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40 Shelby Miller SP

Atlanta Braves

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
79%50%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
183.010-903.7412773
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014STL1093.7432311100183.01607876222273127

Player Updates

Fantasy Analysis | 1416249726
Move to Atlanta won't help Shelby Miller
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

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.

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Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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Shelby Miller allows three runs, Cardinals lose Game 4
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

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.

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Adam Wainwright ready to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cardinals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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Shelby Miller allows two runs, Cardinals win Game 4
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

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.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Starting Pitchers 68 34.70
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs L.A. Dodgers 6.001 9.00044
vs LHB 81.200 4.1903856
vs RHB 101.100 3.3803571
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
9/3PIT0007.03035
9/8@CIN1007.03004
9/13COL1006.05105
9/18MIL0006.05104
9/23@CHC0004.15328
10/7LAD0005.25234
10/15@SF0003.26323
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2012STL10 1.32610000 13.292201416
2013STL159 3.0631311100 173.1152655920557169
2014STL109 3.7432311100 183.0160787622273127
Total 2618 3.3369632200 370.0321145137428134312
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012STL6302000000 .6671.000 .667
2013STL3153341212900 .109 .151 .075
2014STL3248690422500 .220 .292 .188
Total 691049151635400 .176 .240 .144
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2012STLP61101001.000
2013STLP313124101310 .958
2014STLP323127151110 .963
Total  696352252520 .962
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2012STL01014 0.7900000 .18454 9.2 .2040
2013STL0151188 0.8694002 .234722 11.1 .3710
2014STL4179223 0.87146104 .236764 11.6 .3880
Total 4340425 0.862310106 .2331540 11.3 .3730
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2012STL00 5.40200000 3.14220014
2013STL00 9.00100000 1.01111001
Total 00 6.23300000 4.15331015
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2009AFX-Quad Cities00 6.0022000 3.05320022
2010AFX-Quad Cities River Ba75 3.632424000104.09751427333140
2011AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals23 2.8999000 53.0402017212081
2011AA-Springfield Cardinal93 2.721616000 86.0722826243389
2012AAA-Memphis Redbirds1110 4.742727000136.21387872241150160
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/195
Birthdate:
10/10/1990
Age:
24
Hometown:
Houston, TX
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Atlanta Braves
College:

MLB Experience:
3
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