A.J. Minter
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Minter was a popular handcuff for Arodys Vizcaino last spring. The move proved prescient as Vizcaino was sidelined for a couple months and yielded closing duties to Minter. When Vizcaino returned in mid-September, they initially shared the role before Vizcaino took over the last week and into the playoffs. Minter finished the season with 15 saves and 12 holds. However, he was sluggish over the second half, registering a 3.79 ERA and 1.47 WHIP the final two months. Minter throws a 97-mph fastball and 92-mph slider, occasionally mixing in a change. He’s dominant enough for ninth-inning duties, but inconsistent control gets him into trouble occasionally. That's what happened the final two months of the season, likely putting Minter behind Vizcaino for the closing gig in the spring, Still, with Vizcaino’s own dalliance with control woes along with health issues, Minter will again be a top speculative saves dart. Read Past Outlooks
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Notches fifth save
PAtlanta Braves
July 14, 2019
Minter gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning against San Diego on Sunday to earn the save.
ANALYSIS
Minter retired the first two batters he faced before Fernando Tatis Jr. stroked his fourth single of the game, but Atlanta's backup closer -- Luke Jackson had recorded saves the previous two days -- responded by getting Eric Hosmer to fly out to end the game. While he stills holds an unsightly 6.56 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season, Minter has been much better since returning to the majors June 11, holding opponents scoreless in 10 of 14 appearances while racking up 14 strikeouts in 12.1 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .224 156 49 11 32 5 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .256 277 76 31 62 12 2 6
2019vs Left .238 47 12 4 10 3 0 0
2019vs Right .275 66 18 14 14 3 0 2
2018vs Left .225 87 27 6 18 2 0 0
2018vs Right .253 173 42 16 39 7 1 3
2017vs Left .190 22 10 1 4 0 0 0
2017vs Right .243 38 16 1 9 2 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.94 1.37 54.2 3 6 5 10.4 3.5 0.8
Since 2017Away 2.80 1.36 45.0 4 2 15 12.4 4.2 0.2
2019Home 7.11 1.82 12.2 1 3 0 11.4 7.1 1.4
2019Away 5.91 1.78 10.2 2 1 5 11.8 6.8 0.0
2018Home 4.41 1.32 32.2 2 3 5 8.8 3.0 0.6
2018Away 1.88 1.26 28.2 2 0 10 11.6 3.5 0.3
2017Home 3.86 0.96 9.1 0 0 0 14.5 0.0 1.0
2017Away 1.59 1.06 5.2 0 1 0 17.5 3.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does A.J. Minter compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.67
 
K/9
11.6
 
BB/9
6.9
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
96.0 mph
 
ERA
6.56
 
WHIP
1.80
 
BABIP
.381
 
GB/FB
1.10
 
Left On Base
63.8%
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2316 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.8%
 
Swinging Strike
13.8%
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Minter debuted with the Braves last season after cruising through the minor-league system with a big four-seam fastball, slider and cutter combo. He showed a few issues with walks at Double-A and Triple-A last season before his promotion, but he was sharp in Atlanta and his walk rate in 2016 was a non-issue across three levels. Rather quietly, Minter struck out 43.3 percent of the batters he faced, thanks to a gaudy 18.2 percent swinging-strike rate. It would hardly be surprising if Minter gets a chance to serve as the Braves' primary late-inning lefty, as he has the overpowering stuff necessary to help get the ball to Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth inning. In the event that Vizcaino falters or gets hurt, Minter is on the short list of interesting options who could take over the closer role, but he's on an even shorter list of Atlanta relievers capable of making an impact as a strikeout machine and ratios helper even if he's not providing saves.
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Records fourth save
PAtlanta Braves
June 26, 2019
Minter struck out two through 1.1 hitless innings to record his fourth save in a win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
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Picks up win
PAtlanta Braves
June 23, 2019
Minter (2-4) earned the win Sunday against the Nationals, recording a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless inning.
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Returns to big leagues
PAtlanta Braves
June 11, 2019
Minter was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
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Finding form at Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
May 22, 2019
Minter has a 0.00 ERA and 5:2 K:BB through 3.1 innings over three appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
May 10, 2019
Minter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
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