NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' past two first-round picks, as well as their sandwich-round pick from 2013, are now property of the Atlanta Braves, and all Arizona will get out of all of that value -- potentially 18 years of major-league service across the three players -- is three years of a good No. 2 starter.
I've long been a Shelby Miller fan, primarily because I loved how his arm worked and the potential for two plus pitches, but it wasn't until late in 2014 that he turned the corner and became an above-average major league starter by adding a sinker and changing the grip on his curveball. The result in 2015 was the best ground-ball rate of his career and a 3.4 WAR season (per FanGraphs), more than he had generated in the two previous seasons combined. That's more than any Arizona pitcher produced in 2015, and second only to new D’back Zack Greinke on their projected 2016 staff.