A.J. Minter
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves AAA
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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$Signed a contract with the Braves in June 2015 that includes a $814,300 signing bonus.
Finding form at Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
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.
The left-hander earned his demotion with a 9.82 ERA and 7.36 BB/9 through 11 innings to begin the season for Atlanta, so the walks are still concerning, but he is at least getting better results at Gwinnett. With Luke Jackson blowing his last two save chances, Minter's return to the big-league bullpen could be coming soon.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .238 132 43 9 29 5 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .264 247 68 24 58 11 2 6
2019vs Left .333 23 6 2 7 3 0 0
2019vs Right .345 36 10 7 10 2 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
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 5.36 1.42 48.2 2 6 5 10.4 3.1 0.9
Since 2017Away 2.33 1.32 38.2 2 2 13 12.8 3.7 0.2
2019Home 12.15 2.55 6.2 0 3 0 12.2 8.1 2.7
2019Away 6.23 2.08 4.1 0 1 3 14.5 6.2 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.
    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.
95.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
Spin Rate
2361 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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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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Optioned to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
May 10, 2019
Minter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
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Looks good in non-save situation
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
May 1, 2019
Minter struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday during a 5-1 win over the Padres.
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Blows first save
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
April 27, 2019
Minter (0-3) blew his first save of the season and took the loss Saturday as Atlanta fell 9-5 to Colorado. He struck out two but was tagged for four runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning.
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Nails down third save
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
April 24, 2019
Minter struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Reds.
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Notches second save
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
April 20, 2019
Minter saved his second game in an 8-7 win over the Indians on Saturday, striking out the side in a perfect inning.
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