The Braves and the Diamondbacks are long time trade partners. Last year, they got Arizona’s premier pitching prospect, Touki Toussaint. This year, the haul’s even better.
Atlanta swaps Shelby Miller and minor league prospect Gabe Speier for three of Arizona’s squad, including their number one prospect, and one of the highest ranked prospects in all of baseball, Dansby Swanson. Also included in the trade are pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte.
Miller was the jewel in the trade between St. Louis and Atlanta when the Braves no longer needed the services of Jason Heyward. He was a bright spot in a weak Atlanta team, and now he joins Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin in what looks to be a suddenly hot Diamondbacks pitching rotation.
Inciarte batted .303 last season with six homers, 21 stolen bases and 73 runs. Blair, a right hander, had an ERA under 3 in combined double-A and triple-A ball last season.
Swanson, fresh off of an appearance in the College World Series for Vanderbilt, is one of the highest touted prospects in baseball. The shortstop batted .289 in 22 games in minor league ball this year.