MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula native Brody Miller wrapped up a phenomenal junior season of baseball this past spring at MSU-Billings. The second baseman hit over .390 at the plate with 34 RBI's and 37 runs scored. Miller was named player of the year for his conference and was also a 3rd team All-American pick for Division Two baseball, the first Yellowjacket ever to earn that honor.
"I just tried to put up the best numbers that I could," said Miller. "I felt like it went pretty well, I put in a lot of work in the off-season and I'm glad that it paid off in the long run. This year was a great year."
At just 5-foot-9, Miller has been overlooked as a baseball talent his entire life. But that's never slowed down his bat. Over the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons as a Missoula Maverick, Miller set single season records in hits, RBI's, home runs and total bases for his program. All of those records still stand today.
"I mean everybody has looked past me because I'm small but it just fuels my fire that much more," explained Miller. "No matter where I've been, ever since I was little, I've just tried to be the best that I can. I'm just trying to make a name for all the Montana kids out here that are working their butts off."
Following his tremendous season for the Yellowjackets, Miller was hopeful to be selected earlier this month during the Major League Baseball draft. However, his name was not called this time around.
"It was kind of stressful," admitted Miller about draft week. "I heard from a couple teams that I should have went this year, and then from some teams that I'm hopefully going to go after my senior year. We'll see what happens; just have to keep working hard."
Leading up to the draft, Miller was able to stay sharp with lots of batting practice inside the new cage at Missoula's Access Fitness. Immediately following the draft, Miller turned his focus towards finding a summer baseball league for this off-season. The Missoula Sentinel graduate found a spot with the Alexandria Blue Anchors in Minnesota, one of 16 teams competing in the North Woods League.
"I would have liked to go in the draft but I got into the North Woods League and it's a really good league," said Miller. "There were 176 players that played in it last year that went in this year's draft. I've just got to go prove myself out there in front of some more people and hopefully something comes out of that."
Miller has been in Alexandria for the last week, so far he's got two hits in twelve at-bats for the Blue Anchors.