July 25, 2016 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

On the Trade Front: I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Cubs didn’t part with any of their minor league pitchers in the Aroldis Chapman deal. As for the Padres parting with Melvin Upton, I would have been curious to be in the room to see how many different low minor league pitchers from the Blue Jays where pitched to the Friars. Within my system, the choice of Hansel Rodriguez is a head scratcher. Granted, I’m running behind today, so I really didnt have the chance to fully comprehend the deal or read into any back stories. Looking through my spreadsheets, I wonder if any of these UTR’s were in the offering: Ryan Borucki, Joel Espinal (who, if I were the Blue Jays, would have been my pick out of the GCL), or Angel Perdomo. Trade deadline is nearing, so I’m sure that I be writing about UTR’s being including in deals.
 
 
DSL
LHP Bryan Valdez (DSL Diamondbacks – Arizona) 21 years old
8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, 2.20 ERA, Win 3-1
 
Gulf Coast League
RHP Stanley Martinez (GCL Tigers – Detroit) 21 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.52 ERA, Win 1-0
 

Arizona League
RHP Argenis Rodriguez (AZL Rangers – Texas) 20 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
 
Appy League
RHP Tyler Beardsley (Elizabethton – Minnesota) 22 years old
6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, 3.33 ERA, Win 1-0
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
The 2016 16th round pick from Sacramento State (CA) has his longest outing of his early career and sets the bar high with 13 K’s. He was placed in the Twins rotation at the beginning of the month, his first starts since his Junior College days back in 2014. Coming out of Sacramento State, Beardsley was considered one the best relief pitchers in the collegiate ranks. This raises the floor for the 6’4″ 225 lbs righthander who reports states already has a major league fastball. It definitively showed last night.
 
Pioneer League
RHP Christopher Comito (Great Falls – Chicago White Sox) 20 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2.63 ERA, Win 3-1
 
Short-Season League
RHP Enrique Chavez (NY-Penn League Tri-City – Houston) 20 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1.41 ERA, Win 3-0
 
LoA
LHP Lachlan Wells (Cedar Rapids – Minnesota) 19 years old
8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1.57 ERA, Win 3-2
The Twins dug deep to find Wells who was signed as a free agent in 2014 from Australia. He got off the late start to the season in making his first start on June 26th. He has only allowed 6 ER over 34.1 innings (6 starts) along with 29 strikeouts and 6 walks. He’s backing up his pro debut campaign from 2015 with the GCL Twins where he went 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 10 appearances with 9 starts.
 
HiA
RHP Zachary Lovvorn (Wilmington – Kansas City) 22 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3.55 ERA, Win 2-12
Top Relief Pitcher Performance
RHP Lane Hobbs (Pioneer League Great Falls – Chicago White Sox) 21 years old
2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.57 ERA, Save (3)
Ah…Come’on, to have the last names Hobbs and to be playing baseball, how awesome is that? He gets the save for and joins his teammate Chris Comitz in todays mentions.
 
 
RADAR BLIP
RHP Michael Connolly (Augusta – San Francisco) 24 years old
8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 2.66 ERA, Win 8-4
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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