After watching his name drop to the 38th round of the Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, McHenry pitcher Bobby Miller made up his mind pretty quickly.
“I’m going to go to school and hopefully get drafted (again) after that,” Miller said Thursday.
Miller is maintaining his commitment to play college ball at Louisville, even after the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 38th round with the 1,148th overall pick in the draft.
“It’s always been my dream school, and it’s a really good program,” Miller said. “I can get a lot better through college.”
After injuring his knee during the high school postseason, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-hander wasn’t surprised to see his stock fall in the draft.
He didn’t have much to do during the draft – which started Monday and ended Wednesday – except keep his knee elevated.
Miller had surgery last week to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, which he injured while running in practice. He begins physical therapy Friday and has about five more weeks before he can resume physical activities.
“There’s a lot of teams that are strict with injuries, so that kind of screwed me up for earlier in the draft,” Miller said. “I have no problem with going to school.”
High school players who elect to play at a four-year college are not eligible for the draft again until the completion of their junior year or until they turn 21.
Miller leaves for Louisville on July 3. The Cardinals are a perennial power at the Division I college level under coach Dan McDonnell. They begin play in the College World Series on Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska, with a shot at the program’s first national championship.
Miller said he has a good relationship with Orioles scout Dan Durst. Miller has taken pitching lessons from Durst at Player’s Choice Academy in Algonquin since he was 13.
He became the first player selected straight out of high school from McHenry, according to baseball-reference.com. Not until just before his senior season did he really believe he could hear his name in the draft this year.
He said he heard from many friends over the past 24 hours, and he called getting drafted “a big honor.”
Miller had a 6-1 record with a 0.83 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP during his senior season at McHenry. He threw 59 innings, striking out 93 and walking 19. The Warriors finished 26-11 and won a regional title. Miller earned the Northwest Herald Baseball Player of the Year award last week.