Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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For three years now we’ve been waiting for Mike Minor to live up to some of his immense potential. Minor made his pro debut in single-A back in 2009 after being selected seventh overall and went on to pitch 14 innings, striking out 17 batters while allowing just one earned run and nary a walk. That earned him a promotion to double-A to start 2010 followed by a short stint in Triple-A before the Braves came knocking. After just 24 starts and 129.1 innings in the minors, Minor (I promise, that redundancy was inevitable) had finally made it to The Show. And he wasn’t half bad. His 5.98 ERA was pretty hideous, but 9.52 K/9 and 2.43 BB/9 are great rates — both are better that what Clayton Kershaw put up last season — so no one really cared about the ERA. His 3.77 FIP was much more telling of the promise that resided within Minor’s left arm, and fantasy managers couldn’t wait for March drafts to roll around the next year for a chance to own the next big thing (slight hyperbole). Then Bran...
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