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Shelby Miller shines in Triple-A start after given week off

Jun 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller allowed 17 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his first three starts this month at Triple-A Memphis, continuing a run of disappointing results that dates back to mid-May. So St. Louis’ higher-ups decided to skip his next turn in the rotation and instituted a “no-shake rule” to keep him from relying too heavily on his mid-90s fastball.

That strategy seems to have worked wonders.

Miller allowed just one hit — a solo homer — in a five-inning outing Wednesday night at Memphis, striking out eight batters and walking three. The Texas native still has an ugly 5.70 ERA on the year and clearly won’t be ready for the majors as early as the Cards were hoping. But his strikeout rate (10.3 K/9) is still good and he’s certainly capable of getting on a roll.

Miller was the 19th overall pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft. He doesn’t turn 22 years old until October 10.

  1. umrguy42 - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    So the Cardinals basically told him “don’t think. it can only hurt the ballclub”?

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Pretty much.

      People seem to forget he’s only 21 and far from a complete pitcher.

      One thing from the above I’ll have to disagree with, he’s been nowhere near a consistent “mid 90’s fastball” all year, he’s been setting 90-92 max all year.

      Anyway..

      Now it’s time to string some consistently positive starts together and get on track and get back on that “untouchable” list before July 31st.

      • geoknows - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Yes. His fastball velo is down quite a bit; that’s been another huge part of the concern.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Reports from last night were that his FB sat at 92-95 all night and touched 97. I don’t have any confirmation, just what was reported on Future Redbirds

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        That’s good news if true, did you see anything about his breaking or off speed stuff?

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Check out this report: http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2012/06/short-siesta-pays-off-for-cardinals-shelby-miller/

        Others said his breaking ball was “sharp”, which read more like it meant it had great break to it and was an effective weapon (i.e. he didn’t hang any of them) than to mean that he had great control of it.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        That’s positive indeed, thanks for the link.

        The 57% strike rate and high pitch count are the only 2 negatives about his outing, improvement nonetheless though – good for him.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Here’s a good rundown of Miller’s outing last night from Derrick Goold complete with quotes from Cards farm director John Vuch:

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/updated-shelby-miller-makes-strong-return/article_5443ea66-c0e6-11e1-837e-001a4bcf6878.html

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