June 20, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Jim McDade (Northwest Tri-City – San Diego) 24 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 1.78 ERA, 25.1 IP, 18 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 25 K in 6 appearances with 2 starts
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Sandy Baez (HiA Lakeland – Detroit) 23 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Season Stats: 2-6, 4.93 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 25 ER, 15 BB, 49 K in 9 starts

DSL
RHP Luis Rosario (DSL Rangers – Texas) 20 years old
7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3.71 ERA 
  • This is Rosario’s 4th season in the DSL, but will still only be 20 years-old throughout this season. He’s got a twin brother (Ronald) in the Seattle Mariners system, who made his U.S. debut this week in the Northwest League in rightfield with the Everett AquaSox.
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 Luis Ledo (Great Falls – Chicago White Sox) 22 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, Win 1-0, 1.50 ERA  
  • The White Sox gave Ledo a shot with LoA Kannapolis, but had to “shuffle” (pun intended) him to Great Falls after posting a 11.25 ERA in 5 appearances. He’s proven to be much better in the starting role, when he posted a 1.17 ERA in 38.1 innings with 32 strikeouts and 10 walks last season with the AZL White Sox.

Short-Season League
RHP Jim McDade (Northwest Tri-City – San Diego) 24 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 1.78 ERA, 25.1 IP, 18 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 25 K in 6 appearances with 2 starts
  • McDade was signed as a 2016 non-drafted free agent out of Millersville University (Pa.). The 6’5 ” 190 lb right-hander was the ace of the Marauders last season in going 12-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 starts and 70 K’s in 91.1 innings and just 9 walks. Over his last two seasons at Millersville, McDade only walked 20 batters in 172.2 innings of work. This translated into his pro debut with the AZL Padres in posting a 5-1 record (2 saves) with a 1.59 ERA and 27:6 K:BB rate in 18 appearances (34 IP). He was assigned to LoA Fort Wayne to begin 2017 and provided more of the same (2.45 ERA, 18 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 15 K) in 5 appearances with one start. Four of his 5 earned runs occurred during an appearance on June 1st. He got his first career start last week and went 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run. He was sent down to Tri-City, as the pitching staff needed to be paired down to allow Wilmer Torres‘ return from the DL. Look for McDade to acquire further innings as a starter at the lower level. He could be a late-blooming long relief type in the future.
LoA
 No Games Scheduled – All-Star Break
 
HiA
RHP Sandy Baez (HiA Lakeland – Detroit) 23 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Season Stats: 2-6, 4.93 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 25 ER, 15 BB, 49 K in 9 starts
  • Baez’s gameday strikeout totals are beginning to climb. He made a daily mention on June 8th when he sat-down 7 over 6 innings and then followed-up hitting a career high 9 K’s last week, again over 6 innings.  He missed being listed last week, as he also gave up 4 walks. After missing nearly a month on the DL (oblique strain) in mid-April, the 2011 non-drafted signee had his best outing last night in surpassing his career-high with 11 strikeouts. Baez is the Tigers 13th ranked prospect by Baseball America, but has yet to provide a strong enough radar signal through my system. He has a quality fastball, but lacks the secondaries to propel him into elite prospect status. His ceiling could be that of a late-inning bullpen option.
 
Top Relief Pitcher Performance
RHP Cody Clark (Northwest Hillsboro – Arizona) 23 years old
3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
 
RADAR BLIP
RHP Austin Franklin (NYPL Hudson Valley – Tampa Bay) 19 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Win 1-0, 1.80 ERA
  • The Rays 3rd round pick last season takes the next step with the Renegades after a successful 2016 debut in the Gulf Coast League. 
 

 

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