Miller returns and turns up the heat

Break after being hit by a pitch doesn’t faze the Ozaukee alumnus and double-A all star shortstop

OWEN MILLER CONTINUES to lead the Texas League in hits, despite missing three games due to injury. He has been selected as an all-star and player of the week. Photo courtesy of the Amarillo Sod Poodles/James Moore

The only thing that was going to stop the Amarillo Sod Poodles’ Owen Miller’s prolific hitting was injury.
And that’s what happened last week. Miller was hit by a pitch on June 3 and came out of the game against the Midland RockHounds.
He missed the next three games before returning on Sunday and got hot again.
Miller clocked four hits and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. He had one RBI and scored three runs in helping the Sod Poodles to a 9-7 victory.
He collected one hit each in his next two games. On Tuesday, Miller knocked an RBI single to right field in the ninth inning that gave the Sod Poodles a 4-3 lead in a 7-5 comeback victory over the RockHounds.
Miller leads the Texas League with 97 hits and is sixth with a batting average of .303.
He got a double in the Texas League’s All-Star game and has received  player of the week recognition this season.
He has eight home runs, 16 doubles and 44 RBI.
The Sod Poodles are 9-10 in the second half of the season (43-44 overall), behind Midland’s 11-8 in the Texas League’s South Division. They won the division’s first half and play for the South Division title in September.
Miller, 22, grew up playing Little League in Fredonia and was coached by his father. In high school, he played one year for Ozaukee and three years with the Hitters Baseball club team in Racine.
He was drafted by the Padres in the third round, the 84th pick overall, last year. He played for the short season single-A affiliate Tri-City Dust Devils and made the Northwest League all-star team.
He was then promoted to the single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps and then the Double-A San Antonio Missions, a team that became the Sod Poodles, for the playoffs.

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