RHP Connor Grey (Pioneer-Missoula) 22 years old June stats: 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 9 K in 3 starts L0A/HiA RHP Joel Payamps (LoA Kane County / HiA Visalia) 22 years old June stats: 3-1, 2.17 ERA, 29 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 31 K in 5 appearances with 3 starts Season stats: 5-4, 2.48 ERA, 69 IP, 55 H, 19 ER, 14 BB, 66 K in 16 appearances with 7 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? Justin Donatella tried to make it three in a row, but had a horrific month. At first, his name didn’t appear on my spreadsheet and thought he could have been promoted to Double-A. That wasn’t the case, as he posted a line of: (1-2, 9.50 ERA, 18 IP, 27 H, 19 ER, 4 BB, 11 K in 4 starts) which would be tough to make a mention. Atlanta Dominican Summer League No DSL Team Rookie Leagues RHP Alan Rangel (GCL Braves) 18 years old June stats: 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K in 2 starts L0A/HiA RHP Patrick Weigel (LoA Rome) 21 years old June stats: 3-0, 1.44 ERA, 25 IP, 21 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 25 K in 4 starts Season stats: 5-3, 2.80 ERA, 80.1 IP, 63 H, 25 ER, 32 BB, 83 K in 14 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? May- Enderson Franco had a so-so month going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA, but his K/9 rate dropped from 8.0 in May to 4.4 for June. April – Mike Soroka was listed for the month, but technically doesn’t qualify as a UTR since he was drafted in the 1st round in 2015, and no other UTR pitcher performance was worth noting. Chicago Cubs Dominican Summer League RHP Hector Garcia – 18 years old June stats: 2-0, 1.63 ERA, 27.2 IP, 21 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 20 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues LHP Jose Paulino (Northwest League Eugene ) 21 years old June stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K in 2 starts Just missing the cut was teammate Jesus Castillo (20 years old) L0A/HiA RHP Preston Morrison (LoA South Bend) 22 years old June stats: 4-1, 0.83 ERA, 32.2 IP, 23 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 26 K in 5 starts Season stats: 8-3, 2.68 ERA, 74 IP, 67 H, 22 ER, 21 BB, 64 K in 14 appearances with 13 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? May- “What could have been,” could be said of Trevor Clifton. He started the month off strong with two qualifying starts within my system, but tripped up by the All-Star Break. Clifton made the A-S roster and had a brief start (2.1 IP) prior to the classic on June 18th. Then the long layover may have messed up his routine, as he didn’t make his next start until June 28th, and the result was his worse outing of the season (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
April – Adbert Alzolay only had one decent outing I made note of on my June 14th worksheet.. His other three didn’t go as well, as he gave up four or more earned runs and allowed 11 hits in 2 of those starts.
Cincinnati Dominican Summer League RHP Jose Valenzuela – 18 years old June stats: 2-1, 2.05 ERA, 26.1 IP, 21 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 28 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Andrew Jordan (Pioneer League – Billings) 18 years old June stats: 0-1, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 13 K in 3 starts Jordan and 2nd round pick (2015) Antonio Santillan have been dominating my spreadsheets within the Reds Rookie leagues. Both should, without a doubt, be listed on my end-of-season UTR Organizational All-Star list. L0A/HiA RHP Jose Lopez (LoA Dayton) 22 years old June stats: 2-2, 1.67 ERA, 37.2 IP, 25 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 36 K in 6 starts Season stats: 5-7, 3.32 ERA, 89.1 IP, 86 H, 33 ER, 24 BB, 92 K in 16 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Tyler Mahle finally got the promotion to Double-A in late June, coming after his complete game no-hitter on June 13th. He’s proving me correct in choosing him as the Reds’ “One to Watch.” Now with Pensacola, he drops from my radar, but shouldn’t with yours…..stash him now if you have the roster spot. May – Seth Varner‘s month was on-par, but he fell apart at the end. In his last 2 starts, he posted a 5.11 ERA allowing 7 ER in 12.1 IP. Colorado Dominican Summer League LHP Wander Cabrera – 18 years old June stats: 2-0, 1.96 ERA, 23 IP, 18 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 23 K in 5 appearances with 3 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Antonio Santos (Northwest League – Boise) 19 years old June stats: 0-3, 2.81 ERA, 25.2 IP, 31 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, 19 K in 5 starts Santos got consideration to be named as the top DSL pitcher, but continued his success after his state-side promotion to Short-Season. L0A/HiA RHP Parker French (HiA Modesto) 23 years old June stats: 2-2, 3.07 ERA, 41 IP, 37 H, 14 ER, 5 BB, 30 K in 6 starts Season stats: 6-6, 2.42 ERA, 104.1 IP, 82 H, 28 ER, 18 BB, 70 K in 16 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Parker French gets back on the list even though having two rocky starts. May – Ryan Castellani is another top propect that was named top pitcher of the month when UTR’s didn’t perform up to snuff. The 2nd round pick in 2014 had a month to forget in allowing 17 ER in 25.1 innings. Los Angeles Dodgers Dominican Summer League RHP Melvin Jimenez – 16 years old June stats: 2-1, 0.75 ERA, 24 IP, 13 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 25 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues No Pitchers qualified for mention L0A/HiA RHP Imani Abdullah (LoA Great Lakes) 19 years old June stats: 1-1, 1.13 ERA, 24 IP, 19 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 22 K in 5 starts Season stats: 1-2, 2.45 ERA, 36.2 IP, 30 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 33 K in 8 starts The 11th round pick in 2015 got off to a late start this season with his first outing coming on May 19th, but once he got his bearings…he’s been lights out. Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Andrew Sopko has been rock steady this season and has been in contention for the Top honors each month. May – Michael Boyle, like Sopko, would have been duking it out for the top spot in June, but ran into a steamroller named Imani Abdullah. Miami Dominican Summer League LHP Gabriel Baez – 18 years old June stats: 1-1, 2.92 ERA, 24.2 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 22 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues No Pitcher Qualified
L0A/HiA RHP Chris Paddack (LoA Greensboro) 20 years old *Traded to San Diego on June 30th June stats: 1-0, 0.93 ERA, 19.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 32 K in 4 starts Season stats: 2-0, 0.95 ERA, 28.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 48 K in 6 starts Another 2016 “One to Watch” touting my system. This choice was the easiest yet, as Paddack hasn’t allowed a hit in 15 innings, but I’m scratching my head that the Marlins sent Paddack to the Padres for Fernando Rodney. Give them credit to selling high and getting a piece to make a push for the N.L. East. Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Luis Castillo had a decent month, but saw a steep drop-off in strikeouts. He went from an average of 7.5 K/9 for the season to a 4.6 in June. May – Steven Farnworth is now the top UTR dog for the Marlins now that Paddack was shipped to San Diego. He was in contention to repeat in June, but sunk, serving up six home runs which vaulted his June ERA to 4.97 compared to 2.08 in May. Milwaukee Dominican Summer League RHP Harold Chirino – 18 years old June stats: 0-2, 3.46 ERA, 13 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 12 K in 3 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Jordan Desguin (Pioneer League Helena) 22 years old
June stats: 1-0, 2.81 ERA, 16 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 15 K in 3 appearances with 2 starts L0A/HiA RHP Marcos Diplan (LoA Wisconsin) 19 years old June stats: 0-1, 2.42 ERA, 22.1 IP, 21 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 30 K in 5 starts Season stats: 5-2, 1.94 ERA, 65 IP, 47 H, 14 ER, 28 BB, 86 K in 16 appearances with 10 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Brandon Woodruff came out the gate fast and earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi in mid-May. He’s taking his lumps in posting a 5.68 ERA and 1.395 WHIP. May – Jon Perrin also saw a promotion in May going from LoA Wisconsin to HiA Brevard County. He’s not lighting-up the win column, but has been consistent. Even with the move, his stats from June are almost identical to his Top UTR month of May. New York Mets Dominican Summer League RHP Ezequiel Zabaleta – 20 years old June stats: 2-1, 0.45 ERA, 20 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 15 K in 4 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Harol Gonzalez (NY-Penn League – Brooklyn) 21 years old June stats: 1-1, 2.55 ERA, 17.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 K in 3 starts L0A/HiA LHP P.J. Conlon (LoA Columbia / HiA St. Lucie) 22 years old June stats: 2-0, 2.75 ERA, 36 IP, 31 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 21 K in 5 starts Season stats: 9-1, 1.94 ERA, 93 IP, 80 H, 20 ER, 13 BB, 68 K in 14 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – P.J. Conlon gets back on the board in June, and has been one of the most consistent UTR performers within my system. He was promoted to HiA St. Lucie after the All-Star Break and through three starts, no letdown is in sight. May – Kevin Canelon stats have been consistent with those posted during his time in 2015 with NY-Penn Brooklyn. The only sore spot would be the 9 home runs surrendered in 82.2 innings (1.0 HR/9). Philadelphia Dominican Summer League RHP Gustavo Armas – 20 years old June stats: 2-1, 1.24 ERA, 29 IP, 24 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 22 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Adonis Medina (NY-Penn League – Williamsport) 19 years old June stats: 2-1, 0.00 ERA, 21 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 9 K in 3 starts You’ve read my previous posts about how stacked the Crosscutter rotation is this season. So, it wasn’t surprising to see one of their pitchers scoring high in my system in June. Ranger Suarez is still my favorite out of that group, but he fell behind Medina and Seranthony Dominguez in scoring. Medina hasn’t allowed a run in 21 innings, but appears to have been very lucky thus far in a .109 BABIP. In the same respect, he’s been a groundball specialist with a rate nearing 60%, which is on par with his three-season average. He wasn’t lucky enough the other night when a groundball ricocheted off his leg early in his start on July 3rd and only lasted 1.1 innings. No word on his condition. L0A/HiA RHP Luke Leftwich (LoA Lakewood / HiA Clearwater) 22 years old June stats: 4-1, 2.37 ERA, 30.1 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 38 K in 5 starts Season stats: 8-4, 2.65 ERA, 78 IP, 69 H, 23 ER, 20 BB, 99 K in 14 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Tom Eshelman came to the Phillies from Houston in the Ken Giles trade. In UTR speak, it was quite a haul for the Phillies. Additional to Eshelman, they also got former touted UTR Vincent Velasquez and Harold Arauz. Eshelman was back in contention after giving-up a boat load of runs in May (5.27 ERA). The other side of his performance had good news with a 6.20 K/BB ratio. He posted a 2-0 record with a 1.06 in four starts, while striking out 18 with only one walk. May – Luke Leftwich makes it back-to-back and was promoted to HiA Clearwater before the end of the month. He scored high in my system although getting rocked in his last start on June 30th. He squeezed out 2014 UTR One to Watch Drew Anderson who’s getting back together after missing the 2015 season. Pittsburgh Dominican Summer League RHP Leandro Pina – 17 years old June stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 20 IP, 15 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K in 4 starts Rookie Leagues RHP James Marvel (NY-Penn League – West Virgina) 22 years old June stats: 1-1, 2.30 ERA, 15.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K in 3 starts L0A/HiA RHP Yeudy Garcia (HiA Bradenton) 23 years old June stats: 2-1, 1.27 ERA, 28.1 IP, 27 H, 4 ER, 10 BB, 32 K in 5 starts Season stats: 3-5, 2.17 ERA, 70.2 IP, 73 H, 17 ER, 30 BB, 81 K in 15 appearances with 14 starts It was a tough call in the selection for the Pirates. The nod went to Stephen Tarpley, who I could name, but should be excluded with his 3rd round draft pick tag. Or should he be listed as he fell from the radar during the trade from Baltimore. I sort of grouped him and Steven Brault together, but I was higher on Brault who would have made his MLB debut by the time this is posted. Brault, along with Chad Kuhl, makes two UTR OAS selections from the past two years to make there their debut this season for the Pirates. Garcia was my “One to Watch” for 2016 with the Pirates and whose stats in June were almost identical from May, after slow start to the season. Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Brandon Waddell got off the fastest start as any Bucco pitcher in the minors and, I believe, was one of the first UTR’s to be promoted to Double-A this season. As I predicted, he’s peripherals are all headed in the wrong direction, as I felt it was too soon for the promotion. His April TPS rate was .114, which based on the quick start was a number that alerted me. As of this writing, it has shot-up to .130 and classifies him as Tier D pitcher. I would take a “hold” approach on Waddell and check his splits toward the end of the season before adding him to next years draft & stash list. May – Austin Coley took a slight step back in June in posting passable stats after an outstanding May. San Diego Dominican Summer League LHP Omar Fernandez – 17 years old June stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 19 IP, 10 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 14 K in 4 starts Rookie Leagues LHP Will Headean (Northwest League – Tri-City) 22 years old June stats: 2-0, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 13 K in 3 starts Headean was sent down mid-month to Tri-City after he saw action in the bullpen with LoA Fort Wayne. The same occurred to Emmanuel Ramirez who was also in contention for the top spot for the Padres. L0A/HiA RHP Jean Cosme (LoA Fort Wayne) 20 years old June stats: 3-2, 2.31 ERA, 23.1 IP, 23 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 12 K in 5 starts Season stats: 7-4, 2.71 ERA, 66.1 IP, 60 H, 20 ER, 14 BB, 52 K in 16 apperances with 11 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – My Padres 2016 “One to Watch” Dinelson Lamet got promoted to Double-A San Antonio in mid-June and is receiving his lumps. He has allowed three or more earned runs during 4 of his 5 starts with the Missions. The TPS case study for me now through the rest of the season is…..who is the “One to Watch” more…..Lamet or the new acquired Chris Paddack from the Marlins. Early on, you have to take the younger Paddack, who shows more upside. May – Walker Lockett earned a promotion prior to being named on my list last month. He was sent to HiA Lake Elsinore and has been posting respectable numbers. Now that all the Leagues are in full swing, Lockett drops from my radar, being a 4th round pick in 2012. San Francisco Dominican Summer League RHP Johan Herrera – 17 years old June stats: 1-2, 1.80 ERA, 25 IP, 23 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 15 K in 5 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Raffi Vizcaino (Northwest League – Salem-Keizer) 20 years old June stats: 0-0, 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 12 K in 3 starts L0A/HiA RHP Cory Taylor (LoA Augusta) 22 years old June stats: 4-1, 1.74 ERA, 31 IP, 29 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 26 K in 5 starts Season stats: 7-2, 1.90 ERA, 71 IP, 66 H, 15 ER, 17 BB, 70 K in 13 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Grant Watson ended April with a 0.92 ERA allowing only 2 earned runs and 1 walk over 19.2 innings. It’s been all uphill since with Watson giving up 16 runs over 18.1 innings in May. He saw limited action in June with only 1 start lasting three innings. May – Ryan Castellani is another pitcher named in May to fall apart in June. He went 3-1, but gave up 17 earned runs over 25.1 innings and saw his K/BB ratio drop from 3.00 in May to 1.89 June. St. Louis Dominican Summer League RHP Noel De Jesus– 19 years old June stats: 2-0, 1.89 ERA, 19 IP, 16 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 19 K in 4 appearances with 2 starts Rookie Leagues RHP Dailyn Martinez (NY-Penn League State College) 23 years old June stats: 2-1, 0.96 ERA, 18.2 IP, 17 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 17 K in 3 starts Was recently promoted to LoA Peoria L0A/HiA RHP Ryan Helsley (LoA Peoria) 21 years old June stats: 5-0, 1.23 ERA, 29.1 IP, 28 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 35 K in 5 starts Season stats: 8-1, 1.89 ERA, 76.1 IP, 69 H, 16 ER, 17 BB, 83 K in 13 starts Has quitely gone about his business actually being under the radar of UTRMinors.com. Ten of his 13 starts have qualified scoring within my system, yet he has only made one mention on the site which was back in late April. He’s currently on a 6-game win streak and has only allowed 2 earned runs in his last 23.1 innings. Real Sleeper. Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Austin Gomber has had rollercoaster season thus far, but the stats that count have held steady. May – Matt Pearce kept the streak of May picks having a down month in June. He went 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA. Washington Dominican Summer League LHP Yelmery Sisnero – 18 years old June stats: 2-1, 0.00 ERA, 17.2 IP, 12 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 20 K in 4 starts Rookie Leagues LHP Tyler Watson (NY-Penn League Auburn) 19 years old June stats: 1-0, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 17 K in 3 starts L0A/HiA RHP Matthew Derosier (LoA Hagerstown) 21 years old June stats: 2-0, 3.46 ERA, 26 IP, 21 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 19 K in 5 starts Season stats: 3-3, 4.54 ERA, 67.1 IP, 71 H, 34 ER, 18 BB, 59 K in 14 starts Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do? April – Andrew Lee had a rough time in May and is currently on the DL after making a start on June 2nd. May – Jefry Rodriguez only had one qualifying start that scored on June 4th and hasn’t down anything since. The other three June starts posted a 8.79 ERA (14 ER in 14.1 IP).