The third shock of the Top 10 came with Atlanta’s selection of Vanderbilt lefty Mike Minor, an advanced arm with limited upside.
Just over 11 months have passed since the ‘09 draft, so let’s have a look and see how the gambles are paying off.
The Braves organization has a reputation for developing pitchers but the club historically takes prep arms. That hasn't worked out so well in recent years, which could explain part of the rationale for taking Minor, 22. He had a rough start to his '10 season with nine runs allowed in his first two starts (9.0 innings) but he's been making the organization look smart lately. The "soft-tosser" is leading the double-A Southern League in strikeouts with 65 in 44.2 innings of work (13.24 K/9). He's also given up just 32 hits. Minor may find even more success once he can get the ball down a little more consistently and get the ground-ball rate up over that 50% hump. The southpaw has been lights-out with the bases empty (.132 average) but he's struggled with runners on and in scoring position (.320).