Western Kentucky's Anderson Miller, a former Lafayette standout, was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
And as a result, Miller might eventually find his way back to Kentucky.
Miller, a 6-foot-3 junior center fielder, was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 98th overall pick. The Royals' Class A affiliate is the Lexington Legends.
"I think they (Royals) had some interest in me, and I had gotten a phone call while they were on the clock," Miller said in a report on MLB.com. "When they went to pick it, I double-taked, then I jumped up and started cheering."
Miller being taken so high in the draft was a bit against the odds, considering that he told the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts in April that he wasn't even offered a scholarship by his hometown Kentucky Wildcats.
"They didn't want me out of high school," he said at the time. "And they didn't think I could play at the SEC level."
Miller made it a habit of playing well against UK during his time with the Hilltoppers. He hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning to force extras against the Wildcats on April 14, and WKU finished off UK in the 10th for a 5-3 victory and a series sweep of their in-state rivals.
"I was just trying to get on base and get it to the next guy. They challenged me with a fastball in, and I was on it," Miller said of his home run.
He ended up 8-for-14 with a home run, two triples, a double and five RBI in his career against the Wildcats.
Miller was a first-team all-conference performer in Conference USA this season.
He ranked among the league's leaders in home runs (12 — 3rd), runs scored (47 — 3rd), walks (41 — 4th), triples (3 — 5th), slugging percentage (.560 — 5th), total bases (108 — 6th) and on-base percentage (.419 — 9th).
Miller had 57 hits and drove in 35 runs from his leadoff position in the lineup, ending the season with a .295 batting average at the plate.
"I think I'm a pretty well-rounded player," Miller told MLB.com. "I play good defense, can make a throw if I need to. Consistency, is what I would say. You know what you're going to get from me day in and day out."