- First start of the season
DSL RHP Enmanuel Marcan (DSL Dodgers – Los Angeles) 18 years old 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Win 1-0, 1.88 ERA Gulf Coast League
Play begins on June 26th Arizona League
Play begins on June 24th Appy League Play begins on June 22nd
Pioneer League RHP Carlos Herrera (Helena – Milwaukee) 19 years old 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.50 ERA
- Today’s top NL Pitcher of the Day was a product of the Seattle Mariners system. And though he only spent one season in the DSL, he was a chip in the Adam Lind deal in December 2015. The Brewers brought the small framed (6′ 2″ 150 lbs) righty to the States in 2016 with the AZL Brewers. He worked 50 innings in the AZL, striking out 50 and only walking 12.
- Jimenez is long in the tooth to be starting 2017 in the Short-Season League. He turned 23 years-old back in December, but this is only his 3rd season as a pro. He only saw three DSL appearances (8.2 IP) in 2015 and two more in 2016 before coming over to the U.S. for a GCL assignment. With the GCL Blue Jays, Jimenez proved that he can control the strike zone with 48 K’s, 18 walks in 46.1 innings and 0.99 WHIP.
- I mentioned Ott during the 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star write-up to begin the 2017 season. He didn’t make the roster, but was amongst the middle-of-the-pack arms within the Rays system that could have easily slide into the #5 hole. The 25th round pick in 2013 by the Washington Nationals has strung together strong seasons and caught the eye of the Rays. He was included in a player swap during the 2014 off-season that sent Steven Souza to the Nats. He got taste of LoA ball at Hagerstown, but now with the Rays, he was assigned at short-season Hudson Valley. He repeated with the Renegades in 2016 and posted much improved numbers compared to 2015. With his resume, I named the southpaw as my “One to Watch” for 2017. He’s beginning to appear on others radar with a quick promotion to Charlotte from LoA Bowling Green. This is 2nd UTR-POD mention (May 17th).
- Torres make his 2nd appearance (May 22nd) and has posted a 27:5 K:BB rate over his last 15.2 innings.
- First start of the season for the 22nd round pick from 2016. The towering lefty (6′ 10″ 205 lbs) had a successful pro debut with the GCL Phillies in making 9 appearances (3-0, 2.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP).