Braves select Mike Minor
As soon as it became obvious that the Giants were going to take Zack Wheeler, there was little doubt that the Braves were going to grab Mike Minor with the seventh overall selection in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.
In fact after selecting Minor, Braves director of scouting Roy Clark provided every indication that he was always the pitcher that they truly wanted.
“I’m very pleased with the guy that we got and I know that the baseball world thought that we were taking Zack Wheeler,” Clark said. “But we’re very pleased with the guy we got.” <p>
While going 6-6 with a 3.90 ERA during his recently-completed junior season at Vanderbilt University , Minor didn’t necessarily produce eye-opening stats. But Clark said the 21-year-old left-hander flourished after he was allowed to call his own pitches.
Given the opportunity to do the same with Team USA last year, Minor went 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA. After beating the Cuban national team twice, Baseball America named him their summer player of the year.
In other words he proved to be even more impressive than Stephen Strasburg, the heralded right-hander who is set to grab a record bonus after being selected by the Nationals with Tuesday’s first overall selection.
“There were some pretty good players on that team and I know one of them throws 100 miles per hour, but this guy is a winner,” Clark said. “We’ve been tracking him for a long time. We were hoping for the opportunity to select him and now I’m just hoping for the opportunity to sign him.”
Minor, who is being advised by Bo McKinnis (one of the good guys in the agent business), will find himself entering the negotiating game. Teams have until Aug. 17 to sign the players selected in this year’s Draft.