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36 Mike Minor SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 12/26/1987 | Birthplace: Chapel Hill, TN | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Atlanta | College: Vanderbilt | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $505,000 | Owned/Started%: 72/34 | Average Draft Position: 97.79
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Mike Minor turns in solid outing in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor put together a solid outing Sunday night at home against the A's, allowing two earned runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

With the win, Minor improved to 5-8 on the season. Over his last two starts covering 13 2/3 innings, he has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 5.16 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 19 starts (111 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Cincinnati.

Mike Minor shows he's worth keeping


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/13/2014) Mike Minor's line in his return to the starting rotation Tuesday against the Dodgers wasn't the most impressive one he's ever had, but allowing three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings was a definite step in the right direction. After all, he had a 7.33 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in his previous 10 starts, looking nothing like the breakout pitcher of a year ago.

The Braves had skipped Minor's last turn hoping to get him right, and judging by his comments after the game, he used that time wisely.

"I changed some things mechanically, with some of my grips. I thought my stuff was moving better," Minor said. "It was encouraging."

Having watched the game, I'll add that Minor had especially bad luck on batted balls, with at least two of the Dodgers' eight hits coming on popups just out of the reach of the second baseman. In the inning he gave up two of the three earned runs, the only hard-hit ball was Carl Crawford's double.

In other words, his line could have been even better than it was. Given his upside, he deserves another chance in Fantasy.


Mike Minor takes a tough loss Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor turned in a decent start, but couldn't pick up a win Tuesday.

Minor allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one. Minor didn't allow any home runs during the outing, but proved to be somewhat hittable. The Dodgers were able to strike early against Minor, plating one run in the second inning. They struck again in the fifth after Minor put two men on. A ground out and a single drove in both runs. Minor left the game down one run, but the team could not mount a comeback.

With the loss, Minor fell to 4-8 on the year. He'll take on the Athletics during his next start. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


Mike Minor still worth stashing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/4/2014) There's no way around it: Mike Minor has been terrible in 17 starts since returning from a shoulder injury. In his last 10 especially, he's known nothing but misery, compiling a 7.33 ERA and 1.89 WHIP.

You know when else he was terrible? His first 15 starts in 2012, when he compiled a 6.20 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. You know how he did in his final 15 starts that year? Try a 2.21 and 0.86 WHIP.

That midseason breakthrough led to his 2013 breakout, which led Fantasy owners to believe he was a safe bet coming into 2014. So what's changed since then? Well, his shoulder has acted up, and he's stunk.

But unless the shoulder is the source of his struggles -- which is certainly plausible but not my preferred theory given his steady velocity from one year to the next -- we have little reason to believe his struggles now are any different from his struggles in 2012, meaning they have less to do with health or ability than mechanics and confidence.

What Minor needs more than anything right now is the time to regroup and research, and he has it with the Braves skipping his next start. I don't know what comes next, but I'm willing to wait and find out.


Braves will skip Mike Minor's next turn in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) The Braves will skip pitcher Mike Minor's next turn, according to MLB.comn on Saturday. Minor, who was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Nationals, will instead take the hill Aug. 12 at home against the Dodgers.

Minor bottomed out Friday night in San Diego by yielding five runs on nine hits, including two home runs blasted out by Tommy Medica, in five innings. Since opening the season with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts, he has a 7.33 ERA in 10 outings.

Mike Minor might be in for major change, maybe even minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) The Braves might consider moving Mike Minor to the bullpen or even demote him, MLB.com has speculated.

Minor bottomed out Friday night in San Diego by yielding five runs on nine hits, including two home runs blasted out by Tommy Medica, in five innings. Since opening the season with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts, he has a 7.33 ERA in 10 outings.

"It's been frustrating all year," Minor said. "I'm must trying to battle. ... It's going to be week to week, I guess. I can't really get a rhythm."

Minor added that he understood a decision could be made to take him out of the rotation or even demote him to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he could right himself in time to contribute to a playoff run in September.

"It's a business ... we're in a pennant race," he said. "It's winding down, the last third of the season. We can't be giving up games with me going out and pitching like that."

MLB.com has reported that multiple scouts are offering that Minor is injured. But the pitcher has refuted such claims.


Mike Minor takes step back in San Diego


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor took a step back in a rough outing Friday night against the Padres in San Diego, dropping to 4-7 on the year. The southpaw permitted five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out one over five innings of a 10-1 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Minor has allowed 20 earned runs. He owns a 5.42 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 17 starts (98 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against the Nationals.

Mike Minor gets the win Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor picked up a win Sunday against the Padres.

Minor allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. Home runs continued to be an issue for Minor. He gave up a solo shot to Yangervis Solarte in the third, and another solo shot to Rene Rivera in the sixth. In the seventh inning, Minor exited the game with one man on base. That run would come around to score after Minor left, meaning he was charged with a third run.

With the win, Minor improved to 4-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Padres. 


Mike Minor roughed up Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor got knocked around by the Marlins Tuesday.

Minor lasted just three innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits. Things could have actually been worse. Minor loaded the bases in the first inning before recording an out, but managed to escape after giving up just one run. After a quiet second inning, things went south. Minor walked the leadoff hitter to open the third, and allowed to straight hits to bring in another run. A ground out and single scored the other two runs during the inning.

Minor actually came out for the fourth, but was replaced after giving up three straight hits to open the inning. A run scored after Minor left the game, but was charged to him. 

The loss dropped Minor to 3-6 on the year. He’s set to take on the Padres in his next start. 


Mike Minor surrenders six runs in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor picked up a win Saturday despite allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and one walk in five innings while striking out five in his team's 11-6 victory over the Cubs.

Minor (3-5) gave up six runs or more for the first time since June 10, but that didn't stop him from getting his first win since May 19. He contributed to the team's offensive explosions with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Minor owns a 4.86 ERA and 79:24 K:BB ratio in 83 1/3 innings heading into the All-Star break.


Mike Minor looks sharp in no-decision vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor turned in a much better performance on Monday against the Mets in New York, but again was unable to factor into the decision. The left-hander permitted two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Minor owns a 4.54 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 13 starts (77 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Mike Minor surrenders four runs in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor didn't factor into the decision Tuesday after giving up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk in just 4 1/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 5-4 win over the Mets.

Minor left the game with the lead, but he wasn't able to complete five innings and managed to throw a whopping 101 pitches before exiting in the fifth. All four runs came on a pair of two-run home runs, one in the second inning and another in the fifth. Minor owns a 4.73 ERA and 70:21 K:BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings. He'll look to turn things around in a rematch with the Mets Monday.


Mike Minor has major problems against Houston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Braves left-hander Mike Minor struggled Thursday in Houston. The result was a defeat that lowered his record to 2-5 and raised his ERA to 4.50.

Minor was hanging in there for four innings, but a three-run homer by Matt Dominguez in the fifth pretty much secured defeat. He gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets.


Mike Minor's 11 K's go to waste in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor put together one of his best starts of the season Friday against the Nationals, but the bullpen couldn't make it count as he settled for a no-decision.

Minor fell one strikeout short of his career-high, as he fanned 11 in seven innings of work. He walked two and allowed seven hits en route to two runs allowed, and was in line for a loss before Craig Kimbrel's rare blown save. The Braves would go on to win, 6-4, in extra innings.

Minor has not won in his last six starts, and remains just 2-4 after three straight no-decisions. He has a 4.20 ERA in 60 innings heading into his next start, set for Thursday against Houston. 


Mike Minor feels like he's 'going to bounce back'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor was hit hard again Sunday against the Angels, allowing 11 hits for the second straight start. However, outside of allowing two home runs, Minor limited the damage to three runs in five innings and was pleased with his outing.

"I looked back at all of the hits and I felt better," Minor said, per MLB.com. "I felt like I was throwing better than that. I just felt like they were putting good at-bats together on me. They were hitting bad pitches and I was walking guys. It was just one of those games where I felt better than the outcome."

Minor's ERA has jumped from 3.07 to 4.42 in his last two starts -- both no-decisions. However, the left-handed hurler is showing no signs of panic.

"The numbers are there, I'm not pitching well, but I feel like I am," Minor said. "I feel fine. I feel like I'm going to bounce back every time. Tonight, I felt great. I felt like I had pretty good stuff."


Mike Minor settles for another no-decision Sunday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor was unable to factor into the decision Sunday night at home against the Angels. The right-hander permitted three runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings of a 7-3 win.

Minor has not won a decision over his last five starts. Over that span covering 29 1/3 innings, he's 16 earned runs. He owns a 4.42 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP through nine starts (53 innings). He will make his next start Friday at Washington.

Mike Minor clubbed in offensive explosion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Braves pitcher Mike Minor's winless streak reached four starts Tuesday, as he struggled through his worst start of the season against the Rockies.

Minor's streak of five quality starts came to an abrupt halt, as he was chased from the game without recording an out in the fifth inning. He was charged with eight runs on 11 hits, though he allowed just one home run on a night the ball left the yard four times total. He walked three batters and struck out three, while throwing 58 of 92 pitches for strikes.

Despite the subpar start, Minor ended up with a no-decision, as the Braves offense also showed up in a 13-10 win. Minor's ERA rose to 4.31 with the outing, while his record remains 2-4 heading into Sunday's start against the Angels. 


Mike Minor less lucky than good in loss to Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves left-hander Mike Minor performed quite well in front of a home crowd Wednesday against Seattle. The only problem was that counterpart Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a little bit better.

Minor surrendered just one run on five hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. But three of those his, including an RBI single by Cole Gillespie, came in the fourth inning. That was all that was needed for Minor to take his fourth loss in six decisions despite a fine ERA of 3.07.

He will hope for better luck Tuesday in Colorado.


Bullpen can't make Mike Minor's lead stand up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Braves starter Mike Minor put together what might have been his finest start of the season Thursday against the Red Sox, but the bullpen let him down in a 4-3 loss.

Minor mad it through seven innings for the first time, and limited the Red Sox to just one run. Minor scattered seven hits and walked no batters, and left the game in line for a 3-1 win, before a late meltdown by the bullpen. He struck out three batters while throwing 80 of 113 pitches for strikes.

Minor remains 2-3 since returning from the disabled list, though he lowered his ERA to 3.41 in 37 innings with Thursday's outing. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Mariners. 


Longball proves costly for Mike Minor


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Braves starter Mike Minor tossed another quality start Saturday, but settled for the loss as he fell to the Rockies, 3-1.

Minor pitched into the seventh inning for the third start in a row, but didn't get the same outcome as his last two. He allowed three runs on four hits, including two solo home runs in the second and sixth innings. He struck out six batters and walked three on 103 pitches.

Minor now has four quality starts in five outings since returning from the disabled list, but is just 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA. He will try to get back to .500 in his next outing, set for Thursday against the Red Sox.


Mike Minor stays sharp in win over Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor tossed a quality start and picked up his second win of the season Monday night against Milwaukee.

Minor (2-2) surrendered a two-run home run to Khris Davis in the fifth for his only damage of the night. He yielded two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings of work. He tossed 112 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Over his last two starts covering 13 1/3 innings, Minor has surrendered only two earned runs. He will make his next start Saturday at home against Colorado. He owns a 5.29 ERA in three starts (17 innings) at home.

Mike Minor tosses gem for first win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor found his way in his third start back from the disabled list, in a 5-0 win over the Giants Tuesday.

Minor pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball, limiting the Giants to just three hits and a pair of walks. He struck out six batters while racking up a season-high 110 pitches in the win.

Minor is now 1-2 in his first three starts back, with a 4.24 ERA in 17 innings of work. He will try to get to .500 in his next outing, set for Tuesday against the Brewers. 


Mike Minor rocked in second start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor struggled in his second start Wednesday, a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Minor couldn't make it through the fifth inning in the start, after opening his season with a quality start. He was tagged for six runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, while walking two and allowing a home run. The lone bright spot for him were six strikeouts.

Minor has been tagged for eight runs on 18 hits in his first 10 1/3 innings of work this season, though that might just be a result of rust. He will try to get on track in his next start, set for Tuesday in San Francisco. 


Mike Minor looks sharp in season debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Braves left-hander Mike Minor put together a quality start in his first game back from the disabled list on Friday, but was outdueled by veteran Tim Lincecum and was forced to take the loss.

Minor allowed a solo home run to Angel Pagan in the opening frame and a solo home run to Michael Morse in the sixth. He was charged with two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work. He tossed 80 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Minor will make his second start of the season Wednesday at home against St. Louis.