Mike Minor (Baseball)
Mike Minor in 2011
|Atlanta Braves – No. 36|
Born: December 26, 1987|
Chapel Hill, Tennessee
|Bats: Right||Throws: Left|
|August 9, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.90|
|Competitor for United States|
|Pan American Games|
|Silver||2007 Rio de Janeiro||National team|
|World University Championship|
|Gold||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.
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.
Minor played at Vanderbilt University with fellow major leaguers Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, all of whom were first round draft picks.
- 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
- 2007 Rivals.com Freshman All-American
- 2007 SEC All-Freshman Team
- 2007 SEBaseball.com SEC Freshman of the Year
- 2007 SEBaseball.com Second Team All-SEC
- 2008 Best pitcher Haarlem Baseball Week
- 2009 Louisville Slugger Second Team Pre-season All-American 
- 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team Pre-season All-America Team 
- 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 15⅔ innings for Team USA.
- 2008 Baseball America’s Summer Player of the Year
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. On May 25, 2013, Minor hit his first career home run off Dillon Gee of the New York Mets in a 6–0 win.
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 changeup (82–84), and a 12–6 curveball with a "spike" grip (77–80). Left-handed hitters rarely see the changeup, especially with 2 strikes. The curve has a whiff rate of 39% over Minor's career. He has produced one of the league's lowest ground ball/fly ball ratios since he debuted.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Mike Minor Bio, VUCommodores.com
- Vandy pitching ace Minor now a marked man, Nashville City Paper
- Minor earns second win over Cuba in a week, USABaseball.com
- Minor named to Wallace Watch List, VUCommodores.com
- Vandy's Mike Minor makes pitch to pros, Tennessean