Surprise, surprise—the Florida Marlins have traded away their two best players for prospects.
This time, however, the Fish were able to land the Detroit Tigers two top prospects, including 6'6", 210-pound fireballer Andrew Miller.
Chosen with the sixth overall pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Miller debuted with the Tigers shortly after being drafted, albeit with disappointing results.
But he did come back with strength in 2007. Miller won five of his first seven starts, including six innings of shutout baseball in his first career start against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 18th. This feat was duplicated against the Atlanta Braves a month later, and Miller yielded just four hits en route to his third career win.
This strong push has been somewhat tarnished by his last three starts in which he gave up a combined 17 ER in nine innings, raising his ERA from a very respectable 3.76 to a bloated 5.62.
But despite these sub-par overall numbers, Miller's stock has never been higher, as evidenced by the blockbuster deal that sent him (and also Cameron Maybin) to the Marlins in exchange for perennial All-Star Miguel Cabrera, and top pitcher and fan-favorite Dontrelle Willis.
The University of North Carolina graduate is expected to compete for a spot in the Marlins’ starting rotation in 2008, and could end up becoming their Ace before season's end.
Due to his "Rookie Card" status, as determined by Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), Miller appeared on a plethora of baseball cards in 2007. Some of the most sought after include:
•2007 Bowman's Best certified autograph ($10-15)
•2007 Bowman certified autograph ($15-25)
•2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Quadruple game-jersey autograph ($30-40)
•2007 Topps 52 Rookies certified autograph ($30-40)
•2007 Bowman Sterling rookie card ($3-4)
If you are in a fantasy baseball keeper league, grabbing Miller in the late rounds of your draft would be wise. The return on your investment may come more quickly than you might think.