What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer? Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the Tribe's American League-record 22-game win streak. And he did so impressively with a four-seam fastball that touched 97 mph, and a cutter in the 89-90 range that appeared unhittable. Minor got the opportunity on Friday because Kelvin Herrera has lost his closer's job, and because right-hander Brandon Maurer and left-hander Scott Alexander were unavailable. Moving forward, Minor will get more opportunities to close out games, though manager Ned Yost isn't exactly ready to hand him the full-time job. "He'll get more chances because it's still closer-by-committee," Yost said. "But yes, he did a really good job. It was impressive." Minor still considers himself a potential starter, but admits he does covet a late-inning role. "Having a later inning role is more fun than not knowing when you're going to get in," Minor said. "I value starting over not knowing when you're going to pitch. But if there's an opportunity to be an eighth-inning guy or ninth-inning guy, that'd be great.
Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?
MLB.com | Sep 18