Miller Commits to AState Baseball

Arkansas State has always been a favorite option for right-handed pitcher J.D. Miller.

Sunday night he took the next step toward becoming a member of the Red Wolves’ baseball team with a commitment to the program

“I have always liked Arkansas State and I wanted to go there out of high school,’’ he said. “We talked a lot, but junior college was a better option at that time.

“But they have stayed in touch and followed me. Indiana State wanted me up for a visit, but I knew Arkansas State was where I wanted to go so I decided to go ahead and commit.”

Now 6-foot-1 185 pounds, Miller was a two-sport standout at Sylvan Hills, playing quarterback for the Bears and pitching for the baseball team. He earned All-conference as a junior and senior and was Class 5A All-State as a senior.

He opted for Crowder out of high school and turned in a strong freshman season, going 4-1 with 9 saves a 3.35 ERA in 37.2 innings. In conference play he was 3-0 with 4 saves and a 2.89 ERA. After his first game on the season he had a 2.45 ERA. He finished with 30 strikeouts and averaged 7.17 Ks per 9 innings.

“I think one of the things the Arkansas State coaches liked about me was I was versatile,’’ Miller said. “I can start and I can be a reliever. They have talked to me about both.’’

Miller will become the fifth Crowder player to joins the Red Wolves in the past two seasons. Outfielder Ty White was a signee from this past spring and outfielder Lucas Feddersen, pitcher Cody Jackson and first baseman Matt Burgess will all be in their second season in Jonesboro.

At Sylvan Hills he was a 2-year starter at quarterback and a 3-year starter on the baseball team, which is one of the top programs in Class 5A annually.