Miller to Face Former Team USA Teammate Tonight

The 2010 USA Baseball National Team featured Brad Miller (front left) and A's starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

The 2010 USA Baseball National Team featured Brad Miller (far left) and A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today Aaron talks with Brad Miller about facing his former Team USA teammate Sonny Gray.

It didn’t take many questions to get Brad Miller talking about his former teammate, Sonny Gray.

“He’s a competitor, number one. That’s what I love about him.”

Gray, the 18th overall pick in 2011 by the A’s, and Miller, taken in the 2nd round that same year, are now Major League rookies after both suited up for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2009 and 2010. Tuesday night in Oakland these two with face each other as Gray makes just this third Major League start.

With a 94 mph fastball and a deadly curveball, Miller was quick to say that Gray “pitches like he’s seven-feet tall.” Truth is, he’s 5-foot-11.

“Sonny was the guy we wanted on the mound that year,” Miller said with no hesitation. And that really is saying something since in 2010 Gerrit Cole — the number one overall pick in 2011 — was also a member of Team USA’s rotation.

To show you what a small baseball world it really is, Miller, Gray and the rest of Team USA lost in the 2010 Gold Medal Game of the World University Games in Tokyo to a Team Cuba squad that featured the following players:

  • Leyonis Martin, Rangers leadoff hitter 
  • Yoenis Cespedis, home run derby winner
  • Henry Urrutia, 21 games with Baltimore 
  • Alfredo Gonzalez, signed with Philadelphia for 6 years/$50 million
  • Alfredo Despaigne, broke Cespedis’ Cuban home run record

Miller has faced Gray just one time. On June 16, Gray started for the Sacramento River Cats while Miller was the Rainiers leadoff hitter. “He got me with a curveball, but I got a hit off him before he was done.”

Gray defeated the Rainiers that night by allowing three runs over six innings. Hopefully he won’t have the same success Tuesday night vs. the Mariners.

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