UTRMinors – American League Top Pitchers – June 2016

By Jim Brown
 
Here are the American League Top UTR Pitchers for June. The response to the National League list was overwhelming and I received some very nice comments……Thank You!!
Marc and I started this endeavor in April 2014, as we knew there were those who loved the deep minors as much as we do. We knew going in…it was going to be a niche format and getting responses from our readers just further ignites the fire and drive to provide more content. We are slowly building followers and have heard that we have become a huge asset for those in deep dynasty/keeper leagues. I believe the following will grow more-fold, once the “ah-ha” moment strikes after some the kids we touted early-on start making some real noise. Marc and I have already seen this occur with the players we wrote about during our time at MLBDepthCharts/ RosterResourse.com. Most recently for me was Pirates Tyler Glasnow, who I hyped during the 2013 season, way before he became Pittsburgh’s #1 prospect. N0…..I don’t own him in my Keeper League, as Marc vultured him from the FAAB in July 2013 and is now a “cheap” keystone piece to his staff.
Yes….It can be a slow process waiting for a kid to work through the system, but well worth to bear the fruit of your patience with a Fantasy Championship. Some readers have even taken our advice to “strike while its hot” on a particular low Minor League Hitter/Pitcher to parlay them into trade pieces. This, because chances are, Marc and I will have highlighted a kid before the top sites are on-board. So enough self-promotion….enjoy the AL. 
 
 
Baltimore
Dominican Summer League
RHP Tomas Leoncio – 21 years old
June stats: 0-1, 2.13 ERA, 25.1 IP, 24 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 20 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Alex Wells (NY-Penn League Aberdeen) 19 years old
June stats: 2-1, 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 13 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Cristian Alvarado (LoA Delmarva) 21 years old
June stats: 4-0, 1.29 ERA, 35 IP, 26 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 39 K in 6 starts
Season stats: 7-4, 3.19 ERA, 87.1 IP, 82 H, 31 ER, 17 BB, 101 K in 16 starts
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April- John Means earned a promotion to Double-A Bowie in late May and seems to have hit the proverbial wall. Breaking down his peripherals, the glaring factor is the vanishing of the strikeouts. Means has seen his K/9 rate drop from 9.7 at HiA Frederick to its current 2.6, but he’s throwing strikes within the zone at about the same rate (62%) between both levels. His H/9 rate spiked by almost 3.0 per 9 innings, as well as his line drive rate by 5%, so the advanced hitters are making more contact.
May- Like Means, Matthew Grimes also dropped from the UTR radar with his recent promotion to Bowie. He’s only seen one start in the Eastern League and has already given up as many earned runs (3), as he did all of June (5).
 
 
Boston
Dominican Summer League
RHP Ritzi Mendoza – 20 years old
June stats: 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 20 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 19 K in 4 starts
It’s early, but I’m hedging that come time for the end-of-season UTR Organizational All-Star list, I could be writing that Mendoza (though older) might be following the success path of Roniel Raudes.
 
Rookie Leagues
LHP Enmanuel De Jesus (NY-Penn League Lowell) 19 years old
June stats: 2-1, 2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 11 K in 3 starts
Control issues reared its head on the last start of the month (June 29th). Working on something possibly or something to watch?
 
L0A/HiA
LHP Matt Kent (HiA Salem) 23 years old
June stats: 3-0, 1.88 ERA, 28.2 IP, 31 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 23 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 7-3, 2.79 ERA, 93.2 IP, 102 H, 29 ER, 20 BB, 65 K in 16 starts
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April- Different league, same problems. Like most of his N.L. counterparts, Travis Lakins fell apart after being mentioned as a top UTR pitcher. His problem stemmed from allowing runners across the plate in May (7.91 ERA) and June (7.17 ERA), but the bright spot was his K/9 rate remained steady (7.9 & 7.6).
May- It was June 2015 when Roniel Raudes name was first highlighted as the top UTR pitcher for the Red Sox. He capped off June with two outings (10 IP) where he struck out 20 while issuing zero walks. This was just the start, as a month later, he was state-side and in the GCL. He was named as the Red Sox’s UTR-OAS at the end of the season, and then an aggressive assignment in 2016 to LoA Greenville which he is handling well. I know some of our readers in deep leagues snatched Raudes last season and stashed him on their roster. Smart move…..cemented when the BA Handbook hit the stands in late February and he’s listed at #24.
 
 
Cleveland
Dominican Summer League
RHP Luis Oviedo – 20 years old
June stats: 1-2, 2.25 ERA, 24 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 24 K in 5 starts
Rookie Leagues
RHP Triston McKenzie (NY-Penn League Mahoning Valley) 18 years old
June stats: 1-1, 2..54 ERA, 16.2 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K in 3 starts
After making it through the N.L. teams without having the need to choose a non-UTR qualifying pitcher, I thought there was no way I could pull it off in the American League. Well…no way, as McKenzie’s 1st round selection last year breaks the UTR criteria. The talent pool in the Rookie Leagues for the Indians is slim, but with a couple of hopefuls. There is a huge gap between McKenzie, 2nd round pick (2015) Juan Hillman and the others in the system. McKenzie’s teammate Micah Miniard would be the closest, but didn’t score enough for consideration. There is also a young Dominican to keep a watchful eye and who was recently mentioned as the top pitcher in the AZL….in Felix Tati.
L0A/HiA
RHP Matt Esparza (LoA Lake County) 21 years old
June stats: 2-2, 1.80 ERA, 30 IP, 20 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 42 K in 6 appearances with 5 starts
Season stats: 7-5, 3.14 ERA, 86 IP, 71 H, 30 ER, 17 BB, 97 K in 17 appearances with 16 starts
Esparza makes it two-in-a-row, but may have his innings limited soon. He threw only 43 innings in his debut year working from the Mahoning Valley (NY-Penn) bullpen and has now doubled that. So it would be interesting to see how the organization handles the 14th round selection from 2015 who has been neck-to-neck with UTR “One to Watch” Thomas Pannone.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Thomas Pannone put up mediocre numbers in May, but has been back and forth with Matt Esparza for the top UTR honor each month. From his April top spot, Pannone’s strikeouts have dipped from 9.8 K/9 to 7.6 in June. The 9th rounder (2013) has become more flyball prone over the last two months at a 68% clip.
May – Taking away the one start on June 15th when Matt Esparza only lasted three innings, the rest of the month he has been brilliant. Striking out a career-high 12 batters on June 25th probably sealed his back-to-back mention. In that start against Great Lakes (LAD), threw 85 pitches over 7 scoreless innings with 63 being strikes.
 
 
Chicago White Sox
Dominican Summer League
RHP Nelson Acosta – 18 years old
June stats: 0-2, 2.49 ERA, 21.2 IP, 20 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 21 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Yosmer Solorzano (Pioneer League Great Falls) 19 years old
June stats: 2-0, 2.01 ERA, 22.1 IP, 24 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 17 K in 4 starts
Solorzano could be making the case to be named “One to Watch” for the White Sox in 2017
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Jordan Stephens (HiA Winston-Salem) 23 years old
June stats: 2-1, 1.74 ERA, 31 IP, 24 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 32 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 4-7, 3.42 ERA, 84.1 IP, 77 H, 32 ER, 29 BB, 86 K in 16 starts
A couple of UTR “Tweeners” (5th round picks) could have gotten the nod for June. Besides Stephens, the other was Thad Lowry, who logged 4 scoring outings in my system out of his 5 June starts. Stephens bumps Lowry to the #2 position only allowing only one earned run over his last 18.2 innings to end June. The White Sox assigned Stephens to HiA after spending 2015 in the AZL. His success this season could vault him into the Sox’s Top 10 project list. 
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Checking back with Matt Cooper we find that he was promoted to Double-A Birmingham in late June. It was well earned as he produced another strong month.
May – Tanner Banks reigned over Cooper in May and became his teammate after sent to HiA Winston-Salem in mid-June. His stats have dipped at the next level, but he’s holding his own.
 
 
Detroit
Dominican Summer League
LHP Alfredo Silva – 17 years old
June stats: 0-0, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 13 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 13 K in 4 appearances with 5 starts
Since I started tracking the American League, Tiger pitchers didn’t have strong presence in the DSL. I don’t believe I ever focused on one arm for the DSL Tigers. Most of the foreign talent was coming from the Venezuelan Summer League and would then just bypass the DSL and come to the U.S. Those that hit my radar and still remain are: Eudis Idrogo (2014) who’s now with LoA West Michigan, Ken Figueroa (2014) currently with GCL Tigers, and Daniel Gonzalez (2015) with NY-Penn Connecticut. Wonder how the Tigers are dealing with the disbanding of the VSL?
 
Rookie Leagues
LHP Locke St. John (NY-Penn League Connecticut) 23 years old
June stats: 1-1, 1.53 ERA, 17.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 13 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
LHP Matt Hall (HiA Lakeland) 22 years old
June stats: 4-1, 2.70 ERA, 33.1 IP, 32 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 33 K in 6 starts
Season stats: 9-1, 1.63 ERA, 83 IP, 64 H, 15 ER, 26 BB, 87 K in 15 starts
There are some just coming to the party about Hall. Remember that “ah-ha” moment described in my intro…well Matt Hall is providing some for the late-comers to our site. The 6th round pick is my “One to Watch” for the Tigers and has concreted that choice with his 3rd Top monthly mention for 2016. If your league has a cut-off for FAAB acquisitions, grab Matt Hall if your looking for a strong #3 or #4 type to shore-up your staff for 2017.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April & May – Matt Hall
 
 
Houston
Dominican Summer League
RHP Leovanny Rodriguez – 20 years old
June stats: 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 16 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 16 K in 4 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Jorge Alcala (GCL Astros) 20 years old
June stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K in 2 appearances with 1 start
Not too many Rookie League Astros have been listed on my daily spreads.
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Jose Hernandez (LoA Quad Cities) 21 years old
June stats: 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 27 IP, 23 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 30 K in 5 appearances with 4 starts
Season stats: 1-2, 3.16 ERA, 68.1 IP, 72 H, 24 ER, 14 BB, 65 K in 15 appearances with 12 starts
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Right before Rogelio Armenteros was named as the Top UTR for April, he was promoted to HiA Lancaster. June was his best month (1.48 ERA) yet this season but just not enough to dethrone Jose Hernandez.
May – Joshua James for June went 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA and striking out 27 while walking eleven.
 
 
Kansas City
Dominican Summer League
RHP Randy Acevedo – 19 years old
June stats: 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 21 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 12 K in 4 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
LHP Garrett Davila (Appy League Burlington) 19 years old
June stats: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K in 2 starts
Davila was the only bright spot for the Royals in the Rookie Leagues. A non-UTR with his 4th round pick in 2015.
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Zachary Lovvorn (HiA Wilmington) 22 years old
June stats: 0-3, 3.54 ERA, 28 IP, 30 H, 11 ER, 7 BB, 25 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 0-10, 3.51 ERA, 82 IP, 87 H, 32 ER, 24 BB, 69 K in 16 appearances with 14 starts
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April- I liked the way the Royals approached Pedro Fernandez promotion to Double-A NW Arkansas. The fast start to the season where he posted a 1.21 ERA and a K9 rate of 9.3 got him his first taste of Double-A. But instead of throwing him on the mound as a 22 year old starter, the Royals gave him 3 appearances (7.2 IP) in relief before allowing him to start on June 11th. He’s taking his lumps, but still posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.286 WHIP.
May – June wasn’t kind to Emilio Ogando where has lost 6 straight descisions dating back to May 26th. For the month, he went 0-4 with an 6.10 ERA, but did strike out one-per-inning (20 IP) while walking five.
 
 
Los Angles Angels
Dominican Summer League
LHP Hector Yan – 17 years old
June stats: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 23 IP, 13 H, 0 ER, 10 BB, 23 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Austin Robichaux (Pioneer League Orem) 23 years old
June stats: 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K in 2 starts
Angels also don’t have much at the Rookie levels. Robichaux just tuned-up in Orem then got back to LoA Burlington where he spent last season. That promotion came at the end of June.
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Jared Ruxer (LoA Burlington) 23 years old
June stats: 1-1, 1.08 ERA, 25 IP, 22 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 18 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 3-2, 1.44 ERA, 62.1 IP, 59 H, 10 ER, 13 BB, 54 K in 18 appearances with 8 starts
Ruxer is putting together a nice season thus far. The Angels stretched him out in the bullpen to start the season before moving him to the rotation in late May.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Tyler Carpenter was another UTR that got off to a quick start, then was promoted to the next level. The 25th round pick (2014) made his last start with HiA Inland Empire on May 2nd before getting shipped to Double-A Arkansas. There he found out some of his stuff was hittable (11.9 H/9) but was able to fashion decent control and miss some bats ( 2 BB and 15 K over 20.2 IP). He settled into the new level in June going 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.  
May – Grayson Long was a non-UTR (3rd Rd – 2015) to win the battle for top spot in May, but has been placed on the DL and didn’t see action in June.
 
 
Minnesota
Dominican Summer League
RHP Melvi Acosta – 21 years old
June stats: 2-0, 2.63 ERA, 24 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 21 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
LHP Domenick Carlini (Appy League Elizabethton) 22 years old
June stats: 1-1, 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K in 2 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Felix Jorge (HiA Fort Myers) 22 years old
June stats: 5-0, 1.59 ERA, 34 IP, 29 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 31 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 9-3, 1.55 ERA, 93 IP, 76 H, 16 ER, 11 BB, 77 K in 14 starts
As the now retired Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare would say….”There was no doubt about it” after the month Felix Jorge displayed. He’s been in contention each month battling it out with now teammate Randy LeBlanc.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Felix Jorge gets back on top for the Twins and has now won 6 decisions in a row through June 29th, allowing 6 ER, 4 walks, and 36 strikeouts in 41 innings.
May – Randy LeBlanc kept the trend of UTR doing well, UTR gets promoted. LeBlanc made his way to HiA Fort Myers where he can now go pitch for pitch against the other Top UTR in Felix Jorge. But where Jorge had is best month, LeBlanc suffered his worse in going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings and only striking out six and walking ten.
 
 
New York Yankees
Dominican Summer League
RHP Alexander Rosario – 21 years old
June stats: 0-0, 2.12 ERA, 17 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 11 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Adonis Rosa (NY-Penn League Staten Island) 21 years old
June stats: 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 18 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 18 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Yefrey Ramirez (LoA Charleston / HiA Tampa) 22 years old
June stats: 3-1, 2.39 ERA, 37.2 IP, 26 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 45 K in 6 starts
Season stats: 5-3, 2.81 ERA, 73.2 IP, 52 H, 23 ER, 18 BB, 78 K in 13 starts
It’s been a great year for under the radar pitchers with the amount of promotions at the halfway point of the season. Ramirez is now throwing for HiA Tampa, getting the call in late June.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Brody Koerner got promoted to HiA Tampa after 3 starts with LoA Charleston and then went on the DL after his last start on May 3rd.
May –  Christian Morris was right there to repeat for June, but the extra start from Ramirez was his demise. Morris ended-up going 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings of work, while issuing 5 free passes and 25 strikeouts.
 
 
Oakland
Dominican Summer League
RHP Santiago Rodriguez– 19 years old
June stats: 1-0, 1.08 ERA, 16.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 15 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Brendan Butler (NY-Penn League Vermont) 23 years old
June stats: 0-0, 1.13 ERA, 16 IP, 14 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 13 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Kyle Friedrichs (HiA Stockton) 24 years old
June stats: 3-0, 2.61 ERA, 31 IP, 33 H, 9 ER, 1 BB, 31 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 6-3, 2.50 ERA, 90 IP, 82 H, 25 ER, 8 BB, 74 K in 17 appearances with 15 starts
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – I had to settle with Zack Erwin (4th Rd-2015), as no other UTR pitcher for the Athletics got off on the right track. Well…after Erwin received the nod, he went off the tracks. For May and June, the lefty posted a 7.24 ERA and gave up 70 hits ( 6 HR) over 46 innings.
May – Evan Manarino hasn’t fallen off the radar. Over the last two months, he has posted a 4-3 record with an ERA of 2.71 in 63 innings and 11/50 BB/K rate. He’s also becoming a groundball machine with an almost 60% GB rate over that time.
 
 
Seattle
Dominican Summer League
LHP Michael Suarez – 21 years old
June stats: 0-1, 1.93 ERA, 28 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 28 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Ljay Newsome (Northwest League Everett) 19 years old
June stats: 2-0, 3.29 ERA, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 12 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Zack Littell (LoA Clinton) 20 years old
June stats: 3-1, 1.63 ERA, 38.2 IP, 34 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 41 K in 6 starts
Season stats: 6-5, 2.60 ERA, 103.2 IP, 99 H, 30 ER, 21 BB, 98 K in 17 starts
I’m not going to lie. Every time that Littell’s name appears on my spreadsheets, somewhere in the depths of my brain I dismiss the kid as a top draft pick or that he’s ranked within the Mariners Top 10. Well….he’s neither and has been in their system since 2013. Now the 11 th round pick is on the verge of a promotion to HiA Bakersfield…as a 20-year old. Talk about missing the boat in making him as a”One to Watch”, which my records show could have come after the 2014 season. I didn’t assign a tag to any Mariners pitchers during my 2015 UTR-OAS breakdowns, but how Littell handles the Cal League may have him as a “Solid Stash” by the end of the year.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Tyler Herb was a UTR darling in the April as he was getting his first crack in a rotation at HiA Bakersfield. Things settled down for 29th round pick in 2014, but he’s still holding his own. The last two months Herb has gone 5-3 with a 3.90 ERA.
May – Herb’s medicore numbers in May gave way for the selection of a non-UTR for the best of the month, in Andrew Moore. Since then, Moore has been promoted to Double-A Jackson and is loving the change of scenery. He’s 3-0 with a 3.23 ERA over 39 innings, walking only 6 and 30 strikeouts.
 
 
Tampa Bay
Dominican Summer League
RHP Angel Rodriguez – 18 years old
June stats: 0-1, 3.74 ERA, 21.2 IP, 14 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 18 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Eduar Lopez (NY-Penn League Hudson Valley) 21 years old
June stats: 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 16 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Roel Ramirez (LoA Bowling Green) 21 years old
June stats: 1-4, 5.20 ERA, 27.2 IP, 32 H, 16 ER, 2 BB, 24 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 3-6, 5.32 ERA, 66 IP, 79 H, 39 ER, 16 BB, 48 K in 15 appearances with 12 starts
This was the toughest choice between all 30 MLB clubs. It was between Ramirez and Michael Velasquez, but despite Ramirez’s 5.20 ERA his name gets posted. Ramirez was the victim of some bad luck (.338 BaBIP) with a 57% strand rate. Several times during his outings, Ramirez would quickly get two outs in a innings…only to see it get extended due to an error or an extra base hit.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Brent Honeywell has seen limited action since April. He has only throw for 21.1 innings (4 starts) over the last two months, in what could have been a mid-May stint on the DL.
May – Yonny Chirinos has been the biggest mover of the UTR’s. He started the season at HiA and then was demoted to LoA Bowling Green in late April to mid May, only to find himself back at HiA Charlotte through mid-June. He’s now in Double-A Montgomery and had a solid June, going 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings, two walks and 19 strikeouts.
 
 
Texas
Dominican Summer League
RHP Edgar Arredondo – 19 years old
June stats: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 20 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 18 K in 4 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Nick Green (Northwest League Spokane) 21 years old
June stats: 2-0, 3.29 ERA, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 12 K in 3 starts
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Pedro Payano (LoA Hickory) 21 years old
June stats: 1-2, 3.24 ERA, 25 IP, 27 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 30 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 3-3, 2.08 ERA, 73.2 IP, 59 H, 17 ER, 29 BB, 82 K in 15 appearances with 13 starts
My 2016 “One to Watch” worked his way back on top.
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April – Pedro Payano has been in contention every month. He saw a small uptick of his K/BB rate (2.57) in May compared to April (2.45) and in June it jumped to 4.29. If he can sustain that rate, then a promotion to HiA could be next.
May – Peter Fairbanks  was another pitcher that had a decent month, except allowing runners to score in droves (19 ER in 28.2 IP) for a 5.97 ERA.
 
 
Toronto
Dominican Summer League
LHP Elio Silva – 20 years old
June stats: 1-0, 2.18 ERA, 20.2 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 25 K in 5 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Justin Maese (Northwest League Vancouver) 19 years old
June stats: 1-1, 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 15 K in 3 starts
Maese is a 3rd round pick in 2015 and the #9 prospect in the Blue Jays system. Him, along with another 3rd rounder (2013) Patrick Murphy were the strongest scorers within my system out of the Blue Jays Rookie Leagues.
 
L0A/HiA
RHP Francisco Rios (HiA Dunedin) 21 years old
June stats: 2-1, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 16 K in 5 starts
Season stats: 6-3, 1.95 ERA, 92.1 IP, 78 H, 20 ER, 21 BB, 86 K in 16 starts
In the Blue Jays system, it’s all Francisco Rios, who’s made it a clean sweep so far. He dominated in LoA and was promoted to HiA Dunedin in mid-May and hasn’t stopped. 
 
Past UTR Pitchers of the Month – How’d they do?
April & May – Francisco Rios
 

 

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