Baseball America has been unveiling the best player and pitcher for each of the 30 organizations this week. And Friday, Baseball America tabbed RHP Daury Torrez as the best pitcher in the organization with OF Bijan Rademacher the prospect to keep an eye on. Kris Bryant was obviously named the top position player prospect in the Cubs system.
RHP Daury Torrez had a very good year for the Kane County Cougars. Torrez posted an 11-7 record in 23 starts with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. In 131 1/3 innings, Torrez gave up 110 hits with 21 walks and 81 strikeouts. Torrez throws a fastball in the mid-90s with good sink and run, a hard slider and a changeup and can command all of his pitches.
The 6-foot-3, 170 pound right hander just turned 21 in June and pitched in a very good Kane County Cougars rotation that included RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP Duane Underwood and RHP Paul Blackburn. Torrez is set to start game three of the Midwest League Championship Series on Saturday night.
OF Bijan Rademacher was recently added to the Mesa Solar Sox roster for the upcoming Arizona Fall League season. The 23-year old lefty hitting outfielder was one of the constants for Daytona this past season. In 111 games, Rademacher hit .281/.363/.448 with 22 doubles, six triples, 10 home runs and a .811 OPS.
Baseball America 2014 Minor League Classification All-Stars
Baseball America released its All-Star teams for each Minor League class Friday. And the Cubs had three players standout enough at their individual positions to be named Baseball America All-Stars.
RHP Kyle Hendricks made the Triple-A team after posting a 10-5 record in 17 starts for Iowa with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
3B Kris Bryant was named to the Double-A squad after batting .355/.458/.702 with 20 doubles and 22 home runs in 68 games for the Smokies.
C Mark Zagunis landed on the Short-Season team after hitting .299/.429/.422 in 41 games for Boise with nine doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Hendricks, Bryant and Zagunis each made the All-Star teams for the respective leagues during the season. Hendricks was on the PCL squad, Bryant participated in the Southern League All-Star game before his promotion and Zagunis played in the Northwest League All-Star game.