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Mustangs in the Pros: Miller Makes Another Bid for Red Sox Roster Spot

Mustangs in the Pros: Miller Makes Another Bid for Red Sox Roster Spot


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly infielder Mike Miller is making another strong case for a spot on the roster of the Boston Red Sox.

Miller (pictured at right), who played one game for the Red Sox in 2016, is hitting .400 in the month of July for the Pawtucket Red Sox in the Triple-A International League and has a 14-game hitting streak.

Miller has gone 28-for-67 (.418) in his last 20 games from June 29 through Monday, lifting his average 62 points to .264. He played in six games for Boston during Spring Training in 2018 and went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.

Meanwhile, infielder Peter Van Gansen has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going 13-for-34 (.382) with three doubles and five RBI at San Antonio, lifting his average 18 points to .276.

Outfielder Zack Zehner was sent back down to Trenton on July 27 despite a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-26, .385) and is hitting .313 with a triple and home run in his first four games back with the Thunder. Zehner owns a .293 average in 32 games at Trenton (Double-A) and a .253 mark in 56 contests at Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Triple-A).

As for the four members of the 2018 Mustangs who signed contracts in June, outfielder Alex McKenna is hitting .287 at Tri-City, catcher Nick Meyer sports a .269 mark at Brooklyn, infielder Kyle Marinconz owns a .269 average at Auburn, all New York-Penn League teams, and southpaw Trent Shelton is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA for the Arizona Rookie League Padres, striking out 22 with just one walk over 14 1/3 innings.

On the mound, Chase Johnson tossed three scoreless innings for Richmond on Sunday and has a 3.55 ERA over 33 innings (12 appearances). Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2017.

Lakewood's Spencer Howard struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision against Greensboro on July 25.

Cal Poly's two Major Leaguers are Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger and St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Bud Norris.

Haniger has gone 3-for-27 since making his first All-Star appearance July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., his average slipping to .260. He has 18 home runs and 68 RBI.

View a video of Haniger prior to the All-Star Game by clicking here.

Norris has 20 saves in 23 opportunities with a 3-3 record and 3.07 ERA.

The pair of ex-Mustangs in Triple-A are outfielder Nick Torres (Round Rock) along with infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). Pitcher Chase Johnson (Richmond), second baseman Mark Mathias (Akron), first baseman Brian Mundell (Hartford), outfielder Zack Zehner (Trenton) and middle infielder Peter Van Gansen (San Antonio) are in Double-A.

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