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Mike Minor | Starting Pitcher | #36

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 held the Mariners to one run in 5 1/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision on Friday.
The only run he allowed came when Robinson Cano plated Dee Gordon with a fielder's choice grounder in the first inning. Minor struck out six batters against one walk and six base hits in the outing. His conversion from a reliever back into a starter has gone well so far this year. He has a 3.86 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 21 innings through four starts. Apr 21 - 12:25 AM

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Mike Minor let in five runs in five innings but escaped without a loss against the Astros on Saturday.

He rolled through the first three frames without a scratch but stumbled badly in the fourth. He loaded the bases with nobody out before Carlos Correa doubled and Yuli Gurriel homered to put the Rangers in a 5-0 hole. It was the first rough outing of the year for Minor, who is returning to a starting role after thriving last year in the Royals' bullpen. He is now 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA through three starts. He has 14 strikeouts and five walks in 15 2/3 innings.
Apr 14 - 8:04 PM

Mike Minor allowed just one earned run, two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a victory against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Minor possessed much better command than his counterpart Marcus Stroman, and his only mistake was a solo home run to Steve Pearce in the sixth inning. The southpaw was has allowed just three earned runs and five hits over 10 2/3 innings in his two outings. He'll look to keep up the good work on Friday against Gerrit Cole and the defending champion Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Apr 8 - 1:50 AM

Mike Minor allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Sunday.

Minor cruised through his first four innings, keeping the potent Astros lineup in check, but they got to him for both runs in the fifth inning before he was chased. He allowed three hits and walked two while fanning five before exiting. All in all, it was a promising return to the rotation for Minor, who was making his first major league start since 2014. Minor won't have to wait so long to make his next start, facing the Blue Jays on Friday.
Apr 1 - 6:46 PM

Mike Minor gave up nine hits and six runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday in the Rangers’ Cactus League loss to the Reds.

He finished the evening with three strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Minor had a devil of a time early on, surrendering five runs in his first two innings. Four of the Reds’ nine hits off Minor went for extra bases including Adam Duvall's two-run homer in the first. To Minor’s credit, the left-hander did retire the last 10 hitters he faced. Thursday’s outing increased Minor’s spring ERA from 2.84 to 6.17.
Mar 23 - 12:43 AM

Mike Minor allowed just one hit while firing off four scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the A's.

Minor struck out two over his four shutout frames of work. In two spring starts prior to Saturday's sharp showing, he had been knocked around for seven runs, though just two of those were earned. The southpaw is looking to make good on the three-year, $28 million contract which he signed with the Rangers in December. He earned that deal on the strength of a strong 2017 campaign in which he registered a 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88/22 K/BB ratio across 77 2/3 innings of relief ball with the Royals. He's angling for a starting rotation spot with his new squad.
Mar 10 - 5:50 PM

Mike Minor allowed three (unearned) runs on three walks and three hits Monday in his two-inning Cactus League debut against the Dodgers.

Minor and the Rangers' defense looked to be in early-spring mode through the first few innings of this game at Surprise Stadium. The left-hander scored a three-year, $28 million free agent contract from Texas in December after posting a 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings of relief with the Royals in 2017. Despite the shaky spring debut, Minor is still in good position to win a spot in the Rangers' rotation.
Feb 26 - 4:59 PM

Rangers signed LHP Mike Minor to a three-year, $28 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Wednesday after Minor passed his physical. The 29-year-old southpaw flourished in a relief role this past season in Kansas City, but the Rangers are expected to try him again as a starter. Minor did have a great year in the Braves' rotation back in 2013 before a shoulder injury temporarily derailed his career. He'll be an iffy fantasy bet in Texas.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Mike Minor has passed his physical with the Rangers, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

His three-year free agent deal is expected to be formally announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Arlington. The financial terms are still unknown. Minor posted a strong 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for the Royals while holding left-handed batters to a stingy .163/.228/.196 slash line. Word is he'll get a chance to return to a starting role next year in Texas.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 12:22:00 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Rangers' plan is to utilize Mike Minor in the starting rotation.

The club agreed to a multi-year deal with the free agent southpaw on Monday, which is still pending a physical. If he isn't going to be used as the closer, then working out of the rotation is probably the next best thing for Minor's fantasy value in 2018.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 09:40:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have agreed to a contract with free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

Terms of the deal are not yet known, though it is reportedly a multi-year deal. Minor excelled out of the Royals' bullpen in 2017, even recording six saves at the back end of the bullpen. He came up as a starter though, and that versatility will give the Rangers options on how best to deploy him during the upcoming season.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 09:35:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros have checked in on free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

There is also known to be interest from the Mets, and it's a safe bet that several other teams are monitoring the market here. Minor registered a sharp 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for Kansas City while holding left-handed batters to a .163/.228/.196 slash line. The soon-to-be 30-year-old southpaw is sure to find a multi-year contract this winter.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 01:38:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that lefty reliever Mike Minor is expected to be among the first free agents to sign.

Olney cites Minor's strong position in the market as one of the most-coveted relievers, with "aggressive interest from a high volume of teams." After missing back-to-back seasons due to injury, Minor thrived with a move to the bullpen this season with a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He also notched six saves for the Royals. The Mets are among the teams who have shown interest thus far.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 08:47:00 AM

The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal.
Source: The Athletic
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 04:03:00 PM

Mike Minor declined his mutual option for 2018.'s Jeffrey Flanagan passed along the news. Flanagan notes that the Royals have interest in re-signing Minor, perhaps even as their closer, after he posted a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings in 2017 in his first year as a reliever. The lefty will have other options, though, and it's possible he might want a shot to start again.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 11:07:00 AM

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