St. Louis Cardinals righthanded starting pitcher Shelby Miller had to beat out Joe Kelly for the fifth and final spot in the rotation through somewhat of a spring training-long duel between the two pitchers in 2013, and Kelly faces a similar challenge that could produce a similar result in 2014.
Entering the season, the St. Louis Cardinals wealth of top notch prospects was the spotlight of all organizations in baseball. But the season has proven that depth, not names, is truly the strength of the system.
The St. Louis Cardinals knew rookie right-handed starting pitcher Shelby Miller had talent since they drafted him No. 19 overall in the 2009 draft, but others in baseball questioned if the Houston-native’s maturity level would allow him to succeed at the sport’s highest level.
he Rookie Hurler for the St. Louis Cardinals Has Been Impressive Thus Far
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43 years ago, another Cardinals pitcher turned in an even more remarkable rookie season, finishing second in voting to Tom Seaver of the New York Mets. The story of Dick Hughes goes far beyond a 16-6 record with a 2.67 ERA over 222 innings. Forget that he had one of the best sliders in the game, and held right handed hitters to a .197 batting average. The real story of Dick Hughes is one of determination and refusing to quit, in spite of overwhelming odds against success.