Miller formalizes and signs to play baseball in Louisville
BALTIMORE – A lifelong dream came true on Wednesday night when Liberty Union senior Jacob Miller signed his national letter of intent to continue his education and play baseball for the University of Louisville.
Miller, who signed up to the Cardinals just before his freshman year of high school, said playing at the Division I level and beyond was something he had been thinking about from a young age.
“It means the world. Growing up, I always wanted to be a cardinal, and to be committed so early and now to take the time to finally pick up the pen, that’s special, ”said Miller, who signed his high school engagement in front. his family and friends. “Louisville has always been the school of my dreams and it’s one of the best programs in the country, which is why I got involved so early. I had the chance and didn’t want to wait. It’s all about hard work that pays off and my dreams are starting to come true. “
Miller, who was the 2021 Eagle Gazette Baseball Player of the Year as well as the Division III Central District Player of the Year, had an outstanding junior season for the Lions as he finished with a 9-1 record and a tiny 0.70 earned run. mean. He finished with 143 strikeouts and allowed just six earned runs.
Miller, who is ranked not only as one of Ohio’s top pitchers, but also as one of the best-in-class in the country. He struck out 20 batters against Circleville, then continued a week later by striking out 21 batters against Amanda-Clearcreek. He helped lead the Lions to a Division III Central District Championship and pitched three batters with 13 strikeouts in a regional semifinal victory over Eastwood.
Miller wanted to make sure he thanked his parents, Jim and Danna Miller, for all of their support.
“It means the world, having my parents as great supporters every step of the way,” Miller said. “They helped me get to where I am. Take me to all of these tournaments over the years and give me opportunities to be successful. “
The real question is whether Miller will actually enter the Louisville campus, as he is expected to be a top pick in next year’s Major League Baseball Draft. His stock continued to rise and Miller made a name for himself on the national stage playing against some of the best high school players in the country.
Miller played for the 2022 Tri-State Arsenal Boy Scout team in New Jersey last summer and traveled nationwide last summer. Including pitching at Boston’s Fenway Park. Last summer he pitched for the Cannes national team.
What drew Miller to Major League Baseball scouts was the fact that his fastball was timed at 93 mph, as well as the ball breaking.
For now, Miller plans to attend Louisville, but if the Big Leagues call early enough, he’ll be all ears.
“My goal is to be a Major League pitcher, but it’s not guaranteed, so it’s Louisville for now until some organization wants to buy me out of this,” Miller said. “We’ll see what happens. I had a great summer and did my best on the biggest stage. I feel like I’m in a really good position right now.”
Tom Wilson is a sports reporter for the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. Contact him at 740-689-5150 or email [email protected] for commentary or story advice. Follow him on Twitter @ twil2323.