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Red Sox select Tyler Miller with their ninth round pick

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The infielder comes from the college ranks.

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The Red Sox are staying in the college ranks as they get near the end of Day Two, with their ninth round pick making it three in a row and four out of five. That selection came on the infield with Tyler Miller, a third baseman from Auburn. Of note, he is a junior, as have all the other college picks from today. Miller hit .313/.354/.601 last season with the Tigers, smashing 16 homers in 51 games.

Miller was ranked at number 324 on Baseball America’s pre-draft rankings, and he came in at number 325 for Perfect Game. The lefty took a lot of strides at Auburn this year, with BA calling him the team’s most improved player. They note his power is almost exclusively to the pull side, but that power came through in a big way this past season. He makes a good amount of contact, but he does have some pitch selection issues. It’s notable that he was announced as a third baseman after playing mostly first base in 2021, although he played all around the diamond through his career.