Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 17, 2017

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Monte Harrison, RF – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 3-6, HR (9/20), R, RBi, SB (20,21) 

As you know, I’d normally place the top daily performer in this spot. However, since this is the final daily post of the UTR HOD regular season, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to turn the spotlight toward another (lesser publicized) breakout performer of 2017. The 6’3″- 220 lb. Harrison is one of only five players in all the minors this season to hit at least 20 home runs and steal 20 bases. The 2014 – 2nd rounder out of Lee’s Summit West HS (MO) began the year with LoA Wisconsin and in 63 games clubbed 11 home runs and stole 11 bases. The 21-year-old earned a promotion to HiA Carolina League in late June and despite producing semi-consistent numbers, he actually saw an uptick in production. Harrison’s 20/20 feat this season sits amongst the 2017 “Who’s who” of prospects: Atlanta outfield phenom Ronald Acuna (20/37), Philadelphia second baseman Scott Kingery (24/27), San Diego teenager Fernando Tatis Jr. (21/28), and Houston top prospect Kyle Tucker (20/20). Harrison is finally having a true breakout season and is a must-add in deep, minor league fantasy leagues. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Lamar Sparks, CF – GCL Orioles (BAL) – GCL/South 
    • 5-6, 3B, 2B, 3R, 4RBi, 2 SB (7,8) 

National League:

  • Yeral Encarnacion, RF – GCL Marlins (MIA) – GCL/East 
    • 3-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Mark Vientos, SS – GCL Mets (NYM) – GCL/East 
    • 4-5, HR (3), 2R, RBi
  • Kenneth Bautista, LF – GCL Mets (NYM) – GCL/East 
    • 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 4RBi 
  • Yahir Gurrola, RF – SS Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI) – New York-Penn League/Pinckney
    • 2-5, HR (1/1), 2B, R, 4RBi, K 
  • Chance Shepard, DH – SS Auburn Doubledays (WAS) – New York-Penn League/Pinckney
    • 2-2, 3B, 2B, R, RBi, 3BB 
  • Wendell Rijo, 2B – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League/Southern
    • 2-5, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi
  • Lucas Tancas, 1B – SS West Virginia Black Bears (PIT) – New York-Penn League/Pinckney
    • 3-3, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Jose Martinez, SS – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League/South
    • 4-6, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, 2K
  • Chris Chinea, 1B – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League/South
    • 3-7, HR (6), 2R, 3RBi, 3K 
  • Jose Godoy, C – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League/South
    • 3-7, HR (3), 2R, 4RBi, K 
  • Casey Golden, RF – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 2-3, 2 HR (11.12), 2R, 5RBi, BB 
  • Kennard McDowell, SS – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 4-4, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • DJ Peters, CF – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League/South 
    • 2-4, HR (24), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Keibert Ruiz, C – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League/South 
    • 3-4, HR (6/8), 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Jacob Amaya, SS – AZL Dodgers (LAD) – AZL/Central
    • 2-4, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, SB (3) 
  • Esteury Ruiz, 2B – AZL Padres (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 3-4, 2B, 3R, RBi, 2 SB ( 18,19) 
  • Mason House, RF – AZL Padres2 (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 4-6, 2 3B, 4R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Eguy Rosario, DH – AZL Padres2 (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 4-5, 2B, 3R, 4RBi
  • Olivier Basabe, 2B – AZL Padres2 (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 3-6, 2 2B, 3R, 5RBi, K 
  • Justin Paulsen, 1B – AZL Padres2 (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 4-6, HR (2), 2B, R, 4RBi, K 
  • Kevin Rivera, SS/2B – SS Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SF) – Northwest League/South 
    • 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Mikey Edie LF – AZL Giants (SF) – AZL/East 
    • 5-6, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, SB (5/7) 
  • Nick Hill, RF – AZL Giants (SF) – AZL/East
    • 2-4, 2 2B, R, 3RBi, 2BB, K 

American League:

  • Dermis Garcia, 3B – LoA Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 2-4, HR (4/13), 2B, R, 3RBi 
  • Miguel Flames, 1B/3B – GCL Yankees West (NYY) – GCL/Northwest 
    • 3-4, 3B, R, 3RBi, BB 
  • Joel Booker, CF – HiA Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 2-4, HR (2/5), 2R, 2RBi, SB (9/23) 
  • Logan Taylor, CF – Rookie Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) – Pioneer League/North 
    • 4-6, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Justin Yurchak, 1B – Rookie Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) – Pioneer League/North
    • 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Max Dutto, SS – Rookie Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) – Pioneer League/North
    • 1-4, HR (4/6), 3R, 4RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Henry Pujols, 3B – AZL Indians (CLE) – AZL/Central 
    • 4-5, HR (7), 2 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Jonathan Rodriguez, RF – AZL Indians (CLE) – AZL/Central 
    • 3-4, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Angelo Castellano, SS – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 3-4, HR (8), 2R, 4RBi 
  • Darrell Miller, DH – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 4-5, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi
  • Julio Gonzalez, 3B – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 4-5, 3B, 2B, R, 6RBi 
  • Tyler James, 2B – AZL Royals (KC) – AZL/West 
    • 2-2, 2B, 3R, RBi, 2BB, 2 SB (23, 24) 
  • Aaron Whitefield, CF – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League/Western 
    • 3-5, 2 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K, SB (30) 
  • Wander Javier, SS – Rookie Elizabethton Twins (MIN) – Appy League/West 
    • 2-5, HR (2), 2R, 4RBi, 2K 
  • Yordan Alvarez, 1B – HiA Buies Creek Astros (HOU) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 2-3, HR (2/11), 2R, 3RBi 
  • Brody Westmoreland, 3B – Rookie Greeneville Astros (HOU) – Appy League/West
    • 2-3, HR (6), 2R, 3RBi, BB

**All but two games on Thursday’s Dominican Summer League schedule were either suspended or postponed due to inclement weather. There were no daily qualifiers**

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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 16, 2017

**The Appalachian League had a scheduled day off Wednesday**

National League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Tirso Ornelas, CF – AZL Padres2 (SD) – AZL/West 
    • 4-4, 2 HR (1,2), 3B, 3R, 3RBi 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Matt Morales, 2B – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 5-5, 2R, 5RBi, BB, SB (4) 

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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 15, 2017

**The New York-Penn League had their annual All-Star game last night**

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Brian Miller, LF – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League/Northern 
    • 4-4, 4 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Collin Woody, 3B – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League/Northern 
    • 4-5, 3 HR (6,7,8), 3B, 3R, 5RBi 

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Players of the Day coming to a Close

It’s that time of year folks. Jim and I will wind down our daily posts and begin shifting our focus on the preparation for the off-season Organizational All-Star series.

If you’ve been following our posts from early spring all the way through, you would’ve noticed that Jim’s posts have been missing lately. That’s not on purpose. He’s been burning the candles at both ends: a turbulent work schedule, near constant travel and family events that require him to be front and center. It’s incredible to think that Jim has posted anything within the last month. It’s been a struggle, but he’s persevered.

Jim plans to tie up some loose ends on a few delayed posts. Once those are published, those will conclude the daily Pitcher Performance posts. I will continue to post through this week. I’ll cover Thursday, August 17th games and post my final UTR Hitters of the Day on Friday, August 18th. The family and I plan to take some time away before school officially starts in less than a week.

Thus begins UTRMinors off-season prep work. This is where the fun begins.
We want to thank everyone for another successful season. We’ve grown even more and are grateful for every single comment, link click and site view.

We’ll see you back in October and when we devise our Organizational All-Star schedule, we will post it here on the site.

Deep appreciation,

Marc and Jim

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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 14, 2017

**The South Atlantic had a scheduled day off Monday, while the New York-Penn League is preparing for their annual All-Star game tonight**

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • K.J. Harrison, C – Rookie Helena Brewers (MIL) – Pioneer League/North 
    • 3-5, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 3RBi 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Darrell Miller, C – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South
    • 4-5, HR (3), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2BB

National League:

  • Anfernee Seymour, RF – HiA Florida FireFrogs (ATL) – Florida State League/North 
    • 4-5, 2 3B, R, RBi
  • Drew Waters, CF – Rookie Danville Braves (ATL) – Appy League/East 
    • 2-5, HR (1/3), R, 4RBi, K, SB (3/5) 
  • Wilson Garcia, 1B – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League/North 
    • 4-4, HR (12), 2R, 2RBi 
  • Jamori Blash, 1B – GCL Nationals (WAS) – GCL/East 
    • 3-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB 
  • James Vasquez, 1B – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League/North 
    • 2-3, 2 HR (2,3/8), 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Miles Gordon, RF – Rookie Billings Mustangs (CIN) – Pioneer League/North 
    • 4-7, 3B, 2 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB 
  • Jeter Downs, SS – Rookie Billings Mustangs (CIN) – Pioneer League/North 
    • 3-6, HR (3), 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Miguel Hernandez, SS – AZL Reds (CIN) – AZL/Central
    • 2-5, HR (1/2), 3B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Stephen Alemais, SS – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League/South 
    • 4-4, 2B, 2R, 5RBi
  • Rodolfo Castro, SS – GCL Pirates (PIT) – GCL/Northwest 
    • 3-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi 
  • Bret Boswell, 2B – SS Boise Hawks (COL) – Northwest League/South 
    • 4-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi 
  • Brock Carpenter, 1B – Rookie Ogden Raptors (LAD) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 2-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi, K, SB (4) 
  • Shakir Albert, RF – AZL Dodgers (LAD) – AZL/Central
    • 3-5, HR (1/1), 3B, 3R, 2RBi 
  • G.K. Young, 1B – LoA Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) – Midwest League/Eastern
    • 2-5, HR (10), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K 
  • Juan Fernandez, C – AZL Padres (SD) – AZL/West
    • 1-4, HR (1/2), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Aaron Bond, LF – AZL Giants (SF) – AZL/East 
    • 1-4, HR (5), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, 2K 

American League:

  • Armando Araiza, C – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League/Northern 
    • 3-5, 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K 
  • Chris Gittens, DH – HiA Tampa Yankees (NYY) – Florida State League/North 
    • 1-2, HR (10), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB 
  • Michael Brosseau, DH – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League/South 
    • 4-5, 2 2B, R, 3RBi, BB 
  • Jake Stone, CF – GCL Rays (TB) – GCL/South 
    • 3-4, 3B, 2B, 4R, RBi, 2BB
  • Connor Panas, 1B – HiA Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR) – Florida State League/North 
    • 2-4, HR (14), R, 4RBi 
  • Robby Rinn, 1B – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 2-5, HR (5), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB 
  • Brewer Hicklen, DH – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 3-7, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Tyler Straub, 3B – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 2-7, 3B, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2K 
  • Matt Albanese, RF – Rookie Twins (MIN) – Appy League/West 
    • 2-3, HR (3), 2R, RBi, 2BB
  • Tyler Benson, LF – SS Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) – New York-Penn League/Stedler
    • 2-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (8) 
  • Angel Molina, 1B – Rookie Orem Owls (LAA) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 2-3, HR (2/2), 2B, R, 3RBi 
  • Mike Martin, CF – LoA Beloit Snappers (OAK) – Midwest League/Western 
    • 3-5, HR (1/1), 2B, 3R, RBi

Dominican Summer League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Alexander Santana, LF – DSL Yankees (NYY) – DSL/South 
    • 3-4, HR (4), 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Rafael Valdez, 3B – DSL Mets1 (NYM) – DSL/South 
    • 4-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi 
  • Luis Diaz, 3B – DSL Cubs1 (CHC) – DSL/North 
    • 2-4, HR (6), R, 3RBi, K, SB (18) 
  • Aaron Familia, 3B – DSL Brewers (MIL) – DSL/San Pedro 
    • 1-1, HR (5), 2R, 2RBi, 3BB
  • Luis Gonzalez, 3B – DSL D-backs2 (ARI) – DSL/San Pedro
    • 3-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB 
  • Edwin Mateo, CF – DSL Dodgers1 (LAD) – DSL/Northwest 
    • 3-4, 3B, R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Alexander Canario, RF – DSL Giants (SF) – DSL/East 
    • 3-5, 3B, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K 
  • Ruben Santana, 2B – DSL Twins (MIN) – DSL/South 
    • 4-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 13, 2017

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Fernando Perez, 1B – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League/South 
    • 2-5, 2 HR (6,7/10), 2R, 7RBi, K 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Zach Rutherford, SS – Rookie Princeton Rays (TB) – Appy League/East 
    • 2-5, 2 HR (5,6), 2R, 4RBi 

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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 12, 2017

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Bret Boswell, 2B – SS Boise Hawks (COL) – Northwest League/South 
    • 3-6, 2 HR (8,9), 3B, 3R, 2RBi, K 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Eloy Jimenez, RF – HiA Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 3-5, 2 HR (7,8/16), 2R, 3RBi, K 

National League:

  • Yeral Encarnacion, RF – GCL Marlins (MIA) – GCL/East 
    • 4-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 2RBi 
  • Julio Rodriguez, C/1B – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League/West 
    • 3-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, BB 
  • Ramon Hernandez, 1B – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League/Western 
    • 2-4, HR (9), R, 5RBi, BB 
  • Joey Rose, 3B – Rookie Missoula Osprey (ARI) – Pioneer League/North 
    • 3-4, HR (8), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Willie Abreu, RF – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 3-5, HR (12), 2B, R, 3RBi, K, SB (35) 
  • Luis Castro, 1B – SS Boise Hawks (COL) – Northwest League/South 
    • 3-5, HR (1/1), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, SB (1/3) 
  • Rylan Bannon, 3B – Rookie Ogden Raptors (LAD) – Pioneer League/South 
    • 4-6, HR (4), 3R, 2RBi, K, 2SB (3,4) 
  • Jefrey Souffront, 3B – AZL Dodgers (LAD) – AZL/Central 
    • 2-3, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Fernando Tatis Jr., LoA Fort Wayne (SD) – Midwest League/Eastern 
    • 1-3, HR (21), 2R, 2RBi, BB, 2K
  • Gilberto Vizcarra, C – DSL Padres (SD) – DSL/Baseball City 
    • 2-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Sandro Fabian, RF – LoA Augusta Greenjackets (SF) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 2-4, HR (9), 2B, R, 3RBi

American League:

  • Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B – LoA Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 2-4, HR (4/4), 2R, 3RBi 
  • Bryant Flete, 2B – HiA Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 2-2, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Jhoandro Alfaro, C – AZL White Sox (CWS) – AZL/Central
    • 3-3, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB 
  • Andrew Calica, LF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League/Northern 
    • 4-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (10)
  • Josh Lester, 3B – HiA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League/North 
    • 3-5, HR (3/12), 2R, 4RBi
  • Brent Rooker, 1B – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League/South 
    • 1-2, HR (6/13), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Miguel Mercedes, 1B – LoA Beloit Snappers (OAK) – Midwest League/Western 
    • 2-3, HR (16), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB
  • Greifer Andrade, LF – SS Everett AquaSox (SEA) – Northwest League/North 
    • 4-6, 3 2B, R, 4RBi, K 

 

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