I was a big fan of left-handed pitcher Mike Minor when he was one of the top prospects coming out of Tennessee eligible for the 2006 draft. He slid to the 13th round due to his commitment to Vanderbilt, and at the time was pitching in the 85-88 range with an effortless delivery and refined changeup. Minor still appears to throw effortlessly, and his velocity now consistently sits in the 88-91 range, touching a few ticks higher on occasion. He commands his fastball extremely well, and also mixes in a very good changeup that gives him an excellent two-pitch arsenal. His changeup is thrown with the exact same arm speed and angle as his fastball, which makes it that much more difficult to identify, and gives him a legitimate out pitch against right-handed batters. His breaking ball hasn't progressed as well, and was the biggest mark against him coming out of high school. When I saw him pitch during his freshman year at Vanderbilt, when he quickly went from being a mid-week starter to the Commodores Saturday starter following David Price during weekend series, he was throwing a slider. Reportedly he started throwing more of a true curveball last summer while pitching for Team USA, and scouts were encouraged by that pitch's developement. His fastball-changeup combo is good enough to allow him to succeed, but mastering that third pitch could be the difference in him being a great starter as opposed to a good one. Minor follows some pretty good left-handed pitchers that have come out of Vanderbilt in recent years which includes the aforementioned David Price as well as Ryan Mullins and Jeremy Sowers. While he doesn't profile as a true staff ace due to the lack of intimidating raw stuff, it's hard to argue with his results, and few pitchers available for the 2009 draft command the strike zone as well as Minor does.
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