Last year, I spent the time immediately after the season examining each player that had made an appearance in St. Louis during the season. This series was well received and so I’m bringing this idea back for the 2013 offseason. More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny‘s office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter. Stats are just the ones accumulated for the Cardinals during the regular season.
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Name: Shelby Miller
Season stats: 15-9, 3.06 ERA, 31 games, 173.1 IP, 152 H, 57 BB, 169 K, 1.21 WHIP
Hero/Goat: Hero 8, Goat 3
Overall grade: A-
Positives: Any season when you finish in the top three in the Rookie of the Year voting is a pretty darn good year. Miller’s first half was better than his second, but neither was anything to sneeze at. He dominated righties (.205/.269/.319) and was almost unhittable at home (.199/.254/.310 to lead to a 10-3, 1.75 ERA mark). Putting up almost a strikeout an inning in his first full year in the big leagues is pretty nice as well as throwing an almost-perfect game.
Negatives: He had trouble settling into games–batters hit .294 on his first 25 pitches and eight of his 20 homers came in that frame–and did have command issues in the second half, walking almost the same number of hitters in about 35 fewer innings. He also barely pitched in the playoffs, but while that’s a negative, that’s not one that could be laid on him.
Outlook: The vultures are going to be circling this winter, hoping that the lack of playoff usage means that John Mozeliak will sell low on him. I don’t believe that’ll be the case and Miller is likely to slot in as the number three starter next season behind Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha, even though he could be an ace most anywhere else.