by Jim Brown
Today marks the final week of the UTR tracking period for pitchers. Its been an 18-week journey that will end with the best UTR performances next Sunday, which will post on Monday August 24th. I use this cut-off period, as each team begin to tool with their staffs. They either will give young pitchers out of the bullpen some work to relieve the workload of the starters, or to give those staffs about to make a playoff push, a brief rest. So basically, we have basically seen the what and who from the season. Yesterday’s games are a good example, as it was tough to find qualifying UTR’s.
My work doesn’t stop with the end of the season, in fact, the real work begins with the breakdown of the 2015 season. I begin assigning the TPS scores to every pitcher which will then allow me to ranked them and list those as Organizational All-Stars. This list will be posted throughout the winter months right-up to the opening of Spring Training.
VSLSeason ConcludedDSLNo Games ScheduledArizona LeagueNo Pitcher Qualified for MentionGulf Coast LeagueNo Games ScheduledAppy LeagueNo Pitcher Qualified for MentionPioneer LeagueRHP Derek Gordon (Idaho Falls – Kansas City) 24 years old
6 innings, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.86 ERA**First year out of the Indy LeagueShort-Season LeagueRHP J.T. Brubaker (NYPL West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 21 years old
6 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.33 ERA*3-Time UTR MentionLoARHP Yeudy Garcia (West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 22 years old
5 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2.26 ERA, Win (12-5)-2015 Top NL UTR Pitcher – July-2015 South Atlantic League UTR All-Star*4-Time UTR MentionHiALHP Mat Batts (Fort Myers – Minnesota) 23 years old
8 Innings, 4 Hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 2.26 ERA, Win (7-3)-2015 Top AL UTR Pitcher – April*7-Time UTR MentionTop Relief Pitcher PerformanceRHP Justin McCalvin (NYPL Charlotte – Tampa Bay) 23 years old
3 Innings, 0 Hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, Win (2-1)*2-Time UTR MentionRADAR BLIPRHP Jose Lopez (Pioneer Billings – Cincinnati) 21 years old
5 Innings, 3 Hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.08 ERA