Originally written August 13, 2012 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
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The St. Louis Cardinals had not been able to convince top prospect Shelby Miller to execute the pitches called by his catcher/coaches from the bench. As a result, in mid-June, organization officials instituted a “no-shake” rule for the talented 21-year-old. The rule required the right-hander to use and improve his offspeed pitches because he was not allowed to override the initial pitch selection. In another notable move that had occurred the week before, Joe Kelly had been called up to St. Louis on June 8 ahead of the Cardinals top prospect Miller. Kelly was also a part of the Double-A Springfield rotation with Miller in the second half of last season and in the Triple-A Memphis starting five with him this year. Still in Memphis, Miller’s initial results under the new rule were not pretty. On June 16, in his first appearance under the new restrictions, Miller allowed seven runs, five earned, on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three and only struck out three while allowing ...
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