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Cards ninth rounder 50-50 about turning pro

University of Michigan outfielder turned pitcher Tyler Mills told the Detroit Free Press he's "about 50-50" on the question of whether to turn pro by signing with the Cardinals or to return for his Junior season with the Wolverines.

According to the report, the Redbirds' ninth round selection has already spoken with the club about what if would offer to sign.

Mills told the Free Press the Cardinals are interested in him as a hurler. He was 2-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 2011, his first season as a college pitcher. But, while he was inconsistent, he showed a lot of potential. Mills struck out 48 in 52 innings pitched.

The Birds are hoping for a quick answer from Mills. They'd like to see him report in time to join the franchise's rookie league team. And if he had to make a decision immediately, it sounds like Michigan might have the advantage of keeping its player.

"They want me as a pitcher. I don't have a lot of experience, and everything I've done is all a first-year roller coaster of learning," Mills, said about the Cardinals. "If I wait around for a year, I could go higher next year (in the draft). Everything at Michigan's great. Coach (Rich) Maloney's got a program on the rise."