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17 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: 4 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/81 | Average Draft Position: 197.90
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Braves SP Shelby Miller allows one run in Thursday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Despite only surrendering one run during Thursday's game against the Giants, Braves pitcher Shelby Miller received a loss for his effort.

Miller (5-2) tossed seven solid innings and allowed one run on five hits during the 7-0 loss. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, which tied his season low. His lone mistake was giving up a home run to Brandon Belt in the sixth inning. It was the first home run hit off Miller since April 30.

"Tough hit to give up at that point of the ballgame. I can't do that right there," Miller said. "I'm taking the blame on that loss."

The quality start was his eighth in a row. Miller has allowed a total of four runs in his last five starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Arizona.


Braves pitcher Shelby Miller strikes out five in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of work in Atlanta's 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday in 11 innings, but did not factor into a decision.

Miller had just two issues in the game, one coming in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Carlos Gomez, Miller gave up a single to Ryan Braun to drive home a run. Then in the fourth, Miller put runners on first and second with two outs before allowing an RBI single to Martin Maldonado. It was Miller's shortest outing in his last five appearances. 

"Did I have my best stuff today? No," Miller said to 680 The Fan. "But my teammates did a good job hanging in there with me, making some good plays."

Miller, who remains 5-1, moved his ERA to 1.50 in 60 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track Thursday against the Giants.


Braves SP Miller looks to continue hot streak in start against Brewers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller has been on fire to start the season.

Miller (5-1) will get the start on Saturday against the Brewers, where he will look to extend his excellent start to the season.

Through eight starts, Miller has a 1.33 ERA.


Shelby Miller's promising start has piqued interest of opposing teams


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Thanks to a strong start to the season, teams have begun to eye Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller as a potential trade target, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

However, Heyman writes it is hard to see the Braves moving Miller since he is still under team control through 2018.

The right-hander, who was acquired in an offseason trade with St. Louis, is coming off a two-hit shutout against the Marlins. He is 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA through eight starts.


Braves starter Shelby Miller loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth inning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller (5-1) did not allow a hit through 8 2/3 innings Sunday before the Marlins' Justin Bour smacked a single up the middle with two outs in the ninth to ruin the no-hit bid.

"He put a good swing on it," Miller said. "I wish it would have finished differently."

Miller had faced the minimum before Bour's hit. The right hander had walked Marcell Ozuna to lead off the second inning, but the centerfielder was erased on a double play.

"Obviously things didn't finish as we wanted to, but at the same time we got a sweep," Miller said. "In the end I had a lot of fun."

It appeared that the Marlins had a hit in the third inning when pitcher Henderson Alvarez initally beat out an infield chopper, but the call was overturned by replay.

Dee Gordon followed Bour with an infield hit before Miller got the final out -- ending the day with a two-hit shutout victory.

Miller fanned four and tossed 94 pitches in the gem. 

In his last three starts, Miller has allowed one run in 25 innings (0.36 ERA).

The last Braves' no-hitter was in April 1994 when Kent Mercker threw one in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Miller's next turn in the rotation is set for Saturday against the Brewers.


Braves P Shelby Miller strikes out 8 in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller pitched seven strong innings but earned a no-decision in Monday night's 2-1 win over the Reds. 

Miller only allowed one run but exited the game with the game tied at 1-1. Luis Avilan entered the game in the eighth inning and earned the win. 

Miller struck out eight batters and walked two. He only allowed three hits and now has an impressive 1.60 ERA. This is Miller's third game in a row where he's recorded at least eight strikeouts. He now has 39 for the season. 

"The first two innings I was kind of rushing a little bit," Miller said. "[Pierzynski] saw some things with my mechanics, which was nice. After that we settled in pretty good. I was just trying to put up zeroes. We did a good job of that as well."

Miller's next start is projected for Sunday against the Marlins. 


Shelby Miller throws shutout for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller threw a complete game shutout over Philadelphia to move to 4-1 on the season.

Miller pitched nine innings for his third career shutout, and first since June 7 of last year. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out eight. He threw 99 pitches, 75 strikes and lowered his ERA to 1.66.

"He had the ball darting around pretty good," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, per MLB.com. "We had some awkward swings and not too many good looks at him. He had pretty good stuff

His next start is scheduled for Monday at Cincinnati.


Braves P Shelby Miller earns first loss of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller gave up three runs — two earned — in Thursday night's 5-1 loss to the Reds. 

Miller gave up six hits in the losing effort but did strike out nine batters. He gave up back-to-back home runs to Tucker Barnhart and Mike Leake in the seventh inning. Miller now has a 2.17 ERA. 

This was Miller's first loss of the season. 

Miller's next start is projected for May 5 against the Phillies. 


Braves starter Shelby Miller stays hot for third straight win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Braves right-hander Shelby Miller continued to fly under the radar as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball Saturday night.

Miller managed his fourth straight strong start and third consecutive victory by going his typical six innings and giving up two runs on three hits in Philadelphia. He walked two and struck out three.

All was not peachy in the fourth inning when Miller yielded a two-run homer to Ryan Howard that broke a scoreless tie. But his teammates scored three in the seventh to give him the win.

Miller, whose ERA rose to 2.03, will try for his fourth win in a row Thursday against Cincinnati.


Braves' Shelby Miller strikes out six in win vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller earned a win Sunday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

Miller (2-0) cruised through five innings before running into trouble with two outs in the sixth, when he put two men on base with a walk and a single before watching both score on a double.

"He's had our number," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said to MLB.com. "He's pretty good. I remember last year, we were on a nice little roll and he kind of started our tailspin when St. Louis came to town. ... He's a tough assignment and when you spot him five runs, guys like that, it's rare that you come back."

It was the first quality start of the season for Miller, who lasted just five innings in each of his first two starts but allowing just one run combined in those two games. He has posted a 1.69 ERA and 11:7 K:BB ratio in 16 innings heading into Saturday's matchup with the Phillies.


Braves P Shelby Miller earns win against Marlins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller gave up one earned run in five innings of work during Monday night's 3-2 win over the Marlins. 

Miller surrendered three hits during his time in the game. He walked two batters and struck out one. Miller gave up his run in the third inning. He finished the game with a pitch count of 88. 

Miller is off to a good start this season with one earned run in two starts. Through two games, Miller holds an ERA of 0.90. 

His next projected start is Sunday against the Blue Jays. 


Braves' Shelby Miller throws five scoreless innings in first start


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller threw five scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Miller gave up four hits with two strikeouts, walking only two batters.

Miller's next start is at home against the Marlins on Tuesday.


Braves' Shelby Miller surrenders three runs in loss to Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller gave up three runs in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Orioles. 

Miller went five innings and gave up six hits. He struck out two batters and walked on. He gave up a leadoff home run to Alejandro De Aza in the fifth inning. Miller has given up five runs in his past 23 innings. 


Braves' Shelby Miller tosses six one-hit innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller allowed one earned run on just one hit and one walk in six innings while striking out four in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Pirates.

Miller's longest outing of the spring was also his best, though he was unable to turn in his first spring performance with no walks. He has posted a 3.44 ERA and 14:7 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.

"When you get close to the season, you want to start feeling good, and right now, I feel like I'm right where I need to be physically," Miller said. "I've still got some things to work on, but I feel really good," Miller said to MLB.com.


Braves P Shelby Miller looking forward to new start


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After being traded from the Cardinals, Braves pitcher Shelby Miller is looking forward to a new start with his new ball club, reports MLB.com. He spent his first three years with the Cardinals.

"I'm looking forward to a clean start to the season because getting traded over from St. Louis, you never really expect that," Miller said. "It's everything I've known, being drafted by them and coming through the farm system and stuff like that.

"But it's exciting. You're getting traded from a good team to another. I'm excited about the opportunity with my new teammates. I think we have a great chance to do something special here in Atlanta, and I'm looking forward to helping however I can."

Over his career, the right-hander has an ERA 3.33 with 312 strikeouts and 134 walks.


Added weight helping keep Braves' Shelby Miller strong


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller said that he added about 15 pounds over the offseason. 

Miller was at 215 pounds last season, when he went 10-9 with the Cardinals. Dealt to the Braves in the offseason for Jason Heyward, Miller has bulked up. 

"I feel stronger ... more poise," he told MLB.com's Kevin McAlpin.

Miller has a 6.14 ERA in three games this spring. 


Braves' Shelby Miller: 'My arm feels good'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller tossed four scoreless innings Tuesday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out three in his team's 11-3 win against the Red Sox.

"I feel good," Miller said after the start, per MLB.com. "My stuff still needs to get there -- it's not as sharp as it can be, but at the same time, my arm feels good. I've got a good idea of what we need to do going forward."

Miller allowed five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings over his first two spring starts before bouncing back Tuesday. He's set to open his first season in Atlanta after posting a 3.33 ERA and 312:134 K:BB ratio in 370 innings with the Cardinals in his first three seasons.


Braves' Shelby Miller improves in second spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) After surrendering four runs in a third of an inning in his spring debut, Braves pitcher Shelby Miller stepped his performance up Thursday, allowing one earned run on two hits and one walk in three innings aginst the Yankees while striking out two.

"You always want to do better than the last time out. It wouldn't have been too much harder to beat. It was a pretty rough outing," Miller said after the outing, per MLB.com. "Today was just more trying to learn from last time and just getting more feel for the [strike] zone, which I felt like we did a good job of."

Miller added that he wasn't working on anything in particular in Thursday's outing. He needed 47 pitches to complete his three innings of work.


Braves' Shelby Miller rocked in spring training debut Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller didn't have the ideal start to spring training Saturday. The right-hander surrendered four runs and recorded just one out in his start against the Tigers. But Miller wasn't worried about how things finished, reports MLB.com.

"Am I frustrated by it? Yeah. But at the same time, it's still the first game of spring training," Miller said.

He also noted he has a lot of time to fine-tune his pitches before the regular season begins.

"It's still early," Miller said. "I've still got a lot of time to work on things. But other than the fact that I made some bad pitches and left the ball in the middle [of the plate], my arm felt good and physically I felt good. That's about all that matters, right now."


Braves' Shelby Miller: Sinker is 'going to take me to the next level'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller had an up-and-down season with the Cardinals in 2014. He began the season by going 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA before going 2-7 with a 5.11 ERA over his next 16 appearances (15 starts).

Miller, however, was able to finish the season on a high note, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average over his final seven starts. Miller attributes his success down the stretch to incorporating a sinker into his repertoire, per FOX Sports South.

"I said I'm going to throw some of these, and we'll see where it's at," Miller said of a conversation he had with catcher A.J. Pierzynski before an Aug. 23 start against the Phillies. "It felt good so we just went with it. I started throwing it literally within three days. It's a good pitch that I picked up quick.

"I still need a lot of work with it. I need a lot of work with all my pitches. There's all sorts of ways to get better. But I think that's definitely a pitch that will help me be more efficient and take me deeper into games. That's [the sinker] going to be a huge pitch for me this year that's ultimately going to take me to the next level. Not only that but kind of mixing it all together, becoming more of a complete pitcher more than a thrower."

Miller added he will also begin to work more on his changeup, which he threw just 2.2 percent of the time in 2014, per FanGraphs.com.

"I know [Braves pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] has been known for changeups," Miller said. "A lot of great pitchers have come through this organization, [and] that's a pitch I would love to pick up. I want to be able to throw it more consistently, [and] have a little bit more confidence in it."


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.