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Meet 2016 Golden Spikes hopeful Tyson Miller

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Tyson Miller isn't simply the next likely MLB bound ace from Division II's California Baptist University, he is gaining national attention as a part of the Golden Spikes preseason watch list.

For those of you who don't know, I also write for the NCAA. I get to cover Division II sports as well as championships across all divisions. Along the way, I find some interesting stories and players to watch.

This past Tuesday the preseason watch list for the 39th Golden Spikes Award was released. The Golden Spikes Award, of course, is the NCAA Baseball version of the Heisman Trophy. Past winners include David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey and Kris Bryant. Only two players not on the DI level have ever won the award: 1990 first round draft pick Alex Fernandez and this kid named Bryce Harper.

Tyson Miller -- a 20-year old righty out of California Baptist University -- is one of just eight non-Division I players on the 50 player preseason watch list. Lancers' Head Coach Gary Adcock has become somewhat of a pitching guru in his time there, seeing a pitcher drafted by an MLB team in each of the last six drafts. Some of those names -- like Trevor Oaks, Caleb Dirks and Adam Hofacket -- had pretty darn good 2015 seasons. It should come of no surprise to see Miller so highly touted by scouts.

Miller threw 86.2 innings last year, posting a 3.32 ERA with an 85/22 K/BB ratio and 75 hits allowed.

Here's some video of Miller via The Prospect Pipeline.

Unfortunately, I can't simply copy and past my article on this website, but if you are interested in Baseball America's No. 66 College Prospect, please check out my interview and profile of Tyson Miller at Simply click on the link below: