Alec Mills was selected in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the KC Royals out of the University of Tennessee at Martin (otherwise known as UT-Martin). The right-hander struggled a bit adjusting to pro ball when he was assigned to rookie level Idaho Falls after signing in 2012 (4.62 ERA in 17 games).
Mills started out the season with Low-A Lexington as a reliever. In 15 appearances (28 innings), he picked up six saves. He allowed 16 hits (one home run) and walked eight while striking out 30. His GO/AO rate was 2.44 and opponents hit just .158 against him.
Mills moved into the rotation on May 30th and allowed just three hits over six scoreless innings. He made two more starts before arm problems (and a July 31st surgery) ended his season.
In his three starts, Mills only allowed two runs in 17.1 innings (1.04 ERA). He walked one and struck out 17, while opponents hit just .194 against him.
Mills was named a South Atlantic League All-Star, but unfortunately could not pitch due to the arm injury.
He tweeted that his first day of throwing came on December 23rd, so most likely he will start the 2014 season in extended spring training. If all goes well health-wise and he dominates like he did with the Legends, Mills should at least see time in High-A Wilmington by the end of the season.
From there, Mills could be on the fast-track.