Cardinals' Shelby Miller Has Solid Major League Debut
The No. 2 prospect in all of baseball is officially a Major League Baseball player.
Slated to be the Cardinals future ace, Shelby Miller got the call to the show just a day ago. Though the 21-year-old struggled at times this year in AAA Memphis, September roster expansion allowed the Cards to call up their highly-touted pitcher.
The very next day, Miller found himself trotting out from the bullpen to pitch the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Mets.
Facing the eight-hole hitter, Andres Torres, Miller fell behind quickly 2-0 before getting him to pop up to the catcher in foul territory. His next batter, potential Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, went down easily on a second-pitch grounder to the third basemen.
Leadoff man Mike Baxter was the third batter of the inning, and Shelby Miller gave the crowd what they had been waiting for. After getting behind 2-0 once again, the rookie battled back and sat Baxter down swinging for his first professional strikeout.
With his above-average fastball, superb curveball and changeup to compliment, Miller is projected to be a big strikeout guy in the major leagues.
If his minor league numbers transfer to the majors, then that will be exactly the case. In his 136.2 innings in the minors this season, Miller logged 160 punch outs. If his strikeout in his first-ever big league inning wasn't enough to convince you, maybe his performance in the seventh will do the trick.
To start off the top of the frame, Ruben Tejada stepped into the box.
Four pitches later, he found himself watching strike three zoom by him before he headed back to the dugout.
The 6'3" righty then proceeded to give up his first hit to second baseman Daniel Murphy, a single up the middle. His first and his last of the day.
Miller finished off his day with an exclamation point, as he rang up the final two batters of the inning.
His final line read: 2.0 IP, 1 hit, 4 K's.
He showed off the impressive command that helped him reach this level so fast, by throwing 21 of his 29 pitches for strikes.
Though it was just a small sample of what's to come, the Cardinals organization has to feel good about Shelby Miller's first appearance.
*Stats are from ESPN.com, MLB.com, MiLB.com.
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