April 25, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Domenic Mazza (LoA Augusta-San Francisco) 22 years old
9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-2, 3.48 ERA, 20.2 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 17 K in 4 starts 
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (LoA Cedar Rpaids – Minnesota) 21 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Seasons Stats: 2-1, 2.75 ERA, 719.2 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 25 K in 4 starts 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Domenic Mazza (LoA Augusta-San Francisco) 22 years old
9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-2, 3.48 ERA, 20.2 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 17 K in 4 starts
  • I received an in-game alert last night that Mazza was in the midst of throwing a perfect game. I’m sure my first thought coincided with other minor league followers; Good for him, and what a relief to remove that monkey from his back. That monkey wasn’t the 23.63 ERA which was hung on the 22nd round pick from 2015 on his first start of the season. The shroud that was hanging over Mazza, was giving up the Opening Day home run ball to Tim Tebow, which gave the renown uber-athlete his first in pro ball. That moment now takes a back seat, as the lefty threw the second perfect game in less than a week, and the first in the SAL since 1964. Tyler Mahle (2016 “One to Watch” and 15/16 UTR Organizational All-Star) pitched a perfect game on April 22nd for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati).
 
National League – Starters
RHP Alejandro Requena (LoA Asheville – Colorado) 20 years old
8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0.34 ERA 
  • Requena ranks within the Top 5 for the lowest ERA among all LoA pitchers, but has pitched the most innings (26.1 IP)
LHP Devin Smeltzer (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 21 years old
6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, Win 1-0, 1.50 ERA
  • Third straight scoreless outing 
RHP Luis Escobar (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 20 years old
5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, Loss 2-1, 3.22 ERA
  • The Pirates #28 ranked prospect leads all of LoA with 41 strikeouts over 22.1 innings and 39.8 K/BB%.
RHP Sam McWilliams (LoA Kane County – Arizona) 21 years old
5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, Win 3-0, 0.45 ERA
  • Also sports a 0.40 WHIP, best amongst all LoA pitchers.
LHP Ricardo Sanchez (HiA Florida – Atlanta) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win 1-0, 4.76 ERA
LHP Joey Lucchesi (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 23 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, Win 1-0, 0.86 ERA
  • The Padres #24 ranked prospect also pitched his third straight scoreless outing. 
 
National League – Relief
RHP James Norwood (HiA Myrtle Beach – Chicago Cubs) 23 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.82 ERA 
  • Has only allowed 1 ER in 7 appearances (11.0 IP)

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (LoA Cedar Rpaids – Minnesota) 21 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Seasons Stats: 2-1, 2.75 ERA, 719.2 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 25 K in 4 starts 
  • My 2017 “One to Watch” has been in the Twins system since 2012 when he was signed as an International Free Agent. The 2015 UTR Organizational All-Star returns to LoA Cedar Rapids even though he had a successful 2016 with the Kernels. The wiry (6′ 0″- 145 lb.) right-hander made 16 starts going 6-2 , with a 3.67 ERA and a 23% strikeout rate as a 20-year old. Del Rosario has solid control and throws a low 90’s fastball that touches 95 mph, an above-average change-up and good-looking slider. Last night’s outing was a nice rebound after getting shelled at Peoria. It’s the second time Del Rosario tapped double-digit K’s, coming close to his career-high (11) last season.
 
 American League – Starters
Kyle Funkhouser (LoA West Michigan – Detroit) 23 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, Win 2-0
  • Tigers #5 ranked prospect
RHP Jesus Castillo (LoA Burlington – Los Angeles Angels) 21 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.37 ERA
  • Angels #23 ranked prospect
RHP Richelson Pena (HiA Down East – Texas) 23 years old
5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win 1-1, 3.07 ERA
LHP Thomas Pannone (HiA Lynchburg – Cleveland) 22 years old
4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Continues to tune-up before forth-coming Double-A promotion? Extends his scoreless streak to 20.2 innings with a HiA leading 31 strikeouts and only 2 walks. Pannone also leads all of HiA pitchers across most peripherals. 
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star
  • 2016 “One to Watch”
 
American League – Relief
RHP Carlos Navas (HiA Stockton – Oakland) 24 years old
2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Save (2)
  • 2016 and 2015 UTR Organizational All-Star
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