The 2016 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Muller agreed to a $2.5 million signing bonus to join the Braves now, turning his back on a scholarship offer from the University of Texas. His signing bonus was more than $1 million above the prescribed signing bonus for the No. 44 overall draft pick, matching his selection in the second round.
Muller’s decision may have been motivated most significantly by the financial considerations, but any chance he might have passed on a fortune to play collegiate baseball was also diminished by the recent departure of Texas coach Augie Garrido.
“I wanted to play under coach Garrido, he’s one of the best coaches in NCAA history,” Muller previously told the Dallas Morning-News. “So I was looking forward to that, but I have confidence (Texas) will bring in a good guy to replace him and take the program to the next level.”
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Muller’s signing was first reported by MLB.com’s Jim Callis, who spoke to the lefthander’s significant upside and physical gifts.
It goes without saying that Muller’s statistics on the field only enhanced those traits; he had an 8-0 record with 133 strikeouts and a 0.46 earned run average as a senior.