Just when the Cardinals could use some good news about their pitching... Baseball America has named St. Louis farmhand Shelby Miller the 13th best prospect in the game.
The 20-year-old righty scored 70 points on Baseball America's rating system, which actually tied him four ways for 10th place.
Unfortunately, the publication predicts Miller will make his major league debut in 2012, which means he won't be in a position to help the Redbirds fill the substantial hole in their rotation created when Adam Wainwright went down with elbow problems.
Miller was 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA last season in Class A Quad Cities. He struck out 140 hitters there in 104 1/3 innings while allowing 97 hits. He walked 33.