Pitcher Shelby Miller is among the 25 Chicago Cubs non-roster invitees to spring training

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Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune
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The Cubs released their list of non-roster invites to spring training, which includes once-promising pitcher Shelby Miller.

Miller, 30, a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, was one of their top young pitchers and went 26-18 with a 3.33 ERA in three seasons before being dealt to the Atlanta Braves after the 2014 season in a multiplayer trade that brought Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Miller lost a league-high 17 games in 2015 despite a 3.02 ERA with the Braves and was traded after one season to the Arizona Diamondbacks in deal that netted top shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson. Injuries and ineffectiveness plagued Miller the next four seasons — he went a combined 6-21 with a 6.89 ERA with the Braves and Texas Rangers.

After signing a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020, Miller opted out of the COVID-19-shortened season.

The Cubs also will bring in infielder Matt Duffy, who drove in 77 runs and hit .295 with the San Francisco Giants in 2015, finishing second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. But Duffy never was the same after suffering an Achilles injury in 2016 and last played with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019, hitting .252 with one home run and 12 RBI in 46 games.

Another veteran getting a shot in camp is catcher Jose Lobaton, a career .215 hitter over nine seasons who last played in the majors with the New York Mets in 2018.

Here’s the rest of the Cubs’ 25-man list:

Right-handed pitchers Joe Biagini, James Bourque, Juan Gamez, Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Tommy Nance and Michael Rucker; left-handed pitchers Rex Brothers, Brendon Little, Adam Morgan, D.J. Snelten and Jerry Vasto; infielders Abiatal Avelino, Trent Giambrone, Alfonso Rivas and Patrick Wisdom; outfielders Michael Hermosillo, Nick Martini, Ian Miller and Rafael Ortega; and catchers Taylor Gushue and P.J. Higgins.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Wednesday, with the first full-squad workout set for Feb. 22. The Cubs announced their revised Cactus League scheduled Friday, with the spring opener set for March 1 against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz.