Nats draft OF Brandon Miller in 4th round

By Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com

After spending their first three draft picks on prospects from California, the Nationals turned to the East Coast to select outfielder Brandon Miller from Samford University in the fourth round (No. 144 overall).

As a senior, Miller batted .301 with a .650 slugging percentage and .395 on-base percentage. Miller led the Bulldogs with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs, and on Sunday, he scored two runs and added an RBI in Samford’s 3-2 win over Mississippi State in the NCAA Tallahassee regional.

Like the Nats’ third-round pick, left-hander Brett Mooneyham, Miller is a redrafted propspect. The Nats drafted him in the 48th round in 2010, while the Red Sox originally selected him in the 33rd round in 2008.

Miller, listed at 6-foot-1, 208-pounds, played mostly right field at Samford, though he can also play catcher.

“A redraft out of JUCO, he has middle of the lineup power,” Eric Robinson, Area Supervisor for the Southeast region, said, via the @NationalsPR Twitter feed. “Miller is a versatile catcher who profiles both at [right field] and [catcher]. Great makeup. His profile reminds me of our own Tyler Moore.”

The Nats’ next pick comes in the fifth round, at No. 174 overall.

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