Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend TTM Roundup: 1/12-1/17

Received On: 1/13/2014

My first return this week was this Eric Jagielo return that blew my mind.
After finishing last week with a Yankees first rounder in 2013, we start this week with another Yankees first rounder in 2013.
Eric Jagielo was the Yankees' first overall pick in the 2013 draft and is one of the reasons why the farm system is much deeper and better now than it was before he joined the organization.
Jagielo's 2014 season didn't go as smoothly as most would've liked as he missed some time due to injuries. However he did swing the bat relatively well when he played, hitting to a .315 BABIP and 132 wRC+ in 85 games with high-A Tampa (stats per Fan-Graphs). He also took his walks and most agree that he has managed to continue developing as a hitter.
Defensively is where people start to have concerns. Before being drafted there were some that thought Jagielo would be moved from third to first or the outfield. In 2013 he managed to show that he had potential to stick at the hot corner but in 2014 some of the doubters came out into the light agai given how he had a .887 fielding percentage in 62 games at third for high-A Tampa (per Baseball Reference). However some still believe he can stick at the position and, if nothing else, his bat will make up for his defensive shortcomings.
Jagielo was originally selected to go to the Arizona Fall League in 2014 but he was hit in the face (just under the left eye) while in the instructional league and missed the fall event. Hopefully he's a lot better now and is ready to go come Spring Training.

Received On: 1/14/2015

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the third consecutive return from a 2013 Yankees first rounder. The third one from IAN CLARKIN!
Clarkin is a southpaw drafted out of high school. He is equipped with a mid-low 90's fastball, curveball and change-up. He has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter and has already emerged as one of the Yankees' top prospects (often being ranked in the top 5 in the system). In 2014 he managed to pitch his way up from single-A Charleston to high-A Tampa. In 2015 he should start the season in double-A Trenton and possibly find himself in triple-A Scranton if he has himself a nice season.

With the Clarkin return I now have all three 2013 first round Yankee picks signed via TTM that were three consecutive returns. I believe in miracles now.

And those were my returns this week.
Big thanks to Mr. Jagielo and Mr. Clarkin for the awesome autographs.

And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by and take care :).

2015 TTM Count: 5


  1. Nice run! I got Clarkin last week as well. Solid signing habits by the first rounders!

  2. Also, I need to do some sort of cool, fancy display with these three signed cards. Not sure what to do...

    Maybe they'll all make it to the Majors with the Yanks too. Wouldn't that be cool? Law of averages says they won't, but I'm going to hope.

    1. I suppose you could get one of those Ultra Pro 3 card screwdown holders.

      And I'd love to see all three of these guys make it to the bigs. And in a lot of ways it wouldn't surprise me if they did. Whether or not they can stick is a question mark.

  3. Awesome returns! Did you send any to Cole Tucker or Connor Joe this year?

    1. Thanks.

      And no. The only Pirates drafted in 2014 that I've sent requests to were Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue. I will try those two later when the MiLB season starts though.

  4. Nice pickups - I will probably try to write to them this spring so I don't have to worry about trying to get their autographs when they get up to Trenton.

    1. I heard trying to get autographs in Trenton are a bit of a hassle so that might be a good idea.