LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves’ No. 5 starter competition is a three-man race between Mike Minor and top prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, but Minor is ahead of the other two at the starting line.
A year ago, he lost the No. 5 starter job to Brandon Beachy in spring training.
“But unlike last spring when he was on equal footing with Beachy, this spring he’s coming in ahead of the other guys,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He’s the incumbent.”
That will come as good news for Minor, who says if the Braves don’t have room for him in their starting rotation this season, they might as well trade him.
“I’ve been in Triple-A all last year pretty much,” he said, “and the year before I had some time [in the majors]. I’m getting older every year, so there’s no reason for me to be sitting in Triple-A.”
Minor, 24, was 5-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 15 major league starts last season. He went 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA in his last 10, with 59 strikeouts and 16 walks in