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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: 3 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 76/37 | Average Draft Position: 199.67
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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.


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.