Apparently, as you progress from high school to the minors, things speed up. So says 1st Round pick Jiovanni Mier.
"I haven't gotten an actual ground ball yet to throw over. We had a double-play ball [Sunday]. Well, I thought for sure it'd be a double play. The runners were really fast and they beat it out. I knew it was going to be much faster, but it's a lot quicker than I expected. Everything is much faster. I'm coming from high school, so obviously the pitching is much harder, the runners are faster. You have to be on your toes. High school competition wasn't too bad, but it's a huge step to the pitchers, they're much more advanced. In high school, they're basically fastball, curve. Here, they've got everything else and they can do a lot more with their pitches."
He gained a reputation in high school with his good hands, range and above all else, his defensive instincts. He's not the fastest player, but he makes up for that with terrific positioning and anticipation. He's simply got a feel for playing the premium spot in the infield and goes about his business with a quiet confidence. Fans in Greeneville, and if all goes according to plan, eventually in Houston, will get to see all of it on display.