Mills is named
the NAIA’s Player of the Year
third baseman Beau Mills has become the
second Lewis-Clark State College baseball
player to be named the NAIA Player of the
Year, which was announced by the
organization on Thursday.
Mills had a
phenomenal year in his first season in a
Warrior uniform. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound
transfer from Fresno State University set
the NAIA single-season home run record with
38 and led the Warriors to the national
championship by hitting three home runs in a
9-2 win over Spring Arbor in the title game
on Thursday night.
NAIA’s Region I Player of the Year, leads
the NAIA in five statistical categories and
was second in another category in helping
the defending-champion Warriors to their
58-5 record and the program’s 15th national
Mills, who is
from Visalia, Calif., leads the NAIA in per
game averages for home runs, runs scored,
RBI, and total bases. He also leads in
slugging percentage and is second in hits
per game. Mills is hitting .453
(107-for-236) and has 22 doubles, one
triple, and 123 RBI. He scored 100 runs, has
248 total bases and has a slugging
percentage of a remarkable 1.033.
Mills also has
drawn 43 walks this season and been hit by
17 pitches. He’s also six-for-six in stolen
season, Mills had three three-home run
games. He broke the single-season LCSC home
run record of 30 set by Jim O’Dell in the
1983 season. O’Dell, who also drove in a
school-record 136 RBI that season, was the
NAIA Player of the Year in 1983 and the
first Warrior to earn that honor.
Mills was named
the NAIA’s National Player of the Week once
and the Region I Player of the Week twice
during the regular season.
He is projected
to be a first-round pick in next week’s
Major League Baseball draft, and some
scouting services have him ranked as high as
being the 10th overall pick.
Mills is the
son of former major leaguer Brad Mills, who
is the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.