With many of their teammates away at the game Friday in Kissimmee, Fla., the Cardinals’ clubhouse was mostly empty and there was plenty of room for debate.

On one side was pitcher Shelby Miller, who could recollect many details of a recruiting visit to Texas A&M he made in 2008 as a high school senior. He recalled the football game, the place recruits went for dinner, some spots they visited on campus and the likelihood he was going to go high in Major League Baseball’s entry draft and not attend A&M at all.

On the other side of the clubhouse was prospect Michael Wacha, who was there with him, same weekend, same game, same places.

Miller insisted he did not remember him.

“I’m telling you I was there,” Wacha said to Miller. “It’s OK. I was a nobody back then.”

Less than nine months after his final pitch for the Aggies, Wacha has emerged as not just somebody — but somebody to watch this spring.

A first-round pick like Miller, though three years later, Wacha already has earned more innings than the Cardinals planned in his first major-league spring training. During his first time facing batters, Wacha’s pitches broke a few bats and third baseman David Freese later offered his take on Twitter: “Wow.”