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40 Shelby Miller SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 | Birthdate: 10/10/1990 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 79/50 | Average Draft Position: 99.38
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Move to Atlanta won't help Shelby Miller


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/17/2014) Shelby Miller put together a solid second half of his 2014 season, but Fantasy owners weren't especially impressed with his post-break 2.92 ERA or 0.99 WHIP. His activation rate in CBSSports.com leagues barely crept over 50 percent over the season's final weeks, so owners may not feel as if the Braves pulled off a coup in acquiring Miller as the main part of their haul in dealing away Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals.

There's little doubt that Miller was a far better pitcher in the second half than in the first half, but skepticism over his future is warranted, especially now that he will spend it as a member of the Braves' rotation. As a flyball pitcher, Miller will be even more challenged to keep the ball in the park at Turner Field, which is home run-neutral. He has a career 1.0 HR/9 ratio, but that's only because he has had the luxury of making home starts at pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium, where he has compiled an 0.7 HR/9 ratio. Elsewhere, that mark has ballooned to 1.4 HR/9.

So, yes, Miller became a much better control pitcher down the stretch, throwing 66 percent of his pitches for strikes and walking 19 batters over 74 second-half innings. That won't be enough to make up for Miller's propensity for giving up the long ball. His best hope is to rediscover the ability to induce swings-and-misses, but that was not evident even during his better stretches last season.

Miller was no more than a streaming option for standard mixed league owners last season, and the change of scenery won't improve his status.


Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Braves and Cardinals announced a significant trade Monday afternoon. The Braves acquired starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins from St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.

"It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin -- our minor-league system."

Heyward had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Monday's deal. He is in the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off a disappointing 2014 season. He hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.

The 24-year-old Miller is also coming off a disappointing campaign. The once highly touted pitching prospect went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 32 appearances (31 starts). While he reached a career high in innings (183), Miller struggled with his command (3.6 BB/9) and saw his strikeout rate drop significantly (6.2 K/9).

"As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy," Hart said.

Walden, the former Angels' All-Star closer in 2011, is under team control through 2016. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.

Jenkins is a former top-100 prospect whose career has been slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained in 2013. He returned to action in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 starts at high Class A.


Shelby Miller allows three runs, Cardinals lose Game 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Miller surrendered a sacrifice fly in the first inning and was touched up for two more runs in the third. He was pulled with two outs and one on in the fourth after throwing just 65 pitches in the start but left with the lead. The teams head into Thurdsay's Game 5 of the NLCS with the Giants ahead 3-1.


Adam Wainwright ready to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Cardinals announced starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants. He will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cardinals coach Mike Matheny said Wainwright is perfectly fine heading into the NLCS. There was concern Lynn might have had to start the NLCS opener, if Wainwright was unavailable due to soreness or stiffness.


Shelby Miller allows two runs, Cardinals win Game 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four, but the Cardinals came through with a 3-2 Game 4 win to send the team to the National League Championship Series.

Miller turned in five scoreless innings before the Dodgers opened up the sixth with back-to-back singles, and while the St. Louis starter was able to coax a double play out of the next batter, the first run of the game came home on the play. Miller then hit a batter and walked the subsequent batter before being pulled, and one of the runners left on base came around to score. Though the starter was on the hook for the loss, a seventh-inning three-run blast gave the Cardinals the lead and ultimately the series-clinching win.


Cardinals announce rotation for NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the team's rotation for NLDS against the Dodgers. Adam Wainwright will pitch in the series opener, and he will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

Michael Wacha will be pitching out of the bullpen for St. Louis.


Shelby Miller approach Tuesday irritates manager


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Cardinals second-year starter Shelby Miller took a step back after several steps forward Tuesday against the Cubs - and Mike Matheny took notice of the reasons why.

Miller had recently stopped overthrowing his four-seam fastball and began to rely more on curves and sinkers, according to Fox Sports. The result was six straight quality starts and a 1.62 ERA during that stretch. He yielded neither a home run nor a walk in three of those outings. But he tossed plenty of four-seamers against the Cubs despite his inability to keep it down. He gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings and displeased Matheny in the process.

"He was OK," Matheny said. "It was working at the beginning, striking out three of the first four guys he saw with fastballs at the top of the zone. Seemed like he had that late life. That's also a dangerous way to pitch, as we saw."

Miller, who fanned a season-high eight despite his short time on the mound, is 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA on the year.


Shelby Miller strikes out eight in no-decision vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-3 loss to the Cubs.

Miller served up a two-run home run in the second inning and a solo shot in the fifth to fall behind 3-0, but the Cardinals offense was able to pull even in the sixth inning and prevent the starter from taking a loss. He owns a 3.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 127:73 K:BB ratio in 183 innings. Miller's not scheduled for another start.


Shelby Miller OK for next start despite shin bruise


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Red-hot Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has assured that a bruised right shin sustained Thursday against Milwaukee will not affect his preparation for his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.

Miller took a one-hopper off the bat of Ryan Braun in the sixth inning that prompted a visit from the trainer. He finished the inning before coming out of the game after 82 pitches.

The 23-year-old starter has been on a roll with four earned runs allowed in his last 34 innings pitched covering five starts.


Shelby Miller posts quality start in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cardinals starter Shelby Miller turned in another quality outing but wasn't able to factor into the decision Thursday night at home against St. Louis. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work.

Miller owns a 3.68 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 178 2 /3 innings. He will make his next start on Tuesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Shelby Miller jumps over .500 with another solid outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Cardinals starter Shelby Miller put together a quality start in a win over the Rockies at home Saturday night, improving to 10-9 on the year. The right-hander hurled five innings, giving up just one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Over his last three starts covering 20 innings, Miller has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 3.75 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 172 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Friday at home against Cincinnati.

Shelby Miller tosses seven more scoreless innings


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) For the second straight start, Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller tossed seven scoreless innings Monday. This time it resulted in a win as St. Louis beat the Reds 5-0. Miller (9-9) was very efficient, striking out four, walking none and allowing three hits.

He threw 81 pitches while lowering his ERA to 3.83. Having allowed two runs over his past 21 innings, Miller faces the Rockies at home Saturday.


Shelby Miller neither allows nor receives run in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cardinals starter Shelby Miller had everything going but good luck Wednesday afternoon in helping his team complete a sweep of Pittsburgh.

The right-hander hurled seven scoreless innings, giving up just five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Miller allowed two baserunners only in the second and seventh innings. Unfortunately, his teammates were in the process of getting shut out until the ninth.

Miller, who broke a slump in which he had yielded 14 runs in his previous 24 innings, has not notched a win since July 31. He will seek to rectify that when he pitches at Cincinnati on Monday.


Shelby Miller turns in strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller turned in a strong start Friday against the Cubs.

Miller allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Home runs proved to be the main issue for Miller. In the second, he allowed a solo shot against Luis Valbuena. He was able to settle in over the next four innings, not allowing a run. That streak was erased in the seventh, when Jorge Soler led off the inning with a solo blast. Miller wound up throwing 93 pitches during the outing. 

Miller left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start. 


Shelby Miller tosses quality start against Phillies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller picked up a quality start Saturday against the Phillies.

Miller allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Miller got through the first three innings without any issues. He ran into some trouble in the fourth. With one out, Miller gave up two singles and a two-run double to three consecutive batters. Miller gave up another run on a solo home run to open the sixth inning. 

The Phillies managed to mount a comeback, giving Miller a no-decision. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start. 


Cardinals will flip Shelby Miller, Adam Wainwright


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Cardinals will flip Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright following Thursday's off day, according to MLB.com.

Miller was set to start Friday, but will be moved to Saturday. Wainwright will now pitch Friday instead of Saturday. 


Shelby Miller walks six in no-decision vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller didn't factor into the decision Saturday, giving up four earned runs on four hits and six walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 9-5 loss to the Padres.

Miller had been doing a better job with his control in recent starts, walking only three batters in his last four outings combined. He set a season-high in walks Saturday but was still in line for a win until the bullpen surrendered a grand slam in the seventh inning. Miller owns a 4.25 ERA and 95:64 K:BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Friday.


Shelby Miller gives up five runs in loss vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller suffered a loss Monday, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings and striking out five in his team's 6-5 defeat against the Marlins.

Miller (8-9) gave up his first three runs on two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton in the first and third innings. He then surrendered two more runs on three hits in the fourth. Miller had given up a total of five earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his previous three starts before Monday's clunker. He owns a 4.17 ERA and 90:58 K:BB ratio in 133 2/3 innings, and he's scheduled to face the Padres Saturday.


Shelby Miller allows one run in no-decision vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Miller hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of his last three starts, but Wednesday's outing was his first time during that stretch without serving up a home run. He owns a 3.99 ERA and 85:56 K:BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings. Miller is slated to face the Marlins Monday.


Shelby Miller pitches six strong in win over Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (8-8) tossed a quality start and got back to .500, leading his team past the Padres on Thursday. The right-hander permitted two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-2 victory. Home runs to Jed Gyorko and Wil Venable proved to be the only damage.

Over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings, Miller has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 121 2/3 innings. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Boston.

Shelby Miller settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller was unable to factor into the decision Saturday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The right-hander permitted two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-3 victory.

Miller has not won a decision since June 7 against Toronto. He owns a 4.20 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 115 2/3 innings of work. He will look to get back to his winning ways Thursday in San Diego.

Why would now be different for Shelby Miller?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) The reports of Shelby Miller moving back to the Cardinals rotation have Fantasy owners taking another look at the 23-year-old right-hander. Don't even try to deny it. We keep track of these things.

During his time out of the rotation, he made one relief appearance, and it was shaky. He allowed two hits and one walk in a scoreless inning of work.

Same old Miller? That's the impression I got.

If he's been working on anything in the 13 days since his last start, he hasn't shown it in a game yet. The only reason the Cardinals gave for his banishment to the bullpen was a need for extra rest, so I'm not expecting to see anything different from Miller. And considering he wasn't any good at the start of the season, when he was as rested as he could possibly be, I don't expect the results to change either.

Someone somewhere down the line is going to get through to Miller someday, but I'll opt for Jacob deGrom, Rubby De La Rosa, Danny Duffy or Wade Miley off the waiver wire instead. The signs of progress are much clearer for them.


Shelby Miller set to rejoin rotation Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller is returning to the rotation Saturday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com. Miller made one relief appearance, allowing two hits and one walk over a scoreless innings Sunday against the Dodgers.

Cardinals considering Shelby Miller for Saturday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Cardinals are considering Shelby Miller for a start Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Miller has been used out of the bullpen recently, but the move could be temporary. The team will consider Miller for a start Saturday against the Cubs. The team is trying to figure out whether they want to start Carlos Martinez on five days' rest, or give Miller the start. Miller has a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings.


Cardinals still weighing their rotation options for Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Cardinals have yet to reveal their for Wednesday, and although MLB.com suggested that Shelby Miller could make the start, the right-hander made a relief appearance against the Dodgers Sunday night.

Miller issued one walk and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work, and is now unlikely to start with only two days of rest.

Lance Lynn remains another option, considering he would be on normal rest. Lynn started the first game after the All-Star break. He is 11-6 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 20 starts (120 2/3 innings).