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June 6, 2012

Cal Poly Shortstop Mike Miller Drafted in Ninth Round by Red Sox

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly senior shortstop Mike Miller was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday by the Boston Red Sox.

Miller, the 301st overall selection, the second Mustang chosen this week and the first ever to be drafted in the ninth round, becomes the 17th Cal Poly baseball player chosen in the first 10 rounds since Larry Lee took over as head coach 10 years ago.

Mustang junior center fielder Mitch Haniger is the highest Division I player and second-highest Mustang ever drafted by a Major League Baseball team.

Haniger was the 38th overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday, chosen in the Compensation A round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Catcher John Orton remains Cal Poly's top draft choice, selected in the first round (25th overall) by the California Angels in 1987.

Miller (5-8, 170, Concord, CA/De La Salle HS/Cuesta College) had Cal Poly's longest hitting streak of the season -- 14 games -- and also led the Mustangs with his .354 batting average, 87 hits and 56 runs scored, all figures in the top three in the Big West, en route to first-team All-Big West Conference honors.

Miller produced 16 doubles, four triples and three home runs, two in the Pacific series when he went 7-for-11 with five RBI. He also was 8-for-17 with five RBI in the San Diego State series, 11-for-21 in the Loyola Marymount series and 10-for-18 in four games against CSU Bakersfield.

Miller compiled 27 multiple-hit games, including a 5-for-5 contest against Pacific, a four-hit game against Loyola Marymount and 10 three-hit contests, including back-to-back three-hit games against Cal State Fullerton. He reached base safely in 25 straight contests and started all 56 games at shortstop.

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 hit .306 last season as a junior on his way to All-Big West honorable mention praise.

Miller is a 2007 graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord, leading the Spartans to a 21-7 record, a Bay Valley League championship and the CIF-North Coast Section Division I title in 2007.

Miller was drafted for the first time Tuesday.

The first and compensation A rounds were held Monday followed by Rounds 2-15 Tuesday. The final 25 rounds are slated for Wednesday.