Howell’s Justin Militello signs for Atlanta Braves

Just when it looked like Howell’s Militello family would have three siblings playing college ball in Michigan, the plan changed.

Nobody is upset about it, because Justin Militello received an offer that was too good to refuse.

Instead of playing baseball at Eastern Michigan University with his twin brother Jackson, his longtime catcher, Justin signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Justin Militello

He is the first Livingston County player to sign a professional contract after graduating from high school since Hoyle’s David Hebner, a shortstop who was the ninth overall pick in the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.

“The hardest part that was stopping me from dropping 100% was not playing with my brother,” said Militello. “We talked about it. He’s one of the best hunters I’ve seen defensively. He’ll have a chance to increase his stock. I’ll see him in pro football in a few years. It’s an opportunity that he felt I should take and not miss just because of him.”

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