April 14, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

I want to begin today with a really feel-good story. Back in 2014, I was able to see St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Daniel Poncedeleon during his time with Short-season State College. He went on to have a solid debut season with the Spikes, and was named to my inaugural UTR Organizational All-Star roster for the Cards. The 9th round pick (2014) was then named as a UTR “One to Watch” for the 2015 season. The future was looking bright, as the righty was assigned to begin 2016 with Double-A Springfield, and continued to excel. But tragedy occurred last May when Poncedeleon was struck in the head by a comebacker and was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. Miraculously, the 26 year-old has returned to the mound with Triple-A Memphis this season, and last night posted a career-high with 12 strikeouts. In 3 appearances thus far, Poncedeleon has put up a 0.82 ERA ( 1 ER in 11 IP). Here’s the story from Milb.com’s Josh Horton.
 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Joey Marciano (LoA Augusta – San Francisco) 23 year old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.82 ERA
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Justin Garza (HiA Lynchburg – Cleveland) 24 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
 

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Joey Marciano (LoA Augusta – San Francisco) 23 year old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.82 ERA
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE 
RHP Justin Garza (HiA Lynchburg – Cleveland) 24 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
 
LoA Mentions – Starters
 
RHP Odalvi Javier (LoA Rome- Atlanta) 21 years old
4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K 
 

HiA Mentions – Starters
 
RHP Wil Crowe (HiA Potomac – Washington) 23 years old
5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.60 ERA, Win 2-0
 
RHP Ian Anderson (HiA Florida – Atlanta) 20 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3.12 ERA
 
LHP Cam Roegner (HiA Carolina – Milwaukee) 24 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
 
RHP Pedro Avila (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 21 years old
7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 3.09 ERA, Win 1-1
  • Avila has been a UTR mainstay since his debut back in 2015. That season he was with the Washington Nationals and was named to their UTR Organizational All-Star roster. He was my 2016 “One to Watch” and would have, once again, been UTR-OAS at the end of season, if he hadn’t been traded to San Diego. He earned a “Watch Worthy” notation after last season, as he solidified another UTR-OAS spot with the Padres.
 

National League – Relief
 
LHP Ronny Agustin (HiA Bradenton – Pittsburgh) 23 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.08 ERA
 
American League – Relief
 
RHP Joe Barlow (LoA Hickory – Texas) 23 years old
2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA, Hold (1)
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