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Mike Minor (baseball)

Mike Minor
Minor with the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves – No. 36
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-12-26) December 26, 1987 (age 32)
Chapel Hill, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 9, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 38–36
Earned run average 4.10
Strikeouts 566
Mike Minor
Medal record
Competitor for 23x15px United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro National team
World University Championship
Gold medal – first place 2008 Brno National team

Michael David "Mike" Minor (born December 26, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. He was selected seventh overall in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Braves.

Early life

Minor had an outstanding high school career at Forrest School in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and was drafted in the 13th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after his senior season. However, he did not sign, choosing to attend Vanderbilt University.

College career

Minor played at Vanderbilt University with fellow major leaguers Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates and David Price of the Detroit Tigers, all of whom were first round draft picks.


  • 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • 2007 Freshman All-American
  • 2007 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2007 SEC Freshman of the Year
  • 2007 Second Team All-SEC
  • 2008 Best pitcher Haarlem Baseball Week
  • 2009 Louisville Slugger Second Team Pre-season All-American [1]
  • 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team Pre-season All-America Team [2]
  • 2009 SEC Pitcher of the Week – Week 8

United States National Team

Minor pitched for the United States National Team (Collegiate) in 2007 and 2008.

One highlight of the 2008 season was his earning the 4–1 win over Cuba in the championship game of the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament in The Netherlands. This victory marked the first time in recorded history that a United States Collegiate National Team has defeated the Cuba Olympic Team in a tournament title game. In the 2008 World University Baseball Championship held in Brno, Czech Republic, Minor led Team USA to its third gold medal alongside Stephen Strasburg. In the tournament, he was 1–0 with a 1.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts, allowing 8 hits in 1523 innings for Team USA.


  • 2008 Baseball America’s Summer Player of the Year

Pro career

Minor was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (7th overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] and represented the United States in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game.

Atlanta Braves

Minor made his major-league debut on August 9, 2010 against the Houston Astros. He recorded his first strikeout against Chris Johnson. On the night he went 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) while walking only 1 and striking out 5 batters; he got no decision. In his next start on August 17, 2010, Minor went 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs and got his first major league victory. Then, in his third career start against the Chicago Cubs, Minor went 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs while striking out 12 and earning his second career victory. Those 12 strikeouts set an Atlanta Braves rookie strikeout record in a single game; surpassing Tommy Hanson's 11 strikeouts in 2009. On August 18, 2011, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Minor pitched six scoreless innings including facing the minimum number of batters over the last four innings. This victory was the first time in 17 major league starts that Minor did not give up a run.[2] On May 25, 2013, Minor hit his first career home run off Dillon Gee of the New York Mets in a 6–0 win.[3] On August 22, 2014, Minor pitched 7 23 ho-hit innings, before giving up an RBI single to the Reds' Billy Hamilton. The Braves eventually won the game in the 12th inning on Justin Upton's two-run home run.[4] Minor finished the 2014 season with a 6–12 record and 4.77 ERA, pitching most of the year with a sore shoulder.[5][6] In 2015, Minor became the first Brave since John Rocker in 2001 to challenge the team in an arbitration hearing. He won and was awarded $5.6 million.[7] On March 3, 2015, Minor again began feeling tightness in his shoulder[8] and was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation.[9] As a result, he was placed on the disabled list on March 10.[10] Minor attempted to start throwing programs in mid-March[11] and early April,[12] but felt discomfort both times. He was moved to the 60-day disabled list on May 2.[13] Eleven days later, Minor underwent surgery for a torn labrum, and missed the rest of the season.[14]

Pitch repertoire

Minor leads with a four-seam fastball at 89–93 mph, a pitch he throws more than half the time. In relatively equal amounts he throws a slider (83–86), a circle change (82–84), and a knuckle curve (77–80).[15] Left-handed hitters rarely see the changeup, especially with 2 strikes. The curve has a whiff rate of 39% over Minor's career.[16] He has produced one of the league's lowest ground ball/fly ball ratios since he debuted.[17][18]


  1. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 9, 2009). "Braves go with college arm with first pick; Vanderbilt southpaw Minor is seventh overall Draft selection". Atlanta Braves. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, David (August 19, 2011). "Chipper home run lifts Braves, Minor past Giants' Lincecum". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Minor's first career home run". May 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Justin Upton HR in 12th caps Braves' rally after Mike Minor no-hit bid". Associated Press. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 5, 2015). "Minor's absence opens opportunities for Stults". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 23, 2015). "Minor's lingering injury opens door in rotation". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (February 20, 2015). "Minor wins case, but more pleased with shoulder". Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 6, 2015). "Minor confident that shoulder injury isn't major". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 10, 2015). "Minor has shoulder inflammation, no structural damage". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mike Minor to start season on DL". Associated Press. March 10, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 24, 2015). "With improved range of motion, Minor resumes throwing". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bowman, Mark (April 12, 2015). "Minor visits doctor after shoulder discomfort". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Sachs, Aimee (May 2, 2015). "One month later, Ciriaco gets callup". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ Fordin, Spencer (May 14, 2015). "Minor has season-ending shoulder surgery". Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ Fast, Mike (August 10, 2010). "A Minor report". The Hardball Times. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Mike Minor". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2012 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics". Fangraphs. Retrieved 17 September 2012. Minimum 200 innings pitched. 
  18. ^ "PitchFX Pitcher Profile: Mike Minor". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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