Minor continues comeback with win over Mariners

Friday, July 7, 2017
Forrest graduate Mike Minor is in the midst of a huge comeback season with the Kansas City Royals after being signed as a free agent last year.
AP photo by Steve Nesius

Chapel Hillís Mike Minor continued his stellar comeback season with the Kansas City Royals as he moved to 5-1 on the season when Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to cap off 9-6 win at Seattle on Wednesday night.

Minor pitched the ninth inning to get the victory before Kelvin Herrera threw the 10th for his 19th save.

The Forrest graduate faced three batters in the ninth inning, inducing two fly ball outs and picking up his 45th strikeout of the season. Minor has appeared in 34 games for the Royals out of the bullpen this season and has a stingy 1.91 earned run average.

Minor spent seven years with the Braves after being drafted in the first round by Atlanta in 2009 and posted a 38-26 record before going on the disabled list in 2014 and not pitching in 2015 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The Royals signed Minor to a free agent contract on February 19, 2016 for $6 million through 2017, and the agreement includes a mutual option for 2018 valued at $10 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

Minor rehabbed in the minor leagues for much of 2016 before being recalled to the Royals on November 4, 2016 when he took his spot in the bullpen and the former Team USA player has been strong in his role the entire time.