Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Last Of My Splurge

Alright, so the one final piece of my previous splurge came in.

That my friends is the Jake Cave 2015 Bowman Chrome autograph. It's the last Yankees autograph I needed from 2015 Bowman Chrome.
Jake Cave is an interesting prospect. Based on the things he allegedly can and can't do, he reminds me of Brett Gardner. He can hit for a high average, make consistent contact, has some speed, is pretty competent defensively, power is kind of iffy, and hits from the left side. Depending on how he works on his approach against left handers, he could range from Gardner's heir as the everyday left fielder, to a fourth outfielder. He was promoted to triple-A very late in the year and saw some time in the triple-A playoffs. He'll likely repeat the level next year and be one of the many lefty hitting outfielders currently providing the Yankees with outfield depth. Oh and he's a huge fan of Eminem.

Now I have all three Yankees prospect autographs from 2015 Bowman Chrome. Now to wait for the autographs in Bowman Draft as well as the hype/prices on the Bowman trio (Refsnyder/Mateo/Severino) to die down. Can't forget Domingo German (even though he's a Marlin) either I guess.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Bit Of A Splurge

After the disappointing card show earlier this month, I decided to go about and splurge a little online. During the process I was reminded that I have zero patience and should opt for overnight shipping whenever it's available to feed my want for instant gratification. It may cost more, but since there is a legitimate chance I might die before the package reaches me, I want it NAO!
Unfortunately sellers on eBay didn't really offer that as a shipping option and my COMC scratch card was only good for $3 standard shipping (still better than nothing though ^_^). So with normal flat rate shipping everything lined up to make for an interesting week for my mailbox this week.
To hold me over during the wait I've been catching up on music some friends mine kept recommending, as well as a few songs I used to like but haven't listened to in a while. So today I thought I'd share some random tracks I've been listening to these past few days to accompany each card.

The crown jewel was this Wilkerman Garcia autograph. Wilky was one of the international free agent prospects the Yankees signed as part of their insane 2014 IFA haul. The Yankees have a logjam of sorts of promising high caliber middle infielders in the minors and Wilk-man there is one of them. His pro debut in 2015 was quite good and the Yankees aggressively had him arrive stateside after a few games in the DSL. Some scouts believe he's already a better prospect than Jorge Mateo.

Oh and here's the back because this is the refractor version. The back says he's 5'11" but according to MiLB he's already 6'0" this year. Now these measurements are always bad and inaccurate, but this much is clear. He's still just 17 years old and won't turn 18 until next April.
Okay, now for the unrelated track.

Can Modest Mouse be considered a one hit wonder? Like in the same way Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hitter?

I REALLY need to clean my scanner

Here's Dermis Garcia, another top shortstop prospect for the Yankees. He was also one of the prospects the Yankees scooped up in the insane 2014 IFA haul. Garcia was also aggressively pushed and made it stateside pretty quickly. Unfortunately his 2015 was derailed by injuries so hopefully he can bounce back and show everybody his stuff in 2016 :).

Unrelated Song:

This is so British. In a good way.

Here is the overlooked Leonardo Molina. He was basically the high profile IFA signing in 2013 and was aggressively pushed as well as he started almost immediately in the USA the following year. He's had a few struggles since he arrived but he just turned 18 so there is still plenty of time. He made significant strides at the plate and in the outfield these past two years so if all goes well he should be on a time schedule similar to a domestic high school prospect from next year and onward.

Unrelated Song:

This is the first time I ever heard of this group. I'm somewhat optimistic to find out what the rest of their discography may hold.

Here's promising third baseman Miguel Andujar. Andujar has his highs and lows but overall he's a solid prospect who could be a nice return on the Yankees' investment. He has a cannon for an arm and has a ton of power. He even won the FSL Home Run derby this past summer! Hopefully he can put it all together in 2016 and make other third baseman in the system like Jagielo nervous.

Unrelated Song:

This song reminds me of The Neighborhood's Sweater Weather. Speaking of which, I waited until Autumn to share this with you all for extra irony.

And that concludes the cards I picked up (minus one which is on it's way right now). Here are a few more tracks from various genres that I'm going to listening to to hold me over while I wait for that card to arrive.

What did you expect from the Vaccines?

Mick Jenkins' interview with Nardwuar is the best.

Big K.R.I.T. and guest rapper Lupe Fiasco deliver a fantastic track.

Wait, the singer was a dude?!

I need to catch up on the singer-songwriter scene.

Lord Huron sure is soothing.

Remember 2004?

I need to take a look through my dad's record collection.

And those were some of my latest card purchases and some random songs I wanted to share.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Estrada Comp

I don't have much of a blogpost today, but I do have three things to share with you all.

The first is that I finally bought a shadow box for my Thairo Estrada batting gloves and picked up a magnetic for the (autographed ;)) mini superfractor. I love how it looks.

I also made this compilation video using the Estrada at-bats I recorded in SI this past summer. Feel free to check it out if you'd like :).

Admittedly the video isn't very good because the clips were filmed on my iPhone and because I'm not a videographer (nor am I much of an editor). But I did manage to get three Estrada hits in there.

BTW, the crew at finally decided to add Estrada to the top 30 Yankees prospect rankings. He entered the list at number 29 (this was after both Luis Severino and Greg Bird lost their prospect status). Former SI Yankee Ben Gamel entered at number 30. I have no doubt that Thairo will be the 29th best overall prospect come 2016.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Saga Continues...

It's just the yellow plate for the MINI Bowman Chrome, but it'll do.

It's my 8th 1/1 LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS card. And now I only need two more of the mini Bowman Chrome plates ;).

As always thanks for stopping by and take care.