Shelby Miller moves to Arizona in blockbuster deal with the Braves

Shelby Miller was traded with relief pitching prospect Gabe Speier to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Ender Inciarte and prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. This deal is the second time this week the D-Backs have acquired a starting pitcher, the first being ace Zach Greinke who had the lowest ERA in the MLB last year.
Shelby Miller is now added to a vastly improved rotation, as was mentioned earlier, Zach Greinke will stabilize the front of the rotation which was before last week was lacking significant “oomph”. Last year’s opening day starter for the D-Backs was Josh Collmenter, who ended landing in the bullpen, as only started 12 of his 44 appearances. Shelby Miller, who just turned 25, has had a great career thus far, in his first three years in the big leagues he has 95 starts with a career 3.22 ERA. Last year, he reached 200 innings and pitched 3.02 ERA ball. Since being traded alongside Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for Jason Heyward, Miller has developed into a great middle of the rotation starter, if not better. Miller will be a great addition to D-Backs rotation that now consists of 1.Zach Greinke 2.Shelby Miller 3.Patrick Corbin 4 and 5.Ray/DeLaRosa/Bradley/Anderson/Collmenter. After this week’s acquisitions the D-Backs now have a decent chance of perhaps winning the NL West title.
The D-Backs have also acquired Gabe Speier, a 20 year old who pitched very well in A ball in a relief role in 2015, and could one day be an addition to the Diamondbacks bullpen.
The deal for the Braves is yet another trade showing their will to entirely rebuild their farm system. Both Blair and Swanson are former first round draft choices, Swanson being taken first overall in the draft last June. Neither has reached the big leagues to date, but both are highly touted prospects, and both are believed to be possible contributors in 2015. Swanson now joins Ozzie Albies on the Braves, as two of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Blair will join other young starting pitching prospects Wisler, Banuelos, Perez, Foltynewicz, Jenkins, Ellis, Newcomb, Sims, Fried, Toussaint, and Allard, when he joins the Braves in the coming season. Braves have now gathered what is likely to be considered the best bank of pitching prospects in baseball. They also acquired 25 year old outfielder Ender Inciarte, who is known for his contact bat, and incredible speed and defense. In two seasons he’s hit a career .292 and has 40 stolen bases during his two years at the Major League level.
This deal will probably be a trade that you might want to re-evaluate years from now, as the deal has many young players moving. Parting ways with the first overall choice of the 2015 amateur draft and will likely be the best player in this deal, and he may make the Braves the long term winners of the deal.


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