2019 Topps Heritage Baseball #232 <a rel=

A.J. Minter played a significant role in an elite bullpen this past season. He put together a stellar 1.2 bWAR in a COVID shortened season. Minter placed himself in a top tier of left handed relievers in 2020 and hopefully will have that continued success.&amp;nbsp;

A.J. Minter was a highly touted relief prospect when he first debuted in 2017 at the young age of 23. He put together a nice year in 16 games. He seemed to be the closer of the future in 2018 collecting 15 saves in 65 appearances. After dealing with shoulder inflammation to begin 2019, he really seemed to struggle the entire year long. I believe the lack of spring training is what led to Minter never getting himself back together. However, the struggles did lead many to believe he may not be the closer of the future that Braves fans had envisioned.&amp;nbsp;

Minter clearly made adjustments in his extended offseason leading to a 0.83 ERA (580 ERA+!!!) through 22 appearances. Will Smith’s struggles were nearly forgotten about because of the resurgence from the shutdown lefty AJ Minter. He is back on track to being the top tier left handed bullpen piece the Braves valued so much prior to 2019. The Braves trusted Minter enough to even turn to him for a start in game 5 of the NLCS. He would go on to throw 3 shutout innings striking out 7 Dodgers hitters along the way.&amp;nbsp;

The impressive postseason start was a part of a magical season AJ Minter put together as a whole. This season may be the turning point of a long and successful career. Still just 26 years old, AJ Minter is under team control until 2024. I look forward to seeing Minter in the back end of the Braves bullpen for many years to come.