The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with the Top 50 players to watch in the season. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1. We continue our list today with junior left handed pitcher Mike Minor from Vanderbilt.
Mike Minor comes from Chapel Hill, Tennessee and Forest High School. He earned two varsity letters while being named a three time all-state selection. His senior year saw him win 13 games while having 12 shutouts. He ended up finishing his senior season with a ridiculous ERA of 0.08. He was selected in the 13th round by the Tampa Bay Rays but did not come to terms with the team.
Minor made an immediate impact in his freshman season in 2007 with the Commodores as he went 9-1 with a 3.09 ERA. He made 19 appearances with 14 starts while pitching in 90.1 innings. He picked up 88 strikeouts in those innings while only walking 19 batters. He was named to the All-SEC Freshman team while picking up Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Rivals.com. The most important thing that happened this year was Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was a member of the squad which showed Minor how to become an elite collegiate pitcher.
Minor came back with a solid sophomore campaign which saw him go 7-3 including two complete games while having an ERA of 4.28. He struck out 101 batters in a team high 103.1 innings of work. His opponents had a batting average against of .261.
After the season, Minor was invited to play on the USA Collegiate National team which finished the summer with a perfect 24-0 record. He finished the summer with a record of 3-0 with an ERA of 0.75 while striking out 37 batters in only 36 innings. Minor defeated the Cuban Olympic Team twice in the Haarlem Baseball Week then in the FISU Championship game made a 9.2 inning apperance where he only allowed four hits without allowing a run.
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