Diamondbacks and Braves Tango

By: Daniel Satter

Shelby Miller
Credit: AP Photo/Jon Barash
So far, with all the moves the Diamondbacks have made could they be penciled in to own the National League West? Well, after signing Greinke the Dbacks continue to add to their weakest unit to make it one of their strongest. The Diamondbacks picked up Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier in a trade with the Braves. Now, this deal is actually more exciting for the Braves because they continue to add to their farm and make their future bright for the next 7 to 10 years. The future actually could be longer. The Braves raided the Diamondbacks’ farm system by acquiring 2015 1st round pick Dansby Swanson and 2013 1st round pick Aaron Blair. Now, the Braves also received a MLB ready bat and outfielder that they needed with Ender Inciarte.

First, Miller will be the number two starter in the rotation and will join Greinke and Corbin. Miller had a great year despite his record being 6-17. He was on a bad Braves club and would of easily won 14-17 games on a good team. The 25 year old posted a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts with 171 K’s. Miller was a work horse and went over 200 innings for the first time in his professional career (205.1).

Next, Gabe Speier is a southpaw reliever that is only 20 years old. Speier had a solid 2015 season in High Single-A. The lefty appeared in 33 games and posted a 4-2 record with a 2.86 ERA in 44 innings of work, while striking out 36 batters.

On the other side, Ender Inciarte will start in the Braves outfield with Maybin being traded a couple of weeks ago. Inciarte has a good glove in the outfield with a decent arm. The 25 year old has a good bat that finds holes everywhere. He had a stat line of .303/.338/.408/.747 with 6 homers and 45RBIs. Ender stole 21 bases.

Next, Aaron Blair is a starter that is 23 years old and had a nice season between Double-A and Triple-A. Blair went 13-5 with a 2.92 ERA in 25 starts, while racking up 160.1 innings with 120 K’s. Blair is honestly ready to pitch in the pros and has a nice fast ball that sits around 93-95 mph, a beautiful mid 80’s mph changeup, and a curveball that needs a tweak to it then it is complete. His curve is deadly, but needs that tweak. He commands his arsenal well. Blair was ranked #3 in the Diamondbacks’ farm system.

Finally, the key piece to the deal is 2015 1st overall pick Dansby Swanson. Swanson is only 21 years old and was having a really good first year before getting hit in the face that ended his season. Swanson played in 22 games and had a stat line of .289/.394/.482/.876 with 1 homer and 11 RBIs in low Single-A. Swanson will start in High Single-A and move up the minors quickly. Swanson has a great glove as well. Swanson was ranked #1 in the Dbacks’ farm system.

Grades:

Diamondbacks: B+
Braves: A+

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