The signing of Wisconsin-native Owen Miller was a relatively under-the-radar signing by the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason … other than the fact that the 26-year-old was born in Mequon, Wisconsin, just outside Milwaukee.
After two seasons in Cleveland, Miller was sent to the Brewers in a deal to help to shore up their infield and provide help off the bench.
Less than two months into the 2023 campaign, Miller has become a key player in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ journey to the top of the National League Central. Miller currently has a 13-game hitting streak, has hit safely in 13 of the 14 games he’s played in May, and has a 22-game on-base streak.
Miller sits atop the MLB stat board in batting average in the month of May. He is 20-for-49, a .409 batting average this month. For all players with 50 or more plate appearances in May, Miller is 30 points ahead of Aaron Judge who is second with a .378 average in May. Judge is followed by Kevin Kiermaier (Toronto) at .377, Leody Taveras (Texas) at .377, and Nolan Gorman (St. Louis) at .367.
The Brewers’ leading hitter this season with a .344 average, Miller is 96 points ahead of Christian Yelich who is second on the team at .258. Yelich is also having a decent May month, going 19-for-60 (.317). Rookie second baseman Brice Turang is a shade under .300 for the month of May at .294.
With just 10 days left in the month, it’s anyone’s guess whether Miller will continue his hot hitting in May. His .408 average in the month is currently tops for the highest batting average by a Brewers player in May (minimum of 50 plate appearances). If he can keep the May average above .400, he would become the first Brewers player in team history to finish the month of May with a .400 or better average in the month.
Highest batting average for a Milwaukee Brewers player in the month of May
Here is a look at the eight Brewers players who hit .380 or above in the month of May in team history.
.398-Kevin Seitzer, 1995
.394-Ted Simmons, 1983
.388-Jonathan Lucroy, 2012
.386-Dave Nilsson, 1999
.386-Ellie Rodriguez, 1972
.385-Dale Sveum, 1986
.380-Paul Molitor, 1980
.380-Charlie Moore, 1981