July 7, 2016 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

Well, the time of year has come again when us UTR folk venture off to catch some baseball action from the stands instead of behind the keyboard. Jim, his nephew Todd and I take our annual “guys weekend” and catch a few ballgames over a weekend. The original plan was to see Pirates Double-A afilliate Altoona Curve first, then head off to Pittsburgh to see the parent club. But, both personal and game schedules didn’t line up well. Jim is off taking care of family business, so this year it’s just Todd and myself. None the less it will be another fantastic time. So, with a busy travel weekend ahead, I’ll be scaling things back a bit, much like I did in the June 24th and June 25th UTR Hitters of the Day edition. This weekend’s format reminds me of the vintage “Miller Lite” commercial series: “Less filling, tastes great.” Here’s one of my favorites with legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield.

Therefore, you won’t see as many names, but the ones you do are the best per league that we cover here.

Enjoy your weekend folks.

 

UTR – Top Hitter of the Day:

  • Dominican Summer League:
    • Juan Montes, CF – DSL Orioles1 (BAL) – Dominican Summer League – 21 to; 
      • 2013 – International free agent signee – Guatemala City, Guatemala 
      • 2-3, 2 HR (2), 3R, 4RBi, 2BB, 3 SB (7) 

Best of the Rest: 

  • California League: 
    • Tyler Baker, C – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League/North – 23 yo; 
      • 2014 – Round 15 – Wichita State
      • 3-3, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Carolina League: 
    • Nick Basto, LF – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League/Southern – 22 yo; 
      • 2012 – 5th round – Archbishop McCarthy HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 
      • 3-4, 2B, 4R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Florida State League: 
    • Blake Trahan, SS – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League/North – 22 yo; 
      • 2015 – 3rd Round – Louisiana – Lafayette
      • 3-4, R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Midwest League: 
    • Austin Byler, 1B – LoA Kane County Cougers (ARI) – Midwest League/Western – 23 yo; 
      • 2015 – 11th round – Nevada – Reno 
      • 3-5, HR (3), R, RBi, 2K, SB (3) 
  • South Atlantic League: 
    • Drew Turbin, 2B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Sally League/Northern – 23 yo; 
      • 2015 – 14th round – Dallas Baptist
      • 3-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • New York-Penn League: 
    • There were no games scheduled for the NYPL on July 7
  • Northwest League:
    • Buddy Reed, CF – SS Tri-City Dust Devils (SD) – Northwest League/North – 21 yo; 
      • 2016 – 2nd round – Florida
      • 4-5, 2B, R, 3RBi, 2 SB (2) 
  • Appalachian League: 
    • Tyler Straub, 2B – Rookie Burlington Royals (KC) – Appy League/East – 23 yo; 
      • 2016 – Un-drafted free agent signee – University of Texas – San Antonio 
      • 2-3, 2 2B, 3R, 5RBi, BB 
  • Pioneer League: 
    • Franly Mallen, 2B – Rookie Helena Brewers (MIL) – Pioneer League/North – 19 yo; 
  • Arizona League: 
    • Zack Short, 2B – AZL Cubs (CHC) – Arizona League/East – 21 yo; 
      • 2016 – 17th round – Sacred Heart
      • 4-4, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi, SB (1)
  • Gulf Coast League: 
    • Evan Rogers, SS – GCL Phillies (PHI) – Gulf Coast League/Northwest – 22 yo; 
      • 2016 – Un-drafted free agent signee – Mars Hill University (NC) 
      • 3-4, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 6RBi

 

 

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