The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned right-hander Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno. Miller was once a highly touted prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization.
In 2015, the twenty-five year old Miller posted a 3.02 ERA with 7.5K/9 against 3.2BB/9 in 205 innings with the Atlanta Braves.
Miller was a key piece in the Cardinals-Braves trade which sent Miller to Atlanta and Jason Heyward to St. Louis, in 2014. Interestingly, both Heyward and Miller stayed one season with their respective new clubs.
The D-Backs Chief of Baseball Operations, Tony La Russa, and Special Assistant to the General Manager and Pitching Consultant, Dave Duncan, were most familiar with Miller from their shared experience with the Cardinals.
Following his 2015 season as a member of the Braves, the Diamondbacks expressed an interest in acquiring Miller. Some MLB insiders believe the D-Backs made a trade which has proven to heavily favor the Braves.
The Diamondbacks sent center fielder Ender Inciarte, 2014 first-round pick Aaron Blair and 2015 Number 1 over-all pick Dansby Swanson to acquire Miller.
2016 has been a horrific experience for Miller. His 7.14 ERA is the third-highest in MLB among pitchers with at least sixty innings pitched. Miller spent some time on the DL this season, with a injury to one of his fingers. Since returning from the DL, Miller posted a 7.23 ERA over four starts prior to the ASG break.
Bad luck appears to have consumed the D-Backs so far in 2016, with several key players experiencing much in the way of difficulties this season. With the start of the second half of the 2016 season, the Diamondbacks are 38-52, in last place in the NL West. Look for the D-Backs to be sellers at the trade deadline.
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