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UNCG’s Miller inks with Atlanta Braves

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: June 23, 2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG pitcher Jarett Miller has chosen to forego his senior season with the Spartans after agreeing to terms with the Atlanta Braves, the organization announced recently.

Miller was drafted in the 21st round by Braves with the 656th overall pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 7. It marked the 15th time in the past 16 years that at least one UNCG player has been drafted. He is also the 13th pitcher in the past 15 seasons to be drafted.

Miller will begin his professional career playing in the Appalachian League for the Danville Braves, the rookie-ball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

In fact, Miller made his first-career professional appearance this week against the Pulaski Mariners. Miller came into the game in relief and pitched two innings allowing no runs on one hit, while striking out five.

After transferring to UNCG at the beginning of the year from USC Lancaster, Miller went 4-2 for the Spartans with a 4.01 ERA. He also added three saves and was a part of two shutouts.

He appeared in 28 games this season, making a start in four of those, as he pitched a total of 60 2/3 innings. He struck out 66 batters in those innings and only yielded 38 walks. Batters also hit just .227 off of him this year.

Perhaps his best appearance of the season came in the final weekend of the regular season against Wofford. Miller came into the game in the seventh inning to protect a 1-0 lead and pitched a flawless three innings, striking out seven of the nine batters he faced.

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