Minter has a 0.00 ERA and 5:2 K:BB through 3.1 innings over three appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett. The left-hander earned his demotion with a 9.82 ERA and 7.36 BB/9 through 11 innings to begin the season for Atlanta, so the walks are still concerning, but he is at least getting better results at Gwinnett. With Luke Jackson blowing his last two save chances, Minter's return to the big-league bullpen could be coming soon.
Minter struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday during a 5-1 win over the Padres. The southpaw has only been scored upon in three of 12 appearances this season, but the trio of meltdowns have led to one blown save, an 0-3 record and an 8.38 ERA. Minter remains in the late-inning mix for Atlanta, but he might need a couple more strong efforts in non-save situations before he gets entrusted with ninth-inning duty again.
Minter (0-3) blew his first save of the season and took the loss Saturday as Atlanta fell 9-5 to Colorado. He struck out two but was tagged for four runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. The southpaw has yet to go more than a few appearances this season without some kind of meltdown, and Minter's inconsistency has saddled him with a ghastly 9.72 ERA through 8.1 innings. His 11:4 K:BB highlights his upside if he can get straightened out, but for now he'll be tough to rely on as a dependable source of saves, especially as the pressure mounts on the Atlanta front office to bring in bullpen reinforcements.
Minter struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Reds. The southpaw has had a couple of rough appearances this season, leading to a 5.87 ERA through 7.2 innings, but Minter's 9:4 K:BB is solid and he's 3-for-3 in converting save chances. With Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) done for the year, Minter will have a long leash in the closer role for Atlanta.
Minter saved his second game in an 8-7 win over the Indians on Saturday, striking out the side in a perfect inning. Minter has now converted both save chances he has been given, although he has also sustained two losses this year. The 25-year-old has a firm grip on the closer job after Arodys Vizcaino underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday. Minter holds a 6.75 ERA and 1.80 WHIP this season.