Graduating Class: 2020
Primary Position: Pitcher
Team: Langley Blaze
One of the younger players on the Canadian Junior National Team is continuing to prove why he deserves everything that he’s getting. Theo Millas is the name and baseball is indeed his game.
In early September of 2017, the Burnaby, British Columbia native seriously put his name on the map. During Tournament 12 in Toronto, Millas was flashing his electric high 80’s fastball with lots of life in front of a large number of professional scouts and college coaches. Pitching at the Rogers Centre is a pretty neat experience for a 15-year-old kid, but a week in Florida facing professional baseball players may just grab the number one spot on his list of experiences.
This week, Millas and the Canadian Junior National Team will be facing off against the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Philidelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. When the Canadian right-hander steps on the mound at some point this week, he will remember exactly what his high school coach Jamie Bodaly told him, “Do what you do,” and hopefully he will do just that.
When Millas is on the rubber, his strategy is simple; “Work hard and hit all my spots with my pitches, I [don’t] try to do too much, just routine outs and short innings.” And if men do reach base, he makes sure to stay positive; “Never get down on yourself for letting up baserunners.”
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is a huge role model that Millas looks up to. Why? His competitiveness, “[Scherzer] play’s the game hard and that’s what I want to be like when I get older. And he says the exact same about his older brother Niko Millas, a freshman infielder for the New Mexico Thunderbirds.
Millas has big expectations down the line, “My goals for the future are to be drafted and play in the big leagues someday day.”
When he first started playing, that wasn’t even a thought in his mind. Just like most young kids, the game was just for fun, “I started baseball for fun and to be involved in sports, while I was progressing and getting older I realized I was getting good and I still loved the game. I wanted to make something out of my talent. I love how it flows, and I love to pitch.”
Keep an eye on the projectable BC righty. If you haven’t heard about Theo Millas until now, I can assure you, you’ll be hearing plenty more about him.