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Fantasy baseball sleepers: Brad Miller could be huge 2014 fantasy baseball steal

Brad Miller is the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
Brad Miller is the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
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2014 fantasy baseball sleepers now include Brad Miller. The Seattle Mariners named Miller the starting shortstop and fantasy baseball owners need to be paying very close attention to what he did during Spring Training. According to the final stats from the M's through Sunday (March 30), he posted a .410 batting average. It wasn't a very small sample size either, as he played in 21 games and had 69 plate appearances during Spring Training.

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Some of the other remarkable numbers for Miller were his .478 on-base percentage, a 1.314 OPS, and the 10 RBIs that he posted. He was 25-for-61 at the plate, had 14 extra base hits and even posted eight walks along the way. This won him the shortstop position with the Mariners and his chief competition (Nick Franklin) got sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. It all means that he will have ample opportunity to put up some big numbers with the team this season.

When it comes to the 2014 fantasy baseball sleepers, being able to find someone at the shortstop position in later rounds can be a huge deal. He is still under the radar in most leagues and isn't even close to the top 100 drafted players on any of the main sites. This could make Brad Miller a great player to keep an eye on in later rounds and a player that owners holding off on taking a shortstop can fall back on.

Last season, as a rookie with the Seattle Mariners, he played in 76 games and posted a .265 batting average through 76 games. He had 25 extra base hits, 36 RBIs, and five stolen bases to his credit. It's possible that he could bat leadoff sometimes in the coming season and that might really help him post more runs scored and stolen bases as well.

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