May 18, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Cody Reed (LoA Kane County – Arizona) 20 years old
9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, Win
Season Stats: 3-1, 1.08 ERA, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 47 K in 7 starts 
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
RHP Forrest Whitley (LoA Quad Cities – Houston) 19 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Season Stats: 1-2, 3.60 ERA, 20 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 31 K in 5 starts 
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Cody Reed (LoA Kane County – Arizona) 20 years old
9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, Win
Season Stats: 3-1, 1.08 ERA, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 47 K in 7 starts 
  • The 2015 UTR Organizational All-Star gets his first complete game with a 3-hitter and picking up the win over his AL POD counterpart Forrest Whitley. It’s the second scoreless outing for the 2nd round pick (2014) after going eight innings last week. Reed has only alowed 2 earned runs over his last 27.2 innings (31 K / 4 BB).
 
National League – Starters
LHP Garrett Williams (LoA Augusta – San Francisco) 22 years old
5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Won 1-0, 0.00 ERA 
  • The 7th round pick from 2016 has above-average stuff, but suffered from control issues coming out of Oklahoma State. After a quick pro debut stint with the AZL Giants, Williams’ issues reared it head while at short-season Salem-Keizer with a 5.0 BB9 rate. The southpaw made his first start of 2017 and it appears time in instructionals after spring training was well spent. Williams is ranked 24th within the Giants system.
RHP Merandy Gonzalez (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 21 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1.59 ERA
  • The 2015 UTR Organizational All-Star just missed repeating last season, but he’s pitching his way in a return for 2017. Sans a horrible outing on May 3rd where he allowed 7 of his 8 earned runs over 5 innings, Gonzalez has been lights out. The right-handed Dominican has been very stingy on base-runners, being ranked within the top 3 of all LoA pitchers with a 0.77 WHIP.
  • NL Top Prospect Pitcher -April 2017
RHP Derian Gonzalez (HiA Palm Beach – St Louis) 22 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win 1-5, 6.00 ERA
RHP Dario Agrazal (HiA Bradenton – Pittsburgh) 22 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2.49 ERA 
 
RHP Touki Toussaint (HiA Florida – Atlanta) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, Loss 1-5, 6.92 ERA
  • Cant fault the 1-5 record and 6.92 ERA all on the former 1st rounder (2014 – Arizona). A closer look would blame the 46% LOB rate, .310 batting average with runners on-base, and the unlucky .330 BABIP. Going much deeper, you would see that the FireFrogs defense has plenty of holes, in leading the Florida State League with 60 errors, 10 occurring over Toussaints’ 8 starts. On the bright side, the 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star is sporting a 11.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 rate.
RHP Matt Solter (HiA San Jose – Giants) 23 years old
7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win 3-1, 1.29 ERA
 
LHP Eric Lauer (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 21 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Win 1-2, 1.56 ERA
  • Lauer gets that elusive first full season win. The Padres #13 ranked prospect hasn’t allowed an earned run in last 20 innings. He’s racked up 25 strikeouts with only 4 walks over that time and leads all HiA pitchers with his 1.56 ERA.
National League – Relief
RHP Dylan Prohoroff (LoA West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 22 years old
2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.93 ERA
  •  Scoreless over his last 8.1 innings

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

RHP Forrest Whitley (LoA Quad Cities – Houston) 19 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Season Stats: 1-2, 3.60 ERA, 20 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 31 K in 5 starts 
  • Whitley found himself in a pitchers duel with Cody Reed, who got the NL POD nod with his complete game 3-hitter. It was a nice bounce back start for the #6 ranked Astro prospect after allowing 4 earned runs in each of his last 2 outings.
 
 American League – Starters 
RHP Daniel Gonzalez (LoA Greenville – Boston) 21 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, Win 5-0, 2.23 ERA
RHP Anthony Castro (LoA West Michigan – Detroit) 22 years old
6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.38 ERA
 
RHP Patrick Murphy (LoA Lansing – Toronto) 21 years old
7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, Win 3-1, 3.51 ERA
 
LHP Domenick Carlini (LoA Cedar Rapids – Minnesota) 23 years old
6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Win 2-2, 4.73 ERA
 
LHP Ryan Borucki (HiA Dunedin – Toronto) 23 years old
5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, Win 1-1, 4.11 ERA
  • Borucki has been in the Blue Jays system since 2012 (15th Rd) but never gained traction due to a series of injuries. Despite that, I named Borucki as my 2015 “One to Watch” and the projectable lefty was ranked 14th within the Toronto system entering that season. Boric was assigned to HiA Dunedin to start 2016, but he drowned with a 14.40 ERA over 6 starts. A reset to LoA Lansing better suited the 6′ 4″ 175 lbs lefty, where he got on-track and made my 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star roster.
RHP Zack Littell (HiA Tampa – New York Yankees) 21 years old
7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, Win 4-1, 2.29 ERA
American League – Relief
RHP Carlos Navas (HiA Stockton – Oakland) 24 years old
2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, Win 3-0, 0.50 ERA 
  •  The 2016 and 2015 UTR Organizational All-Star surrenders his first earned run of 2017. This Navas’ third appearance on this list – April 25th & May 10th
 
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