Thursday, January 14, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #22 Jalen Miller

Jalen Miller, SS.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  12/19/1996.  5'10", 173 lbs.

Rookie AZL:  .218/.292/.259, 11 SB, 8.6 BB%, 21.3 K%, 197 PA.

Miller is the final member of the Giants Tools Triumvirate.  He's a HS SS picked in round 4 of the 2015 draft.  He got off to a quick pro start in Arizona, the tailed off quite badly as the season progressed, maybe due to the fatigue of playing everyday in the summer heat of Arizona.  He's obviously a bit of a project, and will likely stay in extended spring training this year and either repeat the AZL or move up to Salem-Keizer.  Most likely ceiling is utility IF with a chance to be a starting MLB SS if his bat comes around.  ETA is 2020 at the earliest.


  1. Replies
    1. Maybe I should have called them the Tools Triumvirate? LOL!

    2. Doc, I think you are low on his ceiling. If I am reading your post right, you stated that his most likely ceiling/outcome is an Adrianza type utility guy. Before the draft, Jalen was considered a first round talent and the Giants paid him as such to keep him from going to Clemson. He was dynamic and can't miss box score watching during his first few weeks of the AZL season before he eventually fatigued from playing everyday in the 110 degree heat. I think that his through-the-roof ceiling is more like a SS, top of the order hitter in the Brandon Phillips mold. Honestly, this is the type of prospect I have been dreaming for of the Giants to select in the draft and expect him to start the year in Augusta at SS.
      Doc, have you seen this draft video of Jalen? I really like his simple batting stance that he doesn't have any extra unnecessary movements during his load. At the end of the clip during his in game action, he turns on a pitch and clubs an eye-opening HR that demonstrates what kind of potential stud he can become.

      I know that the purpose of this exercise is not to worry about the order, but just wanted to share a bit about Miller. Keep up the good work and happy prospecting.

      Clint in Anaheim Hills

    3. Most likely ceiling and absolute ceiling are two different things. I like Miller as a prospect, but the odds of him ever being a starting MLB SS are actually fairly low.