June 9, 2009
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Baylor junior Aaron Miller was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 36th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Miller, who was selected as a pitcher, was the fourth selection in the supplemental first round. He is the first Baylor player taken in the first round since Mark McCormick was a supplemental-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005.
Miller, a left-hander who prepped at Channelview [Texas] High School, was 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA and two saves for the Bears in 2009. He appeared in 13 games with six starts and logged 65 strikeouts against 26 walks in 51.0 innings. Miller led the Big 12 with 11.47 strikeouts per nine innings. In two seasons as a pitcher, Miller was 4-4 in 19 appearances with 73 strikeouts over 56.0 innings.
A two-way player for the Bears, Miller hit .310 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI this season. He is a career .301 hitter at Baylor with 28 home runs, 127 RBI, 163 hits, 38 doubles and five triples in 153 games.
Miller is Baylor's 10th first-round selection, the program's sixth in the last 12 seasons. As the 36th overall selection, Miller is Baylor's highest draft selection since David Murphy was taken with the 17th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2003.
BAYLOR FIRST-ROUND DRAFT SELECTIONS
1979 Jon Perlman, RHP Chicago Cubs 12th overall
1983 Stan Hilton, RHP Oakland A's 5th overall
1988 Pat Combs, LHP Philadelphia Phillies 11th overall
1991 Scott Ruffcorn, RHP Chicago White Sox 25th overall
1998 Kip Wells, RHP Chicago White Sox 16th overall
1999 Jason Jennings, RHP Colorado Rockies 16th overall
2000 Chad Hawkins, RHP Texas Rangers 39th overall (supplemental)
2003 David Murphy, OF Boston Red Sox 17th overall
2005 Mark McCormick, RHP St. Louis Cardinals 43rd overall (supplemental)
2009 Aaron Miller, LHP Los Angeles Dodgers 36th overall