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Braves' A.J. Minter: Collects third hold
Minter struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Monday to record his third hold of the season in a 5-2 win over the Mets.
The 28-year-old southpaw continues his strong start to the season in a setup role, posting a 2.79 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 15:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings. Tyler Matzek is the current holds leader for Atlanta with six, largely due to his usage as a situational lefty, but Minter appears to be the top choice when manager Brian Snitker wants one of his portside flamethrowers to begin an inning and protect a lead. Surprisingly, Will Smith is the one who has been deployed primarily in high-leverage spots when Atlanta doesn't hold a lead -- he has only one hold and one save so far, after piling up 37 saves in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Strikes deal with Atlanta
Minter and Atlanta agreed Tuesday on a one-year, $2.2 million contract to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Minter was one of three arbitration-eligible relievers that came to terms with the reigning World Series champions Tuesday, with Sean Newcomb ($900,000) and Tyler Matzek ($1.4 million) also getting contracts for 2022. Once viewed as a potential closer of the future for Atlanta, Minter has settled into more of a middle-relief or setup role for the club across the past three seasons. He accrued a career-high 23 holds in 2021 while finishing with a 3.78 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 57:20 K:BB in 52.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Earns relief win
Minter (1-0) allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out three in 2.2 innings to earn the win over the Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Minter entered Tuesday's matchup after Charlie Morton was removed with a fractured fibula, and he had plenty of insurance since Atlanta combined to score five runs across the first three innings. The southpaw has been dominant during the postseason and has recorded a 0.90 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in 10 innings across six appearances.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Records one-out win
Minter (3-6) earned the win Sunday against the Padres after recording the final out of the fifth inning.
Minter entered the game to face Trent Grisham and tamed him down with just two pitches -- that would be everything he'd need to claim his third win of the campaign. The left-hander hasn't pitched more than one inning in any of his last seven appearances but has looked impressive of late, and he's riding a streak of six straight scoreless outings. He owns a 3.24 ERA across 10 appearances (8.1 innings) this month.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Picks up loss
Minter (2-6) allowed a hit and an unearned run through an inning of work, taking the loss in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to the Rockies.
Minter entered in the top of the 10th inning to preserve a 2-2 tie. After Dom Nunez moved ghost runner Colton Welker to third, Minter gave up a single to Raimel Tapia that plated what would end up being the winning run. After not allowing a run (unearned or otherwise) in seven August appearances, the left-hander has allowed four runs in five September outings.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Snags win Friday
Minter (2-4) allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning to earn the win Friday versus San Francisco.
Minter was the beneficiary of Atlanta's four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, as it put the team ahead for the first time in the contest. Since he was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 10, the southpaw has logged 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out 11. He's lowered his overall ERA to 4.05 with a 1.33 WHIP and 48:17 K:BB in 40 innings, and he's also picked up 21 holds in 48 outings.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Back in big leagues
Minter was recalled by Atlanta on Tuesday.
Minter cruised to a 0.83 ERA last season but recorded a 4.86 ERA in 33.1 innings this year before being sent down in mid-July. He's clearly too good for the Triple-A level, however, as he didn't allow a single hit in 7.1 scoreless innings of work before earning his trip back to the big leagues. He should fill a mid-leverage role for now. Shane Greene was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Optioned to Triple-A
Minter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Minter was charged with the loss and the blown save against the Rays on Sunday after he allowed two runs on two hits and no walks in a third of an inning. He's now given up three runs in one inning across his two appearances after the All-Star break, and he'll attempt to sort things out in the minors going forward.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Handed third loss
Minter (1-3) took the loss Tuesday, giving up one run on two hits over an inning of relief. He struck out two as Atlanta was downed by the Mets.
The lefty has had an erratic June, posting a 5.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 9.1 innings despite a strong 9:1 K:BB, but he does have five holds in 12 appearances. Minter remains a key part of Atlanta's setup crew in front of closer Will Smith, but his overall numbers have taken a massive step backwards from 2020.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Stuck with loss Wednesday
Minter (1-2) took the loss Wednesday as Atlanta fell 5-3 to the Nationals, giving up one run on one hit over one inning.
The left-hander made only one real mistake while working the eighth inning in a 3-3 tie, but Yan Gomes put it over the fence. Minter has been struggling lately, coughing up eight runs (five earned) over his last seven appearances and 4.2 innings, and on the season he sports a 4.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 23:10 K:BB with 11 holds through 20.2 frames.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Suffers loss Tuesday
Minter (1-1) was charged with the loss and a blown save Tuesday against the Blue Jays after allowing three runs on three hits while failing to get an out.
Minter came in to begin the eighth preserving a one-run lead but could not get the job done. He allowed the first three batters to reach base before Vladimir Guerrero notched an RBI single off him to tie the game. He was taken out in favor of Jacob Webb who allowed two more runs to score, both of which were charged to Minter. Tuesday was the first time Minter had allowed a run since April 15, as he's been fairly reliable outside of Tuesday's hiccup. His ERA now stands at 4.50 and his WHIP shot up to 1.19, but his role as Atlanta's setup man should still be safe for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Strong start to campaign
Minter has a 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB through five innings while recording a hold and a blown save to begin the season.
The left-hander has seen heavy usage so far, appearing in five of Atlanta's first nine games, and other than a stumble against the Nats, Minter has looked sharp in a high-leverage role. Will Smith has a fairly firm hold on the closer job, but if he were out of the saves picture, Minter would be one of the top candidates to step in.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Set for larger role
Minter is expected to handle a high-leverage role this season, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The southpaw bounced back from a brutal 2019 to post a 0.83 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 27.2 percent strikeout rate across 21.2 innings last year as he got his career back on track. Fellow lefty Will Smith is the likely closer for Atlanta, and Chris Martin is the top right-handed option in the team's late-inning mix, but Minter should still find himself working in plenty of high-leverage spots if he can at least maintain the improvements he showed with his control and command. He recorded a career-high 12 holds in 2018, but Minter could blow past that figure in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: No arbitration necessary
Minter and the Braves agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Minter didn't add to his 20 career saves last season but still had quite a strong campaign. He allowed just two earned runs in 21.2 innings, good for a 0.83 ERA, while his 28.2 percent strikeout rate was his best mark since his 15-inning debut back in 2017.... See More ... See Less
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