Former Lewis-Clark State baseball standout Beau Mills was selected the MVP of the Carolina League after a stellar season with the Kingston Indians, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Mills, who helped LCSC to the Avista NAIA World Series title in 2007 and then a week later was the 13th overall pick in the Major League draft, hit .293 for the season, which was eighth best in the Carolina League. The first baseman led the league and all Indian minor leaguers with 21 home runs and was second in the league in RBI with 90. He also collected 34 doubles and his 58 extra-base hits ranked second in the league, while his 141 hits was third.
In his first two seasons in the Indians’ minor league organization, Mills is hitting .282 with 122 runs scored, 54 doubles, 27 home runs and 132 RBI.
Mills won the Indians’ Minor League On-Base Program “On-Base Where Careers Take Off,” sponsored by Continental Airlines. The program honors pitch recognition and patience at the plate and gives the winner a free round-trip ticket anywhere in the continental United States from Continental Airlines. Mills had the most “hard-hit at-bats” for Indian minor leagues by hitting the ball hard in 52 percent of his at-bats.
Mills was named the NAIA Player of the year in 2007 when he hit an NAIA-record 38 home runs and drove in 123 runs while leading LCSC to its 15th national championship. Mills hit three home runs and drove in eight runs in the national championship game.
Mills is currently playing in the fall baseball league in Arizona.