Miller tearing the cover off ball at Mayville State

April 1, 2014

Aaron Miller BaseballHe doesn’t walk a lot and he doesn’t strike out a lot.

But Aaron Miller of Anchorage does get a lot of base hits.

The Mayville State starting left fielder is the third-leading hitter for the 21-8 NAIA squad out of North Dakota.

Miller is hitting .350 in 28 games this spring, with 28 hits in 80 at-bats. What’s more, defensively he has more assists [4] than errors [1].

“I’m feeling really good. Things have been going great,” he told me. “I’m just trying to hit what they are throwing at me. I definitely try to stay in every at-bat. Try to be as consistent as I can.”

Miller, of Service High fame, is a .393 career hitter at Mayville State, with 35 hits in 43 games. As a freshman he was used primarily as a pinch hitter and went 7-for-9 [.778] in 15 games.

He’s up there swinging, too. Miller has been walked only seven times and he’s only struck out 12 times in 100 career plate appearances.

“Beginning of the year I had a couple strikeouts and I realized I was taking too many pitches,” Miller said. “Now I don’t think so much; just hit the ball rather than thinking too much. It takes the pressure off.”

Mayville is a small town, maybe 2,000 people. Baseball is a big deal, but home games are not.

That’s because the team never has them.

“Last year, we didn’t have a home game. The weather here is pretty erratic. We just got 12 inches of snow dumped on us,” Miller said. “We never know really when our next game is going to be.”

Is it like being back in Alaska?

“Actually it’s worse,” he said with a laugh. “Mentally, it’s tough to not know when you are playing. Sometimes we will go a week without playing. I just try to stay patient, stay ready.”