Reds Acquire Mills from Tribe

In 2007 the Indians selected slugger Beau Mills with the 13th overall pick in the draft. He hit well in his first full season in single A. That productivity ebbed as he advanced and he spent most of the next three seasons in AA. After a bit of resurgence last seaon he made it to AAA. After a slow start season the team parted ways and he's now playing at Pensacola.

Pensacola scored five runs in the fifth Saturday en route to win their third in a row at Chattanooga by a score of 6-4. The Wahoos got their scoring started in the fourth when an RBI single by Beau Mills cut the score to 3-1. Mills also capped off the scoring the next inning with a solo home run. He had a successful debut in the Cincinnati organization by going 3-4 with two RBI. Yordanys Perez was 2-4 with three RBI and Josh Fellhauer added two more hits and drove in one. Kyle Lotzkar got the start and hung around long enough to get the win after allowing four runs in five innings while striking out seven. Curtis Parch threw a scoreless ninth for his third save

The Reds obtained Mills from Cleveland Friday in a deal for cash. He had been with the Tribe since they selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft when he came out of Lewis-Clark State College (ID). The 13th overall selection made it into Baseball America's top 100 before the next season and was one of the top prospects in the Indians organization. His production declined as he rose through the Indians organization and now he'll try to recapture some of the luster of his status at Pensacola.

Mills started off his minor league career well enough by hitting .293/.373 OB% at high-A Kinston in 2008 while slugging .506 with 21 HR and 90 RBI. Those numbers dropped the next year at Akron and he spent most of the next three years at the AA level. He started off 2011 on the DL but eventually saw some resurgence by hitting.300 and slugging .522 before he was promoted to AAA Columbus. His overall average that season was .289 with 18 HR in less than 400 plate appearances. This season he started out slowly in AAA and was hitting below .200 before the Indians parted ways.

Mills is listed at 6'3"/220#, bats left-handed and throws from the right side. Nearly all of his minor league appearances have been at first base. Prior to attending college he was drafted by the Red Sox with a late pick in 2004. There was no shortage of baseball in his family while growing up because his father Brad played professionally before managing the Houston Astros. Since Matt LaPorta was unable to take ownership of the Indians' first base job the door was open for Mills to make a claim. Instead they are now using veteran Casey Kotchman and he is one of the oldest players on the current Pensacola roster at 27 years of age.

At the plate Mills makes decent contact for a power hitter and has walked in almost 8% of his plate appearances over his six minor league seasons. When he was originally drafted some projections predicted him to be a 25-30 HR contributor as a major leaguer. He does not have impressive speed and the only way for him to make it to the bigs is to mash the ball. In the field his mobility has limited him to first base and there once was some speculation that he would take over for Travis Hafner at DH.

The Reds found a diamond in the rough in a 2006 deal after the Indians gave up on Brandon Phillips and swapped him for a player to be named later (Jeff Stevens). Now they will hope lightning strikes twice. It will be helpful for him to shake some of the nagging injuries he's dealt with the past couple of years. Sometimes a fresh start can jump start a sluggish career. He was obtained to provide organizational depth. After one game he's off to a good start as Reds fans hope that a change of venue will have a positive effect on Beau Mills.

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