June 12, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Luis Castro, 1B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, 2 HR (14,15), 3R, 5RBi – Sure, on a night that saw as pure a UTR as you can find blast two home runs (Stefanic below), Cal League total base leader (122) Luis Castro does his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. The righty-swinging Venezuelan added three more hits to his 2019 resume, highlighted by his (also) Cal League leading fourteenth, then fifteenth home runs. You would think that belting two home runs and driving in five would be season highs, but no. The 6’1″- 185 lb. first baseman had a game for the ages swatting three homers, scoring four runs and driving in six in a thrilling 13-12 extra inning slugfest against Rancho Cucamongo on May 26.

California League: 

  • L.T. Tolbert, 2B – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-4, 2B, K – 
  • Michael Stefanic, SS – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 2RBi – – The 2018 un-drafted middle infielder out of Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) belted his first homers of 2019 (both solo shots) in a game that saw a total of eight home runs, but it was Lancaster who outlasted the 66ers by a score of 13-6. 
  • Luke Morgan, RF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 4-5, 3B, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi –  
  • Ramon Marcelino, DH – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, HR (11), 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Jeremy Eierman, SS – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s – – 2-5, HR (7), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Devin Mann, 2B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (12), 2R, RBi, K – – The 22-year-old Louisville University draftee (2018 – 5th round) is doing his best to keep up with Lancaster’s Luis Castro. Mann clubbed his twelfth home run versus Lake Elsinore (a first inning solo shot) and sits second behind only Castro in (Cal League) total bases (110). 

Carolina League: 

  • Gavin Collins, 1B – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 3-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Rob Henry, RF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 2-3, 2B, R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Julio Pablo Martinez, CF – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, HR (7), R, 2RBi, BB, 2K – 

Florida State League: 

  • Robbie Glendinning, SS – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-5, HR (8), R, RBi, K – 
  • Ronaldo Hernandez, DH – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-4, 2B, RBi, BB, SB (4) – 
  • Taylor Walls, SS – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 1-2, R, RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (3,4) – 
  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, HR (7), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Carlos Cortes, DH – St. Lucie Mets – New York Mets – – 1-2, HR (7), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Jhailyn Ortiz, DH – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Lazaro Alonso, 1B – Jupiter Hammerheads – Miami Marlins – – 2-3, 2B, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Brock Deatherage, CF – Lakeland Flying Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi – – The 2018 – 10th rounder out of North Carolina State has three stolen bases over his last five games and sits one steal behind Tampa Bay #6 prospect, Charlotte second baseman Vidal Brujan (21). 
  • Isiah Gilliam, LF – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 2-4, 2 HR (6,7), 2R, 3RBi – – On a night that saw former National League Most Valuable Player (with Miami) and Yankee superstar Giancarlo Stanton club two home runs in a rehab game, 22-year-old left fielder Gilliam followed suit by belting two of his own, a second inning solo shot, and eighth inning two-run shot that helped lift Tampa to a 6-2 win over FSL South Division leader Fort Myers (39-27). 

Midwest League: 

  • Niko Hulsizer, DH – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (14), 2R, 2RBi, BB, 2K – – Hulsizer snapped an eleven-game homer-less streak with his fourteenth of the season, a seventh inning two-run blast, which concluded the Great Lakes scoring in a 5-0 win, but the true highlight of the game between the Loons and the Lake County Captains (CLE) was the five-hit shutout tossed by three Great Lakes pitchers. 
  • Reggie Pruitt, CF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-5, 2B, R, K –
  • Jerar Encarnacion, DH – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 3-4, HR (9), 2B, R, RBi, K – Despite collecting only five hits (5-33; .152) in his previous ten games, the Marlins unranked prospect sits second in Midwest League with 72 hits, six behind San Diego top 10 prospect Xavier Edwards
  • Xavier Edwards, 2B – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres – – 2-3 – – Sure, it’s nothing exciting for Edwards, two hits in three at bats, but his two hits last night versus Bowling Green marked the twenty-second time this season that the 2018 draft pick out of North Broward Prep (FL) posted multiple hits in a game this season. 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Brandon Lockridge, CF – Charleston RiverDogs – New York Yankees – – 2-3, 2B, RBi – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Francis Grullon, 2B – DSL Royals1 – Kansas City Royals – – 1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi – 
  • Darlin Guzman, LF – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-5, 2B, RBi, K – – The 18-year-old Dominican native is repeating the DSL this season, and if early returns are any indication, the 6’1″- 165 lb. lefty could be packing his bags for the states real soon, as he’s registered three 3-hit performances in his last four games. Guzman hit four home runs all of last season and has two this season, both coming on June 10 versus the Padres. He also posted 19 extra bases in 49 games last year, bit has five in seven games thus far. 
  • Ronier Lascarro, RF – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers – – 1-3, 3R, RBi, BB – 
  • Luisangel Acuna, SS – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 1-4, 3R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Jose Rodriguez, DH – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 2-5, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Junior Paniagua, 2B – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 3-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi – 
  • Abel Noguera, DH – DSL Rangers2 – Texas Rangers – – 1-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, 2BB, 2K – 
  • Orlando Chivilli, 3B – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-3, 3B, 2B, R, BB – 
  • Rafael Morel, SS – DSL Cubs1 – Chicago Cubs – – 3-5, 2B, 2R – – The 17-year-old Cubs1 leadoff hitter and shortstop has a hit in eight straight games and ranks third in the Dominican Summer League with 27 total bases.  
  • Jonatan Clase, RF – DSL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – – 2-3, R, BB, K, 3 SB (3,4,5) – 
  • Jeferson Espinal, LF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-6, 3R, 3RBi – 
  • Wilber Sanchez, SS – DSL White Sox – Chicago White Sox – – 3-4, 2B, R, 2BB, K, SB (4) – 
  • Aiverson Rodriguez, 2B – DSL Colorado – Colorado Rockies – – 4-6, 3B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Francisco Palma, LF – DSL Colorado – Colorado Rockies –– 2-5, 3B, 3R, 2RBi, 2BB, K, SB (2) – 
  • Rodrigo Rodriguez, C – DSL Royals2 – Kansas City Royals – – 4-4, 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Victor Bericoto, 1B – DSL Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Adolfo Valdez, DH – DSL Giants – San Francisco Giants –– 0-3, 3R, 4BB – 
  • Jose De La Cruz, DH – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, HR (2), R, 3RBi, 2K – 
  • Oneill Manzueta, DH – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-7, 2 2B, 2R, 4RBi, SB (1) – 
  • Johan Lopez, SS – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays –– 3-6, 3B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, 2 SB (8,9) –I’m not going to bother trying to explain what occurred yesterday in the DSL Rays2 versus DSL Dodgers Shoemaker matchup. Just know that in my years covering hitters, not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this before. Take a look for yourself. Gotta love baseball. 
  • Starlin Gil, 3B – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 4-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2 SB (3,4) – 
  • Christian Gonzalez, SS – DSL Astros – Houston Astros – – 2-4, 3B, R, 4RBi, BB, K, SB (2) – 
  • Brainer Bonaci, SS – DSL Red Sox1 – Boston Red Sox– 3-5, 2B, 2RBi, K – 
  • Flemin Bautista, 2B – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs – – 3-3, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Diowill Burgos, DH – DSL Cardinals Red – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-5, HR (3), 2R, 4RBi, K – – The 18-year-old lefty leads all primary DSL right fielders in homers, RBi (12), and walks (10). 
  • Claudio Ramirez, LF – DSL Cardinals Red – St. Louis Cardinals –– 5-5, 2B, 3R, 2RBi – 
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