UTRMinors – Top “Minors” American League Pitchers for May 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. The best of the National League for May can be found here….Its coming up next. Here’s the Tops from last month……NL/AL

Baltimore

Top Prospect: RHP (#14) Michael Baumann (LoA Delmarva / Hi Frederick) 22 years old *Promoted to Hi-A*
5-0, 0.96 ERA, 37.2 IP, 21 H, 4 ER, 12 BB, 30 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 7-0, 1.43 ERA, 56.2 IP, 35 H, 9 ER, 21 BB, 57 K in 10 starts
 
UTR: RHP Cristian Alvarado (HiA Frederick) 23 years old
3-1, 2.35 ERA, 30.2 IP, 27 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 25 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-3, 3.57 ERA, 53 IP, 53 H, 21 ER, 12 BB, 39 K in 9 starts
 
Boston

Top Prospect:    No Ranked Prospect Qualified

 
UTR: RHP Denyi Reyes (LoA Greenville ) 21 years old
2-2, 1.66 ERA, 38 IP, 26 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 37 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 4-3, 2.26 ERA, 59.2 IP, 48 H, 15 ER, 6 BB, 65 K in 11 appearances with 8 starts
 
 
Cleveland
Top Prospect: LHP (#29) Elijah Morgan (LoA Lake County / Hi Lynchburg) 22 years old  *Promoted to HiA*
2-0, 2.70 ERA, 30 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 33 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 3-0, 2.08 ERA, 56.1 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 10 BB, 68 K in 10 starts
UTR: RHP  Gregori Vasquez (LoA Lake County) 20 years old
0-1, 4.22 ERA, 32 IP, 37 H, 15 ER, 7 BB, 18 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 1-2, 3.57 ERA, 53 IP, 53 H, 21 ER, 12 BB, 37 K in 11 appearances with 7 starts
 
 
Chicago White Sox
Top Prospect: RHP (#10) Dylan Cease (HiA Winston-Salem) 22 years old
4-1, 3.05 ERA, 32.1 IP, 30 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 40 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 6-2, 2.96 ERA, 51.2 IP, 43 H, 25 ER, 24 BB, 64 K in 10 starts
 
UTR: RHP Blake Battenfield (LoA Kannapolis) 23 years old
4-0, 1.16 ERA, 31 IP, 19 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 35 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-1, 1.57 ERA, 51.2 IP, 33 H, 11 ER, 10 BB, 56 K in 10 starts
 
Detroit
Top Prospect: LHP (#29) Austin Sodders (HiA Lakeland) 23 years old
3-0, 2.59 ERA, 24.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 25 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 3-2, 4.05 ERA, 46.2 IP, 36 H, 21 ER, 8 BB, 41 K in 8 starts
 
UTR: RHP Elvin Rodriguez (LoA West Michigan) 20 years old   (“2017 One to Watch”)
2-1, 3.33 ERA, 27 IP, 25 H, 10 ER, 11 BB, 33 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 3-2, 4.20 ERA, 40.2 IP, 42 H, 19 ER, 15 BB, 48 K in 8 starts
 
Houston
Top Prospect: RHP (#8) Jorge Alcala (HiA Buies Creek / Double-A Corpus Christie) 22 years old  *Promoted to Double-A*
1-1, 3.00 ERA, 24 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 27 K in 6 appearances with 3 starts
Season Stats: 1-4, 3.24 ERA, 41.2 IP, 29 H, 15 ER, 19 BB, 49 K in 11 appearances with 7 starts
 
UTR: RHP Yohan Ramirez (LoA Quad Cities) 23 years old
3-2, 1.59 ERA, 28.1 IP, 19 H, 5 ER, 13 BB, 23 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 4-4, 2.75 ERA, 39.1 IP, 30 H, 12 ER, 19 BB, 38 K in 10 appearances with 8 starts
 
Kansas City
Top Prospect:  RHP (#17) Carlos Hernandez (LoA Lexington) 21 years old
2-2, 4.13 ERA, 24 IP, 18 H, 11 ER, 8 BB, 28 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Andres Sotillet (LoA Lexington) 21 years old
2-0, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 8 BB, 11 K in 5 appearances with 4 starts
Season Stats: 3-2, 2.94 ERA, 49 IP, 57 H, 16 ER, 6 BB, 48 K in 9 appearances with 6 starts
 
Los Angles Angels
Top Prospect: RHP (#30) Joe Gatto (HiA Inland Empire) 22 years old
3-2, 3.38 ERA, 24 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 26 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-4, 5.54 ERA, 50.1 IP, 54 H, 31 ER, 24 BB, 56 K in 11 starts
 
UTR: RHP Luis Madero (LoA Burlington) 21 years old 
2-1, 2.54 ERA, 28.1 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 22 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 2-3, 2.97 ERA, 39.1 IP, 37 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 28 K in 9 starts
 
Minnesota
Top Prospect:  RHP Brusdar Graterol (LoA Cedar Rapids) 19 years old
2-1, 1.66 ERA, 21.2 IP, 14 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 29 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 2-1, 1.78 ERA, 25.1 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 36 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Sean Poppen (HiA Fort Myers) 23 years old *Promoted to Double-A*
1-2, 2.61 ERA, 20.2 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 11 BB, 24 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 1-3, 2.82 ERA, 38.1 IP, 33 H, 12 ER, 16 BB, 50 K in 9 appearances with 7 starts
 
 
New York Yankees
Top Prospect: RHP (#29) Rony Garcia (LoA Charleston) 20 years old
2-1, 2.45 ERA, 29.1 IP, 24 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 32 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 2-1, 2.45 ERA, 29.1 IP,24 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 32 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP JP Sears (LoA Charleston) 22 years old
0-3, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 6 ER, 23 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 0-4, 2.25 ERA, 40 IP,24 H, 10 ER, 7 BB, 37 K in 8 appearances with 7 starts
 
 
Oakland
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP Brian Howard (HiA Stockton) 23 years old
3-1, 2.80 ERA, 35.1 IP, 31 H, 11 ER, 4 BB, 34 K in 6 appearances with 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-3, 2.72 ERA, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 17 ER, 11 BB, 63 K in 10 appearances with 9 starts
 
Seattle
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP  Darren McCaughan (HiA Modesto) 22 years old *Promoted to Triple-A*

2-1, 0.86 ERA, 31.1 IP, 28 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 28 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 4-4, 1.84 ERA, 63.2 IP, 63 H, 13 ER, 10 BB, 54 K in 11 starts
 
Tampa Bay
Top Prospect: LHP (#3) Brendan McKay (LoA Bowling Green / HiA Charlotte) 22 years old  *Promoted to HiA*

3-1, 1.30 ERA, 27.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 35 K in 45 appearances with 3 starts
Season Stats: 4-1, 1.51 ERA, 41.2 IP, 17 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 59 K in 9 appearances with 7 starts
 
UTR: LHP Josh Fleming (LoA Bowling Green) 22 years old
2-0, 1.04 ERA, 26 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 20 K in 5 starts
 
Texas
Top Prospect: RHP (#17) Jonathan Hernandez (Hi Down East) 22 years old
1-1, 1.69 ERA, 32 IP, 16 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 45 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 4-2, 1.66 ERA, 54.1 IP, 30 H, 10 ER, 17 BB, 73 K in  9 starts
UTR: RHP Tyler Phillips (LoA Hickory) 20 years old  *2017 “One to Watch”
0-2, 2.86 ERA, 28.1 IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 30 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 2-4, 3.06 ERA, 50 IP, 50 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 53 K in 9 starts
 
Toronto
Top Prospect: No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: LHP Zach Logue (LoA Lansing / HiA Dunedin) 22 years old  *Promoted to HiA*
1-1, 2.25 ERA, 36 IP, 33 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 31 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 3-1, 2.45 ERA, 58.2 IP, 54 H, 16 ER, 14 BB, 48 K in  10 starts
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