Shelby Miller, the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect since he was the 19th pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, made his high-minors debut at AA Springfield on Friday, and he didn't disappoint; the 20-year-old, who features a high-90s fastball that's possibly the best in the Cardinals' organization, struck out five and walked two in the course of allowing one run in the S-Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Miller went six innings, throwing 61 strikes over 89 pitches before giving the ball to Springfield's relievers, who pitched three scoreless innings.â†µ
Miller was extraordinarily dominant in high-A Palm Beach, where he made his first nine starts of the season; while there he struck out 81 batters and walked 20 in just 53 innings, improving on the strong full-season debut he made at low-A Quad Cities in 2009.
Miller is not in the Cardinals' plans for 2011, but if he continues to look as good in AA, pitching in the hitter-friendly Texas League, as he did in A-ball, he's going to make Spring Training 2012 extremely interesting. By then he'll be old enough to celebrate a call-up.â†µ