2014 Stats: 0 W, 6.97 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 10 K (10.1 IP)
Pretend, for a moment, that you're a Mike Minor owner. You drafted him somewhere in the middle rounds (say, Round 11), figuring you'd just snagged a very reliable, very quality third starting pitcher...only to watch him start the season on the DL, miss the first month and then return to put up those numbers up top in his first two outings. Frustrated yet?
Certainly, the start of 2014 hasn't been kind to Minor—or you know, his owners—but it will get better. This is still the same 26-year-old southpaw who came into his own in the second half of 2012 and then established himself as an underrated fantasy arm with an even better 2013 (3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.0 K/9).
Plus, if you examined Minor's two turns this year individually, you'd notice that while his outing on Wednesday was ugly (4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 6-2 K-BB), his first was actually pretty Minor-esque (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4-0 K-BB).
This was a borderline top-25 fantasy starter before the setback this spring, and now that Minor is healthy again, he should be considered as such from here on out. Maybe his current owner, having experienced all the problems and none of the prize, no longer feels the same way.
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