What a difference a month and a half makes. In mid July, Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller was being talked about as possible trade bait following a nightmare first go-around in the Pacific Coast League. Now, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, Miller could find himself getting a late-season showcase on the surging Cardinals:
Club will deny it up to the day of announcement, but I’m hearing strong sentiment exists to promote Shelby Miller after AAA season.
— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) August 27, 2012
He’d be an interesting addition. While his overall numbers are very “meh” this season, he’s improved of late and, good and bad results notwithstanding, his strikeout rate has been solid this year (10.4 per nine innings) making him an intriguing bullpen option for the stretch run.