UTRMinors – Top “Minors” American League Pitchers for June 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 June can be found here.

Here’s the Tops from May……NL/AL

**New this month: If a teams top prospect within the Top 30 by Baseball America fails to make the list, I’ll look toward the Top 30 list from MLBPipeline.com and will make note below.

Baltimore

Top Prospect: LHP (#14 MLBPipeline) Zac Lowther (Hi Frederick) 22 years old
3-0, 0.42 ERA, 21 IP, 18 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 23 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 6-2, 1.87 ERA, 72.1 IP, 49 H, 15 ER, 21 BB, 96 K in 14 starts
 
UTR: RHP Cristian Alvarado (HiA Frederick) 23 years old
2-2, 3.77 ERA, 31 IP, 36 H, 13 ER, 2 BB, 29 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 8-6, 4.17 ERA, 95 IP, 105 H, 44 ER, 14 BB, 77 K in 16 starts
 
Boston

Top Prospect: (#28 MLBPipeline) LHP Jhonathan Diaz (LoA Greenville ) 21 years old

2-1, 2.96 ERA, 27.1 IP, 21 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 26 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-6, 3.82 ERA, 94.1 IP, 81 H, 40 ER, 26 BB, 96 K in 17 starts
UTR: RHP Denyi Reyes (LoA Greenville ) 21 years old
2-0, 1.20 ERA, 30 IP, 22 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 27 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 8-3, 1.91 ERA, 103.2 IP, 82 H, 22 ER, 13 BB, 105 K in 18 appearances with 15 starts
Cleveland
Top Prospect: LHP (#29) Eli Morgan (Hi Lynchburg) 22 years old
3-2, 2.22 ERA, 28.1 IP, 14 H, 7 ER, 7 BB, 32 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 8-2, 1.96 ERA, 96.2 IP, 62 H, 21 ER, 18 BB, 114 K in 17 starts
UTR: LHP  Kirk McCarty (LoA Lake County) 22 years old
0-4, 3.00 ERA, 27 IP, 27 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 28 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 2-8, 4.83 ERA, 87.2 IP, 95 H, 47 ER, 25 BB, 99 K in 17 starts
 
 
Chicago White Sox
Top Prospect: RHP (#19) Lincoln Henzman (HiA Winston-Salem) 23 years old **Promoted to HiA
3-0, 1.04 ERA, 26 IP, 24 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 21 K in 6 appearances with 4 starts
Season Stats: 6-4, 2.79 ERA, 80.2 IP, 81 H, 25 ER, 12 BB, 62 K in 18 appearances with 14 starts
UTR: RHP Blake Battenfield (HiA Winston-Salem) 23 years old **Promoted to HiA
1-2, 2.70 ERA, 30 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 9 BB, 25 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 6-4, 2.81 ERA, 89.2 IP, 74 H, 28 ER, 22 BB, 91 K in 17 starts
Detroit
Top Prospect: RHP (#3) Matt Manning (LoA West Michigan) 20 years old **Promoted to HiA
2-1, 2.88 ERA, 25 IP, 24 H, 8 ER, 6 BB, 28 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 5-3, 3.15 ERA, 65.2 IP, 52 H, 23 ER, 33 BB, 90 K in 13 starts
 
UTR: RHP Alfred Gutierrez (HiA Lakeland) 23 years old
1-1, 2.10 ERA, 25.2 IP, 15 H, 6 ER, 13 BB, 25 K in 6 starts
Season Stats: 1-3, 2.44 ERA, 62.2 IP, 42 H, 17 ER, 21 BB, 69 K in 21 appearances with 9 starts
Houston
Top Prospect: RHP (#25) Cristian Javier (LoA Quad Cities / HiA Buies Creek) 22 years old  *Promoted to HiA*
3-1, 0.75 ERA, 24 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 20 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 5-3, 1.61 ERA, 72.2 IP, 40 H, 16 ER, 31 BB, 100 K in 16 appearances with 11 starts
UTR: LHP Patrick Sandoval (LoA Quad Cities / HiA Buies Creek) 23 years old *Promoted to HiA*
3-0, 0.00 ERA, 24 IP, 18 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 24 K in 5 appearances with 3 starts
Season Stats: 9-1, 2.00 ERA, 81 IP, 62 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 91 K in 17 appearances with 12 starts
 
Kansas City
Top Prospect:  LHP (#19) Daniel Tillo (HiA Wilmington) 22 years old
1-0, 3.24 ERA, 25 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 17 BB, 23 K in 5 starts
 
UTR: RHP Anthony Bender (HiA Wilmington) 23 years old
4-0, 2.42 ERA, 26 IP, 19 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 9 K in 5 appearances with 3 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:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified

 
UTR: RHP Mitchell Traver (LoA Burlington) 24 years old 
2-3, 3.91 ERA, 23 IP, 13 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 21 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-6, 4.20 ERA, 70.2 IP, 72 H, 33 ER, 30 BB, 58 K in 17 starts
 
Minnesota
Top Prospect: (#29 MLBPipeline) RHP Jordan Balazovic (LoA Cedar Rapids) 19 years old
3-1, 2.74 ERA, 23 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 36 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 4-1, 2.18 ERA, 33 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 46 K in 6 appearances with 5 starts
 
UTR: LHP Charlie Barnes (HiA Fort Myers) 22 years old
2-0, 1.50 ERA, 30 IP, 24 H, 5 ER, 11 BB, 20 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 3-5, 3.19 ERA, 79 IP, 76 H, 28 ER, 35 BB, 61 K in 15 starts
 
 
New York Yankees
Top Prospect: RHP (#24) Deivi Garcia (HiA Tampa / LoA Charleston) 19 years old
1-1, 3.20 ERA, 19.2 IP, 15 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 31 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 1-3, 4.03 ERA, 29 IP, 25 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 44 K in 6 starts
 
UTR: RHP Garrett Whitlock (HiA Tampa) 22 years old
3-1, 2.63 ERA, 27.1 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 30 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-4, 1.55 ERA, 87.1 IP, 63 H, 15 ER, 20 BB, 98 K in 16 starts
 
 
Oakland
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP Matt Milburn (HiA Stockton) 24 years old
4-0, 4.06 ERA, 31 IP, 35 H, 14 ER, 3 BB, 31 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 5-3, 3.70 ERA, 99.2 IP, 114 H, 41 ER, 12 BB, 90 K in 17 starts
 
Seattle
Top Prospect:  No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: RHP  Raymond Kerr (LoA Clinton) 23 years old 

2-3, 1.37 ERA, 26.1 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 30 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 3-9, 4.54 ERA, 71.1 IP, 77 H, 36 ER, 26 BB, 67 K in 16 starts
 
Tampa Bay
Top Prospect: No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: LHP Josh Fleming (LoA Bowling Green) 22 years old
3-1, 1.00 ERA, 27 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 18 K in 4 starts
Season Stats: 6-2, 1.36 ERA, 66 IP, 50 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 45 K in  11 starts
Texas
Top Prospect: RHP (#25) A.J. Alexy (LoA Hickory) 20 years old
1-3, 4.07 ERA, 24.1 IP, 16 H, 11 ER, 13 BB, 29 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 3-7, 4.52 ERA, 63.2 IP, 51 H, 32 ER, 39 BB, 76 K in 14 appearances with 12 starts
 
UTR:  No Pitcher Qualified
 
Toronto
Top Prospect: No Ranked Prospect Qualified
 
UTR: LHP Tayler Saucedo (HiA Dunedin) 24 years old  *Promoted to Double-A*
2-2, 2.32 ERA, 31 IP, 22 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 23 K in 5 starts
Season Stats: 6-5, 3.90 ERA, 90 IP, 87 H, 39 ER, 20 BB, 72 K in  16 starts
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