with a 41-34 record, trailing the Baltimore Orioles by four games in the American League East standings. The team sent reliever William Cuevas down to Triple-A Pawtucket as the corresponding roster move to make room for Miller.
A Concord native and De La Salle High School graduate, Miller began his collegiate baseball career at Cuesta College and transferred to Cal Poly before the 2010 season.
As a senior in 2012, Miller garnered first-team all-Big West Conference honors and led the Mustangs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.354), at-bats (246), runs (56), hits (87) and triples (four).
In an interview with The Tribune following the 2012 draft, Miller said he was honored to join the Red Sox organization.
“I was banking on getting drafted or getting a chance to play,” he said. “If not, I probably would’ve gone up north and started looking for a job in a suit and tie. Thank God I don’t have to.”
Four years later, Miller is one big step closer to taking to the field at Fenway Park.