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The Amazing Shelby Miller

The St. Louis Cardinals Have an Ace in the Making with Shelby Miller

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COMMENTARY | Shelby Miller has been portrayed as the future ace of the St. Louis Cardinals since they drafted him in the first round of the 2009 draft.

His road to the major leagues found a few speed bumps and many people started to wonder if Miller would be everything he was advertised or if he would self-destruct before he ever arrived. During the month of September, 2012, Cardinal fans were given a glimpse of the future. It was the end of that month that the future arrived.

The final game of the 2012 season would see the first start of Shelby Miller's career. That start, it seems, set the tone for the beginning of the young man's career.

Miller's first start would see him work into the ssith inning before surrendering a hit. The team, exercising caution, would pull him after the sixth inning, having surrendered one hit and two walks while striking out seven and throwing 72 pitches.

Miller's career has now reached the ripe-old age of eight starts but the righty seems to be showing signs of dominance already. Including that first start in 2012, he has now pitched three games in which he only allowed one hit. His efforts in 2013 have seen him find ways to improve over that first start as he did not walk a hitter in either game this season that he surrendered a single hit and on May 10 he would go the distance, earning his first shutout.

On April 12 in St. Louis with the Milwaukee Brewers visiting Busch Stadium, Miller would retire the last 17 hitters he faced. That effort was improved on May 10 as he retired the final 27 batters of the game, throwing what many call a "reverse perfect game". The first batter of the game would reach base on a broken-bat single and Miller would be perfect the rest of the way out.

The young pitcher has attributed his success to the abilities of his battery mate, Yadier Molina. According to Miller, he has yet to "shake off" Molina this season, throwing the pitch that the catcher calls for each time.

Miller continues to impress and find ways to improve each time he takes the mound.

Bill Ivie can be found writing about the Cardinals at i70baseball as well as here on Yahoo! Sports. You can find him talking baseball on Twitter regularly.

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