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Shelby Miller
Birthdate: 10/10/1990 (26 y, 5 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 19, Overall: 19, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $4.7M / 1 Years (2017)
Reported: 11/17/2014  Risk: 1  ETA: NA  Team Rank: NA  Positional Rank: NA  Overall Rank: NA
FastballCurveballChangeupCutterCommandFuture Value
60 / 6555 / 6050 / 50+50 / 5545 / 5060
RotoWire News: Miller will begin the season in the Arizona rotation with Archie Bradley moving to the bullpen, reports. (3/25/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Shelby Miller was bad last year. I know, I know, you are suspect of this claim, but stay with me. On the heels of three strong major league seasons (at least results-wise, one of the three was shaky skills-wise), Miller joined the Diamondbacks after a trade which cast him into an ace spotlight he was ill-equipped to fulfill. Instead of being his solid and developing mid-rotation self, he self-immolated to the tune of 6.15 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 101 innings with skills that validated the fall off (near or above 5.00 on all of his ERA indicators). A mechanical breakdown led to a sprained finger that resulted in a DL trip and eventually a demotion. He did finish the season with 11 scoreless innings to ensure an ERA below 7.00, but there's plenty of work to be done to get back to his previous heights. Early in spring training, it looks like more of the same with a 9.39 ERA, but 10 strikeouts and a 5.0 K:BB ratio plus vastly improved mechanics in 7.2 innings suggest Miller is much closer to his pre-2016 self. Plus, his velocity is up to 96.7 mph on average. Strikeouts and velocity are two key factors from spring that can actually foreshadow regular season performance. Miller is a complete afterthought in all drafts making him worthy of a gamble on the arm and potential. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Miller had a disastrous 2016 that led to a mechanical breakdown and subsequent demotion. He looks markedly better in spring training with improved velocity and a return to his previous mechanics. The price has dropped to a level where it's easy to take a shot on the arm talent in any format.

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