SHELBY MILLER, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 10, 1990
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 19th Overall, 2009 (Cardinals)
How Acquired: Minor League Free agent
High School: Brownwood (TX) HS
Agent: Roc Nation Sports
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Cards drafted Miller out of high school in the first round in 2009 and he reached the majors quickly.  In 2013-15, he was one of the better starters in MLB.  After the 2014 and 2015 seasons, he was traded in deals that the acquiring team ultimately regretted.  He struggled in 2016, had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and never bounced back.  Miller’s strength was always his fastball, which sat around 94 mph back before everybody was throwing 95+.  He also throws a cutter and a curve, although some pitch trackers classified the latter as a slider in 2021.  He’s only thrown a change occasionally.  His secondary pitches have never been considered strong and he doesn’t miss a lot of bats.  He’s had control problems since 2017.  The Cubs signed Miller to a minor league deal for 2021 and called him up early in the season, but released him in late May.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal in late June.

2009
A:  0-0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 6.0 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

After signing late, Miller debuted in full season ball, pitching in just two games.  Baseball America rated him the Cards’ best prospect, a spot he held for several years.

2010
A:  7-5-0, 3.61 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 104.1 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 12.1 K/9

St. Louis kept Miller in low A for the full season.  He made 24 starts and put up strong numbers, especially his K rate.

2011
A+:  2-3-0, 2.89 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 53.0 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 13.8 K/9
AA:  9-3-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 86.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 9.2 K/9

Miller made just nine starts in high A before the Cards moved him up to AA.  He continued pitching very well there despite being only 20.  BA rated him the eighth best prospect in baseball after the season.

2012
AAA:  11-10-0, 4.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 136.2 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 10.5 K/9
MLB:  1-0-0, 1.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 13.2 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 10.5 K/9

In AAA, Miller found rough going for the first time.  He had an ERA of 6.17 in his first 17 starts, but recovered to post a 2.88 mark in his last ten.  The Cards called him up in September.  He made one start and five relief appearances in the majors.

2013
MLB:  15-9-0, 3.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 173.1 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.8 K/9

Miller spent the season in the Cards’ rotation and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig.

2014
MLB:  10-9-0, 3.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 183.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

Miller had a good year, but not on a level with the previous season.  His K rate was down sharply and his walk rate increased.  After the season, the Cards traded him to Atlanta for Jason Heyward.

2015
MLB:  6-17-0, 3.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 205.1 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

With the Braves, Miller pitched nearly as well as he had in 2013, but he led the majors in losses.  He suffered from a severe lack of run support, getting two runs or fewer in 18 of his 33 starts.  He went 0-13 in those games.  After the season, Atlanta traded him to Arizona for Dansby Swanson.

2016
A+:  2-0-0, 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 12.0 IP, 0.8 BB/9, 14.3 K/9
AAA:  5-1-0, 3.91 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 50.2 IP, 1.8 BB/9, 9.8 K/9
MLB:  3-12-0, 6.15 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 101.0 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

Miller got off to a poor start for the Diamondbacks, then missed a month with a sprained finger.  After he returned from rehab, he had several bad starts and Arizona optioned him to AAA.  Arizona brought him back up at the end of August and he pitched a little better the rest of the year.

2017
MLB:  2-2-0, 4.09 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 22.0 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 8.2 K/9

After four April starts, Miller went out with an elbow injury and ultimately had Tommy John surgery.

2018
A+:  1-0-0, 0.77 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 11.2 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.9 K/9
AA:  0-0-0, 10.57 ERA, 2.48 WHIP, 7.2 IP, 7.0 BB/9, 11.7 K/9
MLB:  0-4-0, 10.69 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 10.7 K/9

Miller returned to the majors in late June but went back out a couple weeks later with elbow inflammation.  He ended up making just four starts and a relief appearance in the majors.  After the season he became a free agent and signed with Texas.

2019
R (Mil):  0-1-0, 3.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 12.0 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 12.0 K/9
AAA (Mil):  1-2-0, 4.79 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 20.2 IP, 7.0 BB/9, 8.7 K/9
MLB (Tex):  1-3-0, 8.59 ERA, 1.98 WHIP, 44.0 IP, 5.9 BB/9, 6.1 K/9

Miller didn’t have much success with his comeback efforts.  Texas released him at the beginning of July and he signed a minor league deal shortly after that with Milwaukee.  The Brewers released him at the end of August and re-signed him to a minor league deal for 2020.

2020
DNP

Miller opted out of the pandemic season.  He became a free agent afterward and signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.

2021
AAA (ChC):  0-0-0, 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 10.1 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 13.1 K/9
MLB (ChC):  0-0-0, 31.50 ERA, 6.00 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 22.5 BB/9, 4.5 K/9

The Cubs called Miller up in mid-April.  He made three relief appearances for the Cubs, then missed time with a back sprain.  After he made three starts in AAA, Chicago released him and he signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.

The Pirates sent Miller to Indianapolis to work in relief and he pitched well, with very strong walk and K rates.  At the beginning of September, the team called him up.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Major League Minimum
2020: $100,000
2019: $2,000,000
2018: $4,900,000
2017: $4,700,000
2016: $4,350,000
2015: $535,000
2014: $521,000
2013: $490,000
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $2,875,000
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: 9/5/2012
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2021
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 9/4/2012
Options Remaining: 0 (USED:  2016)
MLB Service Time: 6.093
TRANSACTIONS
June 9, 2009: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round, 19th overall pick; signed on August 17.
September 4, 2012: Contract purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals.
November 17, 2014: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Tyrell Jenkins to the Atlanta Braves for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden.
December 9, 2015: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Gabe Speier to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson.
November 30, 2018: Became a free agent.
January 9, 2019: Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.
July 1, 2019: Designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers; released on July 4.
July 11, 2019: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.
August 27, 2019: Released by the Milwaukee Brewers.
January 27, 2020:  Signed as a minor league free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers.
November 2, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 12, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Chicago Cubs.
April 14, 2021: Called up by the Chicago Cubs.
May 26, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs; released on May 31.
June 26, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 1, 2021: Called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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