You may have noticed that Spinners righthander Adam Mills has been inactive the last few days. That’s because he’s in Houston for the presentation of the Roger Clemens Award, which is awarded every year to the nation’s best collegiate pitcher; essentially the college Cy Young.
Mills is a finalist for the award after going 14-2 with a 1.01 ERA this season for Charlotte. Mills has the most wins and the lowest ERA of any college pitcher. He was also a major reason the 49ers had the lowest team ERA in all of college baseball. They went on to win the Atlantic 10 tournament, with Mills collecting A-10 pitcher of the year honors, and advanced to the final of the Columbia, SC regional, just a step away from the college world series.
The other two finalists for the award are David Price of Vanderbilt, who was the first overall pick in this year’s draft by Tampa Bay, and Jacob Thompson, a sophomore at the University of Virginia.
Check out this Baseball America chat with Mills and Price for some interesting information about their collegiate success and beginning to their pro careers (Price has not yet signed with the Devil Rays).
Price won the award late last night.
Mills has been solid for the Spinners for far this year, posting a 1-1 record with one save and a 3.18 ERA in 11.2 innings of work. As he mentioned in the chat, the Red Sox probably do not want him to throw many innings after he worked 142.2 innings as Charlotte’s ace, so he has worked out of the Lowell bullpen, making four appearances.