Southwestern Smoke

Even to the uninitiated, it's obvious that something about this March day is different. The crowds at the Wylie High baseball field are typically healthy, but today people fill every available seat in the bleachers. More than 15 minutes remain before a scheduled game with Brownwood High, yet nearly every head is fixed in the same direction: toward the bullpen. There, several strangers are milling about. Many of them are carrying clipboards and radar guns, trained on a tall righthander wearing a Brownwood High uniform. He is Shelby Miller, a 6-foot-4, 207-pound senior who is drawing as much attention as any baseball prospect that central Texas has produced in some time.

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