Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 5, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Jhon Torres, RF – GCL Cardinals (STL) – Gulf Coast League
    • 4-6, HR (1/5), 2 2B, 4R, 5RBi 
    • The 18-year-old Torres was part of the return St. Louis got when they dealt outfield prospect Oscar Mercado at the MLB Trade Deadline last Tuesday. The Cardinals also received 21-year-old Conner Capel, a 2016-5th round draft choice out of Seven Lakes HS (TX). I’m a little perplexed over the deal, why they would deal Mercado,  but Torres comes with immense size (6’4″- 185 lbs.) and solid improvement from last year where he batted .255 with 5 home runs and 35 runs batted in with the DSL Indians. If Torres continues to trend upward like he has this season, losing Mercado may not sting as much as initial reports state. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Tristan Gray, DH – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League
    • 3-4, 2 HR (11,12), 2R, 7RBi 

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August 4, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Ben Braymer (HiA Potomac – Washington) 24 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 2.82 ERA
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Luis Gil (Appy League Pulaski – New York Yankees) 20 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1.78 ERA
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 4, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • Michael Perri, SS – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League
    • 4-4, HR (3), 4R, 4RBi, BB
    • The 22-year-old Perri was a part of APPY League Johnson City’s 20-hit barrage that  helped secure an 18-10 victory last night over Greeneville (CIN). The 2018-21st rounder out of the University of San Francisco, along with Cardinals first-rounder Nolan Gorman, collected four hits on the night, while second baseman Donivan Williams and centerfielder Brandon Riley posted three hits a piece. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day 

  • D’Shawn Knowles, RF – Rookie Orem Owls (LAA) – Pioneer League
    • 3-5, 3B, 2Bm 3R, 3RBi, BB, K 
    • The New Providence, Bahamas native is 9 for his last 18 (.500), and after batting .301 with one home run and seven stolen bases in 30 games in the Arizona League, Knowles is now the youngest player in the Pioneer League at the ripe age of 17. The 6’0″- 165lb. switch-hitter sits at number 25 in MLB Pipeline’s Angels Top 30, but with continued success this season, he could rocket up off-season as well as 2019 pre-season prospect boards. 

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August 3, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Scott Moss (HiA Daytona – Cincinnati) 23 years old
8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.63 ERA, Win 13-3
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Zach Logue (HiA Dunedin – Toronto) 22 years old
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.67 ERA, Win 7-2
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 3, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Vince Fernandez, RF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League
    • 2-4, HR (19), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, 2BB, 2K

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Lawrence Butler, LF – AZL Athletics (OAK) – Arizona League
    • 2-3, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, 3BB, K 

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August 2, 2018 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Edwin Uceta (LoA Great Lakes – Los Angeles Dodgers) 20 years old
6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.25 ERA, Win 5-6
 
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Matt Ball (HiA Inland Empire – Los Angeles Angels) 23 years old
5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3.58 ERA, Win 4-1
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Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – August 2, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Nick Banks, RF – HiA Potomac Nationals (WAS) – Carolina League3-4, 2 HR (3,4/6), 2B, 4R, 4RBi, BB  
    • The 2016 – 4th rounder out of Texas A&M is 10-for-21 over his last six games (.476) and has collected a hit in 16 out of his last 20 (dating back to July 9) where he’s batting .346 in that span.  

American League – Top Hitter of the Day

  • Jordan Qsar, RF – Rookie Princeton Rays (TB) – Appy League2-3, 2 HR (9,10), 3R, 3RBi, BB
    • After going 3-4 with a triple, two runs scored, an RBi and a walk on July 18, Qsar suffered a mini slump, going 12-47 (.255) over his next 15 games. Last night, the 2018 – 30th round draft choice fired back with his first two-homer game as a pro, belting a two-run shot in the 3rd inning, then a solo blast in the 5th. Some may look at his age and write him off, saying 22 year olds should be crushing pitching two years younger than him (on average), but you can’t ignore what he’s doing at the plate; especially when he came to the Rays as a two-way player out of Pepperdine, where he led the Waves with 13 home runs, while notching seven saves as the team’s closer in his final season. 

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