Mike Minor to Denver?
Another former Vanderbilt alum, Mike Minor endured an injury-riddled 2015 season with the Atlanta Braves, and unfortunately, he did not make an appearance over the course of the season. Due to shoulder problems, the Atlanta Braves decided to cut ties with their former highly-touted left-handed pitcher. With no rumors surrounding Minor, he offers another buy-low option for the Colorado Rockies in 2016.
The Colorado Rockies are thin with starting left-handed pitchers, with Jorge De La Rosa and Chris Rusin as the obvious left-handed favorites to crack the rotation. However, both De La Rosa and Rusin are underwhelming option for the Colorado Rockies heading into 2016. Although Rusin had his moments in 2015, he is inconsistent and unlikely to sustain a sub-4 ERA next season. Moreover, De La Rosa is aging and is a shadow of the player he was five seasons ago.
De La Rosa finished with a 4.17 ERA in 2015, the second consecutive season that his ERA finished over 4.00. Also, Rusin finished the 2015 season with a 5.33 ERA, due to a very rough finish to the season. Like De La Rosa and Rusin, Minor sported a 4.77 ERA in 2014, but he battled injuries throughout the season, leading to his inflated ERA. In 2013, Minor owned a 3.21 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 8.0 K/9, and 2.0 BB/9, all great statistics.
There is no telling whether or not Mike Minor will return to the form he demonstrated in 2013; however, he could be worth the risk heading into 2016. The Colorado Rockies do not have many appealing left-handed options, so Mike Minor might offer them a buy-low, low-risk option to crack the rotation in 2016. Supposedly, he began throwing again this fall and should be ready for Spring Training. Pencil Minor down as an appealing option for the Colorado Rockies in 2016.
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