Miller went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs for Double-A Amarillo on Thursday. Miller continues to hit well in his first season in Double-A, as he's now slashing .296/.354/.424 with six homers and 34 RBI through 250 at-bats. Top prospect Luis Urias is expected to get called up to the Padres from Triple-A El Paso sometime this month, which could open up a spot for Miller to move up, as Urias has been getting a lot of time at shortstop for the Chihuahuas.
Miller is slashing .304/.371/.416 through 161 at-bats for Double-A Amarillo. Miller was given the bump straight from Low-A to Double-A before the start of the season, and he's responded well, pushing his average above .300 with a multi-hit day Saturday that saw him drive in two runs and swipe a pair of bases. He's performed at every level he's played in the Padres' system so far, as the 2018 third-round pick out of Illinois State is sporting an impressive .325/.381/.444 slash line through 459 professional at-bats. This strengthens his case as an appealing trade candidate, as the Padres have young infield talent ahead of him that could block his path to the big-league club even if he keeps raking.
Miller is opening the year with Double-A Amarillo, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports. He hit .336/.368/.495 with a pair of home runs and a 14.9 percent strikeout rate in 26 games at Low-A after the Padres selected him in the third round of last year's draft. Even with that impressive performance, this is still a pretty aggressive assignment by the Padres, skipping Miller over High-A after just 26 games at Low-A. It will be difficult for Miller to break through as an everyday infielder in this organization, so a trade would be welcomed.