June 17, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP David Parkinson (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 22 years old
7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER,  0 BB, 11 K, 1.07 ERA, Win 6-1
  • Four wins out of his last six starts and five straight outings without allowing an earned run. This coming from a 2017 12th draft pick in his first full season. The 6’2″ 210 lb left-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters yesterday and at least seven out of those starts. In his last five, Parkinson has racked up 44 K’s, with only 3 walks, in 32 innings. Opponents are only batting for a .196 average and Parkinson’s ERA is tops amongst all qualifying LoA pitchers.
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Resly Linares (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 20 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5.09 ERA, Win 1-1
  • The left-handed Linares was on my 2016 International Watch after the 2015 season after a solid stint in the DSL. He came over to the States in 2016 to debut with the Princeton Rays of the Appy League and put-up OK numbers in limited action. His 8 strikeouts last night ties his career mark from that 2015 DSL season.
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 17, 2018

*The Dominican Summer League has every Sunday off* 

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jamori Blash, 1B – SS Auburn Doubledays (WAS) – New York-Penn League
    • 3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
    • The 22-year-old, 2017 – 23rd rounder out of Cochise Junior College (AZ) is the younger brother of former Mariner, Padre and current Angel Jabari Blash.  

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jarren Duran, 2B – SS Lowell Spinners (BOS) – New York-Penn League
    • 3-5, 2 3B, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2K 
    • When the Red Sox drafted the Long Beach State second baseman in the 7th round of the recent 2018 MLB Draft, the organization announced Duran as a center fielder instead. Although he was a three-year starter for the Dirtbags at second, posting a career .973 fielding percentage in 169 collegiate games, Duran’s standout tool is his 70-grade speed. So, the organization wants to take advantage of it and his bat won’t suffer as a centerfielder, as he batted a career .295 with two home runs and 49 stolen bases. In Lowell’s first game, Duran started at second, but expect a shift to the outfield. 

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(Rewind) June 9, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

I just returned from a short vacation where I was unable to provide content from June 9th to June 13th. So to provide continuity to my tracking process, including for my year-end review, I will rewind those days top performances and post them over the next few days. Also, I will update the Two-Start Treasure feature for those starts missed from June 5th to June 11th.
 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP David Peterson (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 22 years old
8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1.82 ERA
  • Peterson was the Mets top pick in the 2017 draft coming out of the University of Oregon. This outing marked a career-high in strikeouts. The 6’6″ 240 lb right-hander is getting his first stint at full season after only making three one inning starts at short-season Brooklyn in 2017. Peterson was one of the UTRMinors.com Top Prospect National League Pitchers for May 2018.
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Zach Logue (HiA Dunedin – Toronto) 22 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.00 ERA, Win 2-0
  • The lefty Logue is handling his promotion to Dunedin, thus far. He was a 9th round pick in 2017 and quickly has found his way into the advanced levels, with only 12 appearances in the rookie leagues during his debut season.

 

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June 16, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Alec Bettinger (LoA Wisconsin – Milwaukee) 22 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER,  0 BB, 10 K, 3.00 ERA, Loss 0-1
  • 10th round pick in 2017 made a statement in his HiA debut by setting a career-high with 10 strikeouts. Bettinger made 12 appearances (11 starts) at LoA Wisconsin with 5-4 record, 4.02 ERA, and an almost 3:1 K:BB ratio. He did pickup a UTR Two Start Treasure mention from May 8th to 14th. 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Gabriel Valdez (HiA Buies Creek – Houston) 22 years old
7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.60 ERA, Win 3-3
  • The righty out of Panama had his longest outing of his career last evening, throwing seven scoreless innings and only allowing one hit. He made his U.S. debut in 2016 with the GCL Astros and asserted himself in his first full season by reaching Buies Creek to begin 2017.
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 16, 2018

First, on behalf of UTRMinors.com, Jim and I would like to wish all the father’s  –  and single mothers  –  a very Happy Father’s Day. 

Secondly, the Florida State League regular season was on hold due to their annual All-Star Game, where the North defeated the South by a score of 5-0. Check out the box scorehere.*

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Oneil Cruz, SS – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League4-5, 2 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi
    • When reading the scouting report on Cruz, who came to the Pirates in the trade that sent reliever Tony Watson to the Dodgers in July 2017, the 6’6″ long-limbed Dominican native brings sick power and a canon arm to the field every day. His knock was his strikeouts and that he didn’t hit much for average. Enter 2018. My 2018 Pirates“One to Watch” choice is currently hitting 49 points (.304) above his career average (255), has cut down his strikeouts (by nearly 7 percent), upped his walk rate and has more than doubled his isolated power (ISO) from last season upon joining the Pirates. Oneil sits among the Sally League leaders in hits (73), RBi (39), total bases (125) and OPS (.885). For Oneil to show this much improvemt as a 19-year-old in full-season ball? That’s a scary thought for league opponents, but pure excitement for Pirates fans, especially when he’s improved this much as a hitter knowing that he already brings two plus-tools to the table.

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Ronaldo Hernandez, C – LoA Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) – Midwest League3-4, 2 HR (9,10), 3R, 3RBi
    • In the much-talked-about N.L. only fantasy league that Jim and I compete in, there are generally enough top prospects to choose from when looking for that next great kid you’d love to stash on your roster. But then there are those specific American League kids that you drool over, wishing that they “just played for National League organization.” Hernandez is one of those prospects (for me). There isn’t a thing he can’t do on both sides of the ball. He’s among the Midwest League leaders in home runs, doubles and total bases; and by seasons’s end, could (or should be) one of baseball’s top overall catching prospects. If you’re in a league where he’s available, shame every other owner first, then pick him up. You will reap rewards. 

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June 15, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Adrian Morejon (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 19 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER,  1 BB, 12 K, 3.59 ERA, Win 4-4
  • The Cuban southpaw registered a career-high 12 strikeouts last night versus Lancaster (Rockies). The Padres #5 prospect is the youngest arm in all of HiA. So far, the 6’0″ 175 lb lefty has been handling the hitter friendly Cali League, keeping batters to a lean .242 average and producing a 55% groundball rate. In 11 starts, Morejon has a 3.59 ERA and 10.3 K/9 rate in 57.2 innings.
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Nolan Watson (LoA Lexington – Kansas City) 21 years old
9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 5.81 ERA, Win 4-6
  • The Royals first round pick in 2015 (Lawrence North HS – Indiana) has had a rough go in the South Atlantic League in 2018. Prior to his first ever complete game last night, Watson has given up 28 earned runs over his last 34.1 innings for a 7.34 ERA. The Royals aggressively assigned the 6’2″ 195 lb righty to the SAL during his sophomore season in 2016, where he also took his lumps in 24 starts (3-11 record with a 7.57 ERA). They tried again last season and the results were the same in posting 1-10 record with a 6.78 ERA in 15 appearances (13 starts). The staff tried to push the re-set button by sending Watson down to the rookie leagues for a month. The alarming factor would be that his peripherals also remained a steady pace, compared to 2016. His third foray with Lexington is somewhat better in 2018, though he is still proving to be hittable. But there is still plenty of time for Watson to develop, who remains 21 years-old throughout this season.
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 15, 2018

First things first, the Florida State League had a scheduled day off Friday. However, the bigger news is that Jim and I finally welcome the start of short season leagues to daily reporting. Last night, Short Season New York-Penn League (NYPL), the Northwest League (NWL) and Pioneer Leagues (PIO) kicked off their season(s) and this marks an exciting time of the season for sites like ours. Jim and I have declared since we began our UTR quest back in 2009 that the beginning of these leagues (as well as the Appalachian/APPY, Gulf Coast League/GCL and Arizona League/AZL) is the part of our season where true under-the-radar gems are (and can be) found. Today marks Day 71 of our in-season work, so readers should have a handle on kids we’ve promoted and/or highlighted thus far. The short season leagues will be full of fresh faces, high draft picks, mid-level kids and even late rounders who’ll be trying to prove that being a late round pick was a mistake. This is the beauty of what we do. Stick with us and we’re positive you’ll find a kid no one else is chirping about. After all, catcher Mike Piazza was drafted as a favor from Dodger’s manager Tommy Lasorda to Piazza’s father back in 1988. And I think the former 62nd round draft pick had an Ok career don’t you think? 

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Robbie Podorsky, LF – LoA Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) – Midwest League
    • 5-5, 3B, 3R, 2RBi, 2 SB (11,12) 
    • My hope was that a NYPL, NWL, or PIO hitter would capture the THOD distinction today, but we can’t have it all. We have to go where the numbers take us, and you simply can’t ignore that Podorksy, a 2017 – 25th round pick out of McNeese State,  recorded his first ever 5-hit game. But, the former Cowboy is no stranger to multi-hit games. He registered four hits June 2 vs. Great Lakes; and dating back to last season as a member of the Tri-City Dust Devils (NWL), the 5’7″ – 170 lb. righty rapped out six hits July 15 vs. the Boise Hawks. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Freddvil Chevez, 1B – DSL Rays2 (TB) – Dominican Summer League
    • Hit for cycle
    • 4-5, HR (1), 3B, 2B, R, 3RBi
    • It’s somewhat rare to see a hitter bat for the cycle, let alone reporting two in one week; against the same team. On June 13, DSL Dodgers Guerrero third baseman Jesus Valdez hit for cycle vs. the Cubs1, posting his own 4-for-5 performance.  This time, it’s the hulking 6’4″- 200 lb. 18-year-old Chevez, who hit for the cycle yesterday vs. the same DSL Cubs1 squad. He got the most difficult hit out of the way first with a two-out RBi triple in the bottom of the 1st inning. Chevez then lined an RBi double to left in the 3rd, then hit an infield single in the 5th; and capped off the cycle with a lead-off homer in the 7th. 

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