Mike Minor
P KC
3 hours ago

Minor pitched 1.1 hitless innings while issuing a walk and striking out two Sunday against Minnesota en route to his first win since 2014.

EDGE Analysis

Shoulder surgery kept the left-hander out of the majors for two years and resulted in a move to the bullpen. Minor, who signed a two-year, $7.3 million deal with the Royals in Feb. 2016, got his first MLB victory Sunday since pitching for Atlanta on Aug. 28, 2014. Over 18 relief appearances (23.2 innings) this year, Minor owns a stellar 1.90 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with a 24:6 K:BB.

Mike Minor
P KC
1 week ago

Minor recorded an out and allowed a hit Sunday against the Orioles en route to his third hold of the year.

EDGE Analysis

The left-handed specialist has appeared in 15 games this season while logging a total of 20.1 innings. Minor's pitched admirably, managing a 2.21 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, both of which are well below his career marks of 4.04 and 1.25, respectively. The sixth-year veteran, who spent his entire career as a starter before the current campaign, has found a nice rhythm as a middle-relief man and should see ample opportunities to rack up double-digit holds in 2017.

Mike Minor
P KC
2 weeks ago

Minor will not be considered to make a spot start in the foreseeable future, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star/a> reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by Atlanta, Minor spent his first five MLB seasons as a starter. However, an injury derailed him and led to exploratory surgery in 2015. He's now pitching in his first big-league campaign in more than two full seasons. For now, the club has no plans to remove the reins as they plan to carefully manage Minor's pitch count in 2017. "I want to get a full season, or at least half a season under his belt to get his arm and shoulder built up," manager Ned Yost said. "He hadn't pitched in the big leagues in a while. Last year [in the minors], he was really, really effective to about the 60-pitch mark, which doesn't work as a starter. So if you continue to build his shoulder up like we're doing, down the road, could he be a starter? Quite possibly." Minor lowered owns a 2.50 ERA with a 9.0 K/9 through 18 innings. He could potentially offer three innings as a starting pitcher, but Yost said he preferred a pitcher with the ability to go deeper.

Mike Minor
P KC
2 weeks ago

Minor pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with a walk and three strikeouts during Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Moving to the bullpen has provided an uptick in velocity for Minor (93.3 mph), and after battling injuries for three seasons, it's likely he'll remain a reliever. The former first-round pick probably still needs some fine-tuning out of the 'pen, but Minor has the potential to grab a meaningful role in the future.

Mike Minor
P KC
1 month ago

Minor was charged with a blown save after giving up a run on one hit and one walk while recording just a single out Saturday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw took over a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh and left runners on first and second when he was taken out in favor of Joakim Soria, who surrendered a two-out RBI single that was charged to Minor. Through six appearances, Minor has logged just one clean inning while being tagged with a loss to accompany Saturday's blown save. His 1.50 WHIP doesn't bode well for future high-leverage chances.

Mike Minor
P KC
1 month ago

Minor was tagged with the loss in relief after allowing two runs on three hits over a single inning Thursday in Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

After not pitching in MLB since 2014 due to injuries, Minor has appeared in all three of the team's game so far in 2017. His first two outings went without a hitch, but the same could not be said Thursday. The 29-year-old lefty entered in the seventh inning with the score deadlocked before coughing up a base hit to go along with a pair of doubles. Manager Ned Yost will likely give Minor a rest over the next game or two barring any extra-inning affairs.

Mike Minor
P KC
2 months ago

Minor is set to open the season in the Royals' bullpen, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The lefty threw a pair of scoreless innings on Saturday and Sunday in his first back-to-back appearances of the spring. Manager Ned Yost seemed pleased with how Minor bounced back after working Saturday, saying Minor "passed a big test" and had "really good stuff" Sunday. Minor has allowed just one run on five hits and four walks while striking out 11 batters in 12 total Cactus League innings.

Mike Minor
P KC
3 months ago

Minor threw two scoreless innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts in his spring debut Monday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

This is good news for Minor, who hasn't pitched in a Major League game since 2014 due to injuries. Manager Ned Yost was pleased, noting he "thought he looked good." The Royals will most likely continue to be cautious with the 29-year-old, but he will look to stay healthy and compete for a bullpen spot in 2017.

Mike Minor
P KC
3 months ago

Minor (shoulder) will be stretched out during spring training, but Royals manager Ned Yost said that he views him as a reliever heading into camp, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was speculation that the embattled left-hander could spend more time as a reliever to try to maximize his output and keep him healthy, and it seems that Yost is planning on that being the case. This isn't to say that Minor won't make any starts in 2017, but given his last major league start came back in 2014 with the Braves and that he could only muster a 6.23 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Omaha last season, the bullpen route seems to be his primary destination unless Kansas City's rotation becomes marred with injuries during the regular season.

Mike Minor
P KC
8 months ago

Royals club officials have wondered how Minor (shoulder) might fare in the bullpen in 2017, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's fair to wonder if Minor will be healthy enough to pitch at all next season, since he's been sidelined for two full years after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment in August. Nevertheless, pushing Minor to work 50-60 innings seems more realistic than getting him healthy enough to start again for a full big league season, and the Royals' financial limitations this offseason will likely keep the search for bullpen help on internal options.