Shelby Miller has had a good few days. On Monday the Cards top pitching prospect was a recipient of the organization’s “Minor League Pitcher of the Month” award for August. The 21-year old has won a monthly award in each of his 3 seasons since being drafted by the Cards, and went 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 6 starts for AAA Memphis in August. His 0.86 WHIP throughout the month was the lowest in all of Triple-A. He has been the Card’s prized pitching possession since his first-round selection (19th overall) in 2009 out of Brownwood High School in Texas.
On Tuesday the news got even better for Miller as he was promoted to the big leagues, joining the Cards in the middle of their playoff push. He will wear number 40 and provides the Cards with a power arm down the stretch. Suddenly, the Redbirds have a surplus of pitching talent, creating an interesting situation for Mike Matheny. With former starter Lance Lynn already in the bullpen, Miller’s call-up, and the seemingly imminent return of ace Chris Carpenter (who threw to live hitters for the first time since his injury on Tuesday), the Cards could face a playoff quandary with so many talented starting pitchers in the bullpen. A second school of thought is that it is only a good problem to have — who cares if they normally start; throw them in the bullpen and use their talents from there. For now, Miller will be the newest prized arm to enjoy in the big leagues.