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August 18, 2009

Sox sign 22-year old OF Qualon Millender

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 12:01 pm
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UNA:

The former Talladega native and Winterboro High standout signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday evening. … Millender, 22, said he’ll return to school at the University of North Alabama to finish up his accounting degree, then will report to spring training in March. He played in the outfield for the Lions in 2008 and 2009. Millender, who checks in at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, tried out first for the Kansas City Royals, then got a look from the White Sox scouts on July 27. … Millender hit .356 for the Lions in 2009 and was a perfect 45-for-45 on stolen base attempts. He led UNA with 60 runs scored and he drove in another 24 runs. He was selected second-team all-region on both squads. Millender was previously selected All-Gulf South Conference as well. He helped lead the Lions to a 32-20 record in 2009. He hit .324 with five homers and 33 runs batted in. He also stole 15 bases.

45 for 45! He makes the team next year!

UPDATE: Brown:

Millender’s dream growing up was to be a professional baseball player, and he will get his opportunity this spring playing for a single A ball club in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

… Millender is also known to have world-class speed and quickness, and an instinct to make plays. “What honestly separates him from the rest is his speed, man he’s fast,” said long time friend and former UNA pitcher Ryan Miller. Although some would consider his dream complete, Millender is not settling for just the single A, there are bigger goals in front of him that he hopes to achieve one day. “I plan on spending maybe two months or so playing single A ball, then I want to make it up to double A, and hopefully in a year and a half or two years be playing for the White Sox in Chicago.”

UPDATE #2: Millender played CF in the Bristol Sox’s opener tonight. Cool!

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4 Comments »

  1. It is really cool to see someone from your hometown do well for themselves. I along with another friend coached qualon playing soccer and my mother was his 6th grade teacher. He always stood out in sports and my mom said he was a great student that when asked what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to play baseball. Great to see someone fufill their dream.

    Comment by stephen shirley — August 29, 2009 @ August 29, 2009 9:48 am | Reply

    • yes, it’s gratifying seeing someone realize their dream. thanks for sharing!

      Comment by The Wizard — August 29, 2009 @ August 29, 2009 12:07 pm | Reply

  2. Hey this is my cousin & i cant wait until her starts playing for the Chicago White Sox!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 6, 2010 @ March 6, 2010 11:19 pm | Reply


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