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.

  

61 Comments

I’m excited about Minor, though I think it’ll be at least 2 years before he gets anywhere near the majors.

Chipper really is showing why we gave him that extension… we got one heck of a deal, yet again, with him. This tear he is on has been great. He is carrying this team, and I don’t mind it one bit. He has scored or RBI’d the last … well, LOT of runs the Braves have had.

Law says Minor is a #3, if lucky, and a #4 for sure.

But we aren’t looking for a number 1 or 2 pitcher as we have our #1 and 2 guys for the next ten years already in our rotation… Also after Locke left we need some LHP in our farm system.. especially considering our top 8 or 9 starters, from Hanson and Lowe down to AA ball, are all RHP pitchers with similar repertoires. Not exactly the same, but still.

And while some downplay our lack of LHP, the fact that we have 2 in the majors with no starters is a hole, in my opinion.

Anyway, I don’t really know anything, I’m not a scout, I just try to pay attention. Gives me something to do during lulls at work :P

Boston and Yankee series at Atlanta ……. There will be more of their fans at the game than Braves fans. Why?
because their fans SUPPORT THEIR TEAM !!!!

Now it seems like there’s a chance that Charlie Morton will start tomorrow’s game. We might know more when our Pirates reporter Jennifer Langosch returns from the clubhouse.

Braves should have chosen CROWE !

Minor posted a 6-6 record with a 3.90 ERA during his junior year Vanderbilt .
In Southeastern Conference play, Minor went 4-4 with a 4.41 ERA…….????….. Should went with CROWE !

Morton is starting against the Braves tomorrow. That has been confirmed. Charlie is certainly a great guy. But given the fact that the mental aspect is the weakest part of his game, I don’t think it’s a good idea to send him to the mound to face his former teammates this soon.

When in doubt: draft the ivy leaguer

While I like Charlie Morton and think he will be a great back end of the rotation guy, Jair Jurrjens has much better stuff and the mental makeup to pick apart the Pirates lineup. Barring some sort of outburst from the Pirates or miracle from Morton, I’m hoping we can make it four straight.

Still, I wish Morton all the luck in the world.

I agree with Mark Bowman, although I hope the trade works out for both sides, I don’t think that playing Morton against a Braves team playing solid baseball is the best move for a player looking to build is confidence.

I don’t like it. He wasn’t the best player available and we picked him because he’ll sign for slot. My thoughts: http://capitolavenueclub.com/?p=322

Aaron Crow, would have been the better choice over Minor !

Should of went with Trent Green.

Aaron Crow has suspect mechanics and is going to command a huge bonus. Frankly I’m glad we stayed away from him. Miller and Matzek on the other hand…..

Joejoe146,
Do you mean Grant Green? (USC SS). If so I don’t disagree.

PWHjort ,

Crow’s arm is fine. Check out Kansas City scouting report on him. He is a flame thrower ! Last year he was asking for a huge signing bonus, not so much this year.

Crow was the better choice hands down.

So the Braves take one pitcher from Princeton and another from Vandy here. Are they attempting to improve their team ERA or team GPA?

I didn’t say anything with his arm is wrong. I said his mechanics are suspect. I am very familiar with him and I don’t need to look at KC’s scouting report. I’ve looked at hundreds of scouting reports on Crow in the past two years and have personally talked to three scouts that have scouted him. Last year he was asking for 4 million and that’s probably what he’s going to get this year. You don’t pass on 3.6 million and spend a year playing Independen League ball so you can take a pay cut. Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? If so lay off the tequila before you post, because you’re not demonstrating any knowledge. Just rubbish.

Mark,
I think it’s not about GPA or ERA, but they’re trying to increase their team DSD (dollars saved in the Draft).

I haven’t heard anything about the righty from Princeton – obviously, since he got drafted in the 80’s. What’s his game? The draft video didn’t show much, other than a propensity for fastballs and a badly delivered changeup.

neverwhere, there wasn’t much info available about David Hale (the righty from Princeton). Clark told us he’s an Atlanta-area kid who played in the East Cobb League. He saw him touch 97 at Princeton. His 47 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings provides more reason for encouragement than his 4.74 ERA.

97 mph in college is pretty good, as is his k/9. Thanks, Mark.

I wonder if he was a reliever with such a low inning count? I wonder if they are projecting him as a future closer or something… But thats completely out of my hat, no basis other than low innings and a burning fastball.

All of this musing on draft prospects who might actually affect this team some 3-4 years from now is great but I have a somewhat simple question. what would the braves team record have been if they passed on Kawakami and signed Adam Dunn. The stated objective in the offseason was two-fold. Bolster starting pitching and sign a right handed power outfielder. Because our GM cobbled up early negotiations with Peavy, Burnett et al. They had to sign Lowe or look like complete buffoons.I mean the team started out by categoricallly stating they had no interest in Lowe. They wound up having to overpay for him because of the abject failure of earlier free agent signings.

The only knock on Dunn was his low BA and high walk total(meaning he was TOO SELECTIVE). God forbid a Braves hitter take a pitch. Anyone who knows baseball knows how positive those signs are( insert Frank Wren comments that Right handed hitters aren’t that important here). Dunn’s start( .241 BA, 17 HR and 44 RBI’s) in the middle of an anemic Nat’s lineup is a testame.nt to the missed opportunity. Imagine what he would be doing between Chipper and Brian(even with TP offering tips in his ear).

I guess a Brave’s fan can only wish. It used to be that this team was managed as well as any in baseball. Any chance John Scheurholz that you’re getting a little bored puttering around the house?

Correction Adam is batting .261 with an OBP of .398

Last year: 11-30 in one-run games.

This year: 12-8 in one-run games.

Good teams find a way to win the close ones. We’ve seen some very encouraging signs from the Braves the past three games. Need to keep it rolling, though, with that very difficult schedule upcoming.

Bud.
http://budmansbravesbeat.mlblogs.com

PWHjort ,

Wow, so if I read the scouting reports on Crow, that means I am drinking booze and talking rubbish?
You read the scouting reports and your a genius ?
It doesn’t take a genius to compare Minors era to Crows !
Sorry, I didn’t know you were paid as a Braves scout.
Also , a 4 mil signing bonus is not unreasonable, you tard!

BTW, go jump off a cliff !

4 million dollars the Braves don’t have. They aren’t spending more than slot. Roy Clark asked ownership for permission to draft Purke and they said no. No question Crow is more talented than Minor. So are about 75 other players that the Braves passed on for financial reasons. But drafting Crow was out of the question. And I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t pay 4+ million for a guy with suspect mechanics. Minor wasn’t the best player available. But neither was Crow. I don’t prefer Minor to Crow, but I would’ve passed on both of them and taken Miller or Matzek or Green or Purke, etc. You’re in over your head, kid. You have no knowledge of the process. All you’ve done is read a scouting report of a pitcher by the organization that just drafted him, taken it as dogma, and decided (with no knowledge of the other potential selections or other important factors) that he was the best choice. Consider the source. I’m sure his Agent and Girlfriend give him rave reviews too.

And thanks for being so mature and not getting personal. Shows what a classy, educated individual you are. Perfectly capable of having an intelligent discussion……

PWHjort,

Review your past posts, nimrod ! You said “thanks for being so mature and not getting personal. Shows what a classy, educated individual you are. “…Really?
I just posted a simple opinion about Crow….
Your the one who started all this by saying …
“Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? If so, lay off the tequila before you post” .

I can show you what a mature guy I am , anytime anywhere.

Your right about one thing .Crow does has more talent than Minor !…That’s why I said draft Crow!

If the Braves can’t afford 4 mil for a 2009 top ten pick then Liberty Co. has bigger problems !

Now, Now Children. Does some need a timeout? :)

Crow wasn’t a better pick than Matzek or Miller or Purke. If you’re going to argue that we should have drafted the best available player, fine. I think we should have too. But that player was not Crow. If money were no object Crow wouldn’t have been our pick either. Do some research before you make definitive statements because you sound like a damn fool. And I’m adressing behavior, you’re being personal and telling me to walk off a cliff and name calling. Grow up.

Seriously…. If we just brought Chief Knock-a-homa and his tee-pee out of retirement everything would be alright. Just sayin…..

Haha katjam. That’s the answer. We’re shutting down the blog. Nothing else to discuss.

Well with the Braves selecting two SS so far, I think Wren is planning to trade Diory to the Yankees.

All of a sudden there is huge demand for shortstops. Thank God Wren did’t pull off his blockbuster trade for peavy. We are sure likg Esky right now. One of the best clutch hitters in baseball.

Darion, now he has 3 of them

The Rule-4 draft might be one of the greatest paradoxes in all of sports: It’s a day of such excitement and hope for teams as well as one of the least consequential. Once the rush of drafting the next “star” wears off the reality that the grand majority of players drafted won’t make an M.L. debut for 2-3 years minimum crashes all of the excitement back down into reality. Minor was a safe, not all that exciting pick for the Braves. However, it’s always interesting to go back and look at past drafts to see how rare it actually is that the best player in a draft comes from the first 10 picks. As I heard Rob Neyer say this morning “we all have the ‘potential’ to be superstars.” I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that Stephen Strasburg’s chance of becoming a superstar is slightly greater than mine, but the point is well taken. The call-up we as Braves fans were all waiting for this year, Tommy Hanson, was a 22nd round pick in 2005. In the 13th round of the ’99 draft the Cardinals drafted a guy by the name of Pujols. There are also great picks that come out of the top 10-15…..go back and look at the first round of the 2005 draft, that was a good year for high picks. By contrast, with a few notable guys like Justin Verlander and Stephen Drew, the first round of the 2004 draft won’t exactly set your world on fire though it’s produced a number of guys who have made it to the majors. I don’t have much of a point other than to reiterate that the Rule-4 draft is by its very nature paradoxical. Here’s to leveling expectations and hoping for the best!

Tommy Hanson was a draft and follow. A completely different animal.

I would have liked to see us draft a 3rd baseman early on this year. With Chipper likely done in 3 years, we need someone who can step through and play when he retires. I doubt Kotchman would play 3rd, but who knows what will happen in 3 years.

True, but since he was actually signed I think the point is simply that the best picks don’t necessarily come from those early rounds….a good scouting evaluation and the right set of secondary circumstances make lower picks equally interesting though less tauted at the time.

Braves have drafted two 3B’s so far.

But they are very late picks which mean they probably won’t make it to the Majors, but they could nevertheless.

The Braves have drafted lots of 3B already, they just say SS on the list. Most of these kids are either P, OF, or SS on their teams because they are the best players. If they are already a 1B or 2B or 3B at this point, there is serious doubt that they have the necessary defensive skills to make it. College Seniors not withstanding.

Catchers like pitchers, are their own category not subject to the fielder label the rest of the guys get.

Hanson did get 2nd round money when he signed. And what Rother said. Most of the SS we draft won’t stick at SS and some of them will convert to 3B (others OF, P, 1B, 2B, etc.) Most players that get drafted out of HS or Joco played SS because they’re the best athletes on their team.

I guess that is true as I believe Chipper and Kelly were SS in the draft.

I just hope we draft some hidden talent like we did Hanson.

He should be a good pick.
Good luck, hope he works out for you in the end!
– Ashley.
http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

I have Hanson’s signing bonus at $325K which would put it more in line with a 3-4th round type money, but yes, certainly not “22nd round” money. However, he’d also been progressing for a year under Braves control and they’d had a chance holding his rights from a 22nd round selection to decide whether he was worth a true investment or not. I’m not really intending to get into a debate about DFE v. straight draft picks, but I generally get what you’re saying PWH. Going back to my original post, all I was trying to indicate is that we shouldn’t be getting too up or down on a guy just because of where he’s originally drafted (or signed). Development means a lot more for baseball than it does for other sports, and the draft for all the promise it provides should not be scrutinized too closely because the flops and failures come from all over the map…much more so than in other sports.

Chipper was coming up as a short stop until he hurt his knee though, right?

Yeah, you do make good points tomatalk. MLB discontinued the draft and follow system anyway because so it’s not relevant to discuss. But 325K was 2nd round money in 2005 I believe. I’m not sure. My draft “expert” friend says it is. Like you said though, not really important.

For sure, I’d take your draft expert’s word if that was 2nd round money. Honestly, I didn’t know but seemed a bit high when you said it, so I took a quick look at a couple of places:
2006 signing bonsues: http://www.pgcrosschecker.com/draft/2006/dr_06_06_29_signingbonuses.aspx
2005 signing bonuses:
http://www.angelfire.com/vt/prospectwatch/index1336.html
It really doesn’t matter all that much, but kind of interesting to look at if you feel like it to see what the actual signing bonuses were (depending on how much credence you give each source).

Morton tossed a scoreless first and apparently was injured in the process. Karstens is warming up in the bullpen. I didn’t see things ending well for Charlie tonight. But this was something I didn’t envision.

Morton left with tightness in his right hamstring.

Probably a best case scenario. He pitched well for that 1 inning. Had the hook working. Maybe he can build confidence off of that 1 inning.

5 innings and no run support for Jurjjens. Big shock.

What was the review over?

and this is why we will be a .500 team all year.

McCann missed a HR by about 2 inches (no exaggeration) and they reviewed it and upheld it.

For everyone who chooses to be pessimistic about Minor, you need to study up before you start speaking out of line. I have had the pleasure of watching this kid play in some very tough battles. He proved in the last month, that he knows his strengths and weaknesses. Coach Corbin allowed him to start calling his own plays and he took off! This guy will be called up quickly because unlike some other players who worry more about how much they can sign for, Minor has always wanted to play for the Braves and his dedication and determination will take him to the top! The best way to have the fans support the team is to have players that believe in the team. This starts from early beginnings! So ask yourself, do you want a showboat that only cares about money and fame? Or do you want a true athlete that believes in the game? I take the latter of the two. Congratulations Mike Minor! We are proud to have you on our team and look forward to seeing you on the mound at Turner Field!

For everyone who chooses to be pessimistic about Minor, you need to study up before you start speaking out of line. I have had the pleasure of watching this kid play in some very tough battles. He proved in the last month, that he knows his strengths and weaknesses. Coach Corbin allowed him to start calling his own plays and he took off! This guy will be called up quickly because unlike some other players who worry more about how much they can sign for, Minor has always wanted to play for the Braves and his dedication and determination will take him to the top! The best way to have the fans support the team is to have players that believe in the team. This starts from early beginnings! So ask yourself, do you want a showboat that only cares about money and fame? Or do you want a true athlete that believes in the game? I take the latter of the two. Congratulations Mike Minor! We are proud to have you on our team and look forward to seeing you on the mound at Turner Field!

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