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Shelby Miller

#26 | RHP
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Shelby Miller
Name: Shelby Charles Miller
Born: Oct 10, 1990 in Houston, Texas USA
High School: Brownwood (Texas) HS
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009 (signed for $2,875,000)
No high school pitcher has a better fastball than Miller. At 94 mph, he tied for the highest velocity recorded at last summer's Area Code Games, and he touched 97 mph in a playoff game in late May that was attended by several scouts and Rangers president Nolan Ryan. Miller usually pitches at 92-93 mph, but his fastball has more than just velocity. It has tremendous life, it's deceptive because he has such an easy delivery and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to throw it downhill. Miller spins a solid curve that will be a plus pitch when he commands it more consistently. He has made strides with his changeup as well. He has sound mechanics and arm action, and a blue-collar work ethic. He's a good athlete who also starred in football, making the all-state 3-A second team as a tight end and punter in the fall. He also hit a three-run homer to provide all his scoring in a 3-1 win in the state 3-A regional semifinals, striking out 16 while tossing a three-hitter. Miller is Texas A&M's top recruit, but he's expected to turn pro after going in the upper half of the first round. He's as signable as any of the five elite high school pitchers in this draft--that group also includes California's Tyler Matzek, Purke, Missouri's Jacob Turner and Georgia's Zach Wheeler--which could push Miller into the top 10.
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