MILLEDGEVILLE — Representing the John Milledge Academy baseball team well this spring, junior Cody Miller proved versatility is a key ingredient at the high school level as he led his team offensively and in pitching, earning him 2014 All-County Player of the Year honors.
Miller, a transfer from Jones County, competed in a Trojan uniform for the first time this season—quickly gaining respect from coaches, teammates and fans with passion for the game and notable abilities.
Head coach Justin Mills believes both qualities are highly sought after in young players, but admits he was most impressed with Miller’s drive and work ethic—giving him the total package to be successful on the diamond.
“He’s a very talented kid both defensively and offensively, but more important to me is his work ethic,” Mills said. “He works harder than any other kid I’ve worked with. That seems to be becoming more and more rare, but he’s very passionate about baseball and has the total package because he’s very talented.
“He was a piece to our puzzle that I feel like we’ve been missing,” the head coach added. “He leads the guys well and the guys look up to him and respect him for his work ethic and passion. He’s an overall, well-balanced young man and works hard in everything he does. His passion for baseball is something we can’t have enough of.”
In his first season at JMA, Miller sported a .333 batting average accompanied by a .412 on-base percentage. The junior hit one home run and scored 15 runs for the Trojans.
“He’s what we call a gamer,” Mills said. “He worked hard at practice, but he’s not going to back down from competition, and when the pressure is on I feel like he plays his best. When we needed him the most, I felt like he came through and did a great job.”