July 26, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • David Fry, 3B – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-4, 2 HR (13,14), 2R, 3RBi, BB – – Despite only one year under his professional belt heading into 2019, you could say that the Brewers 2018 seventh rounder out of Northwestern State (LA) is having a breakout season. His two home run blasts in last night’s 10-5 win over Cedar Rapids (MIN) helped him eclipse his home run total from all of 2018, where he hit 12 for Rookie Helena of the Pioneer League. And in spite of knocking only four doubles over his last 15 games (59 at-bats) the 6’0″- 215 pound righty heads into Saturday’s games with a minor league leading 35. Not bad for a guy who’s a utility dynamo, spending time at every single defensive position on the diamond this year besides pitcher. 

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July 25, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Logan O’Hoppe, DH – Williamsport Crosscutters – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-3, HR (5), 2R, 3RBi, SB (2) – – Sometimes a player’s statistical year entices you to go back and read former posts. Check in on the analysis to see if said player is on pace with what was “predicted” so to speak. This leads me to O’Hoppe. Now, I won’t drag you through another bio of the kid. I’ll just place right here what I wrote about him in our 2018 UTR OAS feature. With that said, let’s just state that the 6’2″- 185 lb. righty bat is on a real soild track and better yet, has improved his stock through this season as well as into the 2019 off season. Pound-for-pound, offensively, he’s the top catcher in the New York-Penn League, and as a twenty-third rounder with a defense-first player, he’s displaying the potential to play up his on-paper offensive profile. Keep a close eye on him. 

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July 24, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • CJ Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 2-5, HR (3), 3B, 2R, 3RBi – – There isn’t a thing this kid cannot do. He hits for average (.424), has some home run poke and steals bases (13). The only knock on his game thus far is the ten errors he’s committed at short, but much like a power hitter who strikes out a ton, you take the bad if it means the good is going to be this damn good. I know I always say this, but I’ll continue saying it. If your league allows you to add minors and Abrams is available, for the love of all things baseball holy, pick this kid up immediately. 

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Early End

Jim and I wanted to reach out to inform readers of our unfortunate decision to conclude our daily feature earlier than usual.

Several factors were at play here: Jim’s newly modified work schedule and his travel schedule yanked him early from the rotation. He’s been prepping for multiple trips throughout the Midwest, and when your work schedule adds an extra day to an already busy work week, makes it kind of tough to fully dedicate time to the craft we’ve created here at the site.

As far as myself, the hitter side of things? I’m beginning to prepare for possibly my final collegiate semester. I’m a preparation fanatic and with this being my final fall on campus, I have prep work to do. A lot of it. However that’s not all.

Last off season, Jim and I put together our off season UTR Organizational All-Star feature in record time. Did we pump out a good product? Personally, I feel it was the best off season work we’ve published to date. And our goal is to continue that momentum.

Therefore, my goal after our “Hitters of the Day” and “Top Pitcher Performance” features conclude this coming Saturday, I’ll be crafting our off season spreadsheets to ensure that we not only give you equal off season content, but a little extra as well. And to do that, to continue to improve, it takes time when it’s just a two man show.

So, Jim and I would like to thank every single reader from every single country who took time to visit us during the regular season, and who bought into our unique brand of prospect reporting. We fully believe in it and if you didn’t believe in us, we would have zero reason to do what we love to do.

Thank you from the bottom, and if you have any questions or comments, reach out. You can find us on Twitter. We welcome any and all comments or questions, and we’ll do the utmost best to help you.

In the coming months look for our off season OAS schedule to be announced.

From the bottom,

Marc and Jim.

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July 23, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Nic Ready, 1B – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins – – 3-5, 2 HR (3,4), 2B, 2R, 6RBi – – The 6’3″- 220 lb. Air Force Academy draftee this last June logged his first two-homer game as a pro and also set a short career high in RBi in Batavia’s 8-3 victory over West Virginia. The twenty-third rounder’s three home runs in his last two days also helped him overtake the New York-Penn League lead in total bases (73) over Vermont’s Jordan Diaz (71) who went 1-3 with a walk in Vermont’s 12-2 loss to Hudson Valley. 

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July 22, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • CJ Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, 2R, RBi, BB, K – (Game 2) – – When an organization makes a player their number one overall draft pick, with that distinction comes a lot of expectations. However, I don’t think the Padres expected what the 18 year old lefty out of Blessed Trinity HS (GA) was going to do over his first 25 games. The Padres 1 game versus the Rangers on July 8 is the only game this season that Abrams has not registered a hit. In other words, Abrams has collected a hit in 24 out of his first 25 games to start his career; and even more impressive is that he’s collected only one hit in eight of those 24 contests. The 6’2″- 185 pound shortstop heads into Tuesday leading the AZL in hits (48) and runs scored (35) and total bases (75); while ranking second in batting (.425) and steals (13). 

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July 21, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 3-5, HR (13), 2B, 2R, 7RBi – 
      • – The Pirates number six overall prospect vaulted his way into the Florida State League lead in total bases (153) over Minnesota’s Trevor Larnach (who made his Double-A debut yesterday) after logging a career high in RBi yesterday, highlighted by a sixth inning grand slam in Bradenton’s 13-2 win over Tampa (NYY). Mitchell’s bases full homer was his second grand slam in the last four days, as the 6’0″- 205 lb. lefty out of Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) (2017- Rd. 2) blasted a bases loaded, extra-inning walk-off against Clearwater on July 17.

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