Feb 11, 2013 1:39 AM by Bill Halter
After leading the 2012 Cal Poly baseball team in batting average, Mike Miller was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. Miller has been training in San Luis Obispo, preparing for his first spring training.
Last Summer Miller played for the Red Sox Class-A short season team in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 66 games he batted .261 with a .337 on-base percentage. He hit one homerun and drove in 15 runs. The shortstop stole 21 bases in 24 attempts.
Lowell is 30 miles from Boston. "They love it out there. We got to play a game in Fenway Park this summer and as a short "A" team we got about 15,000 fans for that game. So they love their baseball, they love anybody affiliated with the Red Sox" said Miller.
Miller is hoping to make the Red Sox full season, High-A team in Salem, Virginia as a shortstop or second baseman.
Miller batted .354 batting and started all 56 games at shortstop in his senior season at Cal Poly. He earned first-team All-Big West Conference honors.
Miller played one season at Cuesta College, earning first-team All-Western State Conference North Division honors before transferring to Cal Poly as a sophomore in 2010.
Miller is a 2007 graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord. He was one of two position players selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Center fielder Mitch Haniger was drafted by Milwaukee with the 38th overall pick.
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