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Mike Minor | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (7) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are one of several teams that have been scouting Mike Minor.
Minor has been excellent out of the Royals' bullpen this season, putting up a 2.25 ERA and 33/9 K/BB ratio over 32 innings. He's making $4 million this season and there is a $10 million mutual option or $1.5 million buyout for 2018. Jun 11 - 2:05 PM

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Mike Minor struck out four in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Tuesday against the Rays.

Minor never pitched more than an inning in his first six appearances for the Royals, but he's been more of a long man of late; this is his third appearance of at least 2 2/3 innings and he's pitched over an inning in four straight appearances. He's been effective in giving up five runs in 18 innings, but there haven't been many leads to trust him with.
May 9 - 11:50 PM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star believes that Mike Minor will earn a spot on the Royals' Opening Day bullpen.

Minor has allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings this spring while posting a 5/3 K/BB ratio. The converted starter could eventually work his way into a high-leverage role in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.
Mar 18 - 8:38 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is preparing as a reliever in spring training, competing for a job in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

Minor was limited to just 10 minor league appearances in 2016 due to his troublesome shoulder. Both Minor and the Royals are hopeful that pitching out of the bullpen will lead to less wear and tear on his shoulder and keep him healthier. The move to the pen should also boost his velocity and effectiveness.
Feb 19 - 10:49 PM

Royals activated LHP Mike Minor from the 60-day disabled list.

Minor never made it back to the majors in 2016, as he had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder. His status for the beginning of spring training is unclear.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) has officially been shut down for the year.

Minor had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder in a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Omaha and Royals GM Dayton Moore confirmed Wednesday that the 28-year-old southpaw has simply run out of time. Minor hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014, and he hasn't been effective since 2013. Kansas City owes him $4 million next year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 09:26:00 AM

Mike Minor left a rehab start on Friday with stiffness in his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

It's unclear at this point how serious the setback is, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a radio interview on 610 Sports Radio that it effectively rules Minor out as an option for the major league club in September. "We're not too optimistic that he's going to be in a position to help us this year based on some news we got after the game last night," Moore said. Minor hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 due to shoulder problems.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 02:19:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) isn't expected to join the Royals until sometime next month.

Minor has hit some speed bumps as he works his way back from labrum surgery. He's posted a 4.93 ERA and 44/20 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) has been throwing live batting practices at the Royals' spring training facility in Arizona.

He's waiting for the Royals to give him a rehab assignment. Minor has suffered countless setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery but seems to finally being showing progress. The 28-year-old made five rehab appearances between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in May before being shut down with shoulder fatigue.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 05:48:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will have his rehab clock reset.

The Royals don't seem overly concerned about the rotator cuff fatigue that Minor is dealing with, but stopping and re-starting his rehab assignment potentially buys them an extra 30 days to evaluated the left-hander. "We’ll shut him down for a little bit and get him right back going again," manager Ned Yost said.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Mike Minor is experiencing fatigue in his rotator cuff and will be examined by Royals doctors.

Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters Tuesday that it's nothing serious, but there's no way of saying that for sure until Minor undergoes some tests. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He is currently on the 60-day major league disabled list.
Tue, May 31, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) was clocked in the mid-90s during his rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

It was reported that Minor was touching 96 mph in extended spring training and the velocity has evidently carried over into official games. It's a surprise, as it's actually noticeably harder than he threw prior to labrum surgery. Minor credits the Royals' medical staff with his velocity increase. "I think it’s because of those guys in there — the medical staff," Minor said. "(I’m) just doing hip and spine programs and kind of stretching more. (I’m) focusing on smaller muscles, and things that can help me on the mound." Minor holds a 4.97 ERA and has walked eight over 12 2/3 rehab frames to this point, but he's also struck out 17. Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy have pitched well since being thrust into the Royals' rotation, but Minor could get a shot before long.
Sun, May 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Omaha this week.

Minor allowed two runs and struck out 12 in 7 2/3 rehab innings (two rehab starts) at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and is now ready to face a little better competition. The left-hander could be ready to join the Royals' rotation at some point next week and carries some deep-league fantasy intrigue. Minor, 28, was a stud for the Braves in 2013 before injuries derailed his career.
Tue, May 17, 2016 10:27:00 PM

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LF1Alex Gordon
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RF1Jorge Bonifacio
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5Mike Minor
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