Hunter Milam Drafted in the 17th Round by the Philadelphia Phillies
FORMER RUSSELL COUNTY PITCHER EXPECTED TO SIGN WITH THE PHILLIES
This week former Russell County lefty Hunter Milam was drafted in the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
After his senior season with the Warriors the Angels selected him in the 22nd round, but he turned down the offer.
Last year he played for Gulf Coast Community College starting 11 games, earning 6 wins, and recorded 62 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.
Milam talks on his journey to get here saying,”it’s been fun, exciting, nervous. The process humbles you too. You’ve really got to look at yourself in the mirror and think alright what am I, and what do you think you are in baseball, but it’s been fun. Just living in the moment right now.”
Hunters coach at Gulf Coast Mike Kandler talked on how Milam’s talent and strength made him more attractive to scouts saying, “a lot of the draft is potential. Where are they going to be in four or five years? With Milam you’re talking about a guy that’s got big time arm strength from the left side, so right away that puts himself in a very small grouping because there just aren’t many guys that are left handed, and there certainly aren’t as many guys that throw as hard as he did that are as physical as he is.”