May 24, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Ranger Suarez (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 21 years old
7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 3-1, 2.01 ERA, 44.2 IP, 33 H, 10 ER, 13 BB, 56 K in 8 starts 
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
RHP Mike Shawaryn (LoA Greenville – Boston) 22 years old
6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Season Stats: 3-2, 3.61 ERA, 47.1 IP, 40 H, 19 ER, 10 BB, 69 K in 9 starts 
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
LHP Ranger Suarez (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 21 years old
7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 3-1, 2.01 ERA, 44.2 IP, 33 H, 10 ER, 13 BB, 56 K in 8 starts
  • It’s been since Opening Day where a pitcher and the reliever from the same team share the top honor of the day. Suarez makes his second NL Top Pitcher of the Day mention (April 20th) and so does Will Hibbs (below) in teaming-up to shutout Greensboro (Miami) last night. The Venezuelan southpaw is no doubt, my favorite under the radar prospect, but hasn’t received the touting (IMO) he deserves. He hit my radar during his third season in the VSL, where he went 5-4 with a 1.56 ERA over 80.2 innings and a ridiculous 78:1 K:BB ratio. The then 18 year-old narrowly missed being the #1 UTR Organizational All-Star in 2014, and I firmly stamped him “too intriguing to dismiss”. I strongly felt an assignment to short-season Williamsport (NYPL) would fall on Suarez to begin the 2015 season and disappointment followed. He was sent to extended Spring training and then off to the Gulf Coast League where things slowed down, but not his performance. He arrived in the New York-Penn League in 2016 and continued to post very good numbers; and again remained on the down-low by not cracking any of the Phillies prospect rankings. Everybody is watching how he would perform in his first full season and the report card thus far displays an A minus. Last night the Top UTR Pitcher for April matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings, his longest outing since arriving in the U.S.
National League – Starters
RHP Jordan Humphreys (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 20 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win 7-1, 1.57 ERA 
  • It’s been over a month since Humphreys got the top nod, but he continues to be the hottest UTR pitcher in 2017. The high school draft pick from 2015 remains ranked across most top peripheral stats, including the LoA best with a 1.97 FIP. Of his 8 starts, the Top UTR Pitcher for April has gone at least 6 innings, except in his LoA debut (April 8th) where he went 5.2 innings, but struck out nine.
LHP Tyler Watson (LoA Hagerstown – Washington) 20 years old
6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win 5-1, 3.42 ERA
RHP Antonio Santillan (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 20 years old
8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.35 ERA
  • The #11 ranked Mets prospect enjoyed the longest outing of his career last night with his second consecutive scoreless start. Santillan was the Top NL Pitcher of the Day on May 8th when he  struck out 10 over 6 innings.
RHP Jordan Sheffield (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 21 years old
6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.38 ERA
  • Dodgers #12 prospect
 
National League – Relief
RHP Will Hibbs (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 23 years old
1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Save (6)
  • Another appearance by Hibbs, another 4 batters unable to generate a run against the 6’7″- 245 lb. right-hander. The scoreless streak now stands at 24 innings. This is Hibbs second mention as the Top Reliever – May 16th

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

RHP Mike Shawaryn (LoA Greenville – Boston) 22 years old
6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Season Stats: 3-2, 3.61 ERA, 47.1 IP, 40 H, 19 ER, 10 BB, 69 K in 9 starts
  • Shawaryn sits outside the Red Sox prospect Top Ten at #12 and makes his third mention as the AL Pitcher of the Day – April 24th, May 6th. Ever since giving up 9 earn runs in two innings on April 8th, the right-hander hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his last 8 starts, trimming his ERA (3.61). He supplanted Scott Moss (Reds) as the current strikeout leader (69) amongst all LoA pitchers.
 
 American League – Starters 
RHP Matthias Dietz (LoA Delmarva – Baltimore) 21 years old
6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5.62 ERA
  • The 2nd round pick from 2016 throws an outing without posting a crooked number in the earned run column.
RHP Alfred Gutierrez (LoA West Michigan – Detroit) 21 years old
7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, Win 4-2, 3.43 ERA
RHP Justin Maese (LoA Lansing – Toronto) 20 years old
7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, Win 5-2, 4.21 ERA
  • The Blue Jays #11 ranked prospect strikes out a career-high 12 batters last night.
RHP Jon Duplantier (LoA Kane County – Arizona) 22 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Win 5-0, 0.56 ERA
RHP Andrew Vinson (LoA Burlington – Los Angeles Angels) 23 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, Loss 2-5, 5.93 ERA
 
RHP Matt Esparza (HiA Lynchburg – Cleveland) 22 years old
6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.26 ERA
 
American League – Relief
 RHP Greyfer Eregua (HiA Inland Empire – Los Angeles Angels) 23 years old
2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.20 ERA 
  • Eregua also has a scoreless streak going. Since a three inning start on April 28th, the righty hasn’t allowed a earned run in 14 innings.
 
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