Former Illinois State shortstop Owen Miller seems to have made his mark post-college.

The 22-year old Miller was named an All-Star of the Texas League after his superb first half of the season performance with the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Amarillo is the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Miller is currently batting .322 so far this season while leading the Texas League in hits with 88 (second in Double-A).

He also holds a .378 on-base percentage with seven home runs, 39 runs batted in, and a .450 slugging percentage.

The Meqoun, Wisconsin native also nabbed Player of the Week honors in the Texas League after batting .565 over six games. He also had a double, home run and four RBIā€™s.

This is not the first accolade Miller has received since signing with the Padres last June.

He was named a Mid-Season All-Star with the short-season Tri-City Dust Devils last summer after he slashed .335/.395/.440 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 49 games played.

Miller is currently rated as the Padres’ 23rd ranked prospect, according to milb.com.

The 6-foot shortstop was drafted in the third round last summer by the Padres after a breakout junior season with the Redbirds where he slashed .384/.433/.537 en route to being named a Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference First Team selection.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted atĀ bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter atĀ @blainelew3Ā 


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