- UTRMinors presents the top honor to Falter, who celebrates his 21st birthday today. Happy Birthday Bailey. The 5th round pick (2015) out of Chino Hills High School only blemish last night was a 2nd inning 2-run homer off the bat of Travis Blankenhorn. Falter had an impressive season in 2017 with LoA Lakewood. He posted a 8-7 record with a 2.99 ERA in 21 appearances (114.1 IP), with 105 K’s and 23 walks.
- Battenfield was a 2017 17th round draft pick out of Oklahoma State University. With the Cowboys, the 6’3″ 220 lb right-hander was utilized in the relief role. He remained in that role during his pro debut with Great Falls in the Pioneer League. There, he made 21 appearances and posted a cringe-worthy 4.88 ERA (10.1 H/9) over 31.1 innings. He showed promise with his 11.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 rates. Now in the rotation, Battenfield is flashing outstanding control with 11 strikeouts and only one walk across 3 starts. His 8 K’s last night marked a career-high as a pro.
LoA Mentions – Starters LHP Juan Hillman (LoA Lake County – Cleveland) 20 years old 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6.94 ERA RHP Xavier Altamirano (LoA Beloit – Oakland) 23 years old 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.79 ERA
- My 2017 “One to Watch” was used as a swingman (31 apps with 14 starts) last season with Beloit. His 2018 assignment signals that they liked what they saw from the 6’3″ 195 lb right-hander in the rotation, and are giving him a chance to start full-time. My system like Altamirano too, as he qualified as UTR Organizational All-Star in the relief role. Add his Factor Score as a starter, and he would have been the slid into final UTR-OAS starter spot for Oakland.
HiA Mentions – Starters LHP Scott Moss (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 23 years old 5 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7.56 ERA, Win 2-1 RHP Michel Baez (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 22 years old 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA, Loss 0-1
- Finally….a bright spot on my fantasy team. Im off to a horrible start with many on my MLB roster hitting the DL. I have Baez stashed and was waiting for his HiA debut. My minor league pitching roster also looks like a MASH unit, as Baez was dealing with a minor back issue. Luiz Gohara with an ankle injury and Jon Duplantier just coming back from a hamstring injury. Baez took the hard luck loss after giving up a leadoff walk in the second inning. A fielding error then ensued and the 6’8″ 220 lb Cuban righty issued another walk, then an RBI single. Three pitchers for the San Jose Giants (Mac Marshall, Sandro Cabrera, Dylan Rheault) teamed to throw nine scoreless innings.
National League – Relief RHP Zach Pop (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 21 years old 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.32 ERA American League – Relief RHP Matt Frawley (HiA Tampa – New York Yankees) 22 years old 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, Save
- Being utilized in late game situations, Frawley hasnt allowed any runs in 9 innings of work (6 appearances) with 14 strikeouts.