Minors: Shelby Miller profile, Top 11 for '11 

August, 11, 2011
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He has struck out 292 batters in 227 professional innings and has met every challenge thrown at him thus far. Simply put, the Cardinals are getting everything they hoped for -- and then some -- from top pitching prospect Shelby Miller. After signability concerns helped push him to the19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Miller projects to be a true No. 1 starter at the major league level.

Promoted to Double-A after just nine starts in the Florida State League, Miller has fanned 71 and walked 27, allowing just two homers, in 69 2/3 innings. The Texas right-hander doesn't even turn 21 until October, but he's not far off from big league duty.

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