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June 09, 2009

Brownwood pitcher seeking $4 million bonus

It’s no secret that the Texas Rangers, who have the 14th pick in this year’s MLB Draft, have kept a close eye on Brownwood right-hander Shelby Miller, a 6-foot-3, 207-pounder that has touched 98 mph with his fastball.

Rangers president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels both have watched Miller pitch. Miller, though, isn’t exactly ready to settle for slot money, the recommended amount for each draft selection from Major League baseball.


Miller said, as of now, he’s looking for a $4 million signing bonus plus being added to the baseball scholarship program.


“That’s the number we tossed out, but whatever it ends up being, it is,” said Miller, who throws a curveball and changeup, as well as his fastball. “If we can work something out quickly, I’ll start playing rookie ball. If not, we have until Aug. 15 to get something done. All I know is that I’m ready for this process to be over with.


“Right now, all I know is I could go anywhere from 2-21. Wherever I end up going, it’ll be exciting.”

If contract negotiations don’t go as planned, Miller has signed with Texas A&M, although it seems highly unlikely that he’ll be in College Station this fall.


“I’d like to play pro ball as quickly as possible,” Miller said. “If we can’t get a contract worked out, I’ll either go to A&M for three years or we’ll figure something out."


Drew Davison


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