Gulf Coast pitcher Hunter Milam picked, signs with Phillies in MLB Draft

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's a long way to the top, but no matter how far MLB Draft picks make it, they'll never forget selection night.

A handful of Panhandle Conference players were picked last week, including two from this year's Gulf Coast roster.

Pitcher and second baseman Brett Wisely went to the Rays in the 15th round and pitcher Hunter Milam going to the Phillies in the 17th. Both confirmed their intentions to sign, with Milam signing his rookie deal on Tuesday.

Milam's situation is interesting. He was drafted by the Angels in the 22nd round last year, but turned it down for another year of development in college ball.

The gamble paid off, resulting in another memorable phone call.

"The first thing they asked: 'are you ready to put the pinstripes on?' Yes sir, I am!" Milam recalled. "Like a dream, like everything just glazed over. It's a dream come true. Both of them were just unreal experiences. I knew how it was. I had been there before. I knew what it was like going into it, but it was definitely a surreal moment."

Milam will start out with Philadelphia's Gulf Coast League affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Phillies in Clearwater.