Outfielder Jai Miller claimed off waivers from Oakland

The Royals today claimed outfielder Jai Miller on Outright Waivers from the Oakland Athletics and optioned him to Triple-A Omaha.  To create a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the club transferred infielder Josh Fields to the 60-day Disabled List.

Miller, whose first name is pronounced “Jay”, is a 25-year old outfielder who appeared in 10 games for Sacramento (AAA) in the A’s system this April.  He was claimed by Oakland off waivers from the Florida Marlins on April 8.  The 6-foot-3, 207 pound right-handed hitter and thrower had previously spent his entire career in the Marlins chain since being selected in the fourth round of the 2003 Draft.  After appearing in one game for the Marlins on June 22, 2008, striking out in his only at bat, he spent the entire 2009 campaign at New Orleans (AAA) where he hit .289 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 52 RBI and 55 runs in 102 games.

Born in Auburn, Ala., he now resides in Selma where he starred on the baseball, basketball and football teams in high school.  Miller was committed to play wide receiver and point guard at Stanford University before signing with the Marlins in 2003.

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