June 3, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

Hey UTR Readers…Its been awhile since I’ve chimed-in. Things having been rolling along with the daily’s in the LoA & HiA Leagues. I hope that you have a few prospects on your short-list. If you don’t, then I have some more for consideration, as the Top UTR Pitchers for May will be posted very soon. The American League will be first-up sometime early in the week. Also, the Dominican Summer League kicked-off their season and the initial problem of getting boxscores continues to haunt us, as they again are slow getting info North. It usually takes a few days for that to work out…so expect to see the kids of Latin America to grace the posts in the coming days. The Rookie Leagues then fire-up later next week and let’s not forget about the First-Year Draft on June 12th. Thats important, in that those drafted will fill-out the Rookie League rosters, so it always fun to see what UTR kid jumps out to a quick start. 
 
All this activity will create a format change with the daily mentions. If your new to the site, once all the leagues are in full-swing…..I will be highlighting the best performance from each league. I will also mention the overall best Relief appearance and the pitcher which just missed the cut, which I call the “Radar Blip”.
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TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Duncan Robinson (LoA South Bend – Chicago) 23 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K 1.34 ERA
Season Stats: 5-2, 1.34 ERA, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 43 K in 11 appearances with 6 starts 
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
LHP Brock Burke (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 6-0, 1.10 ERA, 57.1 IP, 37 H, 7 ER, 20 BB, 59 K in 10 starts
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Duncan Robinson (LoA South Bend – Chicago) 23 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K 1.34 ERA
Season Stats: 5-2, 1.34 ERA, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 43 K in 11 appearances with 6 starts 
  • Robinson with another 7 inning one-run performance, Of his 11 appearances, last years 9th round pick has only allowed more that one earn run once (2 ER on 4/23). He’s now gone three starts in-a-row, allowing one earn run per start, and 36.1 innings with only 4 earned runs crossing home plate. Now on to the good parts of his outings; command and control with only 3 walks issued over his last 40 innings and an increase of strikeouts the last two starts. Yesterday he set a personal best as a pro with 9 strikeouts, surpassing his previous high of 8 during his last start. Robinson currently ranks 4th with a 1.34 ERA amongst Midwest League pitchers and 3rd in WHIP (0.84) amongst all LoA qualified pitchers.
 
National League – Starters
RHP Matt Blandino (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 21 years old
5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • This was Blandino’s LoA debut. Known as a finesse-type arm, the 19th round pick last year was very successful in his AZL pro debut last season.  In 36.1 innings, the righty went 1-1, 2.30 ERA, and 30 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 8 appearances with 5 starts.
RHP Jose Taveras (HiA Clearwater – Philadelphia) 23 years old
9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Win 5-2, 2.23 ERA
LHP Grant Borne (HiA Potomac – Washington) 23 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1.09 ERA
  • Its been almost a year to the day that Grant Borne made his debut here at UTRMinors. He made 21 appearances (2 starts) with LoA Hagerstown in 2016 and posted very respectable numbers in his sophomore season. The Nicholls State product (7th Rd-2015) is enjoying that success at the HiA level in 2017, as the Nationals are stretching him out sooner in the starter role.  In four appearances to begin the season, Borne went 15 innings without allowing an earned run and a 11:3 K:BB rate. On an apparent pitch count, the lefty threw 73 pitches in his first Potomac start last week, giving up 2 ER in 3.2 innings. He made his longest outing of his career yesterday (6 IP) in a pitchers dual with 2016 UTR OAS Shao-Ching Chiang (Cleveland) and getting the no-decision.
RHP Tom Hatch (HiA Myrtle Beach – Chicago Cubs) 22 years old
6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win 1-5, 4.53 ERA 
  • Hatch picks up his first win of the season, but has been pitching great of late. Over his last three starts, the 3rd rounder (2016) has only allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 22 with 4 walks over 16.2 innings
RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 21 years old
6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.44 ERA
National League – Relief
RHP Ryan Hendrix (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 22 years old
1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Save (2), 1.08 ERA 

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

LHP Brock Burke (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 6-0, 1.10 ERA, 57.1 IP, 37 H, 7 ER, 20 BB, 59 K in 10 starts
  • Hard to believe with the seasons that Burke and Duncan Robinson are having, that today is the first either have been featured for their top performances. Both are mirror-images in that they are very stingy in allowing baserunners and are just starting to miss bats more frequently. Burke broke his string of six straight outing of only giving up one earn run with six scoreless innings yesterday. The 3rd round pick in 2014 also set a career-high with 10 strikeouts of the 22 batters he faced. The southpaw is just above Robinson in the the Midwest League, ranked 3rd with his 1.10 ERA. His has harnessed his command because over half of his issued walks occurred during his first four starts. His K-BB rate over his last 20 innings stands at 29:4.
   
American League – Starters 
LHP Zach Muckenhirn (LoA Delamarva – Baltimore) 22 years old
7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.10 ERA 
  • Orioles #28 ranked prospect
RHP Andrew Vinson (LoA Burlington – Los Angeles Angels) 23 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
 
A.J. Puk (HiA Stockton – Oakland) 22 years old
6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, Win 4-4, 3.51 ERA
  • Athletics top pitching prospect (#2)
American League – Relief
RHP Spencer Moran (LoA Bowling Green – Tampa Bay) 21 years old
2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 
 
 
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