UTRMinors – Top “Minors” American League Pitchers for April 2018

Here are the American League pitchers who are off to great starts to the 2018 season. We try our very best to follow the UTR criteria that we set forth when we created UTRMinors. That baseline criteria which differentiates the top prospect vs. an Under the Radar player is simply this: any player ranked in a system’s Top 10 or drafted above the 5th round is considered a top prospect….all others are under the radar kids. Of course, there could be a circumstance where the best top prospect performance may come from a pitcher that falls below this criteria. In this case, the top prospect would be those ranked within that teams Top 30 based by Baseball America. Missed the best of the National League for April?….click here

Baltimore

Top Prospect: LHP (#17) Zac Lowther (LoA Delmarva) 22 years old
2-1, 1.23 ERA, 22 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 39 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: LHP Cameron Bishop (LoA Delmarva) 22 years old
2-1, 1.44 ERA, 25 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 23 K in 4 starts
 
Boston

Top Prospect: RHP (#29) Roniel Raudes (HiA Salem) 20 years old
2-1, 2.92 ERA, 24.2 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 10 BB, 16 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Kutter Crawford (LoA Greenville – Boston) 22 years old
0-1, 2.25 ERA, 24 IP, 21 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 36 K in 5 starts
 
Cleveland
Top Prospect: LHP (#18) Sam Hentges (HiA Lynchburg – Cleveland) 21 years old
2-0, 2.13 ERA, 25.1 IP, 24 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 27 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP (#29) Elijah Morgan (LoA Lake County) 21 years old
1-0, 1.37 ERA, 26.1 IP, 19 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 35 K in 5 starts
 
Chicago White Sox
Top Prospect: RHP (#5) Dane Dunning (HiA Winston-Salem) 23 years old *Promoted to AA*
1-1, 2.59 ERA, 24.1 IP, 20 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 31 K in 4 HiA starts
 
UTR: LHP John Parke (LoA Kannapolis) 23 years old
3-1, 1.86 ERA, 29 IP, 22 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 23 K in 5 starts
 
Detroit
Top Prospect: RHP (#2) Alex Faedo (HiA Lakeland) 22 years old
0-2, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 25 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Eudis Idrogo (LoA West Michigan) 22 years old   (“2017 One to Watch”)
0-2, 0.38 ERA, 24 IP, 16 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 18 K in 4 starts
 
Houston
Top Prospect: RHP (#18) Corbin Martin (HiA Buies Creek) 22 years old  *Promoted to Double-A*
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 19 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 BB, 26 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
 
UTR: RHP Carson LaRue (HiA Buies Creek) 22 years old
1-0, 0.46 ERA, 19.2 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 20 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
 
Kansas City
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP Arnaldo Hernandez (HiA Wilmington) 22 years old
2-0, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 8 BB, 11 K in 5 appearances with 4 starts
 
Los Angles Angels
Top Prospect: LHP (#13) Jose Suarez (HiA Inland Empire) 20 years old *Promoted to Double-A* (2018 “One to Watch”)
0-1, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 18 K in 2 starts
 
UTR: RHP Mitchell Traver (LoA Burlington) 24 years old 
3-1, 1.47 ERA, 18.1 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 15 K in 4 starts
 
Minnesota
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP Tyler Wells (HiA Fort Myers) 23 years old
2-1, 3.63 ERA, 17.1 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 18 K in 4 starts
 
 
New York Yankees
Top Prospect: RHP (#18) Trevor Stephan (HiA Tampa) 22 years old
1-0, 1.66 ERA, 21.2 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 28 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (HiA Tampa) 22 years old  *Promoted to Double-A*
3-0, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP, 19 H, 3 ER, 1 ER, 26 K in 4 starts
 
 
Oakland
Top Prospect: LHP (#5) Jesus Luzardo (HiA Stockton) 20 years old *Promoted to Double-A*
2-1, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 25 K in 3 starts
 
UTR: RHP Brian Howard (HiA Stockton) 23 years old
2-2, 2.57 ERA, 21 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 29 K in 4 starts
 
Seattle
Top Prospect: RHP (#21) Oliver Jaskie (LoA Clinton) 22 years old
1-0, 2.00 ERA, 18 IP, 16 H, 4 ER, 11 BB, 22 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP (#26) Tommy Romero (LoA Clinton) 20 years old

2-1, 1.29 ERA, 21 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 28 K in 4 starts
 
Tampa Bay
Top Prospect: LHP (#3) Brendan McKay (LoA Bowling Green) 22 years old

1-0, 1.93 ERA, 14 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 24 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP Alex Valverde (LoA Bowling Green) 21 years old
2-1, 2.41 ERA, 18.2 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 10 BB, 17 K in 4 starts
 
Texas
Top Prospect: RHP (#17) Jonathan Hernandez (Hi Down East) 22 years old
3-1, 1.61 ERA, 22.1 IP, 14 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 28 K in 4 starts
 
UTR: RHP Tyler Phillips (LoA Hickory) 20 years old  *2017 “One to Watch”
2-2, 3.32 ERA, 21.2 IP, 21 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 23 K in 4 starts
 
Toronto
Top Prospect: RHP (#30) Yennsy Diaz (L0A Lansing) 21 years old *2016 “One to Watch”
3-0, 0.31 ERA, 28.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 13 BB, 29 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Graham Spraker (LoA Lansing) 23 years old
0-0, 2.30 ERA, 15.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 17 K in 4 appearances with 3 starts
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