ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – The future is here. Shelby Miller, who was called up from Memphis on September 4, made his major league debut after entering the sixth inning on Wednesday. Miller retired all three batters faced which included a strikeout to end the inning.
Miller has been touted as the next great pitcher for the Cardinals ever since he was drafted out of high school with the nineteenth overall pick in 2009 but this season proved to be an incredible roller coaster for the 21-year-old right hander.
It was a little over a month ago that he was thought to be trade bait at the deadline after struggling early in 2012, but since the All-Star break he has posted a 7-2 record with a 2.88 ERA for the Memphis Redbirds. He was 4-8 with a 6.17 ERA before the break.
His up-and-down journey to the big leagues was capped off with being recognized as Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August for the Cardinals organization. He was 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in six starts last month with a 0.86 WHIP, the lowest at the Triple-A level.
Miller was named the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year for his second straight season last year and was the first to accomplish that feat since Rick Ankiel in 1998-99.