TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Ryan Lawlor (LoA Rome – Atlanta) 23 years old
4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 KSeason Stats: 1-0, 0.00, 9.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 14 in 3 appearances with 2 starts
Drafted in the 8th round in 2015, Lawlor got off to a good start in the Appy League (Danville) in making 8 appearances with seven starts. The Braves assigned him to HiA Carolina last season and that didn’t go well, plus Lawlor suffered an injury in May. He was placed in the bullpen upon his return and showed improvement. TomahawkTake.com stated during their season review that Lawlor has more value in the rotation and after two 4-inning starts, its starting to look that way.
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Beau Burrows (HiA Lakeland – Detroit) 20 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, WinSeasons Stats: 1-0, 117 ERA, 15.1 IP, 13 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 13 K in 3 starts
The top pick by the Tigers in 2015 was another prospect that got off to fast start in his pro debut. He posted a 10.6 K9 rate in 28 innings at the GCL Tigers. The Club also aggressively promoted the then 19-year old to full season ball at LoA West Michigan where he posted a solid 3.15 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts). The 2016 UTR- Organizational All-Star has a repeatable delivery and his stuff is labeled electric and is tagged as a “Solid Stash” for fantasy owners. Once the reins are off, look for Burrows to live-up as one of the Tigers top pitching prospects.
National League – StartersNo Pitcher Qualified…as the LoA Midwest and HiA California Leagues enjoyed a day offNational League – Relief
RHP Jon Olczak (HiA Carolina – Milwaukee) 23 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
RHP Tanner Rainey (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 24 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
The Reds #24 ranked prospect is on fire coming out of the bullpen. Rainey didn’t have the best 2016 in making 29 appearances (20 starts) by going 5-10 and 5.57 ERA. My system did pulled out the positive and rated him with a .099 TPS, good to be named as a 2015 UTR-Organizational All-Star. Most of that positive came from the late season move into the bullpen and has translated into 2017. Rainey has yet to allow a base runner in his 5 appearance (7 innings) and striking out 16 of the 22 batters faced
American League – Starters
LHP Genesis Cabrera (HiA Charlotte – Tampa Bay) 20 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, Loss 0-3
RHP Ofelky Peralta (HiA Frederick – Baltimore) 19 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
The Orioles remain aggressive with Peralta by advancing the teenager to HiA Frederick to start 2017. The 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star struggled with control (60 BB in 103.1 IP) with LoA Delmarva. Peralta remains very raw, but did show promise last season by only allowing 87 runs and 3 home runs over his 23 starts.
American League – Relief
RHP Blake Bass (HiA Down East – Texas) 23 years old
3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K