After another dominating performance by St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect Shelby Miller on May 27th, 2011 (7 IPs, 3 hits, 1 earned, 1 BB and 12 Ks) the team has decided to promote the youngster from Class A to ‘AA’ ball. With nothing left to prove the 20-year old will move to a much more difficult ‘AA’ Texas League and join the Springfield Cardinals.
Simply put Shelby Miller has probably been one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball so far this season. In 53 innings, Miller has given up only 40 hits, 17 earned runs, 20 walks and an amazing 81 strikeouts. The kid could hopefully improve on his weak groundball tendencies as he definitely pitches up in the zone to achieve his awesome strikeout numbers but that is just nitpicking at this point.
Miller hasn’t even had much in the way of luck on balls in play this year with a .343 BABIP, his HR/FB ratio is a bit low (under 0.4) but as you can see, the sky is the limit for this strikeout machine.
Overall he has a 2.89 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .204 BAA, 3.4 BB/9, 13.7 K/9, 4.0 K/BB.
Shelby Miller is climbing the prospect charts and he may rank near the top of all of the major prospect website’s ranking sheets if he continues to absolutely dominate opposing hitters. I am super intrigued to see if Shelby Miller can continue to dominate at a much more difficult league against stiffer competition and tougher overall hitters at such a young age.