June 8, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Luis Reyes (Hi Potomac – Washington) 22 years old
8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats:5-5, 4-6 ERA, 68.2 IP, 66 H, 31 ER, 20 BB, 72 K
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
RHP Triston McKenzie (HiA Lynchburg – Atlanta) 19 years old
7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, Win
Season Stats: 4-3, 2.51 ERA, 64.2 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 24 BB, 84 K
 
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Luis Reyes (Hi Potomac – Washington) 22 years old
8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
  • Looking at Reyes’ game logs, it’s clear that he’s improving with each outing. Last night he went a career best 8 innings and matched his career-high 10 strikeouts. It also was his second scoreless start, that extends to 17 innings dating back to his May 27th performance. He’s racked up 17 strikeouts without issuing a walk over his last 14 innings and 42 K’s / 4 BB’s over the last 31.1 innings. This is Reyes’ 5th season within the Nats system which he blossomed out of the DSL, only spending 3 months there, before being brought to the U.S. to the Gulf Coast League. This is Reyes’ 2nd UTR-POD mention – May 16th.
 
National League – Starters
RHP Brandon Gold (LoA Asheville – Colorado) 22 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win 3-4, 4.45 ERA 
 
RHP Gary Cornish (LoA Columbia – New York Mets) 23 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win 1-1, 2,19 ERA
  • Cornish earns his first pro win in only his second start since being taken in the 19th round in 2016. With short-season Brooklyn (NYPL) in 2016, the 6’3″- 225 lb. right-hander posted a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings with a 44:3 K:BB rate.
RHP Jacob Waguespack (HiA Clearwater – Philadelphia) 23 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, Win 3-2, 2.55 ERA
LHP Caleb Ferguson (HiA Rancho Cucamonga – Los Angeles Dodgers) 20 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.26 ERA
 
RHP Jacob Nix (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 21 years old
7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 3.00 ERA
  • 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star
 
National League – Relief
RHP Dakota Mekkes (LoA South Bend – Chicago Cubs) 22 years old
1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.58 ERA
 
Dominican Summer League
RHP Moises Lugo (DSL Padres – San Diego) 18 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, Win 1-0
 

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Triston McKenzie (HiA Lynchburg – Atlanta) 19 years old
7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, Win

Season Stats: 4-3, 2.51 ERA, 64.2 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 24 BB, 84 K
  • It’s early in his career, but McKenzie is quickly attaining the status of “this kid is a stud” before turning 20-years old. The teenager is currently leading all HiA League pitchers in strikeouts (84), opposing batting average (.153), and second in WHIP (0.90). The 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star was one K away from matching his personal best 14 strikeouts last night. He’s been the Indians UTR Top Pitching Prospect for April and May. McKenzie currently has a ridiculously low .218 BABIP. Will that regress back to the baseline .275/.300? Over the last two seasons in the Carolina League, the average BABIP based in 130+ innings was around .270 (Jonathan Martinez – 2016 and David Hess – 2015). Martinez had a .211 BABIP in 116 innings with Myrtle Beach in 2015 and repeated HiA in 2016 to post a normal .278 in 131 innings. Something to watch with McKenzie to the rest of the way. This is his 2nd UTR-POD mention – May 9th.
 
 American League – Starters 
RHP Nick Green (LoA Charleston – New York Yankees) 22 years old
7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Win 4-4, 2.75 ERA
 
RHP Robert Dugger (LoA Clinton – Seattle) 21 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win 2-1, 2.37 ERA
 
RHP Brody Koerner (HiA Tampa – New York Yankees) 23 years old
5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, Win 1-1, 3.00 ERA
 
RHP Sandy Baez (HiA Lakeland – Detroit) 23 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, Win 1-6, 6.34 ERA
  • After 5 straight losses, the #24 ranked pitching prospect for the Tigers picks-up the win last night.
RHP Nick Neidert (HIA Modesto – Seattle) 20 years old
6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Loss 5-2, 3.16 ERA
 
American League – Relief
RHP Gerson Bautista – (HiA Salem – Boston) 22 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.88 ERA 
 
Dominican Summer League
RHP Jhonatan Munoz (DSL Yankees – New York) 17 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, Win 1-0
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