posted 6/13/12 4:46 PM PST
by Marc Hefferan
*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 Hitting Performance of the Week
2B/3B Tyler Rahmutalla, Lo-A Quad Cities (STL)
season stats: .331 BA, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 16 2B, 2 3B, 15 BB, 33 K, 2 SB in 46 games
June 6-June 12: 14-for-31, 3 HR, 3 2B, 2 3B, 14 RBI
The uncertainty of what will transpire each week of the season is what keeps the UTR feature so intriguing. We never know what the next game will bring and even when you think you’ve seen it all, you become fooled again. Marlins top prospect Marcel Ozuna (Lo-A Greensboro) hit an eye popping three home runs with six RBI’s on June 10th only to hit two more home runs and log an additional six RBI’s the following day. Also in on the act were 2011 Nationals UTR Breakout POY Justin Bloxom, who belted a pair of homers on June 6th and this week’s Hitter of the Week Tyler Rahmatulla, who had six hits, including two home-runs, two doubles and seven RBI’s June 10th , to help propel him from UTR Honorable Mention two weeks ago to this week’s top honor. The 22 year-old started off slowly, but a late charge netted 11 hits in 16 at-bats.
Heading into the 2011 draft, the Cardinals showed interest in the junior second baseman from UCLA but off-the-field problems, a broken right wrist during a collegiate post-game celebration, fractured left foot, and poor offensive showing in the 2009 Cape Cod League season saw his draft stock plummet. However, the former Bruin was drafted and sent to Johnson City of the Appalachian League where the 34th rounder gave Cardinals much more than they expected. He batted .314, was among the league leaders in total bases (120) and OPS (.935) and set an Appy League record with 27 doubles. He also logged more extra base hits (36) than he did during his entire three year career at UCLA. The current Midwest League batting leader is known as the ultimate team player and a mental leader on and off the field. The organization views his bat as his ultimate calling card while he displays exceptional plate discipline, good pop from the right side of the plate and an obvious ability to hit for average. Rahmatulla, who has played second base and third base this season, is quickly earning his way to Hi-A Palm Beach long before the season comes to a close.
CF Leon Landry, Hi-A Rancho Cucamonga (LAD): .329 BA, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 14 2B, 6 3B, 6 BB, 25 K, 14 SB in 40 games; 13-for-30, HR, 4 2B, 2 3B, 3 SB in last week.
1B Justin Bloxom, Hi-A Potomac (WAS): .262 BA, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 13 2B, 23 BB, 60 K in 62 games; 9-for-27, 4 HR, 2 2B, 8 RBI in last week.
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