Indians' Mills Aims To Resurrect Prospect Status





CLEVELAND—When Beau Mills finally arrived at Double-A Akron this season, it was under trying circumstances.

The roster spot opened when former teammate, outfielder John Drennen, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for Clomiphine, a female fertility drug often used in connection with anabolic steroids.

Yet the bad news surrounding the team with Drennen quickly changed when Mills arrived the next day to make his 2011 debut after missing the beginning of the season with a left Achilles injury.

Mills, the 13th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Lewis-Clark State, was the MVP of the Carolina League at high Class A Kinston in 2008. The slugging first baseman has struggled to find his power stroke since then, however, and spent 2009 and 2010 struggling in Akron.

"I have to get back to playing baseball the right way, and not worrying about other things," Mills said. "The past couple years I've been worrying about other things and just trying too hard, trying to put up numbers. I have to take every at-bat as its own individual thing and go from there. Then at the end of the year, go back and see the numbers."

Mills, 24, was batting .292/.328/.457 through 33 games with seven doubles, four home runs and 23 RBIs.

"We want to see the same thing Beau wants," farm director Ross Atkins said. "He wants to be one of the better hitters in the league. He's had flashes of doing that, but we need to see that over the course of several hundred at-bats. We'd like to see him become one of the more consistent performers on the team so that we can continue to challenge him."

Aeros manager Chris Tremie agrees.

"Beau is a very mentally strong player," Tremie said. "What he's gone through is what a lot of players do in wanting to be very successful and put a lot of put pressure on themselves. That's not a bad thing."

SMOKE SIGNALS

• Kinston had four players named to the Carolina League-California League all-star game: lefthanders Drew Pomeranz and Giovanni Soto, righthander Preston Guilmet and infielder Justin Toole.

• Double-A center fielder Jordan Henry owned a team high 19 stolen bases, was sixth in the Eastern League in runs scored (37) and had a team-high 35 walks.