UTRMinors – Top National League Pitchers for April 2017

Here are the National League pitchers who are off to great starts to the 2017 season. If you missed the American League post, you can find it here. A new addition for 2017 will be the inclusion of two pitchers for each team. We try our very best to follow the UTR criteria that we set forth when we created UTRMinors. That baseline criteria which differentiates the top prospect vs. an Under the Radar player is simply this: any player ranked in a system’s Top 10 or drafted above the 5th round is considered a top prospect….all others are under the radar kids. Of course, there could be a circumstance where the best top prospect performance may come from a pitcher that falls below this criteria. In this case, the top prospect would be those ranked within that teams Top 30 based by Baseball America.

Arizona
Top Prospect: RHP (#9) Jon Duplantier (LoA Kane County) 22 years old
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 20.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 28 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
 
UTR: RHP Sam McWilliams (LoA Kane County) 21 years old
3-0, 0.45 ERA, 20 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 20 K
 
Atlanta
Top Prospect: LHP (#24) Drew Harrington (HiA Florida) 22 years old
2-2, 2.54 ERA, 28.1 IP, 29 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 21 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Ryan Lawlor (LoA Rome) 23 years old
2-0, 2.25 ERA, 23.2 IP, 19 H, 6 ER, 10 BB, 26 K in 5 starts
 
Chicago Cubs
Top Prospect: RHP (#4) Dylan Cease (LoA South Bend) 21 years old
0-1, 1.90 ERA, 23.2 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 15 BB, 37 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Adbert Alzolay (HiA Myrtle Beach) 22 years old
2-0, 2.49 ERA, 25.1 IP, 25 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 21 K in 5 starts
 
Cincinnati
Top Prospect: RHP (#9) Vladimir Gutierrez (HiA Daytona) 21 years old
2-2, 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 28 H, 12 ER, 4 BB, 32 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Scott Moss (LoA Dayton) 22 years old
2-1, 3.12 ERA, 26 IP, 21 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 41 K in 5 starts 
 
Colorado
Top Prospect: RHP (#11) Peter Lambert (HiA Lancaster) 20 years old
0-3, 4.67 ERA, 27 IP, 24 H, 14 ER, 8 BB, 30 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Antonio Santos (LoA Asheville) 20 years old  *2017 “One to Watch”
 1-2, 1.80 ERA, 30 IP, 26 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 28 K in 5 starts
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Top Prospect: RHP (#19) Mitchell White (HiA Rancho Cucamonga) 22 years old
1-1, 4.50 ERA, 18 IP, 16 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 22 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Devin Smeltzer (LoA Great Lakes) 21 years old
1-1, 1.96 ERA, 23 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 29 K in 5 starts
 
 Miami
Top Prospect: RHP (#14) Cody Poteet (HiA Jupiter) 22 years old
2-0, 1.33 ERA, 27 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 16 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Mike King (LoA Greensboro) 21 years old
2-1, 3.00 ERA, 24 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 27 K in 5 appearances with 4 starts
 
 
Milwaukee
Top Prospect: RHP (#24) Corbin Burnes (HiA Carolina) 22 years old
1-0, 1.65 ERA, 27.1 IP, 20 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 27 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Thomas Jankins (LoA Wisconsin) 21 years old
0-1, 4.09 ERA, 22 IP, 21 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 17 K in 4 starts
 
 
New York Mets
Top Prospect: RHP (#14) Merandy Gonzalez (LoA Columbia) 21 years old
4-0, 0.00 ERA, 28.1 IP, 15 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 23 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP Jordan Humphreys (LoA Columbia) 20 years old
5-0, 1.71 ERA, 31.2 IP, 19 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 40 K in 5 starts
 
 
Philadelphia
Top Prospect: RHP (#21) Jose Taveras (HiA Clearwater) 23 years old
3-0, 1.59 ERA, 22.2 IP, 23 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 22 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: LHP Ranger Suarez (LoA Lakewood) 21 years old
1-0, 0.81 ERA, 22.1 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 30 K in 4 starts
 
 
Pittsburgh
Top Prospect: RHP (#28) Luis Escobar (LoA West Virginia) 20 years old
3-1, 3.29 ERA, 27.1 IP, 24 H, 10 ER, 6 BB, 45 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Cam Vieaux (LoA West Virginia) 23 years old
0-0, 1.61 ERA, 22.1 IP, 17 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K in 4 starts
 
 
San Diego
Top Prospect: LHP (#24)  Joey Lucchesi (HiA Lake Elsinore) 23 years old
1-0, 0.86 ERA, 21 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 27 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: LHP Jerry Keel (LoA Fort Wayne) 23 years old
1-1, 1.93 ERA, 23.1 IP, 18 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 27 K in 4 starts
 
 
San Francisco
Top Prospect: RHP (#17) Melvin Adon (LoA Augusta) 22 years old
0-2, 2.55 ERA, 17.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 20 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: LHP Conner Menez (HiA San Jose) 21 years old  *2017 “One to Watch”
2-0, 2.78 ERA, 22.2 IP, 24 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 22 K in 5 appearances with 4 starts
 
 
St. Louis
Top Prospect: RHP (#28) Jordan Hicks (LoA Peoria) 20 years old
3-0, 2.42 ERA, 26 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 20 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP Zac Gallen (HiA Palm Beach) 21 years old
2-1, 1.57 ERA, 23 IP, 19 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 29 K in 4 starts
 
 
Washington
Top Prospect: LHP (#27) Tyler Watson (LoA Hagerstown) 19 years old
0-1, 3.04 ERA, 26.2 IP, 23 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 34 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP McKenzie Mills (LoA Hagerstown) 21 years old
3-1, 2.18 ERA, 20.2 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 28 K in 4 starts
 
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