I was going to write about another player for today, but with Shelby Miller the hot topic today thanks to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The quote and my analysis are after the jump.
For the first time the organization might be willing to include elite prospect Shelby Miller in trade talks. Miller, 21, has labored at Triple-A Memphis this season while others, such as Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Tyrell Jenkins continue to advance.
The Cardinals also project collegiate first-round draft pick Michael Wacha as a fast-mover.
Ok, first and foremost, before we go setting ourselves on fire, the huge qualifier of “might” is right there in the sentence. So, the Cardinals have gone from “no way” to “so, you are saying there’s a chance” with regards to trading Shelby Miller. I’d be open to the Cardinals trading Miller for the right deal – the right deal being a major league starter with a cost-controlled contract. Other that than that, I’m not so sure.
Miller’s K% has ticked down and his BB% has ticked up so far this year in AAA and we are all officially a little worried. The Cardinals have attempted to straighten him out with a “no shake” rule and skipped a start to work on mechanics. His velocity has reportedly been down from previous years. But, his HR/Balls in Air ratio is off the chart and he is allowed a lot more fly balls this year which means a lot more chances for them to go out. He’s still 21 years old and still the youngest pitcher on his team by a year and a half.
What do you think? What would be the right deal for Miller in your opinion? Or is it a “hands off” situation?