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Shelby Miller (Photo: Derrick Stuckley/Brownwood Bulletin)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Shelby Miller
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Brownwood (Texas)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/18/09
Game(s):Graham HS

Focus Area
Fastball:Miller threw his fastball up to 96 mph and throws comfortably at around 93 mph. He's been clocked as high as 98 mph.
Fastball movement:He's got average life, but it's a heavy ball that pushes bats back.
Curve:Flashes a breaking ball that could potentially be a plus pitch. He throws it 73-78 mph and it has two- and four-seam rotation. It's not always there consistently.
Changeup:Does not have a changeup to speak of.
Control:Biggest flaw is that he doesn't show consistent command and control, though some saw him more as a high strike zone pitcher.
Poise:He's fine on the mound.
Physical Description:Miller is tall and projectable with a deceptive frame.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Great pure and natural arm strength on a great frame. Lots of projection and a good fastball-curve combination.
Weaknesses:He doesn't show a changeup and his command has been inconsistent at best.
Summary:No draft class is complete without at least one strong-armed Texas high schooler and Miller is the best of the lot. He's got a fastball that touches the upper 90s and a potentially plus curve to go along with a perfectly projectable pitcher's frame. His command is iffy and he doesn't have a third pitch right now, but this kind of arm strength with that kind of body usually goes off the board very early on draft day.