Mike Minor Quotes: 4.19.14
Following Mike Minor’s rehab start on Saturday night with the Gwinnett, Grant McCauley (790 the Zone) and David Friedlander (Gwinnett Daily Post) caught up with the left-hander. In his four rehab appearance, Minor went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs.
D.F: After that rough first inning you have to be pretty pleased with how you bounced back?
“Yeah. It was a tough first inning but other than I started working in some breaking pitches and changeups. I feel like I got them off balance a little bit.”
G.M: As you gone through this process is there a way you have integrated each of your pitches as you gone along or is it more about building arm strength and getting yourself ready.?
“I think it’s a little bit of both. I think the main thing is going out there and being healthy and getting the pitch count up. Then in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth innings try to work in some breaking pitches. Obviously early on, I tried to get the fastball established on both sides of the plate and then try and throw some breaking balls in there for strikes. “
D. F: What do you feel like you corrected from the first inning to the second?
“It really wasn’t anything. It was kind of the same thing. I left some pitches over the plate and they were aggressive. I left some balls over the middle of the plate and they took some good cuts. They were aggressive and hit the ball hard.”
G.M: Pitch count is up to 80, do you feel like you’re ready to go make that start in five days?
“Yeah, I think so. I could have thrown up to 90 this time. I think last time I threw 69 pitches or so. This time it was 80, I didn’t look at my velo(city) but I think it was alright. I’m glad I came out healthy and feel pretty good.”
G.M: Obviously, you have kept tabs on what the big club is doing. Their starting rotation is doing pretty well. How excited are you to get back up there and contribute.
“Those guys have been doing a heck of a job and I don’t want to let them down coming in there. I think we have the league-leading ERA right now, and hopefully I won’t skyrocket that, but I think I will be alright.”