Draft day for Miller

Former New Braunfels High School standout Bryce Miller was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round of Monday’s 2021 MLB Draft. The Texas A&M right-hander was chosen with the 113th selection overall.

Another New Braunfels High School product has fulfilled his dreams of a professional baseball career.

Former Unicorn Bryce Miller heard his name called Monday during the fourth round of the 2021 MLB Draft, as the Seattle Mariners targeted the flame-throwing right-hander with the 113th overall selection.

Miller, who moved from the bullpen to the top of the starting rotation for Texas A&M prior to his senior season, flashed plenty of velocity on his fastball this year while posting a 3-2 record with an ERA of 4.45 and 70 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.

Not bad for a player that thought he would be utilized as an outfielder at the collegiate level when he signed an offer from Blinn College back in 2017.

“It’s been kind of an interesting ride,” Miller said. “I went to Blinn as a two-way [player] and was focused more on hitting and playing outfield.

“It’s interesting how things work out, but it’s been a lot of fun.”

Miller began to focus primarily on pitching while at Blinn and quickly drew the attention of former Texas A&M head coach Brad Childress. Miller inked an offer from the Aggies in the summer of 2018 and began his SEC career as a bullpen ace.

The right-hander made 33 appearances as a sophomore and turned in an ERA of 3.77 with 57 strikeouts. Miller earned the role of closer last season and registered three saves and one victory before the season ended abruptly due to the pandemic.

However, Miller returned even stronger in 2021 and was given the chance to show what he can do as a starter. Miller shined, winning the No. 1 job before going 3-2 this season with 4.45 ERA and 70 strikeouts.

Miller’s 98-mph speed and high strikeout rate drew the attention of plenty of MLB scouts, and his first big-league moment came on Monday when Seattle chose him in the fourth round — one pick after former Texas A&M teammate Dustin Saenz was chosen by the Washington Nationals.

It’s the second consecutive summer in which a New Braunfels alum was chosen early in the MLB Draft. Last year, Jordan Westburg was selected 30th overall by the Baltimore Orioles.

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