Needing a helping hand for the rotation, the Atlanta Braves called up 6’4” 210-pound, left-handed pitcher Mike Minor on August 7th this past season. Minor started off very strong, posting an impressive 3.91 ERA in August, but he struggled a good bit in September, during which his ERA rose to 6.18.
He ended his first stint in the majors having thrown 40.2 innings with an ERA of 5.98, with 43 strikeouts against 11 walks.
The main reason for Minor’s late season struggles may have been an effect of throwing the most innings of his young career, racking 120.1 innings between the Braves’ minor league affiliates Mississippi (AA) and Gwinnett (AAA).
With a new season ahead, Minor seems primed to be the team’s fifth starter and starts the season as one of the top Rookie of the Year candidates. Will he live up to expectations? Or will we see his struggles from September continue in 2011? Here are 10 reasons why you should expect the former for Minor.