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

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Matt Whatley, C – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 3-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, SB (21) – – Looking at the stat line of the Texas Rangers round three pick out of Oral Roberts University (OK) in 2017, you wouldn’t think he’s a full time catcher. Once a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the nation’s top college catcher, the Rangers are seeing this season what he’s fully capable of. The 5’11”- 200 lb. righty has stolen a career high 21 bases (leading all minor league catchers including Triple and Double A), has posted a .359 on-base percentage, helped by a near Sally League leading 54 walks, which is 22 more walks than he registered in his previous 96 games over his first two years as a pro. 

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July 15, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Brendon Little (LoA South Bend – Chicago) 22 years old
5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2.08 ERA
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Jonathan Bowlan (HiA Wilmington – Kansas City) 22 years old
9 IP, 0 H,  0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1.59 ERA,Win 4-1 Continue reading
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July 15, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Simon Whiteman, 2B – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, 3B, R, K, 2 SB (14,15) – – He may have fallen short of the winning the Rhodes Scholarship, but the Ivy League product (Yale) came to the Giants via the ninth round this past June and all he’s done is produce like a potential NWL MVP. He’s batting .283 with a .411 on-base percentage, but more impressive is his Northwest League-leading 15 stolen bases and a pristine 21:20 BB:K ratio in 27 games thus far. 

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NL Central Top UTR Pitching Performances – June 2019

Chicago Cubs

LoA South Bend
LHP  Faustino Carrera – 20 years old
23 IP, 22 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 18 K, 2.35 ERA, 1-1 in 4 starts
Season Stats: 79.2 IP, 74 H, 29 ER, 21 BB, 69 K, 5-4, 3.28 ERA in 15 appearances with 14 starts
 
HiA Myrtle Beach
NO QUALIFIERS 
 
 
 
Double-A Tennessee
RHP Tyson Miller – 23 years old {Promoted to Triple-A on July 5th}
31.1 IP, 29 H, 12 ER, 8 BB, 30 K, 3.45 ERA, 1-1 in 5 starts
Season Stats: 94.1 IP, 76 H, 32 ER, 24 BB, 88 K, 5-3,  3.05 ERA in 17 starts
 
Triple-A Charlotte
RHP Adbert Alzolay – 24 years old {MLB Debut on July 6th}
25.2 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 8 BB, 34 K, 2.10 ERA, 2-0 in 5 appearances with 4 starts
Season Stats: 55.1 IP, 52 H, 33 ER, 24 BB, 69 K, 3-5,  5.37 ERA in 12 appearances with 11 starts
 
Rookie Leagues
RHP Kohl Franklin – 19 years old
12.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 18 K, 1.42 ERA, 0-1 in 3 starts
Season Stats: 21.2 IP, 17 H, 3 ER, 8 BB, 26 K, 1-1, 1.25 ERA in 5 starts
 
Dominican Summer League
RHP Jose Gomez  – 22 years old (Promoted to AZL on July 13th}
28 IP, 15 H, 32 ER, 5 BB, 29 K, 0.64 ERA, 2-0 in 5 appearances with 4 starts
Season Stats: 39.1 IP, 30 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 38 K, 2-0, 2.06 ERA in 8 appearances with 6 starts

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July 14, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Spencer Howard (HiA Clearwater – Philadelphia) 22 years old
5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1.55 ERA
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Brenan Hanifee (HiA Frederick – Baltimore) 21 years old
9 IP, 5 H,  0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4.40 ERA,Win 6-9 Continue reading
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July 14, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Gareth Morgan, RF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-5, 2 HR (15,16), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2K – – Morgan continues to put on a show since his late-April 2019 signing with the Angels organization. Yesterday marked the third time this season that the 6’4″- 220 lb. righty cleared the outfield fence twice in the same game. His two homers  in Inland Empires 7-5 victory over Modesto last night (ironically) pulled him into a tie for fourth in the Cal League with Rancho Cucamonga’s Donovan Casey, but if you look at per-game home run production, no one can touch Morgan. He’s slashing .258/.305/.589/.894, however, including eight for Modesto from the start the season, he’s belted 16 home runs in 38 games  Morgan has hit 16 home runs in 151 at bats. That’s a home run every 10.60 at bats. To put it in perspective, Oakland A’s/St. Louis Cardinal’s legend Mark McGwire holds the major league record career ratio for “at bats per home run” with a 10.61. Babe Ruth sits at an 11.76 mark and the current MLB leader is Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber with a 13.82. Now, in no way, shape or form am I saying Morgan belongs in the company of the players just mentioned, but damn, it sure is fun to watch despite his over 9:1 K-to-walk ratio with only two doubles. 

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NL East Top UTR Pitching Performances – June 2019

Atlanta Braves

LoA Rome
RHP  Jose Olague – 20 years old
31.1 IP, 32 H, 14 ER, 1 BB, 24 K, 4.02 ERA, 1-2 in 5 starts
Season Stats: 106 IP, 109 H, 37 ER, 14 BB, 60 K 3.14 ERA, 8-6  in 18 starts
 
HiA Florida
RHP Nolan Kingham – 22 years old
32.2 IP, 33 H, 18 ER, 6 BB, 23 K, 4.96 ERA, 1-3 in 5 starts
Season Stats: 107 IP, 113 H, 52 ER, 24 BB, 71 K, 4.37 ERA, 5-8  in 18 starts
 
Double-A Mississippi
RHP Ian Anderson – 21 years old
30.2 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 11 BB, 43 K, 2.35 ERA, 4-1 in 5 starts
Season Stats: 86.2 IP, 63 H, 32 ER, 43 BB, 113 K, 2.91 ERA, 6-5  in 17 starts
 
Triple-A
No Qualifiers 
 
 
Rookie Leagues
LHP Mitch Stallings – 24 years old
11.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0 in 2 starts
Season Stats: 21.2 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 24 K, 3-0, 1.25 ERA in 4 appearances with 2 starts
 
Dominican Summer League
LHP Osiris Sierra  – 19 years old
17.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 9 BB, 16 K, 1.53 ERA, 1-1 in 5 starts
Season Stats: 23.1 IP, 16 H, 9 ER, 13 BB, 18 K, 1-2, 3.47 ERA in 7 starts
 
 
 

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July 13, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Chris Vallimont (HiA Jupiter – Miami) 22 years old
5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 2.52 ERA, Win 2-1
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Ian McKinney (HiA Modesto – Seattle) 24 years old
7 IP, 1 H,  0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 3.05 ERA,Win 7-4 Continue reading
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July 13, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • David Vinsky, CF – State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals – – 5-5, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi – – Since his promotion from Johnson City (of the Appalachian League) on June 28, the Cardinals fifteenth round selection (2019) out of Northwood University (MI) has been one of the most productive pound-for-pound producers in the New York-Penn League. He’s currently batting .365, posted his first five-hit game as a pro in last night’s slugfest loss (14-13) to Staten Island, is riding a five game hit streak, and has a hit in all but three games since being drafted.

California League: 

  • Joey Bart, C – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 4-6, HR (7), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Sandro Fabian, DH – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 3-4, HR (2), 3R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Cal Raleigh, DH – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners – – 1-4, HR (21), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Eugene Helder, 1B – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners – – 3-4, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Alfonso Rivas, 1B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s – – 3-4, 2B, R, BB – 
  • Donovan Casey, RF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-4, HR (16), R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Niko Hulsizer, DH – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, HR (5/20), R, 3RBi, K – 

Carolina League:

  • Tyler Frost, RF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 2-4, HR (11), 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Gilbert Lara, SS – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 3-5, HR (1/10), R, RBi, K – 
  • Garrett Benge, 1B – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 3-3, 2B, R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (3) – 
  • Jomar Reyes, DH – Frederick Keys – Baltimore Orioles – – 3-5, 2B, RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Nolan Gorman, DH – Palm Beach Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-3, HR (3/13), R, RBi – 
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves – – 1-2, HR (13), 2R, RBi, BB, K – – Although he’s struggled to hit for average this season (.186), one thing you can count on the Braves 2017 – eleventh rounder out of the University of Michigan to do is go yard, which he did last night for the thirteenth time this season, and for the sixth time in his last nine games. 
  • Oswaldo Cabrera, 3B – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 1-4, HR (4), 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (9) – 
  • Ronaldo Hernandez, C – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-3, HR (7), R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Trevor Larnach, RF – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 4-6, 3RBi – – The Twins top draft choice in 2018 keeps trucking along, logging four hits for the third time this season (May 13 & May 28) and reaching 100 hits on the season, tying him with Braves 2017 – ninth rounder from Middle Tennessee State Riley Delgado for most in the Florida State League. 

Midwest League: 

  • Brennen Davis, LF – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs – – 3-5, HR (5), R, 2RBi – 
  • Alek Thomas, CF – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-4, 2B, R, BB, K – 
  • Daniel Schneemann, SS – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 4-4, 3B, R, RBi – 
  • Christopher Torres, SS – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 2-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2K – 
  • Connor Scott, CF – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 3-4, 2B, R, RBi – 
  • Jacob Amaya, 2B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, 2B, R, BB – 
  • Brendan Donovan, 2B – Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-4, HR (7), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Gabe Snyder, 1B – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins – – 3-5, HR (8), 3R, 2RBi, 2K – 

South Atlantic League:

  • Diego Rincones, DH – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants – – 3-5, 2B, RBi –
  • Terrin Vavra, DH – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants –– 2-5, HR (9), R, RBi, K –– With Greensboro (PIT) first baseman Mason Martin heading off to HiA Bradenton July 9, Vavra, Colorado’s third round draft pick in 2018 out of the University of Minnesota, becomes the active South Atlantic League leader in several categories. Already the leader in runs scored (63), doubles (26) and batting (.323), Vavra now leads the Sally in total bases (155), on-base percentage (.405) and ranks second in OPS (.905) behind Kannapolis outfielder Alex Destino (.910) and hits (100), behind another Intimidator, Ian Dawkins, who has 109 heading into Sunday’s games.
  • Kole Cottam, C – Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox –– 2-4, HR (5), 2R, RBi, BB –
  • Onil Pena, 1B – West Virginia Power – Seattle Mariners –– 2-3, HR (11), R, 4RBi, BB, K –
  • Jonah Davis, RF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 3-5, HR (6/6), 3R, 2RBi, 2K –
  • Ji-Hwan Bae, 2B – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 3-4, RBi, 2 SB (16,17) –
  • Griffin Benson, 1B – Rome Braves – Atlanta Braves –– 2-4, HR (8), R, 3RBi –
  • Pedro Gonzalez, CF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers –– 2-3, 2 HR (16,17), 2R, 3RBi –– Vavra (mentioned above) overtook the active Sally League lead in several offensive categories, but one stat he needs some catching up to do in is home runs. He has nine on the season, and when Mason Martin took 23 homers with him HiA, Texas prospect Gonzalez now sits in sole possession of first, leap frogging Boston teen phenom Triston Casas (16) last night with his fourth two-homer game of the season. The 6’5″- 190 pound 21-year-old led off Hickory’s matchup versus Delmarva, lining a 2-0 pitch over the left center field wall with his sixteenth bomb of the season, then clubbed his second of the night, (his seventeenth overall), in the third with one out and a runner on second.

New York-Penn League: 

  • Caldioli Sanfler, RF – Auburn Doubledays – Washington Nationals – – 3-4, HR (2), R, RBi, K – 
  • Ranfy Adon, CF – Brooklyn Cyclones – New York Mets – – 4-4, 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Beau Brundage, RF – Hudson Valley Renegades – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-4, HR (1), 3B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • George Valera, RF – Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Cleveland Indians – – 1-3, HR (5), R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Ezequiel Duran, 2B – Staten Island Yankees – New York Yankees – – 2-5, HR (4), 3R, 4RBi, BB, 2K – 

Northwest League: 

  • Andy Yerzy, 1B – Hillsboro Hops – Arizona Diamonsbacks – – 2-4, HR (3), R, RBi, K – 
  • Joe Aeilts, LF – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-4, 2R, K – – The round fourteen Illinois State draftee (2019) has posted four straight multi-hit games and seven out of his last eight have been of the multiple hit variety. The 6’2″ 200 lb. righty has 28 hits in 17 games and sits on a .459 batting average heading into Sunday.  
  • Chase Strumpf, 2B – Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs – – 3-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Jake Slaughter, 3B/1B/3B – Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs – – 5-6, 2R, 3RBi, SB (4) – 
  • Billy Cooke, CF – Everett AquaSox – Seattle Mariners – – 3-3, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, SB (4) – 

Appalachian League:

  • A.J. Bumpass, RF – Greenville Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi – 
  • Gregory Guerrero, 2B – Kingsport Mets – New York Mets – – 3-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Diego Infante, DH – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Luis Leon, C – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Gionti Turner, 3B – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-5, 3R, RBi, K – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Harvin Mendoza, 1B – Great Falls Voyagers – Chicago White Sox – – 3-3, 2B, R, RBi, BB – 
  • Francis Martinez, 1B – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-3, HR (4), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Andy Pages, CF – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, 3B, R, K – – With his first triple on the season coupled with teammate Justin Yurchak‘s night off, the 18-year-old Pages is now tied for the Pioneer League lead in total bases (60), and also paces the league in RBi (28), while ranking second in home runs (8), slugging percentage (.706) and OPS (1.118). 

Arizona League:

  • Fabian Pertuz, 3B/SS – AZL Cubs 1 – Chicago Cubs – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, 2K – 
  • Jhonkensy Noel, 1B – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians – – 2-3, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Will Brennan, CF – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians – – 3-5, 2R, RBi – 
  • Alexander Guerra, DH – AZL Cubs 2 – Chicago Cubs – – 2-4, 3B, 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K – 
  • Kody Hoese, 3B – AZL Dodgers Mota – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-2, HR (3), R, 2RBi, SB (1) – 
  • Logan Wyatt, 1B – AZL Giants Black – San Francisco Giants – – 3-4, 3R, RBi, BB – 
  • Nolan Perez, 3B – AZL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – – 4-5, 2 2B, RBi, K – 
  • Yainer Diaz, C – AZL Indians Red – Cleveland Indians – – 1-3, HR (5), R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Josh Jung, 3B – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers – – 3-5, 3B, R, RBi, 2K – – The Rangers number one draft pick last month out of Texas Tech is off a great start posting two three-hit games thus far. 

Gulf Coast League:

  • Patrick Romeri, DH – GCL Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-2, HR (3), R, RBi, BB – 
  • Franklin Soto, SS – GCL Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Javeon Cody, CF – GCL Marlins – Miami Marlins – – 2-3, 2B, 3R, BB, K, 2 sB (4,5) – 
  • Edgar Made, 3B – GCL Phillies West – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Eduardo Valencia, C – GCL Tigers West – Detroit Tigers – – 3-4, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB , K – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • The Dominican Summer League was off Saturday in preparation for their all-star game on Sunday. 

 

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July 12, 2019 – Under the Radar Pitcher Performances

TOP NL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
RHP Jeff Bain (HiA Visalia – Arizona) 23 years old
7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K, 3.43 ERA
 
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
LHP Kris Bubic (HiA Wilmington – Kansas City) 21 years old
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