Shelby Miller pitched last night for Memphis, and a lot of people must pay attention to Joe Strauss. There were no fewer than 8 team scouts there, and we could see 7-8 radar guns at a time. Since a Memphis- Round Rock game this year is like watching Houston-Kansas City, you can bet they were not there to see Pete Kozma, or Round Rock's 30 year old cleanup hitter. My wife did some investigating and found scouts from the Phillies, Indians, Royals, White Sox, and Blue Jays.
As for Shelby, he relied mostly on fast balls, and his fast ball must be something else. He was going 92-94 on the scoreboard gun, and hitting spots. His breaking pitch however, is still a work in progress. They came in in the mid 70s, and were effective when they went where he wanted them to go, which was not all the time9half the time?). Three were hit to the warning track, and this is the Round Rock Express we are talking about. I only saw one first pitch breaking ball, and when he was in trouble(only once) it was all fastballs all the time. From my seat I could not tell a changeup from a curve. His line was a nice 5 innings with only 1 hit(single), four strikeouts, and three walks, two while working on the breaking pitch. If the breaking ball gets better, he will be great. One scout said that with his age and level, there is nothing to worry about with Colby(I mean Shelby). Zach cox had a great play and throw at third, and i noticed he had a great June after a bad start at AAA. Sanchez came in to close the game and threw 96-97, but had a walk. Shane Robinson did not have a name on his uniform yet, but went 3-3 plus a walk and HPB.