Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – Like father, like son – April 30, 2017

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

It almost seems unfair to have to choose one top hitter for the N.L. portion today after what went down in the South Atlantic League yesterday. You could call it emulation, or like a son following in his father’s footsteps. But a division-leading affiliate also flexed its own (minor league) muscle yesterday

A day removed from losing star trade acquisition (and former UTR darling) Adam Eaton for the rest of the season to a crippling knee injury, the Nationals took out their frustrations on Sunday, punching the New York Mets in the mouth with 23 runs in a 23-5 drubbing; proving that even without Eaton, they are the undeniable boss of the National League East. Third baseman Anthony Rendon had a day for the ages (much to my partner Jim’s delight) going 6-6 with 3 home runs (his 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the season) and 10 RBi’s. Take a look at the box score here. What was equally as impressive yesterday, however, was the South Atlantic Northern Division leading Hagerstown Suns, the Nationals LoA affiliate, who laid a beat down of their own on Southern Division cellar dwellar Lexington. The Suns erupted for 22 runs with four of their 9 hitters in the lineup tallying five hits each. Baseball America’s #8 prospect Carter Kieboom (fitting name actually) led the way going 5-7 with three home runs, four runs scored and five RBi’s. As you’ll see below, I’m giving readers the luxury of the boxscore link instead of listing each hitter individually. It’s a site to behold and one of the more amazing boxscores I’ve seen in recent memory, second only this rare gem from the Midwest League back in early May of 2014. 

So, enjoy yesterday’s Hagerstown Suns boxscore, Carter Kieboom and his National League – Top Hitter of the Day line and the rest of Sunday’s best.


National League:

  • Michael Paez, 3B – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 2-5, HR (4), R, 4RBi, K 
  • Jay Jabs, DH – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League/Southern 
    •  2-5, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2K 
  • Brandon Brosher, C – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 1-2, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Wilson Garcia, 1B – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League/North
    • 3-4, HR (1), 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K
  • Drew Stankiewicz, 2B – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League/North
    • 3-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi, K, SB (1) 
  • Emmanuel Marrero, SS – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League/North
    • 2-3, HR (1), R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Bryant Flete, 2B – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 2-5, HR (2), R, 4RBi
  • Shedric Long, 2B – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League/North 
    • 1-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Luis Gonzalez, SS – LoA Dayton Dragons (CIN) – Midwest League/Eastern 
    • 2-3, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, BB 
  • Isan Diaz, SS – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League/Southern 
  • Jake Gatewood, DH – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 2-6, HR (4), 2R, RBi
  • Trent Clark, RF – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League/Southern 
    • 5-6, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, SB (4) 
  • Daniel Arribas, 1B – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League/South 
    • 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (4) 
  • Sandy Santos, CF – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League/Northern 
    • 1-3, HR (3), 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (6) 
  • Hamlet Marte, C – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League/South 
    • 3-5, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, K 
  • Garrett Kennedy, C-1B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League/South 
    • 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB 
  • Eugy Rosario, 3B – LoA Fort Wayne (SD) – Midwest League/Eastern 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Max Murphy, RF – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League/South 
    • 3-4, 2 HR (2), 3R, 2RBi, BB 

American League:

  • Ryan Mountcastle, SS – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League/Northern
  • Connor Marabell, CF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League/Northern 
    • 1-2, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, 3BB
  • Daniel Salters, C – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League/Northern 
    • 2-4, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Zach Shepherd, 3B – HiA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League/North 
    • 2-5, HR (6), R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Chris DeVito, 1B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League/Southern 
    • 1-5, HR (8), R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Matt Thaiss, 1B – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League/South
  • Yanio Perez, 1B – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League/Northern 
    • 2-2, HR (6), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB 





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