Welcome, Beau Mills
Posted by disappointmentzone on 7 June 2007
On Thursday afternoon the Indians drafted Beau Mills with the no. 13 pick in the First-Year Player Draft. (1) Mills is a LH power-hitting infielder who has spent time at 3B but will probably end up as a 1B due to limited arm strength stemming from shoulder problems. He is 20 years old and hails from Lewis-Clark State. This past season he had staggeringly impressive numbers: .458/.556/1.033, with 38 homers, 22 doubles, 123 RBI, 43 walks, and 22 strikeouts in 240 at-bats. (2)
John Sickles at minorleagueball.com has this to say about Mills:
With a relative shortage of top college hitters this year, Beau Mills stands out…Scouts are certain that Mills’ power is for real and that he’ll continue to hit for plus power at higher levels. He’s got solid plate discipline. There’s some doubt about what his batting average is going to look like, but he should post a solid OBP no matter what to go with his power.
My best guess is that Mills will report to Lake County (A ball) once he’s signed and could end up playing in Kinston (High A) in late 2007. There is a very small chance that he could get to Akron (AA) in 2007, but with the logjam of 1B/OF prospects in the farm system right now I highly doubt Mills would progress through the system that quickly. AAA is not a possibility this season, although next year AAA is not out of the question, possibly with a September call-up should things go amazingly well (though not likely). He’s an experienced player who will turn 21 this summer so keeping him buried might not be a great strategy, especially with the looming free agency of some other LH hitter.
1: Such a Southern name. He ought to report to his first stint in the minor leagues wearing seersucker and a straw hat.
2: So he has a name that makes him sound like a good old boy, is a LH masher, plays 1B…He certainly fits into the Thome/Pronk mold.