First, let’s go to the videotape, “Almost a 11 K/9 in the minors is, uh, Mike Minor.  He major, Kanye.  I hope Roberto Kelly doesn’t come back to visit the Braves because when R. Kelly sees a minor, urine trouble!  So should you play some Gary Glitter if you’re lusting after this Minor?  In 118 2/3 IP this year, he has 144 Ks and 44 walks.  Hello, beautiful.  Want me to continue?  Of course you do.  You’re greedy.  In Triple-A through five starts, his ERA is 1.99 while rocking a .171 BAA.”  I loved him when he was called up and he rewarded me with a punch to my no-no area.  In 40 2/3 IP, a 5.98 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.  His FIP was much better, but they don’t count that in my fantasy leagues, so there’s that.  It is worth noting that his BABIP was astronomical in his small sample size (hehe, he has a small sample size).  So I’d take Minor’s 2010 with the Braves with a grain of salt (to an open wound if you owned him).  So what do I think Mike Minor will be like for 2011 fantasy baseball?

Thanks for the segue, Mr. Intro Paragraph.  Seamless, I tell ya.  His almost 11 K/9 fell to 9.52 K/9.  Eh, you’ll take that and rub it all over your body.  It’s still fantastic.  That’s all I need.  See, I’m more of a results guy.  Want info on how he gets there?  I suggest you read Stephen’s Mike Minor fantasy.  Unless the Braves make some last minute offseason SP signing that I don’t see coming, Minor will be in the rotation.  Only thing worth noting is the IP jump from 2009 to 2010, but whatever.  You’re not taking him in the first 10 rounds.  This is an end of the draft flyer, which I would go for.  In 2011, I could see Minor putting up 10-8/3.85/1.28/180 in 180 IP.  That, friends, is mixed league material and this won’t be the last time you hear me mention his name.  Mike Minor.  See?

  1. Buddo Chezuski says:

    (from the previous post) Thanks Grey…and Jay too! Yeah, it had occurred to me that dropping QS would be the obvious answer but everyone seems to really like it as a category. More fair than wins (I don’t have to tell you that). And then you’d have to make a change on the offensive side to even it out. Hopefully K/9 will help.

  2. Tom Thumb says:

    Great stuff, Grey. Still wish you didn’t write it because now, between Hudson and Minor, my favorite sleepers are exposed!

  3. Back To Minors says:

    so…back to Minor…

  4. Giant JJ says:

    Tom Thumb, I doubt your league mates read this site. Where you’ll get screwed is, a lot of the “experts” read this site and then get the inspiration run off and make their own boring version of a Grey sleeper story.

  5. Merlin says:

    urine trouble…..biting lines from Eminem I see

  6. Steve Stevenson says:

    Hola Grey. In an OBP league, how would you rank the following keepers–Krispie (10th rd), Gardner (also 10th), and Reyes (3rd)? I don’t really like Reyes much as a 3rd rounder, but SS is so shallow, and I have the #2 pick, so I could take Hanley and keep the OF, or I could keep Reyes and one OF and take someone like Miggy.

  7. Black Beard says:

    Rob Neyer is leaving ESPN. Always thought he was under utilized there. I hope he gets featured more prominently wherever he ends up.

  8. Giant JJ says:

    Since closers are on deck I have a question. I’d hate to have another draft where I take one legit closer from the mid tier and then take a couple of setup guys as late fliers/flyers. That never seems to work out for me. I end up with one closer all year and that’s no good. Drafting closers is no fun but should I bite the bullet and take two legit closers from the middle of the pack in back to back rounds, or do what I’ve done in the past and hope for better results? 20 teams.

  9. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Taking Miggy #1 overall. Youk’s the only top 3B left at #24 in mocks so far. Cano/Utley and Hanley/Tulo also long gone by then. Holliday’s been available. Pair Youk/Holliday on the 24/25 turn with Miggy? Thanks!

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:

    youk only played 2 games at 3rd i believe last year,so itll take him a bit to be 3b in espn,i think he is in yahoo,but i like that top 3

  11. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    Braves just signed, arguable the worst pitcher to throw 200 innings in a season, to give the rotation some added juice and maybe some unneeded competition for Minor. I present Rodrigo Lopez.

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Simply fred,thanks and yeah im getting ready,cant wait for the season to get going,it would be a long offseason without the great grey.s razzball site and wisdom

  13. Josh says:

    I saw your Bay projections, and while he played a big part in my terrible outfield last year (Sizemore, Bay and Granderson in the top 7 rounds) I can’t help but think he’ll out-perform your projections. Don’t just give the ballpark as a reason, that was the reason people were saying Wright had a down year coming in to last season. He’s not the 35 HR hitter he was in Boston, but he’s closer to that than the 6 HR from last year. He averaged around 26 HR/year in pittsburgh, and was extremely durable there. Haven’t you been the one reminding us not to overvalue one year Grey? Seven years as a low end OF1 and now he’s not worth being picked as a 3rd/4th outfielder?

  14. Giant JJ says:

    Article at Fangraphs says Gordon Beckham will qualify at ss this year. He didn’t play any short last year, is there a plan to let him play there this year? Seems unlikely.

  15. GopherDay says:

    FYI, Yahoo opens fantasy baseball a week from tomorrow (Tuesday) February 8th.

    It’s getting closer!

  16. Chris says:


    What would YOU do?

    12 Team Keeper League. Roto. Pitching not heavily favored. Only elite/top tier pitchers are worth keeping. However, we keep 8 players.
    Is it worth it to keep Stephen Strasburg over Dan Haren?


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