A.J. Minter
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Many drafted Minter with the hope he would receive the bulk of the Braves' save chances in 2019, but all were disappointed by his efforts. Minter's season began with a sore shoulder which led to a velocity dip and control issues that sent him to Triple-A for a bit. The numbers in Gwinnett were more in line with what everyone hoped for -- he had a healthy 28.7 K-BB% and a sub-3.00 xFIP -- but it was too little too late. He only appeared in two games in September, the result of more shoulder trouble. Minter's draft-day value will depend in part on how the shoulder holds up to the offseason therapy, though with Will Smith joining Mark Melancon at the back end of the Atlanta bullpen, Minter is even further from the closer role. Hopefully he can avoid shoulder surgery. We have seen what he is capable of, and we have also seen how fragile things can be when Minter has something wrong with him. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed an $814,300 contract with the Braves in June of 2015.
Starting Game 5
PAtlanta Braves
October 16, 2020
Minter will start Game 5 of the NCLS against the Dodgers on Friday, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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Atlanta will employ a bullpen game as they attempt to close out the series, and Minter will be the first man to take the mound. The left-hander had a 0.83 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 24:9 K:BB over 21.2 innings during the regular season, and he's given up a solo homer with three strikeouts and one walk across 2.1 postseason frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
22
Last 5 Games
23
How many pitches does A.J. Minter generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does A.J. Minter generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .242 169 49 14 37 7 0 1
Since 2018vs Right .257 322 79 40 71 15 2 6
2020vs Left .261 25 8 2 6 2 0 0
2020vs Right .176 59 16 7 9 2 1 1
2019vs Left .260 57 14 6 13 3 0 1
2019vs Right .324 90 21 17 23 6 0 2
2018vs Left .225 87 27 6 18 2 0 0
2018vs Right .253 173 42 16 39 7 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-42%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.68 1.58 57.2 3 7 5 9.1 4.4 0.6
Since 2018Away 2.73 1.31 52.2 5 1 15 11.3 4.4 0.3
2020Home 0.00 1.50 8.2 0 1 0 7.3 4.2 0.0
2020Away 0.82 0.82 11.0 1 0 0 10.6 4.1 0.0
2019Home 7.71 2.14 16.1 1 3 0 10.5 7.2 1.1
2019Away 6.23 1.85 13.0 2 1 5 11.1 6.9 0.7
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
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.67
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
95.6 mph
 
ERA
0.83
 
WHIP
1.11
 
BABIP
.274
 
GB/FB
1.86
 
Left On Base
92.9%
 
Exit Velocity
78.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2230 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
13.9%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Credited with win
PAtlanta Braves
August 30, 2020
Minter (1-0) was perfect over 1.2 innings Sunday, striking out four and earning the win versus the Phillies.
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Opens season in middle-relief role
PAtlanta Braves
July 27, 2020
Minter worked a scoreless seventh inning in his season debut in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Mets, working around a hit and striking out two.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
March 9, 2020
Minter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
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Makes spring debut
PAtlanta Braves
March 8, 2020
Minter (shoulder) retired two of the four hitters he faced in his spring debut Saturday in the Braves' 1-1 tie with the Rays. He struck out one and allowed an unearned run on a base hit and a walk.
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Scheduled to debut Saturday
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
March 2, 2020
Minter (shoulder) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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