April 19, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances (An NL 4-for-1)

Today I throw out a 4 for 1 as it was big night for the pitchers in the NL League affiliates. LoA Greensboro Dustin Begg does get the top honor though, as the true Under the Radar prospect, but it was hard to ignore the other three outings.
 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Dustin Beggs (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 23 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Season Stats: 1-1, 1.80 ERA, 15 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K in 3 starts 
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
LHP Bernardo Flores ( LoA Kannapolis – Chicago White Sox) 21 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Season Stats: 2-1, 3.45 ERA, 15.2 IP, 16 , 6 ER, 4 BB, 14 K in 3 starts
 
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Dustin Beggs (LoA Greensboro – Miami) 23 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Season Stats: 1-1, 1.80 ERA, 15 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K in 3 starts
  • Beggs was drafted by the Marlins in the deep rounds (32nd) back in 2015, but decided to return to the University of Kentucky to complete his Senior season. What a great decision, as the right-hander had a breakout season. He made 14 starts going 9-2 with a 3.01 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and posted very good control numbers (1.4 BB/9). The Marlins came calling again in 2016 and took Beggs in the 16th round. His debut season was spent as a reliever in the Marlins rookie leagues, with Beggs making 17 appearances (3 starts). Although he got hit-around (12.4 H/9), Beggs again displayed stellar control limiting 5 walks over 32 innings, with 20 strikeouts.
RHP Dylan Cease (LoA South Bend – Chicago Cubs) 21 years old
6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Season Stats: 1-0, 0.60 ERA, 15 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8 BB, 22 K in 3 starts
  • The Cubs top pitching prospect (#4) faced two over the minimum before being pulled after six innings; his longest outing since being drafted in the 6th round in 2015.
RHP Junior Fernandez (HiA Palm Beach – St Louis) 20 years old
8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Season Stats: 1-0, 3.06 ERA, 17.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 14 K in 3 starts
  • Fernandez gave Beggs a run for the top spot, but coming in as the Cards #21 prospect dropped him to this mention. Fernandez threw 8 scoreless innings and retired the first 19 batters he faced. It was almost a year to the day (April 23, 2016) since the 6′ 1″- 180 lb. righty went into the 8th inning. The 2015 and 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star comes with high upside and can hit triple digits on the gun.
LHP McKenzie Mills (LoA Hagerstown – Washington) 21 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 2.40 ERA, Win
Season Stats: 2-1, 2.40 ERA, 15 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 22 K
  • Mills qualifies as an Under the Radar-type and no doubt put together an outing deserving to be ranked on top. Taken in the 2014 draft (18th round), the lefty has improved his peripherals over the last 3 seasons, especially his walk rate. McKenzie is off to a great start in his first taste of full-season ball.
 
National League – Starters
RHP Jordan Humphreys (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.96 ERA Win 3-0
  • The 18th round pick in 2015 is beginning to turn heads, as he is becoming a regular here. 
RHP Jesse Scholtens (LoA Fort Wayne – San Diego) 23 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
 
RHP Jordan Hicks (LoA Peoria – St Louis) 20 years old
7 IP, 7  H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1.37 ERA, Win 2-0
 
LHP Wennington Romero (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 19 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
 
RHP Dustin May (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 19 years old
5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
 
LHP Hector Silvestre (HiA Potomac – Washington) 24 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.94 ERA, Win 2-0
 
LHP Joey Lucchesi (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 23 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
 
RHP Peter Lambert (HiA Lancaster – Colorado) 20 years old
6 IP, 3 H, – ER, 0 BB, 2 K
 
National League – Relief
LHP Hector Garcia (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 21 years old
2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K 
 
 

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Bernardo Flores ( LoA Kannapolis – Chicago White Sox) 21 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Season Stats: 2-1, 3.45 ERA, 15.2 IP, 16 , 6 ER, 4 BB, 14 K in 3 starts
  • It’s McCormick Field, it’s 70 degrees, it’s night, with first pitch at 7:08pm, and I’m wearing sunglasses. Well Ok, I wasn’t there and it’s doubtful that Flores was wearing his thick framed shades. But researching this kid…I have to see him in-person when he does. And why not, he’s was drafted out the University of Southern California, so the swagger is there. Check Scout.com for a nice scouting report along with an action pic when he was taken in the 7th round last June. He had a nice breakout during his pro debut with the AZL Sox and Great Falls in the Pioneer League. The tall lanky lefty possesses a strong, quick arm that can reach his fastball in the upper 90’s, but best controlled in the low to mid 90’s. He posted a 60% groundball rate last season and a 7.2 K/9 rate with his swing-and-miss change-up.
 
American League – Starters
RHP Kyle Funkhouser (LoA West Michigan – Detroit) 23 years old
4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K 
 
LHP Angel Perdomo (HiA Dunedin – Toronto) 22 years old
5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.30 ERA, Win 1-1
  • 2015 and 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star
 
American League – Relief
 RHP Jhon Peluffo (LoA Delamrva – Baltimore) 19 years old
2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Win 1-0
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