Kurtis Muller is ready to follow his dream.

The Sun Prairie native signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The team drafted the speedy outfielder Tuesday in the 22nd round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

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Muller will travel to Arizona for a five-day camp before heading to Billings, Mont., to join the Reds' Advanced Rookie team.

"It's a pretty cool feeling to be officially a Red," Muller said.

Muller spent three seasons at Iowa, where he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior this past season after leading the Hawkeyes with a .379 batting average and 30 stolen bases.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect set a Big Ten Conference tournament record with six stolen bases to help Iowa come within two victories of earning an NCAA tournament berth.

Muller played last summer with the Madison Mallards and was named the team's Most Valuable Player after finishing fourth in the Northwoods League with a .335 batting average.

Muller returned to the Mallards this season and played one game before stepping away from the team last week while he figured out his future.

Muller could have decided not to sign with the Reds -- he politely declined to disclose the amount of his signing bonus -- and see where he was drafted in 2011 following his senior season at Iowa, which is expected to be a contender for the Big Ten title next season.

But he didn't want to delay his dream any longer.

"It was time for my pro career to start," Muller said.

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