MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's pitcher Jordan Mills is set to get his professional baseball career underway, as the Houston Astros announced Monday that the left-hander has signed with the club.
The Astros selected Mills in the 28th round in the recent Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A native of Shingle Springs, Calif., the Oak Ridge High product recently completed his junior season with the Gaels.
Mills leaves Saint Mary's on the strength of a standout 2013 campaign. He was named an All-West Coast Conference first team selection, leading the Gaels with a 2.47 ERA and 83.2 innings pitched. He allowed just 23 earned runs and struck out 78. In conference play, Mills owned a 2.11 ERA while serving as SMC's Saturday starter.
According to the team's website, Mills will report to Rookie Level club Greeneville. The season kicks off Thursday.