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Postby Dannomyte » Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:52 pm

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today the club has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with lefthanded pitcher Andrew Miller, the club's first-round selection in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft from the University of North Carolina.

Miller finished 13-2 with a 2.48 ERA (123.1IP/34ER) in 20 games (18 starts) for the Tar Heels in 2006. He fanned 133 batters, while limiting opponents to a .222 batting average (100x451). Miller won the Roger Clemens Award as college baseball's top pitcher, as well as being tabbed Baseball America's Player of the Year and the Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Year.

Miller earned Second-Team Atlantic Coast Conference honors as both a freshman and sophomore in 2004 and 2005, respectively. He was named to Baseball America's Second-Team Freshman All-American squad in 2004 after posting a 6-3 record, 2.93 ERA (89.0IP/29ER) and 88 strikeouts in 18 games (15 games started). As a sophomore in 2005, Miller was 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA (96.2IP/32ER) and 104 strikeouts in 16 starts.

The 6-6, 210-pound lefthanded pitcher is tops all-time in the University of North Carolina's history with 325 strikeouts.

He pitched for Chatham in the Cape Cod League during the summer in both 2004 and 2005, garnering top prospect honors in the league from Baseball America both years. In 2005, Miller was selected Baseball America's Summer Player of the Year and the Cape Cod League's Pitcher of the Year after posting a 6-0 record, 1.65 ERA (49.0IP/9ER) and 66 strikeouts in seven starts. He finished 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA (40.0IP/9ER) and 48 strikeouts in seven starts during the summer of 2004.

Miller was selected in the third round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL.

Tigers Vice President, Amateur Scouting David Chadd, Miller and Miller's representative Mark Rodgers will be available to the media during a conference call at 5:00 p.m. today. Interested media can join the call by dialing 1-800-230-1085 and asking for the Detroit Tigers call.

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Postby eazyb81 » Fri Aug 04, 2006 6:49 pm

Haha, looks like he was just holding out until Hochevar signed so he could be the highest paid player from the 06 draft. The egos on these guys.... :-D

Good job by Detroit, I thought it would take much longer than this to sign him. I wonder if they will just have him sit out until next season so he can fully rest his arm.
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Postby Real_Deal_Ryan » Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:06 pm

about time Detroit :-b

This kid has a lot of potential. Tigers could potentially have a rotation of Verlander, Bonderman, Miller down the road. That's a scary 1-2-3.
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Postby bojang0301 » Sat Aug 05, 2006 1:31 am

Real_Deal_Ryan wrote:about time Detroit :-b

This kid has a lot of potential. Tigers could potentially have a rotation of Verlander, Bonderman, Miller down the road. That's a scary 1-2-3.

8th Rodney
9th Zumaya

...Very scary
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Postby Dannomyte » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:07 am

bojang0301 wrote:
Real_Deal_Ryan wrote:about time Detroit :-b

This kid has a lot of potential. Tigers could potentially have a rotation of Verlander, Bonderman, Miller down the road. That's a scary 1-2-3.

8th Rodney
9th Zumaya

...Very scary


Can't forget about Humberto Sanchez!!
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Postby Dannomyte » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:08 am

Andrew Miller to join the big league club in September and pitch out of the pen.

The Tigers will host the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 1 to begin the first meaningful Labor Day weekend series in Detroit in more than a decade. They may be counting magic numbers by then, on their way to winning the American League Central.

Left-hander Andrew Miller will be with them.

Miller, the Tigers' first-round pick in the June amateur draft, signed a four-year contract Friday. The deal has a guaranteed value of $5.45 million, including a $3.55-million signing bonus.

When rosters expand to 40 players Sept. 1, Miller will be called up for the start of his major league career.

"It's a dream," Miller said in a Friday teleconference.

Miller, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound pitcher from the University of North Carolina, will -- health permitting -- pitch out of the bullpen during the final month of the regular season. He is eligible to pitch in the postseason, however unlikely that may seem, because he will have joined the 40-man roster before Aug. 31.

President and general manager Dave Dombrowski made clear that Miller's future is as a starting pitcher, but said it is "more practical" for him to enter the big leagues as a reliever. Miller has not pitched competitively since the College World Series in June, and there is not sufficient time between now and Sept. 1 for him to rebuild the stamina necessary to start.

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Postby bojang0301 » Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:35 am

Dannomyte wrote:
bojang0301 wrote:
Real_Deal_Ryan wrote:about time Detroit :-b

This kid has a lot of potential. Tigers could potentially have a rotation of Verlander, Bonderman, Miller down the road. That's a scary 1-2-3.

8th Rodney
9th Zumaya

...Very scary


Can't forget about Humberto Sanchez!!

And Tata...all this while Sleeth could get healthy too!
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:12 pm

Go Tarheel! ;-D ;-D


I will definitely be rooting for him when he comes up even though my Rays passed on him.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:05 pm

bojang0301 wrote:
Dannomyte wrote:
bojang0301 wrote:
Real_Deal_Ryan wrote:about time Detroit :-b

This kid has a lot of potential. Tigers could potentially have a rotation of Verlander, Bonderman, Miller down the road. That's a scary 1-2-3.

8th Rodney
9th Zumaya

...Very scary


Can't forget about Humberto Sanchez!!

And Tata...all this while Sleeth could get healthy too!
I actually think that Jair Jurrjens will turn out better than Tata and possibly Sleeth. Jurrjens is a nice sleeper and a candidate for a breakout ala Sanchez this year, but to a slightly lesser degree since Jurrjens doesn't match Sanchez's upside.

Also don't yet count out Zumaya as a starter. It doesn't look too likely in the next few years, but he is still very young.
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Postby dyuen87 » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:32 pm

Bonderman
Verlander
Sanchez
Miller

:-° :-o
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