Minor pushes on with his dream, improves to 7-0

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Minor winding up for a strikeout in the second inning versus UT.


Mike Minor, 2006 Forrest High School graduate and Chapel Hill native continued his sensational freshmen season at Vanderbilt University Saturday night in front of a record crowd with an outstanding performance versus the University of Tennessee.

Minor pitched six innings, gave up three runs, and struck out six to move to 7-0 on the season as the number one ranked Commodores won 4-3 and clinched a series win over the Vols.

The Chapel Hill faithful in attendance for the game. Mike Minor's dad, Mike is on the left in the yellow Vandy shirt and his mom Shirley is on the right behind the waving fan in the yellow Vandy shirt.?

"I was not very good," Minor said after the game, "Our offense kept us in line and the relievers did a great job finishing it off."

Success has followed the former Rocket on the diamond from an early age and Minor has never been intimidated by the bright lights, the big stage, or the big bats. "I am not intimidated by the hitters in the SEC," Minor said after the game, "They are still just hitters, just a lot bigger than in high school."

Academic course load biggest challenge at Vandy

Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin out to the mound in the fifth inning to talk to Mike Minor.

The three-time all-state selection at Forrest and 13th round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays biggest adjustment to life at Vanderbilt has been in the classroom. Minor graduated with high honors at Forrest, but has found that the high standards of academics at Vanderbilt to be his biggest challenge.

"I am doing ok, it is a whole lot tougher than I actually thought," he said. "We have homework every night, write a lot of papers, and have to attend study hall on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays."

Asked which of his current courses is the toughest, Minor smiled and said, "Anthropology is definitely the toughest course I have right now."

Minor talks about Chapel Hill

Minor was quick to urge his ex-teammates on in their quest for the District 9-A title back in Chapel Hill. "I really don't have a lot of time to keep up with what is going on back home, Minor said, "But tell those Rockets to keep their heads up and go get that that title."

The small town will never leave Minor and he expressed his fondest memories of Chapel Hill in down to earth terms when he stated, "I miss all the kids in Chapel Hill, I knew everybody and could just talk to anybody anytime."

"That senior year of baseball at Forrest and attending the senior prom with my current girlfriend will also be memories I will never forget."

His future and the dreams of others

Minor is expected to be drafted again this year, but will likely stay at Vanderbilt until his junior year. "It all depends on which team chooses me, but I will probably stay until my junior year. Of course, money matters," he added.

Asked about all the of young ball players in Marshall County who are looking at him and his success in following his boyhood dream of becoming a major league baseball player, Minor said with conviction, "Tell them all to keep going after that dream and don't listen to people who try to discourage you." He ended the interview by saying, "Push on with your dreams."?