Pitcher Shelby Miller and first baseman Parker Taylor, senior members of the Brownwood Lions Region I-3A finalist baseball team, were recently selected first-team Class 3A all-state by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Miller was drafted 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 9, while Taylor is headed to the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff to continue his football career.
Miller, who also was named the Gatorade Texas High School Baseball Player of the Year as well as being voted District 2-3A MVP, finished with a 10-2 record, 1.98 ERA, 153 strikeouts, 38 hits, 39 walks and 22 runs allowed in 77 innings. He also batted .430 for the season with a team-high five home runs and 37 RBIs.
“It was unbelievable to be able to coach a guy with talent like Shelby’s,” said Lions head baseball coach Scotty Nichols after Miller was drafted. “It’s probably a once in a lifetime kind of deal. It’s been an awesome ride and we appreciate everything he’s done for us here at Brownwood. We look forward to great things from him in the future and a great career in the Major Leagues. We’re extremely excited for him.”
Miller — who has also signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Texas A&M — has yet to sign a professional contract with the Cardinals, but is still expected to do so.
Taylor, the cleanup batter in the Lions’ order, was selected the 2-3A Offensive Player of the Year after batting a team-high .431 with 25 RBIs, seven doubles, 28 hits and 11 runs scored.
“Parker was no doubt one of our biggest emotional leaders,” Nichols said. “He’s one of the greatest first baseman I’ve been around. He led the team in batting average, always hit the ball and always got on base. He’s tall and lanky, and that helped out defensively and helped him dig a lot of balls. He also made some of our defensive calls. I’m really proud of him for making all-state.”
Both Miller and Taylor received all-state status in other sports during their senior campaign.
Miller was selected as a second-team all-state tight end (45-864-9 TDs) and punter (41.3 yards per punt) by the Texas Sportswriters Association in football, as well as being a third-team all-state punter according to TexasPrepInsider.com.
Taylor was a TexasPrepInsider.com first-team all-state selection at wide receiver (50-990-12 TDs) as well as an Associated Press and Texas Sportswriters Association honorable mention all-state choice in football. Taylor set three Lion receiving records — longest touchdown reception (92 yards), most yards receiving in a game (295) and most career receiving yards (1,486).
In basketball, Taylor (14.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg) was the District 2-3A co-MVP and a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region selection.
The complete Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State roster is as follows:
Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State Team
Pitchers: Shelby Miller, Sr., Brownwood; Michael Burchett, Sr., Carthage; Garrett Methvin, Sr., Spring Hill; Michael Wacha, Sr., Pleasant Grove; Eric Brooks, Sr., Taylor
Catchers: Bryson Fuller, Sr., Lubbock Cooper; Ryan Hornback, Jr., Sweeny
First Basemen: Parker Taylor, Sr., Brownwood; Cody Lattimore, Sr., Liberty Hill
Second Basemen: Brooks Marlow, So., Giddings; Ruben Elizondo, Sr., Robstown
Shortstops: Aaron Rollins, Sr., Sweeny; Ty Marlow, Jr., Giddings; Boone Weiss, Sr., Robinson
Third Basemen: Miles Peloquin, Sr., Spring Hill; Brady Capshaw, Sr., Kennedale
Outfielders: Fernando Dominguez, Sr., Seminole; Jake Minaldi, Jr., Hamshire Fannett; Timothy Reyes, Sr., Pecos; Jace Statum, Jr., Orangefield
Pitchers: Clayton Woodruff, Sr., Prosper; Josh Rodriguez, Sr., Sinton; Ty Compton, Sr., Llano; Derek Thompson, Sr., Glen Rose
Catchers: Jacob Felts, Jr., Orangefield; Garrett Aslin, Sr., Atlanta
First Basemen: Jon Mark Abbey, Sr., Paris; Chance Betchan, Sr., Rockdale
Second Basemen: Chase Wiggins, So., Farmersville; Trace Day, Sr., Lorena
Shortstops: Jennings Boothe, Sr., Cuero; Ryan Diaz, Sr., Andrews; Kodey Dixon, Sr., Brownfield
Third Basemen: Mark Drake, Sr., Rockdale; Jesse Conner, Sr., Snyder
Outfielders: Bryce Boone, Sr., Carthage; Joe Tallerine, Sr., Bellville; Trey Brooks, Sr., Llano; Kody Neel, Sr., Needville
Pitchers: Gene Lucas, Sr., Liberty Hill; Aidan Rivera, Jr., Lubbock Estacado; Nick Rumbelow, Jr., Bullard; Logan Johnson, Jr., Hamshire Fannett
Catchers: Malachi Melton, Sr., Andrews; Charley Waldrep, Sr., Celina
First Baseman: Rich Cash Gonzalez, Sr., Columbus
Second Basemen: Garrett Mattlage, So., West; Kaleb Calvillo, Sr., Andrews
Shortstops: Craig Whiteside, Sr., Vernon; Max Farmer, Jr., Lorena; Zach Harrison, Sr., Van
Third Basemen: Raul Valenzuela, Jr., Andrews; Blake Hubbard, Sr., Bridge City
Outfielders: Cameron Stanley, Sr., Carthage; Kevin Khoury, West; Jose Romero, So., Celina; Colton Bickerstaff, Jr., Mineola; Clayton Woodruff, Sr., Prosper