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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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Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks to earn his sixth save of the year.
Two days after saying he plans on preparing as a starting pitcher ahead of the 2018 season, the southpaw once again converted a save chance with relative ease, pitching around a double in a scoreless inning of work. Minor has now converted all six save opportunities since mid-September, when he unofficially moved into the closer role. Perhaps he'll be able to return to being an above-average starter, but after posting a 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings, being a shutdown late-inning reliever is a nice fallback plan for the 29-year-old. Oct 1 - 12:21 AM

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Mike Minor told Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that he'll prepare to enter the 2018 season as a starting pitcher.

Minor has impressed in his role out of the Royals' bullpen this season, including collecting four saves. It makes much more sense to stretch him out as a starter going into the spring though, so the Royals can keep their options open.
Sep 28 - 7:52 PM

Mike Minor notched his third save with a scoreless ninth against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Minor has made three appearances in 12 days, earning saves in all of them. He was certainly more valuable to the Royals when he wasn't being reserved for the ninth inning, but everyone who picked him up in fantasy leagues is happy.
Sep 26 - 11:43 PM

Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Blue Jays to earn his second save.

Of all the storylines possible this baseball season, "Mike Minor, closer" wasn't one we saw coming. But here he is, having now saved two games his last two times out, and with little trouble. On Thursday, he cut through the heart of the Jays' order, retiring Josh Donaldson, Justin Smoak and Jose Bautista using six pitches. The 29-year-old southpaw has a 2.68 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 84/21 K/BB ratio over 74 relief innings this year, and is the best bet in the Royals' bullpen for saves for what's left of the regular season, if needed.
Sep 21 - 10:30 PM

Mike Minor snuffed out the Indians’ historic winning streak with a scoreless ninth inning Friday for his first career save.

It looked like the Indians were poised to stage another comeback after Yandy Diaz reached on a bloop single to begin the bottom of the ninth, but Minor struck out the next three batters he faced to lock down the victory. Kelvin Herrera blew the save on Thursday and hasn’t been very good recently while dealing with a forearm strain, so the opportunity is there for Minor to vulture more chances down the stretch. The southpaw has a 2.71 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 73 innings this season.
Sep 15 - 10:37 PM

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

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

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