Tyler Junior College sophomore Peyton Miller was dazzling scouts this season with his blazing fastball that was in the 94-97 mph range.
His electric arm led to him being selected in the 14th round (434th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball Draft.
The former Bullard High School standout was 3-2 on the mound with two saves for the Apaches this season. Miller struck out 54 batters in 39 2/3 innings.
Miller was unavailable for comment but his Twitter profile said he’s a pitcher in the Oakland A’s organization, indicating he is signing with the club and intends to begin his professional career.
Miller had signed with Panola College out of high school and committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in December 2018.
Miller wasn’t the only player with East Texas ties selected on Wednesday.
Stephen F. Austin State University had two players drafted. Pitcher Alex Palmer was taken in the 20th round (616th overall) by the Houston Astros. Pitcher Trayson Kubo was picked in the 24th round (734th overall) by Oakland.
Palmer was 7-6 this season with a 2.27 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 107 innings. Kubo was 3-4 with a 6.09 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 64 innings.
East Texas Baptist University catcher Casey Combs — son of former MLB pitcher Pat Combs — was selected in the 27th round (801st overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Combs hit .417 this season with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs for the Tigers. He was also 19 of 20 on stolen base attempts.
Connor Reich, who played for Hallsville High School and Navarro College before going to Texas State University, was drafted in the 31st round (920th overall) by the Chicago White Sox.
Reich was 10-2 at Navarro with a 2.98 earned run average and 94 strikeouts in 2016, 3-5 with a 5.73 ERA and 71 strikeouts at Texas State in 2017 and 6-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 85.2 innings worked as a junior a year ago.
As a senior this past spring, Reich carved out an 8-2 record to go along with a 4.47 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 90.2 innings to earn Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. He led the team in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Former Texarkana Pleasant Grove standout Jarod Bayless, who played at Dallas Baptist this season, was picked in the 33rd round (996th overall) by the Seattle Mariners. Bayless was 7-1 for the Patriots with a 4.07 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.