Clear Spring grad Mills drafted by Red Sox

June 09, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

Adam Mills' approach has always been simple.

"You get better by playing better," he said in a story published on, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte online newspaper Web site. "It's all about the competition."

The competition has been good for Mills. It's about to get a whole lot better.

On Friday, Mills was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2007 amateur draft, the 264th pick overall. That means the time is near to face professional competition.

Mills was the only player from the area to be selected in the two-day, 50-round draft.

After his senior year at UNCC, the pro game is a natural step.

Mills, who was named Atlantic 10 Conference pitcher of the year, was 14-2 with a 1.01 ERA in 18 starts for the 49ers. The 6-foot right hander had 141 strikeouts in 142 2/3 innings and had eight complete games.


Mills' 14th win came last Saturday, 6-3 over North Carolina State in the Columbia (S.C.) Regional of the NCAA Tournament. He didn't allow an earned run in seven innings.

Mills was named first-team All-America by Louisville Slugger and He was a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year and Dick Howser Player of the Year awards, and is one of three pitchers vying for the Roger Clemens Pitcher of the Year Award.

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