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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