Mike Minor is another pitcher that might not move the needle of contention for the Angels, but as a fourth start in the rotation, that’s an excellent addition. If the Angels could somehow maneuver themselves into a six-man rotation that is headed by Shohei Ohtani, Dylan Bundy, Marcus Stroman, and Mike Minor, they are in good shape. Toss in Andrew Heaney and you have yourself an above-average rotation.
Minor struck out 200 batters in 2019, but the peripherals were not favorable for him, suggesting he got lucky to do as well as he did. Minor saw a tremendous downturn from his 2019 production, posting a 5.56 ERA this past season. Minor surrendered a 14th percentile barrel percentage and a 28th percentile hard hit rate. Those numbers need to be vastly improved upon if Minor wants to last in an MLB rotation. However, it is not difficult to get innings with the Angels rotation considering the lack of solid depth and the six-man rotation being instituted.
Mike Minor holds a career 3.98 ERA which is more than passable, especially as a 4-starter. MLBTR has projected Minor to receive a small one year, $6 million deal from the Halos. If the Angels could roll the dice on Minor returning to 2019 form for that small of a dollar figure, they should absolutely do it.
While there is a chance the Angels do sign one of these four men, there is a good chance they sign none of them and go in an entirely different direction. Only time will tell.