The St. Louis Cardinals selected pitcher Shelby Miller from Brownwood, Texas High School in the first round (19th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. That August, the teenager who threw four no-hitters as a prep star received a team-record $2.875 million signing bonus.
Just over three years later, the then-21-year-old who had been the organization’s top prospect pretty much from the minute he signed, was added to the 40-man roster and called up to St. Louis. The hard-throwing right-hander made his major league debut on September 5, posting two scoreless innings in support of Adam Wainwright in a home loss to the Mets.
After four shutout outings in five appearances out of the bullpen, Miller was given the start in game number 162 of the regular season. The contest had no impact on the standings as the Cardinals had already clinched and wanted to keep their healthy pitchers ready for the post-season.
Still, Miller fired six one-hit innings at the division-champion Cincinna...