Based on his career statistics in the Astros organization, Minnis’ promotion is a questionable move. With a career 4.09 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP, it is not like Minnis has improved much so far in 2016.
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In Corpus Christi this season, he gave up nine earned runs on 16 hit in 18 innings pitched. He also struck out 10 and walked five.
However, if you look closer, he has become less and less hittable as his career continues. Drafted in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Wichita State, the left-handed reliever has decreased his hits given up and walks given up each season. Also, his average against has decreased to .250 this season.
In his first game in Fresno after being called up on August 3rd, Minnis blew a save and gave up a home run in his two innings of work. He also struck out two and walked two.
Like Cotton, Minnis will be looked at especially because he is a left-handed bullpen piece. The combination of these two lefties may be in the future of the major league bullpen.
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