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If you would have told me at the All-Star break in 2012 that I would project Mike Minor as a potential All-Star in 2013, I would have laughed at you.
I never thought Minor would be more than a No. 3 starter in the major league, but he showed at the end of last year he can be a top-of-the-line starter.
At the end of June, Minor's ERA was a putrid 6.20. By the end of the year, it was down to a respectable 4.12.
Something clicked for Minor at some point in 2012. The stats show that he quit walking batters and did not give up as many home runs.
The stats also show that he only gave up more than three earned runs in a start once after the All-Star break.
Minor needs to continue to have confidence in his stuff and attack the strike zone.
This paid dividends for him at the end of 2012 and could lead to a breakout 2013 season.
2012 All-Stars: Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Cole Hamels, Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn, Wade Miley, Stephen Strasburg.