Minors: Shelby Miller profile, Top 11 for '11 

August, 11, 2011
He has struck out 292 batters in 227 professional innings and has met every challenge thrown at him thus far. Simply put, the Cardinals are getting everything they hoped for -- and then some -- from top pitching prospect Shelby Miller. After signability concerns helped push him to the19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Miller projects to be a true No. 1 starter at the major league level.

Promoted to Double-A after just nine starts in the Florida State League, Miller has fanned 71 and walked 27, allowing just two homers, in 69 2/3 innings. The Texas right-hander doesn't even turn 21 until October, but he's not far off from big league duty.