April 14, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
 
RHP Luis Escobar (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 20 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 23 K in 2 starts
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
 
RHP Shane Bieber (LoA Lake County – Cleveland) 21 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-1, 2.53 ERA, 10.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 18 K in 2 starts 
 
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
 
RHP Luis Escobar (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 20 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 23 K in 2 starts 
  • Escobar comes into the 2017 season ranked #28 by Baseball America. The native of Colombia experiences a repertoire that might be best suited from the bullpen. A plus low 90’s fastball (tops 97) with late life and a near plus curveball. Any improvement to his change-up could raise his floor as a back-end starter. Escobar’s second outing of 2017 shows that the slender (6’1″ 155 lbs) right-hander could reach that potential. This is Escobar’s second UTR NL Pitcher of the Day mention after tallying 12 K’s over 5 innings on April 9th.
 
National League – Starters
 
RHP Ian Anderson (LoA Rome – Atlanta) 18 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, Win, 1-0 
 
RHP Ryan Olson (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 22 years old
9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, Win, 2-0
 
LHP Devin Smeltzer (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 21 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
 
RHP Thomas Jankins (LoA Wisconsin – Milwaukee) 21 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
 
LHP Conner Menez (HiA San Jose – San Francisco) 21 years old
6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, Win, 1-0
  • Menez is my “Ones to Watch” pick for the Giants. He was SF 14th round pick in 2016 and was promoted to San Jose in early August after only 26 innings in the rookie leagues.
National League – Relief
 
RHP Tanner Rainey (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 24 years old
1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K 

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

 
RHP Shane Bieber (LoA Lake County – Cleveland) 21 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-1, 2.53 ERA, 10.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 18 K in 2 starts
  • The 2016 4th round pick was dominate again last night in setting a career-high with 11 strikeouts over Lansing (Toronto). He currently has 18 K’s over his first starts (10.2 IP) and still has yet to issue a walk. Limiting free passes isn’t new to Bieber, who had excellent control coming out of UC Santa Barbara. The surge in strikeouts is a surprise and will rocket him up the prospect ranking if he can maintain. In college, the 6′ 3″ 195 lbs righty only averaged slightly over 7 K per nine innings. He lacks a plus pitch, but locates his 88-91 mph fastball with outstanding command. He pitched 134.2 innings at UCSB last Spring, so care was taken during his pro debut at Mahoning Valley in only pitching no more than 3 innings per outing.
 
American League – Starters
 
RHP Jesus Castillo (LoA Burlington – Los Angeles Angels) 21 years old
5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
  • Ranked #23 by BA
RHP Sean Poppen (LoA Cedar Rapids – Minnesota) 23 years old
7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
 
LHP Ian Clarkin (HiA Tampa – New York Yankees) 22 years old
6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, Win, 2-0
 
American League – Relief
 
RHP Franklin Perez (HiA Buies Creek – Houston) 19 years old
4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Save
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