- Walker had the longest outing of his career last night. The projectable righty was a 5th round pick in 2016 and spent all of last season with LoA Rome in making 27 starts. The 6’5″ 205 pounder has a decent three pitch mix of a low 90’s fastball that can max out at 96 mph, a slider and curveball. Though already at the HiA level, there’s plenty of work that needs done for Walker. He’s proven to be hittable 9.2 H/9 rate, plus focusing on his command and control (1.405 WHIP) to miss more bats ( 5.1 K/9). My system detects potential, as he was my Braves #3 UTR Organizational All-Star for 2017
- Burke spent some time at HiA Charlotte in 2017 and after his outing last night, one can offer a straight-line comparison after 66 innings of work. Checking those peripherals, there isn’t much improvement from last year, except the +3.0 increase of his K/9 rate. The 3rd rounder from 2014 out of high school has earned some large shoe-filling comps. Baseball America’s Vincent Lara-Cinisomo has offered this about Burke: “Burke has been compared to Cole Hamels as a long, lanky lefty. His fastball has topped out at 94 mph, but commonly sits 89-92. He is difficult to hit because of some deception, but he tends to open up early, causing inconsistent control.” according to SB Nations Drays Bay. Burke was a 2017 UTR Organizational All-Star ranking at #2, nearly missing out on the top spot occupied by 2017 “One to Watch” Travis Ott.
- Former Yankee farmhand is back in the minors after missing the 2017 season, but now in the Phillies organization
Top Relief Pitcher Performance RHP Lukas Schiraldi (HiA Jupiter – Miami) 24 years old 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.69 ERA
- Schiraldi would have been the Mariners top ranked 2017 UTR Organizational All-Star had he not been traded to the Marlins.
RADAR BLIP RHP Yerry Rodriguez (AZL Rangers – Texas) 20 years old 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA