May 22, 2012
Second Edition of Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Purdue baseball's David Miller has advanced to the second stage of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, now standing as one of the 25 players up for the award that recognizes the nation's top shortstop.
Fifty players were selected to the initial watch list, which was unveiled May 3. From the Big Ten, Nebraska's Chad Christensen, who was named First Team All-Conferene Tuesday, joined Miller on the updated watch list.
Miller's production at the bottom of the lineup has given No. 15 Purdue one of the deepest one-through-nine combinations in the country. He enters the Big Ten Tournament a .317 batting average, 15 extra-base hits and 29 RBI. He has drawn 23 walks versus 15 strikeouts. The senior has recorded 17 of his 29 RBI with two outs in an inning.
More importantly, Miller has remained solid defensively. After committing 13 errors during his first year with the program in 2011, he has just nine errors this year while handling more defensive chances. His fielding percentage is up to .965 from .939 last year.
Miller has also been an ironman at shortstop this year, starting all but one game. He has posted a pair of four-hit games this year and delivered a big three-run homer in the fourth inning of the April 22 rubber game win at Nebraska.
The St. Louis native was named Big Ten Player of the Week on May 7 after reaching base safely in nine of his 13 plate appearances in the series at UCLA. He reached base safely twice (walked and doubled) and drove in a run in each of his two plate appearances during the 10-run ninth inning rally that allowed Purdue to rally back and steal the series finale.
Miller and the Boilermakers begin Big Ten Tournaent play Thursday at 7:05 p.m.