Miami – Not too far down the road in Double-A Mississippi, the Braves have their eye on first round draft pick Mike Minor, who is on a strikeout tear.
The 22-year-old left-hander the Braves drafted out of Vanderbilt with the seventh overall pick last June is second in the minors with 72 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings over nine starts. Only Charles Furbush, a Detroit Tigers’ prospect out of LSU in high A ball, has more with 80 strikeouts in nine starts.
Minor reached double digits in strikeouts in three of his past five starts, including 11 in eight innings on May 16 and 11 in five innings on April 30.
Overall, Minor is 1-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts for Mississippi. He makes his next start Thursday night at Mobile.
The strikeout totals might be surprising, considering he was billed as a control pitcher out of Vanderbilt and not especially overpowering, but not to Kurt Kemp, Braves director of player development.
“This kid has very good stuff,” Kemp said Wednesday.