Miller tossed four no-hitters in high school, including three in a row during the Texas state playoffs as a junior in 2008. One of those was a perfect game.
The 6-foot-3 Miller also stood out on the football field. He was an All-State punter and an All-Region wide receiver for Brownwood. Though he committed to play baseball at Texas A&M, he didn't go to College Station that fall.
Instead, the Cardinals took the hard-throwing young righty with the 19th pick of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was the first high school pitcher taken by St. Louis in the first round since 1991.
"I think that my career and my future ahead of me right now is professional baseball," Miller said after being drafted. "Nothing against A&M, nothing against that coaching staff or anything over there, but college I just don't see in my future right now. I think the Cardinals have a lot to offer."
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.