Minor promoted to AAA Braves/Minor wins debut

Saturday, July 3, 2010
Chapel Hill's Mikie Minor takes the walk to the dugout before a start for the Double A Mississippi Braves. Minor's next walk to the mound will be at the Triple A level on Thursday night when his Gwinnett Braves take on the Toledo Mud Hens in Ohio. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Chapel Hill's Mikie Minor is one-step closer to the major leagues after being called up to the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Ga.

Minor got the call Monday night and will get his first start in AAA when he takes the hill versus the Toledo Mud Hens Thursday night in Ohio.

Minor pitched 87 innings in his 15 starts for the Mississippi Braves this season, sporting a 2-6 record with a very respectable 4.03 earned run average.

Minor led the AA club with 109 strikeouts, while showing great control by walking just 34 opposing batters.

In his last start for Mississippi versus Mobile on June 25 Minor got a no-decision after pitching 7 innings.

The big lefty gave up nine hits in the ballgame, struck out eight and walked one.

The Braves' Triple A International League club in Gwinnett plays at Coolray Field on the eastside of Atlanta, which is about a five-hour drive from Marshall County.

Their next home stand begins on July 6 versus the Norfolk Tides.

Minor has also been selected to play in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Futures Game, which will be played on July 12 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Cal.

The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Two dozen players from last year's Future Game earned roster spots in the big leagues this season and over the last 11 years, 201 participants in the all-star contest are now at the big league level.

From the GwinnettDailey post.com

Mike Minor was impressive in his first Class AAA start, pitching into the eighth inning as the Gwinnett Braves won 4-2 at Toledo on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Minor, Atlanta's first-round draft choice last year out of Vanderbilt, allowed just three hits and one run. The left-hander struck out nine and walked three in 72⁄3 innings.

The left-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when the Mud Hens scored their only run. Craig Kimbrel finished up for his 10th save.

The G-Braves scored all their runs in the fourth inning. Wes Timmons had a RBI single to get things started and scored the final run on the front end of a double steal with Freddie Freeman, who had driven in two runs with a single.

Freeman also had a double and raised his average to .283. Josh Anderson also had two hits, including a double.

The G-Braves go for a sweep of the four-game series tonight after winning the first two games 7-3 and 7-4. They play three games in Durham before returning to Coolray Field for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Norfolk.