Nobody really knows anything. Minor, when drafted seventh overall in last year’s draft, was considered a signability pick, a low-ceiling, polished lefthander who might be in the majors quickly but was nothing more than a back of the rotation starter. Well, they were right about him getting to the majors quickly.
Minor actually signed for above-slot money and was assigned to Rome, where he allowed one run in fourteen innings at the end of last season. A first-round pick out of college probably should do that to the Sally League. At any rate, Minor made some adjustments, with the presumed help of Braves coaches, and added a lot of velocity. After a bit of a speedbump in Mississippi, he pretty soon had the Southern League figured out, and was moved to Gwinnett. In six AAA starts, he went 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA, striking out 37 in 33 1/3 while allowing just 19 hits.
Minor’s career minor league strikeout rate is 10.9/9. That was unexpected, to say the least. There was a little loss of control when he made the adjustments, but worth it… Hitless in 20 career minor league PA, and from what I can tell didn’t even come to the plate in college.