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Mike Minor | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (7) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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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. May 22 - 10:30 AM

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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.
May 17 - 10:27 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He's spent the last couple of weeks appearing in games at extended spring training. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum and he struggled with the Braves in 2014, but he was among the best starters in baseball in 2013. Kansas City is hoping he can become a rotation option by the end of the month.
May 10 - 4:29 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) pitched three innings in extended spring training on Saturday.

Minor missed all of last season with a torn labrum but has made good progress in his recovery this spring, reaching up to 96 mph on his fastball. The left-hander is still a few weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. He could eventually find his way into Kansas City's starting rotation.
Apr 23 - 7:14 PM

According to's Jeffrey Flanagan, left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) touched 96 mph Tuesday during an appearance at extended spring training.

Flanagan adds that Minor's fastball sat "comfortably" around 93 mph. That's surprising velocity from a guy who has never averaged more than 91.2 mph with his hardest pitch. Minor is still on his way back from shoulder surgery and the Royals placed him on the 60-day disabled list in mid-March. He won't be an option until sometime in late May.
Apr 12 - 6:46 PM

Royals placed LHP Mike Minor on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

The move clears a spot for Dillon Gee on the 40-man roster. Minor is recovering from shoulder surgery and likely won't be a factor with the Royals until around late May.
Mar 15 - 2:11 PM

Royals signed LHP Mike Minor to a two-year, $6 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2018.

The buyout on the option is worth $1.25 million, so Minor is guaranteed at least $7.25 million. It's a surprising total for a guy who missed all of 2015 following shoulder surgery after dealing with soreness for a few years. Of course, there's a chance the risk might ultimately pay off if Minor manages to stay healthy for a big chunk of the deal. The Royals aren't expecting be available until at least late May.
Feb 19 - 1:50 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves remain interested in re-signing Mike Minor.

The Braves non-tendered Minor last week rather than have him get another raise through arbitration (he made $5.6 million in 2015), but they hope to work out a new deal at a lesser rate. The southpaw is free to talk with all teams, but health questions will impact his market. He had labrum surgery in May and still isn't throwing off a mound regularly.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Braves general manager John Coppolella said the team has interest in re-signing Mike Minor.

"The collective decisions we made to non-tender all three players were difficult and we do have an interest in re-singing all three," Coppolella said of Minor, Pedro Ciriaco and Eury Perez. The team non-tendered Minor on Wednesday rather than pay him a raise on his $5.6 million salary earned in 2015 through arbitration. Minor underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in May. He has yet to throw off a mound on a regular basis.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Braves non-tendered LHP Mike Minor.

Minor made $5.6 million in 2015 and was headed to arbitration again this winter. Now that he's been non-tendered, he enters the free agent pool. The 27-year-old southpaw underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in May. It's been previously reported that the Braves are still interested in bringing him back into the fold at a cheaper price, but he's open to all offers for now.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Mark Bowman of writes that it's "seemingly certain" that Mike Minor will be non-tendered.

Minor is coming off surgery in May to repair a torn labrum and has yet to throw from a mound on a regular basis. The southpaw made $5.6 million via arbitration in 2015 and the Braves don't feel he's worth another hefty price tag. He could return at a lesser rate, but he'll have the ability to talk to 29 other teams if the Braves cut him loose.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 01:28:00 PM's Mark Bowman reports that Mike Minor's (shoulder) health status "will still be in question" before the date to tender contracts arrives.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said last month that Minor, who had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, was "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. However, it appears that he may have jumped the gun. Bowman says that the Braves still want to bring Minor back, but it sounds like they might try non-tendering him an retaining him on a lesser contract.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 06:18:00 PM

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

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Minor missed the 2015 campaign after having surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He's expected to be tendered a contract this winter and could be ready for Opening Day.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:16:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is still in the Braves' plans for 2016.

Minor missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Monday that he's "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. The southpaw made $5.6 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter. Because he was a Super Two player, he remains under team control through 2017.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 09:26:00 AM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is about three weeks away from resuming throwing off a mound.

Minor has been throwing on flat ground for a while and is nearly ready to try things from the bump. Also of note with Minor is that David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Braves plan to tender the left-hander a contract this winter. It wasn't a given in his second year of arbitration after having a torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired. Minor is making $5.6 million this season.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 08:04:00 PM

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