These 10 pitchers have potential no-hit stuff but need an additional great season to be established as pitching stars in the majors.
10. SP Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
Minor has to compete for the final starting spot in the deep Atlanta rotation that already consists of Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens. Minor is a fine young pitcher that came up and pitched the second half of the season after starter Kris Medlen went down with Tommy John surgery. The first-round pick from Vanderbilt finished with a 3-2 record and 5.98 ERA in eight starts.
Minor’s ERA was high for any comfort level. However, that ERA was only produced in 40.2 innings pitched. Look for Minor to win the final spot in the Braves rotation and have a successful 2011 season. There will be ups and downs with any 22-year-old southpaw entering his first full season, but a young lefty with great upside has to be considered for a late round draft pick in all leagues.