As we all know by now the Cardinals have called up their 2011 #1 Overall prospect from AAA Memphis to the major league bullpen for the stretch run. This move comes with very little downside roster-wise and a nice bonus for a top prospect after a good season. More after the jump.
The Cardinals adding Shelby Miller to the 40 man roster and calling him up to the big leagues means that they will now begin to have to burn option (years) each year to send him back down to AAA. They could have avoided this by keeping him off the 40 man roster until if/when they called him up to the big leagues next year.
However, with 3 option (years) available, odds are the Miller will be solidly in the majors within 2 years and will not need his full allotment of options, so the Cardinals potentially having to burn one next season will not come back to haunt them in the long term.
And lastly on this point, Miller could make the rotation or bullpen out of Spring Training and the Cardinals will not even have to burn even one option on him.
Let’s not split hairs here either, Shelby Miller earned this promotion. His tRA+ (averaged for his league, scaled so 100 is average) was 119. Not his usual heights, but a great number. He struck out 27% of his batters, which was a tick higher than his numbers last year in Springfield. That’s 10% over league average. His nB% (Walks – intentional walks + HBPs) was 10.3% which was right on his number from Springfield last year.
His numbers overall were still inflated because of a high HR rate. He allowed more fly balls this year, but he also allowed many fewer line drives. (Line drives being the most successful batted ball type.)
Shelby Miller has yet to make his debut for the Cardinals, but it will most likely be over the next few days, and even in relief during the game this afternoon.