Before we get to today’s list, I want to share some exciting news. Yesterday, while assisting my nephew in covering the PA High School Baseball State Playoffs over the radio, Marc notified me that our friend Jason Martinez at RosterResource.com was acquired by MLBTradeRumors.com. If you never used/seen RosterResource, where have you been for the last 8 years.
Jason’s beginnings started at MLBDepthCharts.com (MLBDC) and just a month into his debut, I stumbled upon the site during my fantasy draft prep. At the time, even in its initial stages, it was cutting edge stuff, and I couldn’t believe I found a site that would save so much time and effort in my prep. It was one of those sites that you wanted to shout from the hills and share with everybody, but yet….didn’t want your league-mates to know, so you could be one step ahead. Around 2006, Marc and I started talking and brainstorming about doing what we currently do, and it seemed Jason was on the right track, but hadn’t yet incorporated the minor leagues into his site. I sent Jason an email, in praise of what he placed on the internet and how it would effect the Fantasy Baseball owner. I immediately called Marc and we spoke over the phone, while browsing Jason’s site.
If you don’t know Jason’s story, in short….he didn’t play fantasy baseball. As a young boy, he always kept track of MLB roster movements with pen and paper, and the time came for him to transfer that “hobby” to the internet. His response to us was, “that I didn’t have the fantasy player in mind” and ask questions how his work effected fantasy baseball, as an owner. We explained and went into detail, specifically how our own league values minors…..and he should “someday” look into adding minors to his site. He blew us away, when he asked, what can you do to assist me? Marc and I right away went to work and set in motion, all those conversations about minor league player performances. What came about was the Under the Radar (UTR) Performances of the Day/Week and later the UTR Breakout. We provided content to Jason for several years, until MLBDC blossomed into RosterResources. We continued for that first year with RR, but Marc and I really started chugging, and wanted to spread out our wings…thus UTRMinors.com was born on April 2014.
Enough of the history lesson, Marc and I are ecstatic for Jason. We want to believe that we were the first, beside Jason’s brilliant mind” ….that knew he would achieve huge success. We knew RosterResource was just the first big step…… and landing on MLBTradeRumors (another unbelievable resource site) could be the pinnacle, but the great thing of the unknown…is you never know what might happen next. We wish Jason tons and tons of success….and hope that MLBTR assumes some of the daily mundane things that can bog someone down, when running a complex site, as Jason did……so he can strictly focus on new in-depth content. Congratulations…it’s well deserved!!
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Tyler Mahle (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 21 years old
9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER. 0 BB, 6 K, 2.50 ERA, Win 8-3
Line says perfect game, but he plunked a batter in the 3rd inning. Mahle has been dominate this season, as he leads the FSL in strikeouts (76) and tied for wins (8) and yet his name was absent from the FSL All-Star roster.
National League – Starters
RHP Edward Escoboza (DSL Reds – Cincinnati) 20 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2.00 ERA
RHP Phil Bickford (LoA Augusta – San Francisco) 20 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2.70 ERA, Win 3-4
RHP Luke Leftwich (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 22 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 2.15 ERA, Win 6-3
RHP Tanner Anderson (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 23 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.88 ERA
Anderson making his first career pro start after being draft out of the 20th round (2015) from Havard.
RHP Jordan Johnson (HiA San Jose – San Francisco) 22 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 3.76 ERA
National League – Relief
LHP Jose Quijada (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 20 years old
3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.93 ERA, Win 2-0TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Jordan Romano (LoA Lansing – Toronto) 23 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K , 1.29 ERA, Win 1-0American League – Starters
RHP Nelson Acosta (DSL White Sox – Chicago) 18 years old
6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
LHP Sam Hentges (LoA Lake County – Cleveland) 19 years old
5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K