- Young has been the hard-luck loser over his two starts. Lack of run support by the Threshers despite the 22nd round pick (2016) throwing strong outings. In his first two starts, the right-hander has allowed 3 earned runs in 10 innings and 13 strikeouts, with ten last night, nearly missing his career-high (11). Only 21 years-old and standing almost seven-foot tall (6′ 10″), Young is progressing through the Phillies system, posting a 3.18 ERA and a 5.70 K/BB ratio in 161.1 innings over four seasons. Young is still raw though, but already shows solid mechanics and coordination for a very tall righty.
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCELHP Konnor Pilkington (LoA Kannapolis – Chicago White Sox) 21 years old 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.77 ERA
- The 3rd round pick from 2018 didn’t enjoy a pro debut where he posted a 7.07 ERA in only 14 innings. It’s just a small sample, but the White Sox are hoping for big things from 6′ 3 ” 225 lb left-hander. Pilkington came out of Mississippi State and was on the USA Baseball’s 2017 National Collegiate Team.
LoA Mentions – Starters RHP Kevin Gowdy (LoA Lakewood – Philadelphia) 21 years old 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2.57 ERA
- Gowdy is back on the mound after missing the 2017 & 2018 seasons.
HiA Mentions – Starters RHP Xavier Altamirano (HiA Stockton – Oakland) 24 years old 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5.00 ERA, Win 1-1
- A “Legit UTR”, Altamirano was a back to back UTR Organizational All-Star in 2018 & 2017 and the Mariners 2017 UTR pre-season “One to Watch”.
- Yes….Hillman takes the loss because of 4 unearned runs. The 2018 UTR Organizational All-Star has pitched 12 innings (2 starts) without allowing an earned run.
National League – Relief RHP Jean Cosme (HiA Lake Elsinore – San Diego) 22 years old 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.50 ERA
- Cosme was my Padres pre-season 2017 “One to Watch” after a successful full season at Fort Wayne. He only saw 23 innings at Lake Elsinore that season and languished in the rookie league last season.