With the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan on Friday in Springfield, Mo., right-hander Shelby Miller wanted to set the record straight on his health. According to Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader, the 23-year-old "responded sharply" when asked about a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch report, which noted Miller "revealed to the Cardinals that he was dealing with shoulder soreness at the beginning of September."
"It's all a fib," Miller told the News-Leader. "If my shoulder was tight, I don't think I would have been throwing every day or throwing long-toss every day with (Trevor) Rosenthal. My shoulder was fine."
The Cardinals support that view. On Saturday, general manager John Mozeliak said that Miller's post-season role was defined as the long man and they didn't end up needing one. By the time they thought Miller might be used, he had not pitched in 17-18 days.
Became a Cardinal
Drafted in the first round (19th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Came to terms on a contract with a team-record $2.875 million signing bonus on August 17. 2009.
Excelled in high-A. Despite just two wins over nine starts through May, he was leading the minor leagues with 13.75 strikeouts per nine innings. Miller was then promoted to Double-A, demonstrating pinpoint control with mid-90’s heat, but impressing most with improvement in his secondary pitches.
After an invitation to big league camp, he completed his first full professional season one month before turning 20. Posted a 7-5 record with a 3.62 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings at Single-A Quad Cities (A).
Struck out nearly one out of every three batters faced (140 K/439 TBF, 32%). His 140 strikeouts was just one off the system high.
In a delayed debut, Miller pitched in just three late-season games with the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits, allowing two earned runs in three innings of work.
Threw four no-hitters and compiled a 10-2 record with a 1.90 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched for Brownwood, TX HS.
St. Louis Cardinals Rookie of the Year: 2013
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect: 2013 #2, 2012 #1, 2011 #1
Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation Pitcher of the Month: August 2012
Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week: 08/20-26/12, 07/30-08/05/12
Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Year: 2010, 2011
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2011
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Springfield Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2011
Texas League Post-Season All-Star: 2011
Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month: June 2011
The Cardinal Nation Pitcher of the Month: May 2011
Florida State League All-Star, mid-season: 2011
Cardinals organization Pitcher of the Month: July 2010
The Cardinal Nation Pitcher of the Month: July 2010
All-Star Futures Game, USA team: 2010
TCN/Scout.com Cardinals 2010 Top Prospect #2