Whoa! I didn’t see this coming. Put down your pitchforks. No need to hunt down DeWallet. Shelby Miller is your 1st round pick Cardinal fans. You wanted upside, well here you go. I’m shocked. Cardinals get a top top caliber pick at 19. He’s said to be seeking $4M+, so we’ll see how this plays out.
Some scouting grades on Miller: 60 fastball, 65 future, 60 future grade on curveball.
Law’s scouting report on Miller:
Miller looks the part of a stud high school pitcher and projects as a No. 1 starter given his stuff and physique. He’ll sit 92-96 mph with his fastball, hitting 96 and the occasional 97 early before settling in toward the lower end of that range; he gets great downhill plane on the pitch and it’s heavy enough to get ground balls and break some bats. His curveball has good depth at 76-78 mph but is mostly vertical and isn’t completely consistent yet; he doesn’t use a changeup, although he has the arm slot and action to throw a good one. Miller’s primary issue this spring has been inconsistent command, which, while unsurprising in a power high school arm, might push him behind a more polished guy like Tyler Matzek on some boards. Miller’s delivery is good, as his arm works well and his arm’s path is short after a fairly high hand separation. He cuts his delivery off a little bit, which can partially explain the inconsistent command, and he can rush his delivery when he’s trying to amp up his fastball. He also seemed to have a tendency to let his arm slot drift slightly lower, which makes it hard to get consistency on a curveball. His frame is just what you want in a pitcher, with some room left to fill out. He’s one of the top ten prospects in this draft.
No high school pitcher has a better fastball than Miller. At 94 mph, he tied for the highest velocity recorded at last summer’s Area Code Games, and he has touched 96 this spring. He usually pitches at 92-93 mph, but his fastball has more than just velocity. It has tremendous life, it’s deceptive because he has such an easy delivery and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to throw it downhill. Miller spins a solid curve that will be a plus pitch when he commands it more consistently. He has made strides with his changeup as well. He has sound mechanics and arm action, and a blue-collar work ethic. He’s a good athlete who also starred in football, making the all-state 3-A second team as a tight end and punter in the fall.
So are you happy now?