June 15, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*We here at UTRMinors would like to wish all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Gareth Morgan, CF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-5, HR (6), R, RBi, 2K – – Morgan hit his third home run in two days and all five of his homers on the season have come with his new home, Inland Empire. Morgan was released from his contract with the Seattle organization on April 19, only to be picked up by the Los Angeles Angels ten days later. He batted a putrid .074 in Modesto’s first eight games of the season, but the time off and a new setting must have flipped a switch. Morgan is batting a combined .231 on the season, but for the 66ers, has ten hits in 25 at-bats (including all of his home runs), ten of his 12 runs scored and 12 of his 15 RBi’s on the season, all coming within his last six games. 

California League: 

  • Cameron Duzenack, 2B – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 1-3, HR (10), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Bryce Johnson, RF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-6, 3B, R, 2RBi, 3K – 
  • Luis Castro, 1B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 1-4, HR (16), R, 3RBi, K – Castro’s sixteenth bomb last night, a sixth inning two-run shot, bolstered his Cal League home run lead as well as secured his standing as the league total base leader (129) over Stockton’s Nick Allen (116), who went 0-4 with a strikeout in Stockton’s 7-1 loss to Rancho Cucamonga. 
  • Jeter Downs, SS – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (12), 2B, R, 2RBi, 2K – 

Carolina League: 

  • Tristen Lutz, RF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –  – 1-3, 2B, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Blake Perkins, CF – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals – – 2-3, HR (3), 2B, 4R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Brewer Hicklen, LF – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals –– 2-5, HR (2), R, 4RBi, 3K – 

Florida State League: 

  • The Florida State League played their annual all-star game last night with the South squad coming out on top. Florida State League total bases leader, Fort Myers’ (MIN) Lewin Diaz got things started early, lifting a sacrifice fly to center scoring Bradenton’s Calvin Mitchell in the bottom of the first, giving the South a 1-0 lead. In the second, Pirate’s prospects struck again, as 2018 – first rounder out of South Alabama Travis Swaggerty lined an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall to up the South lead to 2-0. South pitching held North hitters to only three hits giving the South victory. 

Midwest League: 

  • Grant Witherspoon, RF – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays – – 4-5, R, RBi, SB (12) – 
  • Bo Naylor, DH – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, HR (4), 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Will Benson, CF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians –– 1-4, HR (18), 2R, RBi, BB, K – Benson and Naylor didn’t waste time against Fort Wayne pitching, clubbing back-to-back homers off 19-year-old TinCaps starter Efrain Contreras, leading the Captains to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first, and an eventual 7-4 victory.
  • Keinner Pina, C – Burlington Bees – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-3, HR (1), 2R, RBi, K – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Julio Rodriguez, CF – West Virginia Power – Seattle Mariners – – 2-3, 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Niko Decolati, RF – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 1-4, HR (1), R, RBi, K – 
  • Triston Casas, 1B – Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox – – 2-4, HR (12), 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Jeison Guzman, SS – Lexington Legends – Kansas City Royals – – 4-4, 3B, R, 3RBi – 
  • Mason Martin, 1B – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, HR (18), R, 2RBi, K – – Martin added to his South Atlantic League home run lead with his eighteenth on the season last night, a first inning, two-run shot off White Sox number 26 ranked prospect Jonathan Stiever.  

Dominican Summer League: 

  • Gustavo A. Rodriguez, DH – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals – 2-3, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Juan De La Rosa, 1B – DSL Orioles1 – Baltimore Orioles – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Ronier Lascarro, RF – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K –
  • Luisangel Acuna, SS – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 3-5, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Angel Martinez, SS – DSL Indians – Cleveland Indians – – 3-3, 2B, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Jonatan Clase, CF – DSL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – 1-4, HR (1), R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Hanser Valerio, 1B – DSL Colorado – Colorado Rockies – – 2-4, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, 2 SB (2,3) – 
  • Neifi Antunez, 2B – DSL Padres – San Diego Padres –  2-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, 2BB, SB (1) – 
  • Raykell Guillermes, SS – DSL D-backs2 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 2B, 4RBi – 
  • John Mejia, 2B – DSL Rangers2 – Texas Rangers – – 3-5, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Jember Guitierrez, 3B – DSL Rangers2 – Texas Rangers –– 2-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Johan Lopez, SS – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 4-6, 3 3B, 2R, 3RBi, 2 SB (1,2) – 
  • Brainer Bonaci, 3B – DSL Red Sox1 – Boston Red Sox– 3-5, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Diego Cartaya, C – DSL Dodgers Bautista – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-5, 2 3B, 3R, 2RBi, K –
  • Elly De La Cruz, 2B – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, 2 2B, 3R, RBi, BB, K – 

New York-Penn League: 

  • Alexis Garcia, 3B – Connecticut Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 1-3, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K – 
  • Juan Carlos Abreu, DH – Lowell Spinners – Boston Red Sox – – 4-5, 3R, RBi, K – 
  • Jonathan Diaz, C – Lowell Spinners – Boston Red Sox –– 3-4, 2 2B, R, BB – 
  • Kevin Richards, CF – Vermont Lake Monsters – Oakland Athletics – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Jordan Diaz, 3B – Vermont Lake Monsters – Oakland Athletics –– 2-3, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi, BB – 
  • Carlos Soto, C – State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-4, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • George Valera, RF – Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Cleveland Indians – – 1-5, HR (1), R, RBi, K – 

Northwest League: 

  • Ezequiel Tovar, SS – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-5, HR (1), R, RBi, 2K – 
  • Franklin Labour, RF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 1-4, HR (1), 2R, RBi – 
  • Yorman Rodriguez, 1B – Vancouver Canadians – Toronto Blue Jays – – 4-4, 2 2B, 2R – 
  • Cade Marlowe, RF – Everett AquaSox – Seattle Mariners – – 2-3, HR (1), R, 3RBi – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Juan Carlos Negret, RF – Idaho Falls Chukars – Kansas City Royals – – 1-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Kevin Watson Jr., CF – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Owen Taylor, DH – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Eddy Diaz, 2B – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-6, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2K, 2 SB (1,2) – If you kept up with our daily posts last season as well as our off season UTR OAS feature earlier this year, Diaz should be extremely familiar. He stole his first two bases of the season yesterday versus Ogden, but expect to see plenty more than that, as the 19 year old from Cuba has 84 stolen bases in 87 career games.
  • Justin Yurchak, 1B – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (3), 2R, 2RBi, BB –
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