A.J. Minter
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Day-To-Day
Injury Shoulder
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
$Signed a contract with the Braves in June 2015 that includes a $814,300 signing bonus.
Close to resuming throwing program
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 12, 2019
Minter (shoulder) could resume throwing Saturday, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
The southpaw still has time to get ready for Opening Day if he's able to pick his throwing program back up this weekend, but he can't afford many setbacks. "Because he's a reliever and we're building him up to throw an inning, we have time," GM Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday. "So he's scheduled to throw on the 16th or so. Assuming he feels good, we can progress and move fast after that. The fact these guys were already up and throwing in games, as long as there's not too much downtime, they can get back up and going. Right now we're optimistic. It's a day-to-day thing." The Braves anticipate Minter factoring into the closer picture alongside Arodys Vizcaino this season, but first he needs to get healthy.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .218 109 37 7 22 2 0 0
Since 2016vs Right .251 211 58 17 48 9 2 4
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.29 1.24 41.0 2 3 5 10.1 2.4 0.6
Since 2016Away 1.83 1.22 34.1 2 1 10 12.6 3.4 0.3
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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.
K/BB
3.14
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
96.6 mph
 
ERA
3.23
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.342
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Strand %
75.0%
 
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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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Not cleared for mound work
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 9, 2019
While Minter (shoulder) is no longer bothered by tightness in his pitching shoulder, he still hasn't been cleared for mound work, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Shoulder feeling better
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 4, 2019
Minter said Monday that his injured shoulder is feeling better, and he expects to play catch Tuesday, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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Injury could stem from accident
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 2, 2019
Minter told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that the injury that forced Minter from Friday's spring game could have resulted from a minor car accident he was involved in Wednesday night.
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Injury appears minor
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 1, 2019
Minter's shoulder tightness is not seen as significant by manager Brian Snitker, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with shoulder tightness
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 1, 2019
Minter exited Friday's game against the Blue Jays with left shoulder tightness, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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