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.
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
"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."?