ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals drafted a high school pitcher with their first pick for the first time in nearly two decades.
They selected righthander Shelby Miller of Brownwood, Texas, with the 19th pick Tuesday night.
The 6-3, 195-pound Miller was 10-2 with a 2.00 ERA as a senior with 153 strikeouts in 77 2-3 innings. The Cardinals are hopeful - if not overly confident - about the signing of Miller, who has committed to Texas A&M.
Miller is the first high school pitcher taken by the Cardinals in the first round since Brian Barber in 1991.
The Cardinals took position players the previous two seasons, choosing third baseman Brett Wallace last year and high school shortstop Peter Kozma in 2007.
Wallace is already at AAA Memphis.