For the past several seasons, the Cardinals have been searching for a left-handed-hitting utility player. With the signing of Brad Miller, the Cardinals think they have finally found their guy.
The 30-year-old Miller has played with the Mariners, Rays, Brewers, Indians, and most recently the Phillies across his seven-year career in the Majors. Although it doesn’t matter now, since he is completely out of the picture, Miller brings a much better bat to the table than Yairo Munoz did, as well as defensively flexibility and capability. Miller can play all infield positions — second base and shortstop most often in his career — and work in the outfield where needed.
2019 Statistics: 170 PA, .260/.329/.565, 13 HR, 25 RBI, 26.5 K%, 8.8 BB%, 126 wRC+, 1.2 WAR
2020 FanGraphs Depth Chart Projections: 172 PA, .238/.317/.446, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 26.9 K%, 10.0 BB%, 99 wRC+, 0.5 WAR
Miller is currently on the mend from back stiffness that has kept him sidelined for over a week. Miller participated in a full workout on Sunday and will be re-evaluated on Monday. If that goes well, we could see Miller back in the lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday.