|Received On: 09/08/2015|
The first, and arguably the best return this week came from Billy Strode. Strode was the Indians' 10th round pick this year. The lefty was drafted out of Florida State University where he was primarily a reliever. Since turning pro he was used exclusively as a reliever as a member of the Mahoning Valley Renegades. I'd like to say more about the southpaw, like what he throws but unfortunately I wasn't able to find out much of anything.
The thing that made this return so incredibly cool is the fact that Strode took the time to write back this fantastic note. Apparently I was the first person to send him a fan letter. I love how Mr. Strode even took the time to write his name back in Japanese (as I originally wrote on my letter to him too). I wish Billy Strode the best going forward and I wish I could thank him right now but it looks like he doesn't have a Twitter account so I'll have to prepare a good thank you letter to send to him next year.
|Received On: 09/08/2015|
Here's a return from another Indians prospect, Eric Stamets. Stamets is depicted as an Angel here because he was sent to the Indians this past summer in the David Murphy deal.
Stamets was originally drafted by the Anaheim Angels back in 2012 as a sixth round pick. Stamets was drafted for his above average glove work at shortstop with a potential to have a serviceable bat. However his career has been marred by mediocre results and injuries. What happens to Stamets going forward remains to be seen but if he can stay healthy one could see him making it to majors as an all-glove no bat shortstop like Brendan Ryan.
|Received On: 09/08/2016|
Casey Grayson here was the St. Louis Cardinals' 21st round pick in 2014.
Grayson was one of the better players on the State College Spikes this year. He made consistent contact, he hit for a fair bit of power and he had a hit streak going on at one point. Of course as a 23-year old one would expect Grayson to tear up short season ball, but hey this is still #CardinalsDevilMagic so we can all probably expect to see Grayson up in the big leagues in 2018 and he immediately takes over for Matt Adams.
|Received On: 09/12/2016|
My next return came from Reds third baseman, Taylor Sparks.
Sparks was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. He draws comparisons to Todd Frazier in terms of power, however as of this moment his power is very raw. According to scouts improving his plate discipline would go a long way for Sparks as his hit tool is his biggest question mark.
Defensively he's said to sparkle at third and almost nobody questions his ability to stay at the hot corner long term. All things considered his 2015 season was quite promising (.350 BABIP, .155 ISO and 114 wRC+ according to Fangraphs) and it'll be fun to see where he goes from here.
|Received On: 9/12/2015|
My last and most important (as far as Yankees farmhands go) return this week came from Cody Hamlin. Hamlin hails from Morgantown, WV and was signed out of the University of Arizona as a non-drafted free agent this year. He is said to rely on his deceptive delivery (which helped him as a starter in college) and relying on his defense to back him up.
Hamlin was with Staten Island near the beginning of the season but was later sent down to Pulaski where he finished the season, meaning I couldn't get Cody to sign this for me in person. TTM's to the rescue!
Anyway big thanks to Mr. Strode, Stamets, Grayson, Sparks and Hamlin for the awesome autographs.
And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by :). Take care.