Another player that was an honorable mention in the Top Fifteen Prospects list, Alec Mills could force his way into the Kansas City Royals future plans before long.
A former 22nd round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, Mills may have begun to breakout last season. Given a chance to play in Wilmington, Mills pitched very well in the Carolina League, posting a 7-7 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.200 WHiP. However, where Mills truly stood out was with his command, as he walked only 14 batters while striking out 111 in 113.1 innings of work.
That excellent command has a part of Mills’ profile throughout his career. In his 266.2 career innings, Mills has walked only 54 batters while recording 255 strikeouts. In his first full season as a starter last year, Mills posted a career best 7.93 strikeout to walk rate, while continuing his ability to keep the ball in the year. Even with the three home runs he gave up last season, Mills has only allowed four longballs since the start of 2013.
Alec Mills may be under the radar currently for the Kansas City Royals, but that may not be the case for much longer. Another season like last year, and Mills may be considered one of the Royals top pitching prospects.