Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 16, 2018

First, on behalf of UTRMinors.com, Jim and I would like to wish all the father’s  –  and single mothers  –  a very Happy Father’s Day. 

Secondly, the Florida State League regular season was on hold due to their annual All-Star Game, where the North defeated the South by a score of 5-0. Check out the box scorehere.*

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Oneil Cruz, SS – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League4-5, 2 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi
    • When reading the scouting report on Cruz, who came to the Pirates in the trade that sent reliever Tony Watson to the Dodgers in July 2017, the 6’6″ long-limbed Dominican native brings sick power and a canon arm to the field every day. His knock was his strikeouts and that he didn’t hit much for average. Enter 2018. My 2018 Pirates“One to Watch” choice is currently hitting 49 points (.304) above his career average (255), has cut down his strikeouts (by nearly 7 percent), upped his walk rate and has more than doubled his isolated power (ISO) from last season upon joining the Pirates. Oneil sits among the Sally League leaders in hits (73), RBi (39), total bases (125) and OPS (.885). For Oneil to show this much improvemt as a 19-year-old in full-season ball? That’s a scary thought for league opponents, but pure excitement for Pirates fans, especially when he’s improved this much as a hitter knowing that he already brings two plus-tools to the table.

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Ronaldo Hernandez, C – LoA Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) – Midwest League3-4, 2 HR (9,10), 3R, 3RBi
    • In the much-talked-about N.L. only fantasy league that Jim and I compete in, there are generally enough top prospects to choose from when looking for that next great kid you’d love to stash on your roster. But then there are those specific American League kids that you drool over, wishing that they “just played for National League organization.” Hernandez is one of those prospects (for me). There isn’t a thing he can’t do on both sides of the ball. He’s among the Midwest League leaders in home runs, doubles and total bases; and by seasons’s end, could (or should be) one of baseball’s top overall catching prospects. If you’re in a league where he’s available, shame every other owner first, then pick him up. You will reap rewards. 

National League:

William Contreras, C – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 3-4, HR (6), R, 2RBi, K

  • Jose Devers, 2B – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League3-4, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (7) 
  • Jerar Encarnacion, RF – SS Batavia Muckdogs (MIA) – New York-Penn League3-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Jhailyn Ortiz, RF – LoA Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) – Sally League1-3, HR (5), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Nick Banks, RF – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League3-5, HR (6), 2B, 3R, 5RBi, K, SB (10) 
  • Omar Meregildo, 1B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League3-5, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi, K 
  • Jake Scudder, DH – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League2-5, HR (3), R, 2RBI, 2K 
  • Kameron Esthay, LF – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League1-3, HR (6), 2R, RBI, BB, K 
  • Jonathan Sierra, DH – SS Eugene Emeralds (CHC) – Northwest League3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBI, K, SB (1) 
  • Rochest Cruz, 2B – DSL Cubs1 (CHC) – Dominican Summer League3-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 2RBI, BB, K, 2 SB (10,11) 
    • The pencil-thin lefty bat sits second in the DSL in steals (11) averaging an even one stolen base per game per game, while Rockies shortstop prospect Eddy Diaz has 17, who falls short of averaging nearly a steal every third time he steps to the plate. 
  • Jeter Downs, SS – LoA Dayton Dragons (CIN) – Midwest League1-3, HR (8), 2R, RBi, BB
  • KJ Harrison, DH – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League3-4, HR (4), R, RBi, K
  • Larry Ernesto, LF – DSL Brewers (MIL) – Dominican Summer League4-5, HR (2), 2B, 4R, 2RBi, BB
  • Luis Silva, 1B – DSL Brewers (MIL) – Dominican Summer League3-5, 3B, 2R, 3RBi
  • Diomedes Del Rio, CF – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League2-3, 4R, 2RBi, 3BB, SB (3) 
  • Jean Selmo, LF – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League2-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 5RBi, BB, K 
  • Leudy Pena, DH – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League4-4, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB
  • Dominic Miroglio, C – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League2-4, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB, K, SB (2) 
  • Tra’mayne Holmes, CF – SS Hillsboro Hops (ARI) Northwest League2-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (1) 
  • Francis Martinez, 1B – SS Hillsboro Hops (ARI) Northwest League/South 1-4, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Eddie Hernandez, 2B – Rookie Missoula Osprey (ARI) – Pioneer League/North 3-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K
  • Joe Robbins, DH – Rookie Missoula Osprey (ARI) – Pioneer League/North 1-3, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K
  • Jesus Munoz, RF – Rookie Missoula Osprey (ARI) – Pioneer League/North 2-5, HR (1), 3B, R, 3RBi, K 
  • Jeren Kendall, CF – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League3-5, HR (6), 2B, 3R, RBi, SB (21) 
  • Cristian Santana, 1B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League2-5, HR (10), 2R, RBi, K 
  • Steve Berman, C – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League2-4, HR (3), 2B, R, 5RBi 
  • Manuel Melendez, CF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League3-6, 3B, 2B, R, 3RBi, K
  • Chad Spanberger, DH – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League1-3, HR (18), R, 3RBi, BB, 2K 
    • The 2017 – 6th rounder out of the University of Arkansas, 13-time UTR HOD selection and 2018 UTR“One to Watch” 18 home runs ranks four behind the overall minor league lead (22), which belongs to Kansas City Royals uber-prospect, outfielder Seuly Matias
  • Todd Czinege, 1B – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League1-2, HR (1), R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Jesus Baptista, 1B – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League4-5, 2B, 3R, 3RBi
  • Aldemar Burgos, RF – SS Tri-City Dust Devils (SD) – Northwest League1-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, 2K
  • Olivier Basabe, 2B – SS Tri-City Dust Devils (SD) – Northwest League1-3, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Heliot Ramos, CF – LoA Augusta Greenjackets (SF) – Sally League4-5, 2B, R, SB (3) 
  • Jean Pena, SS – DSL Giants (SF) – Dominican Summer League3-6, HR (4), 2B, R, 3RBI, 2K 

American League: 

  • Zach Jarrett, CF – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League4-5, 2B, 2R, RBi
  • Lorenzo Cedrola, CF- LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League4-4, 2B, 3RBi
  • Antoni Flores, SS – DSL Red Sox2 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League4-5, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Chris Hess, 1B – LoA Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) – Sally League4-4, 2 2B, R, 5RBi
  • Mitch Longo, DH – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-5, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K, SB (8) 
  • Li-Jen Chu, C – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-4, HR (2), 2B, R, 2RBi
  • Mitch Reeves, 1B – SS Mahoning Valley Scrappers (CLE) – New York-Penn League2-5, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Jordan Pearce, 1B – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League2-3, 2B, 3R, RBi, BB
  • Darwin Alvarado, LF – SS Connecticut Tigers (DET) – New York-Penn League1-4, 3B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Gresuan Silverio, C – SS Connecticut Tigers (DET) – New York-Penn League3-5, 2B, R, 3RBi, K 
  • Chris DeVito, 1B – HiA Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) – Carolina League4-4, 2 2B, R, RBi
  • MJ Melendez, C – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League2-4, HR (10), 2R, RBi, K 
  • Seuly Matias, RF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League1-4, HR (22), R, RBi, 2K 
  • Rudy Martin, LF – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 1-2, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Rafael Romero, SS – Rookie Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Pioneer League/South 3-4, 2B, 3R, RBi
  • Herard Gonzalez, 2B – DSL Royals (KC) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Jo Adell, CF – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League4-5, 2B, R, SB (7/11) 
  • Brandon Marsh, RF – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League1-4, HR (1/4), 2R, RBi, BB, 2K 
  • Anthony Churlin, DH – SS Vermont Lake Monsters (OAK) – New York-Penn League2-3, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi, 2BB
  • Eugene Helder, 3B – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League2-4, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Ryan Costello, 1B – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League1-1, HR (10), R, 3RBi 
  • Alex Kowalczyk, RF – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League1-4, HR (7), R, 2RBi, BB, K 

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