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Indians give up on Beau Mills, send him to Cincinnati

Jun 22, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

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First baseman Beau Mills, the 13th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was traded from the Indians to the Reds for cash considerations Thursday night, ending his disappointing stint in the Cleveland system.

Mills, the son of then Red Sox coach and now Astros manager Brad Mills, was viewed as a potential 25- or 30-homer guy when the Indians selected him out of Lewis-Clark State, but he was a disappointment right away, finishing at .261/.337/.424 with just six homers in 245 at-bats in his pro debut in A ball in 2007. Through six years, he’s a lifetime .267/.330/.444 hitter with 76 homers in 2,146 at-bats.

Mills is 25 now and has very little defensive value, so he’s going to have to bash if he’s ever going to get an opportunity in the majors. He’ll begin his Reds career at Double-A Pensacola.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Where else can you about a kid being 25 years old and someone giving up on you?

  2. bigtrav425 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    the Indians drafting has been horrible over the last 10 years and it obviously shows.its just all around bad management and will continue to be that way till the dolans are gone.I also think we need better minor league coaches wo will work and teach these guys

  3. contraryguy - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The Reds must not be terribly confident in Danny Dorn, the guy who has held down 1B at the AAA Louisville club for 4 years. Aside from him, I’m not sure there are any great prospects in the Reds system at 1B; so they needed someone and Mills was there. Best of luck, with Votto at 1B forever.

  4. theallegedone - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Best of luck with Votto at 1b forever huh? Well, in case u hadn’t noticed, Votto signed a 10 year extension, beginning next year. So it really doesn’t matter who we have down there for the next 4 to 5 years, cause they won’t sniff the majors. And in case of emergency, we have plenty of people who can step in.

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