|Shelby Miller or Trevor Rosenthal?||Tweet|
|Written by Mac Vincent|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:10|
Both prospects had a good showing with the Cardinals and now that Kyle Lohse is on the free agent market, one of them is expected to take his spot in the rotation. Both could have good fantasy value next year and are worthy of a late round flier because of their upside.
The case for Shelby Miller
Lets take you through his minor league numbers, not including 2009 because he only pitched in two games that season.
As you can see, Miller handled the low levels of the minor leagues just fine and that’s expected with a top prospect. Once he arrived at Triple-A, he struggled. That’s concerning to me for such a highly regarded arm, who has now seen Oscar Taveras pass him as the Cardinals top prospect.
When Miller came up to the majors, he was much better so you have to consider that as well. In his only start of the season, Miller pitched six innings, allowing just one hit to the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis.
The case for Trevor Rosenthal
Listed below are Rosenthal’s minor league numbers.
While Rosenthal’s numbers are not as impressive as Miller’s, in 2011 he did help lead the Quad City River Bandits to a championship in the Midwest League.
Cardinals general Manager John Mozeliak on Rosenthal: "We realized we had a talent early on, when we sent him to Johnson City. Then when he went to Quad Cities, we knew exactly what we had because he really took off there."
Rosenthal was deemed ready for the major leagues in 2010 and really impressed the Cardinals organization with his velocity and assortment of quality pitches. He did this once again in 2011 spring training, but St. Louis decided it was best to let him continue to work in the minor leagues.
Rosenthal’s numbers with St. Louis during the regular season (19 games): 0-2, 22.2 IP, 25 K, 2.78 ERA, 0.93 WHIP
During the Cardinals playoff run, Rosenthal struck out 15 opposing batters in just 8.2 innings pitched.
During the off-season, Rosenthal is going to stay in St. Louis and train with Cardinals veteran Chris Carpenter.
Both are very intriguing talents, but purely for next year I’m going to give the edge to Rosenthal. He’s just more polished at this point in his career than Miller. Long term, these two guys could be fixtures at the top of the Cardinals rotation.
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