Apples and oranges.
When you have a kid at this level of talent, whether he's a SP like Miller, a C like Posey, a 1B/OF like Belt, an OF like Heyward, a 3B like Pujols was, whatever, you get them up and playing when they're ready. And dominating AA--and I'm saying if Miller is DOMINATE like he has been--means typically that you're ready for MLB.
I agree with what you're saying. And we haven't had a comparable pitching prospect since Ankiel. There's not good comparison so we have no idea what the Cards will do. Expecting them to follow the same path as other orgs though is always a mistake.
We don't have that depth at pitching.
I agree we don't, but will the organization see it that way? Will Duncan? If Miller is as DOMINATE as we hope and expect him to be, we could have 8 starters under contract for next season, all of them capable of being >100 era+ guys, and 4 of them capable of being #1's or #2's (Carp, AW, Garcia, Miller).
If we pick up Carp's option and keep him in the rotation (as opposed to converting him to a closer to extend his career -- a role change that I would possibly support if it came with re-negotiating his contract into an extension and lowering his AAV), AW comes back healthy, Garcia stays healthy, and Lohse/McClellan continue performing like they have, then they'll make Miller wait it out.
Personally, given the choice between Carpenter and Miller next year, I would take Carpenter. McClellan should get traded if he has a good season in the rotation. Let Lynn and Miller fight it out for 5th spot.... AW, Carp, Garcia, Lohse, Lynn/Miller.
Q: What year is it?
A: Ty Wigginton