So fantastically uninteresting that he’s been on the team a week and I’m only now getting to him, Corky Miller really isn’t that bad of a player. That’s not to say that he’s good, but as backup catchers go you could do worse and frequently will. Drafted out of high school by the Angels, Miller didn’t sign and went to noted academic powerhouse Nevada-Reno. The Reds signed him as an amateur free agent in 1998.
Miller rose through the ranks without hitting for much average, but drawing walks and hitting some home runs, until he was called up by the Reds in 2001. He bounced back and forth between Cincinnati and Louisville for several years until encountering an epic slump in 2004, going 1-39. He was waived at the end of the season and picked up by the Twins, but while hitting a not atypical .229/.379/.465 for Rochester in 2005 was 0-12 for the big club. He played one game for the Red Sox in 2006, going 0-4, but hit .253/.339/.500 in Pawtucket. (Why does Pawtucket have a AAA team anyway?)
The Braves signed him in the offseason to a minor league deal. He was the regular catcher in Richmond, didn’t hit well, but was called up instead of Brayan Pena apparently because the Braves are experimenting with Pena at other positions. Riding a 1-55 streak, he had a hit in his first Braves plate appearance on August 2, and a hit in four tries in his first start. He seemingly throws pretty well.
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