|Received On: 9/26/2014|
Like former Yankees farmhand Eric Wordekemper.
Wordekemper was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 46th round of the 2005 MLB Player Draft. He climbed through the system and managed to get as high as AAA until 2011. The righty was primarily a reliever during his professional career as he only made a few spot starts and was even the closer on a few minor league squads. He finished his professional baseball career with a pretty solid 2.73 ERA and a 1.267 WHIP. He is currently an undergraduate assistant coach at Creighton University (the same college Wordekemper attended before being drafted) and has his eyes set on returning to professional baseball very soon. I hope the former Staten Island Yankee makes a full recovery (apparently he had Tommy John not too long ago) and hope he finds himself in pro ball soon.
|Received On: 9/27/2014|
And my last return this week is my first return from an active major leaguer in quite a while.
Nate Eovaldi was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Player Draft and slowly made his way up through the system as the team wanted to be careful with the righty who had just had Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school. He quickly became one of the organization's top prospects and even made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2011. In 2012 he was traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate after going 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA. He took a huge step forward in 2013 as he used his improved high-90's fastball to boost his strikeout rate and drop his walk rate. Going forward it looked like Eovaldi was going to give Jose Fernandez a run for his money as the best pitcher on the Marlins pitching staff. However here in 2014 things have not gone as smoothly for Eovaldi. At least if you just look at his mainstream numbers anyway (6-13 with 4.44 ERA), however his strikeout rate has not dramatically gotten worse than last year and he has recorded a career high 137 strike-outs (and counting) so far and his FIP is actually better than last year. So while this may seem like a down year for Eovaldi, I have high hopes for him (and the entire Marlins pitching staff in general) going into 2015.
So big thanks to Eric Wordekemper and Nate Eovaldi for keeping my weekly TTM run alive.
And thank you (the readers) for stopping by. As always, take care :).
2014 TTM Total: 208