Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 8/28/13
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Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America Mike Minor is quite possibly the best pitcher in the major leagues who is never talked about. There are plenty of good pitchers to praise, so I don’t feel slighted at all that Minor’s name rarely comes up in casual discussions about the top tier of current pitching. The former first round draft pick has turned himself into a bonafide top 25 starting pitcher in the MLB after once being known as a “safe pick” in the draft. How has he managed to do it? Early 2012 Struggles The first half of the 2012 season wasn’t kind to Minor. He posted a 5.97 ERA over 92 innings. His peripherals weren’t much better either (5.45 FIP/4.72 xFIP). One of his main problems was the amount of free passes he was handing out. Minor was walking 3.91 batters per nine innings or 10.1% of the batters he faced. It’s extremely difficult to succeed when you’re constantly setting yourself up for failure. This data from the first half of 2012 paints a picture of Min...
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