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Shelby Charles Miller

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Shelby Miller was a first-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

Miller was 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA as a high school senior, with 154 K in 77 IP and only 40 hits, though he walked 38. He threw four no-hitters in high school. Baseball America named him a second-team All-American in 2009. The St. Louis Cardinals chose him 19th overall in the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Ralph Garr Jr. for a $2,875,000 bonus, the 7th-highest bonus of any first-rounder and more than #4 Tony Sanchez or #5 Matt Hobgood.

In his pro debut, Shelby allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) in three innings over two games for the Quad Cities River Bandits. Baseball America rated him as the Cards' #1 prospect and having the best fastball in the system. Back with Quad Cities in 2010, Miller began an unimpressive 1-3, 4.79 despite 56 whiffs in 41 1/3 IP. He made the US team for the 2010 Futures Game. Miller relieved Jordan Lyles to open the 7th with a 6-1 US lead. He allowed a leadoff single to PH Eury Pérez, who was thrown out stealing, then got Chun-Hsiu Chen on a grounder. Bryan Morris relieved Miller. He went 7-5, 3.62 in 24 starts for Quad Cities, pitching 104 1/3 innings, but striking out a whopping 140 batters. In 2011, he made 9 starts for the Palm Beach Cardinals, going 2-3, 2.89, then was promoted to the AA Springfield Cardinals, where he went 9-3, 2.70 in 16 starts. He continued to post tremendous strikeout numbers, whiffing 170 batters in 139 2/3 innings.

Millers started the 2012 season in AAA with the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League, where he made 27 starts. His numbers were only so-so - he was 11-10 with a 4.74 ERA, but he kept up his strikeout pace, with 160 in 136 2/3 innings. He earned a call-up to the big leagues when rosters expanded in September and pitched 6 times for the Cards, five of them in relief, going 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings, He gave up only 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out 16 opponents. Those numbers were impressive enough for the Cards to add him to their postseason roster in the NLCS, after Jaime Garcia went on the disabled list. He pitched twice in relief against the San Francisco Giants, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Miller was in competition against Joe Kelly for the Cardinals' fifth starter spot in spring training in 2013 and he won that battle by making a couple of solid outings in the late stages of Grapefruit League action. He won his first start of the season on April 6th, defeating the Giants, 6-3. On May 10th, he pitched a fabulous game against the Colorado Rockies: he allowed a single to Eric Young Jr. to lead off the game, then retired the next 27 batters in order to finish with a one-hit shutout. It was the first shutout and complete game of his young career. The next night, Adam Wainwright started the game by retiring the first 13 batters he faced for the Cardinals, which gave the team a streak of retiring 40 consecutive opposite batters, matching the record set by the Texas Rangers on May 3-4, 1996. On June 6th, he hit his first career homer off Matt Reynolds in beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-8, to improve to 7-3. In that game, he struck out 9 and walked none in 6 innings, giving up only 2 of the D-Backs' runs.

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  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2013)

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