posted 4/18/12 2:33 PM PST
by Jim Brown
*MLBDepthCharts.com considers any player not on a team's 40-man roster, in AAA, or ranked as a top 10 prospect by Baseball America or top 11 prospect by Baseball Prospectus before the 2012 season as an 'under the radar' player.
Under the Radar Minor League NL Pitching Performance of the Week
RHP David Filak, Lo-A Rome (ATL)
season stats: 2.40 ERA, 15 IP, 15 H, 5 BB, 22 K in 3 starts
April 10-April 17: 9 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 4 BB, 15 K in 2 starts
Springtime is described as that time of year for renewal, growth, and the cycle of life starting over once again. For me, it’s the anticipation in immersing myself in minor league box scores each day, in search of pitchers that may begin that climb into prospectdom. My first UTR pick of 2012 may embody the springtime definition of renewal, as Filak had three solid outings to begin the season. It all started on April 6th (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), but it was his start on April 16th that sealed the deal when he struck out 11 of the 22 batters that he faced over 5 innings against Savannah.
A converted catcher, Filak was drafted in the 4th Round back in 2010 by out of SUNY-Oneonta. The 22-year-old right-hander had a successful pro debut with Rookie Level Danville, but struggled tremendously at Lo-A Rome in 2011 (7.54 ERA, 6.6 BB/9 in 45.1 IP) and found himself back in Danville to finish the season. He struggled intially upon his return, but he began to turn it around with a 1.14 ERA over his last 23.2 innings.
The 6'4" right-hander has a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and is heavy coming to the plate. A deceptive knuckle-curveball (knuckle), which sources rate as one of the best in the system, is his out pitch. He started working on a change-up back in 2009, and it currently rates a tick below average but is coming along. If he can continue to pitch with good command, he'll make his way to Hi-A Lynchburg later in the season.
Relief Pitcher of the Week
RHP Casey Medlen, Hi-A Brevard County (MIL): 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K in 6 relief appearances
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UTR Minor League NL Hitting Performance of the Week
Under the Radar 2012 NL Breakout Candidates