The fourth stop in Shelby Miller's Major League Baseball career is bringing him a lot closer to home.
Miller, a 2009 graduate of Brownwood High School, on Wednesday agreed to a one-year Major League deal with the Texas Rangers for the impending 2019 season. Rangers pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Surprise, Arizona on Feb. 13.
“Thrilled to officially join the Rangers and return to my home state of Texas,” Miller tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout. Can’t wait to get started.”
ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted Miller's contract is for $2 million with performance bonuses that can take it to $5 million. The bonuses are tied to days on the active roster and innings pitched. Miller is expected to join a starting rotation for the Rangers that will likely include Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Drew Smyly, and Edinson Volquez.
“We see this as a chance to add a relatively young, power pitcher to the staff,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “Healthy now after rehabbing last year, we think Shelby has more in the tank, and are excited to see him work with our staff this year.”
Miller underwent Tommy John surgery during the 2017 season and missed the bulk of the 2018 campaign due to elbow issues, but passed his physical with the Rangers Wednesday, according to a tweet by Dallas Morning News Rangers beat writer Evan Grant. In the past two seasons, Miller has appeared in just nine games with a 2-6 record, a 6.87 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 20 walks in 38 innings pitched.
For his seven-year career, Miller owns a 37-53 record with a 3.83 ERA, 592 strikeouts and 269 walks in 714.1 innings pitched. Of his 131 career appearances, 124 have been as a starting pitcher.
Miller was selected to the MLB All-Star Game in 2015 for the Atlanta Braves as he finished the season with a 3.02 ERA with a career-high 171 strikeouts, but posted only a 6-17 record in 33 starts. The Braves ranked 13th out of 15 National League teams in runs scored, and provided just 2.65 runs per start for Miller.
The 19th pick in the first round of the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Miller was on the Rangers' radar, but at No. 14 Texas instead selected Matt Purke, who never signed with the franchise.
On May 11, 2013, Miller allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young Jr. then retired the next 27 batters in order, 13 by strikeout, in a 3-0 Cardinals victory over the Colorado Rockies. Miller went on to finish third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013, posting a career-best 15-9 record with a 3.06 ERA in 31 starts, with 169 strikeouts and 57 walks. The Cardinals went on to advance to the 2013 World Series, where they fell to the Boston Red Sox.
Miller was traded from the Cardinals to Atlanta after the 2014 campaign.
Miller hurled the second one-hitter of his career while with the Braves, a 6-0 victory at Miami on May 17, 2015. Miller owned a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings before Marlin Justin Bour singled to center field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
After emerging as the Braves' staff ace, Atlanta opted to deal Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he has pitched and fought through injuries since 2016.
At Brownwood High School, Miller was named the 2009 Gatorade Texas High School Baseball Player of the Year. In his senior season as a Lion, Miller posted a 10-2 record on the mound with a 2.00 ERA and 153 strikeouts, 39 walks, 38 hits and 22 runs allowed in 77 innings. At the plate, he batted .430 with five home runs and 37 RBIs.