The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently at the bottom of the National League West standings even after a flurry of moves to improve the team last offseason. According to the latest MLB rumors, Shelby Miller, the pitcher the Diamondbacks acquired for a handful of prospects, is feeling the pressure as he struggles in his first season in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks acquired Miller this winter in a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Braves. They sent outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair and shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft.
According to Bleacher Report, many analysts believed that the Arizona gave up too much to acquire Miller and 21-year-old left-handed pitcher Gabe Speier. Inciarte is coming off a good season while Blair already got called-up to the majors after posting a 1.42 ERA in three starts with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.
Swanson is quickly going through the minor leagues and may be ready for the majors sooner rather than later. On the other hand, Shelby Miller is struggling in Arizona and the trade is looking like one of the worst in last several years.
The 25-year-old pitcher is currently one of the worst starters in the MLB with a 0-3 record in six games started. He is sporting an 8.49 ERA with just 19 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. He has also walked a total of 19 batters already.
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio that Miller is just feeling the pressure of the trade that sent him to Arizona. He was an All-Star last season even though he had a 6-17 record.
“Shelby Miller, I think it’s more, really, he’s just feeling some pressure: of the trade, the players that we traded for him, trying to fit in. I think the whole ordeal has just been different for him than it was leaving St. Louis going to Atlanta,” Stewart said.
Mike Petriello of MLB.com noted Miller’s problems as of the moment including having poor pitching mechanics leading to a drop in velocity and relying too much on his four-seam fastball. Nonetheless, he is only 25 years old and will have a lot of chances to prove himself in a Diamondbacks uniform.
“We are trying everything. We are working with him. We want him to stay positive. It’s tough. He’s not very happy about it,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said in an interview with ESPN.
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