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Shelby Miller Gets Back On Track In Second Half

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

After Cardinals pitching coordinator Brent Strom watched the team's top prospect, righthander Shelby Miller, throw a bullpen session during spring training, he had one impression. This was not the same guy he remembered. Miller, the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, had slimmed down during the winter, losing what the Cardinals feared was some needed muscle, and his mechanics had eroded. His fastball lacked pop. And at the start of the season so did his performance. In his first turn at Triple-A Memphis, Miller was erratic, prone to homers and what he called "ugly innings," and, most of all, too reliant on his fastball.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals’ Tyrell Jenkins Gets A Taste Of The Future

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

During the Winter Meetings in Dallas, new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sat with farm director John Vuch and mapped out the number and names of the non-roster invitees they wanted to bring to major league spring training. Some would have a chance to win a job. Others would get an opportunity to leave an impression. A few were just getting an invite to their future.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals