Kyle McMillen, RHP, Kent State: Another lively arm at 90-94 MPH, nasty slider, has a chance to be a closer.
Kent State RHP Kyle McMillen. Teammate of Andrew Chafin, sits 91-94 mph. Refining a slider. Works out of the bullpen.
Andrew Chafin isn’t the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons–he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman–but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State’s Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who’s regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes’ starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they’ve seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
Here are his College Stats:
He tried swinging the bat too: