The question is always asked, “If you were going to start a Major League Baseball Franchise, who would you build it around?“
Usually you get to pick from the entire league, but let’s just pick from the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals have come out in 2013 on fire and they have done it with the right mix of youth and veterans. The pitching has great talent and so does the offense, so this is going to be tough to narrow it down to one player.
The easy answer would be Yadier Molina. The do it all catcher that has helped lead the best pitching staff in baseball, and all the while leading the majors in batting average at a .350 clip.
Molina could go down as one of the best catchers of all time, but at the age of 30 and with all the innings on his legs, he is not the guy I would start a franchise at this time. Nine years ago? Yes, but not now.
But none of these great talents are the player I would chose.
The player that is currently on the Cardinals that is a franchise starter would be Shelby Miller.
Shelby Miller, at the ripe age of 22, has shown signs of brilliance. From the one-hitter that he pitched early this year against the Rockies, to his 1.82 Era, the guy has displayed that he has a very high ceiling. He still has room to improve as well.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a stock pile of young talent. They are not starting a franchise, they are just showing the rest of the league how to be a successful one and Shelby Miller is a big part of it.
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