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Cardinals choose top prospect Shelby Miller as fifth starter

Mar 25, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

Shelby Miller AP

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have decided to go with Shelby Miller as their fifth starter, choosing the 22-year-old top prospect over Joe Kelly, who did a solid job starting 16 games last season.

Miller was very impressive in a 14-inning September call-up last season after racking up 160 strikeouts in 137 innings at Triple-A and ranks among Baseball America‘s top 10 prospects for the second straight year.

He projects as a potential long-term ace if things go well and has dominant raw stuff, although Miller’s control was iffy last season with 3.3 walks per nine innings and he served 24 homers in 27 starts. Kelly will begin the season in the bullpen and serve as the fill-in if any injuries strike the rotation.

  1. gibbyfan - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Glad to see it –I hope he will be the new ace of a a new group of dominating pitchers–potntial is there

  2. vpisteve99 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Good to see a team not stashing guys in the minors to delay arbitration.

  3. sportsdrenched - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I always like it when it’s time for “prospect” to turn into production. Let’s see what ya got in the show.

  4. jeffthomasb - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    “Kelly will begin the season in the bullpen and serve as the fill-in if any injuries strike the rotation.”

    –That should read “…WHEN any injuries strike the rotation.”

    I wonder if anyone has checked to see if Kelly has any infield chops. Couldn’t hurt to hit him a few grounders and see what his stuff’s like. He could certainly get the ball over to first in a hurry.

  5. twinsapologist - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    He became an ace in my MLB 2K13 franchise, so he’s a sure thing.

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