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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Billy Miller broke up a double play in college; Played two pro seasons, made high-A

Lamar University's Billy Miller did his damage with a home run early in this April 1988 game. Then, in the ninth inning, he was walked to load the bases, The Lafayette Daily Advertiser wrote.

He promptly broke up a double play with his slide, allowing two runs to score, The Daily Advertiser wrote.

"That last inning really hurt," opposing coach Mike Boulanger, told The Daily Advertiser. "It was the percentage move to walk Miller, and then we get the ground ball."

Miller eventually took the percentages from college on to the pros. His pro career lasted two seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Miller's pro career began in 1989, signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent out of Lamar. Miller was also credited as Bill Miller.

At Lamar, Miller hit a home run in a February 1987 game, then hit what the pitcher called a "bad slider" for a home run in a game that May.

With the Braves, Miller played in 1989 at rookie Idaho Falls. He singled and scored in a July game. He hit .209 overall in 45 games. He also hit five home runs and had 18 RBI.

Miller moved to independent high-A Miami for 1990. He saw 73 games there and hit .169. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,896
Made the Majors:1,299-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,597-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:325

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