TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE RHP Jordan Holloway (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 21 years old 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K Season Stats: 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 14 K in 2 starts
- Holloway was a Top 10 prospect within the Marlin system in 2016. The 6′ 5″ 210 lbs right-hander dropped to #15 as he struggled with control issues last season (5.2 BB9) over two levels. There is projection in the 21 year old, as his fastball will touch in the upper 90’s and exhibits a plus curveball.
- Rainey is a former 2nd round supplemental pick in 2015 that finds himself working out the bullpen this season. His previous two season as a starter didn’t fare too well, as he had trouble commanding his pitches. He allowed 94 free passes and 36 wild pitches over 162.1 innings with Rookie Billings (2015) and LoA Dayton last season. From the pen, the 2015 UTR-OAS comes at you with an explosive late-moving 95-97 fastball. The move to the bullpen actually came on August 8th last season. Dating back, Rainey has made 12 appearances by only allowing 3 earned runs with 30 strikeouts and 4 walks over 16.1 innings.
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE RHP Nick Neidert (HiA Modesto – Seattle) 20 years old 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, Win 1-0 Season Stats: 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 10.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K in 2 starts
- Neidert comes into the 2017 season as the Mariners top pitching prospect now that Luiz Gohara is with the Atlanta Braves. Its back-to-back mentions for Seattle pitching prospects, as yesterday LoA Clinton’s Nick Wells received a mention. One of the youngest pitchers in the California League, the right-handed Wells has received comps to Tim Hudson. The 2016 UTR-OAS has a nice fastball (94 mph)/curveball combo. His curve has deception that gave left-handed batters fits last season (.205 BA). Neediest projects as a future #3 starter.
- Astros #6 ranked prospect
- Humpal makes second mention in as many starts.
- Tigers #30 ranked prospect was a 2014 UTR Organizational All-Star
- Red Sox’s #13 ranked prospect
- Starter Ty Damron earned a mention on April 7th, but was clobbered with 5 runs in 3.2 innings against Clinton (Seattle). Butler stopped the bleeding in facing the minimum 13 hitters, striking out 9, but the damage was done as Beloit lost 5-3. Butler’s last appearance was a double-header start on April 7th.