|UTM baseball adds reliever to young staff |
|Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 3:26 pm |
MARTIN, Tenn. — Bubba Cates, the head baseball coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin, was able to get a glimpse of the future this past season with freshman pitchers Dan Tobik, Alex Boshears and Alec Mills. Cates saw potential as the trio of young guns combined to pitch 155 innings and strike out 125 batters. The three right-handers recorded seven wins and two saves.
Now, just three weeks after the 2010 season has ended, Cates is adding to his trio of young hurlers with Cody Miller, a 6-5 right-hander who throws a fastball that touches 90 mph. Cates signed the Briarcrest Christian School product to a national letter of intent.
“We are looking to the future by signing Cody,” Cates said. “He has gained velocity on his fastball and he will compliment the other young arms on our team.”
Miller was 3-5 with two saves and a 3.00 Earned Run Average his senior year for the Saints.
He helped the team win the TSSAA Division II-AA substate championship and finish fourth in the state in Division II.
“There were a few things that made my decision easy,” Miller said. “I liked the location because it’s close to home. The team has been competitive; and I was able to get a great scholarship offer.”
Miller and current Skyhawk Wes Patterson both prepped at Briarcrest. “We never played on the same team, but we have worked out together a couple of times and talked,” Miller said. “Wes said he has had a blast at UT Martin and it is a good place to play baseball.”
Miller is playing summer baseball for Dulins Dodgers and after the first week of the season the right-hander has been used in relief for three innings. He recorded four strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run. The Dodgers opened the season with a 7-0 won-loss record.
When it comes to the big leagues, Miller says he follows the Pittsburgh Pirates because of his father, but his favorite team is the New York Yankees. Although he always asks to wear No. 21 because of Pirates outfielder Roberto Clement, the first Hispanic player ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his favorite player is Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Unlike Rivera who has mastered the cutter as his out pitch, Miller says his curve ball is his strikeout pitch. “But I have been getting more and more strikeouts with my fastball.”
Miller is the son of Scott and Shannon Miller of Fisherville.
The reliever is the fifth signee for the 2010-11 season for Cates. Joining Miller on the Skyhawks roster to play for Cates will be Eric Ranson (LHP/1B), Chase Okey (C/INF), Nick Wilson (RHP) and Colton Young (INF/RHP).