2019 “First Pitch” – UTR Organizational All-Star Rosters Announced

It’s time to throw out the first pitch of the 2019 season at UTRMinors.com.

As with other spring minor league baseball publications, we always compile our list of the UTR Organizational All-Star rosters, based on our performance-based criteria used throughout the 2018 season.

On February 26th, we will begin our Under The Radar Organizational All-Star series with the American League East, starting with the Baltimore Orioles. Each day we will post another team, which will take us right up to the start of the Major League baseball season.

So, if you’re looking to stash an up-and-coming minor league player during your fantasy draft, make note of which “hot” player might be playing a MiLB park near you in 2019, or just track your favorite team’s farm system, the posting schedule will be as follows:

Baltimore – February 26
Boston – February 27
NY Yankees – February 28
Tampa Bay – March 1
Toronto – March 2

Chicago White Sox – March 3
Cleveland – March 4
Detroit – March 5
Kansas City – March 6
Minnesota – March 7

Houston – March 8
Los Angeles Angels – March 9
Oakland – March 10
Seattle – March 11
Texas – March 12

Atlanta – March 13
Miami – March 14
NY Mets – March 15
Philadelphia – March 16
Washington – March 17

Chicago Cubs – March 18
Cincinnati – March 19
Milwaukee – March 20
Pittsburgh – March 21
St Louis – March 22

Arizona – March 23
Colorado – March 24
Los Angeles Dodgers- March 25
San Diego – March 26
San Francisco – March 27

MLB Baseball begins with a series on March 20-21 with Seattle taking on Oakland in Tokyo Japan

MLB Season (All 30 teams play) – March 28

Minor League Season begins on April 5th

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August 8, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

It seems the UTR tracking season goes by faster each year. After 18 weeks, today marks the final UTR Pitcher Performance posting for the 2018 season. We will immediately begin working on our post-season lists to get you ready for the 2019 season. If your fantasy team is making a playoff run…..we wish you good luck. 
 
 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Alan Rangel (LoA Rome – Atlanta) 20 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 4.44 ERA, Win 4-6
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Harold Cortijo (NY-Penn League Staten Island – New York Yankees) 20 years old
6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 2.27 ERA, Loss 3-1
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 8, 2018

Just as we do near the end of every minor league season, we are announcing that today’s August 8 Daily will be our final post of the regular season. As Jim works toward completing his post from yesterday’s games, we are also working on a possible reformatting of our off-season Organizational All-Star series. Brainstorming is at peak, still in progress and we have yet to decide whether to go fully in one direction or the other when it comes to posting either full team reports or to remain parallel to our daily posts and lean toward all-stars in the “per-league” sense. Either way, our off-season will be geared toward giving readers THE best names we can, as always. As 2017 was a down year for UTR hitters, this season more than made up for it. A considerable amount of hitter‘s production far exceeded their post draft hype. In essence, those are the core elements that truly define what an under-the-radar prospect is.

As soon as we complete our off-season posting schedule, we will inform readers with specific dates, so be prepared to mark your calendars.

We hope you enjoyed each daily post and we can only wish that our off-season work will bring equal amount of success. Stay tuned and thank you.

– National League – Top Hitter of the Day – 

  • Braxton Davidson, 1B – HiA Florida FireFrogs (ATL) – Florida State League2-3, 2 HR (17,18), 3R, 4RBi, 2BB

– American League – Top Hitter of the Day – 

  • Brandon Howlett, 3B – GCL Red Sox (BOS) – Gulf Coast League2-4, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, K 

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August 7, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Daniel Castano (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 23 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.05 ERA, Win 4-2
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Joe Palumbo (HiA Down East – Texas) 23 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 3.32 ERA
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 7, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day – 

  • Malcom Nunez, 3B – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League
    • 3-5, 2 HR (5,6), 2B, 2R, 8RBi, K 
    • The 17-year-old Havana, Cuba native is riding a 20 game hit streak and has gone hitless in only two games this season (July 5 vs. DSL Twins & July 12 vs. DSL Nationals). Pound-for-pound, there currently is not a more productive prospect in the Dominican Summer League. The presently unranked Cardinals prospect leads the league in OPS (1.283), batting (.438) and on-base percentage (.512) in only 28 games. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day – 

  • Nathan Eaton, 3B/RF – Pioneer League All-Stars
    • 5-5, 3B, 2B, 4R, 2RBi
    • If it wasn’t for Rockies prospect Coco Montes (who you’ll see below) and his two home runs in last night’s Pioneer League/Northwest League All-Star game, there’s no doubt that Eaton’s five hit night would have garnered MVP honors. We love first’s here at UTRMinors and since the inception of the site, this is the first time a hitter has earned THOD honors after playing in an all-star game. The most exciting thing about Eaton and Montes is that both are firmly entrenched within under-the-radar talk. Eaton entered the Kansas City organization as a 21st rounder, while Montes joined the Colorado system in the 15th round, both in 2018 and both lead the Pioneer League in several stat categories: Montes leads the league with 68 hits,  108 total bases and batting (.382), while Eaton paces the league with 8 triples, and ranks within the top five in walks (26), stolen bases (12), OBP (.436), batting (.340) and OPS (1.007). 

National League: 

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August 6, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Yovanny Cruz (AZL Cubs – Chicago) 18 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 3.34 ERA, Win 3-2
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Deivi Garcia (HiA Tampa – New York Yankees) 19 years old
7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K,0.77 ERA
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 6, 2018

*The South Atlantic (Sally), New York-Penn (NYPL) and Northwest League’s had a scheduled day off yesterday*

National League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Jesus Valdez, 3B – DSL Dodgers Guerrero (LAD) – Dominican Summer League
    • 4-5, 2 HR (5,6), 3R, 5RBi, SB (14) 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Royce Lewis, SS – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League
    • 4-6, 2 HR (2,3/12), 3R, 5RBi, K 

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