River Bandit pitcher and top overall St. Louis Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller is headed to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the 12th annual XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game. The game will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week.
Miller was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round during the 2009 June draft. Miller began Spring Training this season in Major League camp with the Cardinals and appeared in two games. He has pitched in 11 games for the River Bandits this season going 1-3 with a 4.79 ERA in 41.1 innings. He has struck out 56 and walked only 15 while holding batters to a .265 average.
The rosters are made up of many of the top prospects from around Minor League Baseball. The two 25-man rosters are chosen by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs. Miller will pitch for the U.S. team against the World Team made up of players from 10 different countries and territories.
The Cardinals will also be represented by Eduardo Sanchez on the World Team. He currently pitches for the Springfield Cardinals the the double-A Texas League. ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.TV will show the game live while XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play of the game on XM 175.
UP NEXT: The River Bandits are back in the Midwest League Playoffs and you can be there for all of the excitement of postseason baseball! Ticket information will be released very soon. To ensure that you don't miss out on the opportunity to lock-in your seats check in daily at RiverBandits.com and sign up for the official newsletter of the River Bandits, Bandit Alert.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: The Quad Cities River Bandits opened the 2010 season by unveiling their brand new state-of-the-art field, which not only looks fantastic but should also minimize the number of rainouts this year. The team set a new post-renovation mark for single-season attendance in 2009, as 236,401 fans passed through the turnstiles for an average of 3,694 fans per game. Both figures marked the highest since 1995, while the average attendance was the third highest in franchise history and the total attendance was the fifth highest all-time. The total attendance was up 14 percent over the 2008 season, continuing a 59 percent attendance increase since Main St. Iowa purchased the franchise following the 2007 season. Ticket sales, concessions, merchandise sales, sponsorships and even Kids' Zone revenues were all up over 2008, which was one of the team's best in history! Season and group ticket deposits for 2010 are currently being accepted.