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Position: P Height: 6-4; Weight: 205 Bat/Throw: R/L Hometown: Nashville, Tenn. Experience: Third season
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2011 in review: Minor shuffled between Triple-A Gwinnett and the Braves, going 5-3 with a 4.14 ERA in the majors, including a three-game winning streak in August, when he sandwiched two victories over the Cubs around one against the Giants. He was 4-5 with a 3.13 ERA at Gwinnett.
Career highlight: Minor gave up two earned runs in six innings to defeat the Nationals and earn his first big-league victory in his second career start on Aug. 17, 2010.
Outlook: Minor is having the best spring of any of the Braves’ starters, so it seems he will be a lock to start the season in the rotation, at least until Tim Hudson returns at the first of May. Minor didn’t give up a run in his first two spring starts and would be the only left-hander in the rotation.
You should know: He set the Atlanta rookie record with 12 strikeouts against the Cubs on Aug. 22, 2010, breaking Tommy Hanson’s year-old mark of 11.