DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — It hasn’t exactly been a summer to remember for the Danville Braves, who are stuck in last place in the East Division of the Appalachian League.
But one bright spot on the team this season has been the consistent play of Cody Milligan.
He’s played in more games than anyone else on the roster this year. And prior to Monday night, he had 31 runs and 41 hits to his name, ranking second in both of those categories on the team, behind Bryce Ball, who got promoted to AA Rome on Monday.
For his entire life, Milligan played as a catcher. But as the Denver-native was preparing to play pro ball, scouts told him he’d probably have to make a switch to becoming an infielder.
“I’ve settled in and less jitters since I’ve gotten more ground balls,” Milligan said. “And now it’s more I’d rather them hit the ball to me so I can make the play instead of ‘don’t hit the ball to me, I don’t know if I can make the play.’ It’s gotten better.”
Now he’s finding success, both at second base and behind the plate as a hitter.
On Monday night, Milligan added a run, two hits and an RBI, contributing to Danville’s 11-7 win over Kingsport, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Milligan admitted he misses being a catcher sometimes.
“There’s still times when I’m out there and say to myself, ‘Man I wish I was behind the plate right now.’ I don’t know, it’s more fun, more control of the game,” Milligan said. “But at the same time, I’m still playing baseball, still getting an opportunity to play and wherever that’s at, it’s fine with me.”
Now, he’s all in on being the best second baseman he can be.
“When I first got here, I was like, ‘I’m a catcher that’s playing second base.’ Now I’m just a second baseman,” Milligan said.
“I’ve taken that as my role.”