Braves Draft Vandy Lefty Mike Minor
Back in May, I worked a Georgia-Vanderbilt baseball game on CSS and left totally impressed with Commodore starter Mike Minor. Dude pitched a complete game 5-hitter, allowing 2 runs. He struck out 12 that day. This guy was in control from start to finish.
Minor threw his fastball in the 88-91 range and was able to consistently hit the corners and move it up and down. Slider was thrown hard. Mixed in a big curve versus lefties. His change-up was excellent and always thrown down in the zone. Basically, Mike has four pitches and command of them all. "Plus-Command" is the scouts term.
But it was his make-up that impressed me more than his stuff. He was smart. Competitive. Polished and seemingly "Pro-Ready."
No wonder the Braves jumped on this guy with the 7th pick in the 1st round of the MLB Draft. That's the earliest pick the Braves have had since 1991. The educated guess here says that Mike Minor moves up through Myrtle Beach/Rome Class A-Ball quickly and gets the AA-MIssissippi test soon.
The competitive comment comes from this: Vandy had a big lead on Georgia that day and it was obvious Minor had no intention of exiting that game. He wanted to finish it. Just like he did the Cuban National Team twice last summer for Team USA. Mark it down, the Braves drafted a good one. Did I mention his excellent move to 1st base?