Miller was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Month for June and was selected to the Florida State League All-Star team despite making only nine starts, tallying double-digit strikeouts in five of those starts with his 81 strikeouts leading the league at the time of his promotion. Miller pitched six innings or more 14 times and registered a quality start in all of them.
The 19th overall selection in the 2009 draft out of Brownwood (HS), Texas, Miller has been recognized as the Cardinals No. 1 prospect by Baseball America for the second consecutive season.
"Shelby had another tremendous season in 2011," said Cardinals Farm Director John Vuch. "He had success against hitters at two very different levels, while simultaneously continuing to make steady progress working on the things he'll need to do in order to be effective at the highest levels. It's exciting to watch him continue to mature into a more polished and complete pitcher."
Adams played in 115 games at Springfield and he was solid in the field registering a .993 fielding percentage with just eight errors in 1100 total chances at first base. His 2011 accolades included an appearance in the Texas League All-Star Game, where he homered, and he was tabbed as the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for May.
"Matt was challenged on the first day of Spring Training with the possibility of making the jump straight from the Midwest League to the Texas League," said Vuch. "His response to that opportunity was impressive. Not only did he compile a remarkable offensive season with the bat, but he also was very solid in the other aspects of his game, while demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities."
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Following the season, The Cardinal Nation gave these two players our comparable designations as 2011 Pitcher (Miller) and Player (Adams) of the Year. Looking ahead, our annual Top 40 Cardinals prospect countdown will begin in just a few days.
A complete listing of the Cardinals' Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Year Award selections since 1995 follows:
|1995||Mike Gulan, 3B||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Dmitri Young, INF||Louisville|
|1997||Brent Butler, INF||Peoria|
|1998||Pablo Ozuna, INF||Peoria|
|1999||Adam Kennedy, INF||Memphis|
|2000||Albert Pujols, 3B||Peoria/Potomac|
|2001||Covelli Crisp, OF||Potomac|
|2002||John Gall, 1B||New Haven|
|2003||John Gall, 1B||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Reid Gorecki, OF||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Travis Hanson, 3B||Springfield|
|2006||Colby Rasmus, OF||Quad Cities/PB|
|2007||Colby Rasmus, OF||Springfield|
|2008||Daryl Jones, OF||Palm Beach/Sprfld|
|2009||Allen Craig, OF/IF||Memphis|
|2010||Matt Carpenter, 3B||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
|2011||Matt Adams, 1B||Springfield|
|1995||Mike Busby, RHP||Louisville/Arkansas|
|1996||Britt Reames, RHP||Peoria|
|1997||Cliff Politte, RHP||Prince William/Ark.|
|1998||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Peoria/Prince William|
|1999||Rick Ankiel, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2000||Bud Smith, LHP||Arkansas/Memphis|
|2001||Jimmy Journell, RHP||Potomac/New Haven|
|2002||Tyler Johnson, LHP||Peoria|
|2003||Dan Haren, RHP||Tennessee/Memphis|
|2004||Anthony Reyes, RHP||Palm Beach/Tenn.|
|2005||Mark Worrell, RHP||Palm Beach|
|2006||Blake Hawksworth, RHP||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|
|2007||P.J. Walters, RHP||Quad Cities/PB/Spfld|
|2008||Jess Todd, RHP||PB/Spfld/Memphis|
|2009||Lance Lynn, RHP||PB/Spfld/Memphis|
|2010||Shelby Miller, RHP||Quad Cities|
|2011||Shelby Miller, RHP||Palm Beach/Sprngfld|