Shelby Miller had the best start of his Diamondbacks career yesterday against the Phillies. In his return from the DL, he allowed just one run on five hits in 6.2 innings. It was the first sign of encouragement that the D-Backs got from Miller on the mound since they traded for him back in December.
This start bodes well for Miller’s prospects this season, which had been so low prior to his DL stint. For this reason, it makes good sense for you to buy low on Miller and scoop him up in your fantasy league. He’s owned in just 27.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 38 percent of Yahoo leagues, so it’s more likely than not that he’s available in your league.
Miller had been out for a month with a hand issue. This issue first manifested in an April 16 start in San Diego, Miller’s third of the season, and he had apparently been pitching with it all season. If this was truly a factor behind his poor start, than it is reasonable to think that it may be resolved.
And if it was a factor that has been resolved, it’s reasonable to think that we could be seeing the Miller of old again soon. At his best, Miller is a solid No. 2 starter that should be owned in all fantasy leagues– he had a 3.22 lifetime ERA coming into the season, and was coming off of an All-Star year in which he had a 3.02 ERA last season. If he pitches like this again, the Diamondbacks will be far better off– and so will his fantasy owners. This is admittedly pure speculation, but it’s sensible speculation.
It remains to be seen if Shelby Miller will ever resemble the Shelby Miller of old again. But few waiver options out there now will have as high an upside as this one does.