TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE RHP Antonio Santillan (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 20 years old 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, Win Season Stats: 2-2, 3.55 ERA, 33 IP, 28 H, 13 ER, 18 BB, 35 K in 7 starts
- Cincinnati’s 2nd round pick in 2015, who sits just outside the Reds Top 10 at #11, had a bounce-back outing last night. Santillan gave up 4 earned runs and 4 walks over 4 innings during his last time out on May 3rd. He’s been struggling with his control, posting a career 5.1 BB9 rate, but thats to be expected in only his 3rd season since being drafted out of high school. It’s the third time that Santillan has struck out ten with Dayton. His career-high (12) was with Billings last season.
- Humphreys continues to be solid each time out. He picks up his League leading 6th win and is also tops amongst all LoA pitchers with 49 strikeouts.
- Top UTR Pitcher – April
- It’s been awhile since we heard from Scholtens after he was my 2017 debut Top NL Pitcher of the Day for April 6th. But he’s been steady over his 6 starts, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 4.11 K/BB ratio.
- The Diamondbacks #9 ranked prospect went four straight starts (20.1 IP) without allowing an earned run to begin the season. That ended his last time out with three ER over five innings last week. He bounced back last night with 6 scoreless innings to lower to his ERA to 0.86
- Top Prospect Pitcher – April
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE RHP Jonathan Hernandez (LoA Hickory – Texas) 20 years old 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, Win Season Stats: 2-3, 3.49 ERA, 28.1, 36 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 31 K in 6 starts
- Hickory was pitted against Hagerstown (Nationals) yesterday and the Suns hitters must have been given the green light against Hernandez. The Crawdad’s lanky righty matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts. Even after Hernandez was relieved in the 5th inning, Matt Ball and Tyler Ferguson nabbed 6 more K’s, (three a piece) to secure Hernandez’ second win. His successful U.S. debut in 2015 with the AZL Rangers impressed scouts enough to earn a #20 ranking with Baseball America. He was assigned to full season Hickory last year where he posted a respectable 17% strikeout rate for a 19 year old. His low’s 90’s fastball can reach up to 95 mph, which improved his BA ranking to #17 entering 2017.
- Wells was 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star and my choice as the Orioles’ “One to Watch” for 2017. He’s earned the AL Top UTR Pitcher of the Month for April. Wells has only allowed two earned runs over his last 25.1 innings, with only 15 strikeouts to two walks. The Australian lefty is currently ranked #25 within the Orioles system.
- Tigers #5 ranked prospect
- Sans a bad outing on April 28th, Clark has been strong during his first taste of full season ball.