With the 36th overall selection in the 2017 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, the Miami Marlins selected Brian Miller, an outfielder out of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Millbrook High School.
Miller becomes the sixth Wildcat to be selected in the history of the MLB Draft, and he is the first to be selected since BJ Dail and Sam Brown were chosen out of Mount Olive College and North Carolina State University respectively in 2009.
Miller, a two-sport standout at Millbrook was a member of the Class of 2014. He played two seasons as the school’s starting shortstop, with a career batting average of .359. Miller amassed 65 career hits, 45 runs, 21 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.
His senior season saw him hit .416, set the school record for most hits in a single season with 42, and commit only three errors in 90 chances all while garnering All-State merits, and leading the Wildcats to the 4A Eastern Regional Finals for the first time in school history.
Originally a signee to the University of North Carolina Asheville, Miller committed to the Tarheels in the summer that followed his senior campaign. In his three years in Chapel Hill, Miller posted a .332 average with nine home runs, 98 RBI, and 55 stolen bases.
He was named a third team All-American in 2017, after hitting .343 and starting in all 63 of Carolina’s games. Miller played collegiately under former Millbrook head baseball coach Mike Fox, and is the seventh former Wildcat to suit up for the Tarheels. He is the third Millbrook alum to go from Millbrook, to UNC, to the Major League Draft.
Miller was ranked as a top-50 draft prospect by MLB.com throughout the summer, the Marlins selected him in the compensation portion of the first round. The Marlins have a minor league affiliation with the Class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in Greensboro, NC. Miller would likely suit up for the 'Hoppers within the next calendar year.
Six Millbrook Baseball alumni have now been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Miller joins fellow UNC alum Paul Shuey as the only players to be selected in the first round. Shuey went second overall in 1989 to the Cleveland Indians before embarking on an eleven year big league career with the Indians, Dodgers, and Orioles.
2006 graduates Sam Brown, and BJ Dail were both selected out of high school before opting to go to the collegiate ranks. Brown was selected out of NC State in both the 2008 (Diamondbacks) and 2009 (Rangers) drafts, while Dail was picked in the 17th round of the 2009 draft (Cubs).
Joe Gaetti was selected in 2000 by the Colorado Rockies, and reached as high as Triple-A during the course of his seven year professional career, and Wayne Ennis was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 20th Round of the 1994 Draft.