June 22, 2017 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Scooter Hightower (NYPL West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 23 years old
5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K in 2 appearances with 1 start
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Shane Bieber (Lynchburg – Cleveland) 22 years old
8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 5-4, 3.24 ERA, 86 IP, 97 H, 31 ER, 5 BB, 80 K in 14 starts

DSL
RHP Emilio Ferrebus (DSL Cubs – Chicago) 19 years old
7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, Win 2-1, 1.80 ERA 
 
Gulf Coast League
Play begins on June 26th
 
Arizona League
Play begins on June 24th
 
Appy League
RHP Joel Peguero (Princeton – Tampa Bay) 20 years old
5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1.80 ERA  

Pioneer League
RHP Matt Blandino (Billings – Cincinnati) 21 years old
6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, Win 2-2, 3.98 ERA 
  • 19th round pick in 2016 got some work at LoA Dayton where he alternated between starts and the bullpen. Sans one bad appearance, Blandino fared OK at the advanced level, but needs to limit contact. No doubt the control is there, with 16 strikeouts and zero walks over 20.1 innings.
Short-Season League
RHP Scooter Hightower (NYPL West Virginia – Pittsburgh) 23 years old
5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, Win
Season Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K in 2 appearances with 1 start
  • The 6’6″- 215 lb. Hightower probably thought he would return to West Virginia in 2017, but not with the short-season Black Bears. He did spend most of last season in the bullpen at Monongalia County Ballpark and then a late season promotion to the LoA WV Power across the way in Charleston. He went 4-5 with a 2.38 ERA over 45.1 innings, striking out 45 and allowing 7 walks in long relief. An assignment to LoA West Virginia had to be in the cards, but now the 15th round pick (2015) finds himself back in the NewYork-Penn League and in the rotation. Hightower hasn’t started a game since his pro debut season with Appy League Bristol in 2015. Hightower looked the part of a full-time starter last night throwing a 5-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts (career-high). Let’s wait to see where the 2016 UTR Organizational All-Star lands after this outing.
LoA
RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (Cedar Rapids – Minnesota) 22 years old
6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, Win 7-3, 4.74 ERA 
 
HiA
RHP Shane Bieber (Lynchburg – Cleveland) 22 years old
8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win
Season Stats: 5-4, 3.24 ERA, 86 IP, 97 H, 31 ER, 5 BB, 80 K in 14 starts
  • Never mind that Bieber currently holds a 10.2 H9 rate (97 hits in 86 IP), he’s enjoying a breakout season thus far. After going 2-3 with a 3.10 ERA and gaudy 31.00 K/BB ratio (31 K / 1 BB) over 5 starts with 29 innings, he was promoted to Lynchburg at the end of April. He took his control with him surrendering only 4 walks along with 49 strikeouts over 57 HiA innings. The 2-time AL POD (April 14th & June 11th) matched his career-high with 11 K’s in his longest outing as a pro. You would be hard to find the 4th round pick from last year on any prospect list for the Indians, but that should change heading into 2018.
 
 
Top Relief Pitcher Performance
RHP Tony Gonsolin (HiA Rancho Cucamonga – Los Angeles Dodgers) 23 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, Win 3-4, 4.14 ERA 
 
 
RADAR BLIP
RHP Scott Blewett (HiA Wilmington – Kansas City) 21 years old
6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 3.92 ERA 
 

 

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