April 16, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Trey Cabbage, LF – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins – 
    • – 3-6, HR (4), 3B, 2R, 5RBi, 2K 
      • – The 21-year-old Knoxville, TN native began the year 11 for his first 25 (.440), then suffered an 0-for-9 skid in his next three games. However, the 2015 – 4th rounder has five hits in his last 10 at-bats over his last two games, including his second homer in as many games and his first triple on the year. Cabbage heads into Wednesday’s games four off the MWL total base lead (35) behind Cardinals top prospect Nolan Gorman

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April 15, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
 
LHP Jacob Heatherly (LoA Dayton – Cincinnati) 20 year old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5.19 ERA, Win 1-1
  • The Reds believe they got first round talent from a 3rd round pick (2017) in Jacob Heatherly. The 6′ 1″ 215 lb left-hander was one of the best high school southpaws in the 2017 draft. Thus far, Heatherly hasn’t produced the results of that, a top round pick. In 87 career innings, the Alabama native has posted a 5.19 ERA and 90 strikeouts, but the frightening stat would the 65 walks (6.7 BB/9 rate). This could be a scary season for the 20 year-old in his first full season with Dayton, facing hitters almost 2.5 years older than the 20 year-old. Reports say that Heatherly flashes three plus pitches, with a fastball that touches 95 mph.

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

LHP Tarik Skubal (HiA Lakeland – Detroit) 22 years old
6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1.13 ERA, Win 1-1
  • So, the Reds have this projectable talent that hasn’t quite evolved in the early stages within the rookie leagues, but is thrown into the LoA fray to start 2019. The Tigers on the other hand, have a 9th round draft pick (2018) that has only seen 22.1 innings between short-season and LoA from his pro debut season, and is already at HiA Lakeland. Skubal makes his 2nd UTR mention, and marked a career-high with 10 strikeouts last night. The 6′ 3″ 215 lb lefty could quickly become the top southpaw in the Tigers system. Skubal’s fastball rates as a 70-grade offering that reaches 97 mph, and backs it up with a nasty breaking ball.

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

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Ramon Marcelino, LF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-3, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 2RBi– The Rockies unranked prospect blasted his third and fourth home runs last night and has three in his last two games. The 6’1″- 175 lb. lefty began the year 0-for-11 in his first three games, but has collected all ten of his hits over his last six games and nine of his ten RBi on the season in his last four. Marcelino’s run has pulled him into a tie for the Cal League lead in total bases (27) with teammate Casey Golden

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April 14, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
 
RHP  Luc Rennie (HiA St Lucie – New York Mets) 24 year old
6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.82 ERA, Win 2-0
  • Rennie’s only mention here came after his July 22 start last season when he struck out 14 batters in 7 innings with LoA Columbia. It was his first time back pitching in the South Atlantic League since 2014, since the Orioles 16th round pick back in 2012. Baltimore parted ways with the 6′ 2″ 215 right-hander after the 2015 season and Rennie found his way to the Frontier League (Indy Ball). With the Evansville Otters, Rennie spent two seasons and was piecing together a fantastic 2018 season before the Mets took notice and signed him in early July and sent to Columbia. Now in his 6th season and soon-to-be 25 years-old (April 26th), Rennie is off to another good start at HiA St Lucie.

TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE

RHP Nate Pearson (HiA Dunedin – Toronto) 22 years old
5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0.75 ERA, Win 2-0
  • Fantasy owners better get to know this prospect. If it wasn’t for signability issues, Pearson was projected to the first player off the board during the 2017 draft, but fell to the Blue Jays 27 picks later. Lucky for them, as the 6′ 6″ 245 lb right-hander has been mentioned as a pitcher with the highest ceiling possible. The Blue Jays only got to see the 22 year-old in 1.2 innings last season, where he missed the whole season with a broken ulna. He returned in-time to pitch in the Arizona Fall League where he lit up the radar guns with his 80-grade fastball and touched 104 mph. Pearson comes with the full package; size, stuff, and pitchability. Pearson’s pro resume only includes 13.2 innings at the HiA level, sans the AZL work, which was basically a rehab stint. His stat-line after two starts thus far includes; 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB , 17 K

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April 14, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day

  • Ben Rortvedt, C – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 4-5, HR (1), 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi – – The Twins #24 prospect (Pipeline) had a day at the plate, collecting four of his nine hits on the season, including his first home run (a leadoff homer in the fourth). 

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April 13, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

 
TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
 
LHP  Kyle Young (HiA Clearwater – Philadelphia) 21 year old
6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 2.70 ERA, Loss 0-2
  • 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 PERFORMANCE

LHP 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.

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April 13, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • L.T. Tolbert, 2B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – 
    • – 2-3, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 7RBi, K 
      • – The 2018 – 13th rounder out of South Carolina belted his first two homers of the season in Game One of the Cougars double-header against Peoria (STL) last night. With three hits in his five at-bats, the lefty slugger raised his average 52 points (.370) and also plated seven of his 10 runs batted in on the season. 

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