Adam Milligan quickly got a lot of fans that follow minor league baseball after he hit .344/.393/.562 with 13 homers in 67 games as a 21-year-old in 2009. That year he played Rookie ball, A-ball, and then High-A.
Milligan battled injuries in 2010 and only played in 21 games. He struggled when he was actually playing, only hitting .200 with four homers. Many still liked his power, but he had fallen off of the map some because of not playing very much.
This year though, playing in high-A ball Milligan is posting a .291/.345/.557 slash with 12 homers and 40 RBI in 64 games, and is now considered a good hitter at the minor league level.
One thing that scouts say stand out for Milligan is his ability to simply crush a baseball. He has big-time raw power and tries to hit every pitch a mile.
His all-or-nothing swing has led him to strike out 169 times in 152 career games. That’s not terrible, but it’s not overly good either.
It’s a good thing that Milligan has shown that he can hit, because there isn’t much else that he really stands out at. He doesn’t have good speed and isn’t overly athletic, yet plays the outfield. He has a solid arm, but doesn’t have very good range.
Milligan is currently 23 years old and is still a few levels away from the major leagues. His bat makes him a prospect that I want to see succeed, but he is a bit on the slow track after missing basically the entire 2010 season.
Milligan reminds me a lot of Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch. Boesch has a lot of raw power but has become a good overall hitter. He was also a bit of a late-bloomer since he didn’t play his first major league game until he was 25.
I think I speak for most fans and say that I would be very happy to have Milligan become a solid overall player that provides good pop in the middle of the lineup. He’s not an elite prospect and won’t be an elite major league player, but he has a solid bat that should very much be good enough to play at the major league level.