Sunday, April 3, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 03/28-04/02

Received On: 03/29/2016

Here was a shot in the dark return I got back from NELSON GOMEZ!!! And boy am I hyped to get this back.
Nelson Gomez was one of the many highly touted prospects signed by the Yankees in the 2014-15 International Amateur Free Agency period. At this point in time even trying to project what Gomez could be is tricky.
Gomez offensively profiles to be the type of hitter who makes contact with a fair amount of raw power to boot. He had an ISO of .191 and hit 11 HRs in 58 games in the DSL in 2015 (stats courtesy of Fangraphs and MiLB. Defensively Gomez is a work in progress but he can hold his own at third base. Gomez spent the 2015 season in the DSL likely due to the logjam of third basemen in the lower minors but Gomez will probably spend the 2016 stateside. Whether or not he can sustain his power numbers remains to be seen, but I've got high hopes for Gomez going forward. The Yankees didn't sign him to a $2.25 million bonus for nothing after all.

Received On: 03/29/2016

My next return was an awesome one from Yankees righty Branden Pinder.
Pinder was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. Pinder is armed with a mid-to-high 90's fastball and a slider and is currently of the many "shuttle kids" the Yankees have who will spent 2016 going back and forth between the majors and triple-A. Pinder finally made his MLB debut last year but he was assigned to minor league spring training not too long ago indicating that he will start the year in the minors and then be brought up at a later time (barring injury).
Here's a quick shout-out/thanks to P-Town Tom for assisting me by sending me this Pinder RC in exchange for some RCs of some guys named Bryant and Russell.

Received On: 03/29/2016

Continuing this run of Yankees returns is former Yankee Paul Zuvella.
Zuvella was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round of the 1980 MLB Player Draft. Two years later Zuvella made his way to the big leagues and enjoyed a MLB career that lasted nine years across the Braves, Yankees, Indians and Royals.
Zuvella spent most of his time as a utility infielder before the Yankees tried him out as an everyday shortstop. While Zuvella did the best he could, it did not go too well.
Since retiring Zuvella tried his hand at managing and coaching and now he works as a real estate agent.
Here's a quick shout-out/thanks to Night Owl Cards for sending me this Paul Zuvella.

Received On: 03/31/2016

W00t! 4-for-4! With a return from Yankees prospect Frank Frias to boot!
Frias was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent back in 2013. He put up pretty good results in the DSL but an ankle injury kept him out of action for most of 2014. His 2015 was thought to be a lost one as well but Frias managed to come back strong and played with the Pulaski Yankees in 2015. He hit very well in Pulaski and his defense in centerfield was also quite good. He was so good that he's an intriguing enough name for Bronx Baseball Daily to declare him a potential breakout candidate for 2016.
His ceiling is that of a really good center fielder who can hit double digit home runs as well as swipe double digit bases. At 22 however he does have to make up for lost time and show that he can reach that ceiling soon. He'll probably start 2016 in single-A Charleston.

Received On: 03/31/2016

Normally I'd be bummed about a combo-breaker but when you're dealing with a return from Joe Carter, there's nothing to be bummed about.
Joe Carter is largely known by most as the guy who won the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays with a walk off three run home run to walk off against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6. One of the more iconic and dramatic moments in World Series history. He was quite the player during his time in Toronto, before and especially after the 1993 World Series.


Here's a quick shout-out/thanks to The Lost Collector for sending me this relic over a year ago that I just NOW decided to send out as a request.

Received On: 04/01/2016

Next up is a big addition for my 1979 Topps set, Ron Guidry!
Ron Guidry was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 1971 MLB Player Draft. Guidry is one of the best pitchers in Yankees history and he had quite a career in pinstripes. Guidry spent his entire 14 year career with the New York Yankees and in the process he won All Star selections, a Cy Young, some MVP votes and two World Series rings. Unfortunately Guidry's bright career was cut short due to arm issues but he left such a big impact on Yankees history that his number, 49, was retired in 2003. Since retiring Guidry has gone on to serve as a pitching coach for the Yankees for two seasons and is still involved with the Yankees in some capacity today.

Received On: 04/01/2016

Here's a return from Andrew Miller.
Miller was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2006 MLB Player Draft. After being drafted Miller was rushed up to the big leagues later in 2006 and didn't have the best debut. In 2007 he showed some more improvement but also showed that he needed some more seasoning in the minors. That said Andrew Miller had quite a ton of potential and was seen as one of the top 10 prospects in all of baseball. With that he and another top 10 DET prospect (Cameron Maybin) and a bunch of no-names were sent to Miami in the Migual Cabrera trade. There Miller was given several chances to crack it in a big league rotation but to diminishing returns. Eventually the Marlins traded Miller to Boston where he reinvented his career as a good (later great) reliever. Before 2015 the Yankees signed Andrew Miller, who had reestablished himself as a bonafide stud in the bullpen, to a four year, $36 million deal. Miller went on to be one of the best closers in the majors in 2015 (good enough to keep Dellin Betances as a setup man). He's not the top tier starter people envisioned, but he did carve out a nice career for himself.

Received On: 04/01/2016

Here's a blast from the past from Ramiro Pena.
Pena was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent out of Mexico in 2005. Upon being signed Pena was assigned to the high-A Tampa Yankees and gradually climbed his way up the ladder. Pena was notable for always having the skills and talent but never really being able to put up the results that showed he was capable of reaching his ceiling.
That said Pena did have some bright moments including being one of the Yankees representatives in the 2008 Futures Game, and you can find a few articles from days gone by suggesting that Pena could've been Jeter's replacement at shortstop. Pena eventually made his MLB debut in 2009 and spent four years with the Yankees before going to the Braves as a free agent. After two years with the Braves he's signed a minor league free agent deal with the Padres last year and this year he signed a minor league free agent deal with the Giants.
If he could stay healthy Pena could return to the big leagues for the first time since 2014. Maybe.

Received On: 04/01/2016

Next up is former Yankees infielder Brian Doyle.
Doyle was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 1972 MLB Player Draft and spent a few seasons in the Rangers farm system before being traded to the Yankees in the Sandy Alomar trade. Doyle eventually made his debut with the Yankees in 1977 but he is probably best remembered for playing a big part in the Yankees' 1978 World Series victory. During the World Series Doyle got some more playing time with Willie Randolph kind of sidelined and he ended up doing quite well.
Doyle spent two more seasons with the Yankees before being taken by the Oakland A's in the Rule 5 Draft of 1980. Doyle's career came to a close following an injury not long afterwards.
Since then Doyle has gone to to other things in baseball including scouting, coaching, managing, etc... Doyle is also currently battling with Parkinson's Disease and is said to only take off his World Series ring when he showers and sleeps.

Received On: 04/01/2016

Another combo breaker, this time from Oakland A, Jesse Hahn.
Jesse Hahn was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Hahn is armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, curveball, slider and change up. Prior to being drafted Hahn was seen as a potential first round talent but eventually he required Tommy John surgery and that ruined his draft stock. Upon signing with the Rays he didn't make his pro debut until 2012 and while the Rays used him cautiously when he returned, he quickly made up for lost time. In 2013 he was monitored very carefully but he was able to do well enough to be picked for the FSL All Star game. Hahn spent the 2014 season in double-A but then found himself up in the majors after being sent to San Diego in the Alex Torres trade. Hahn put up pretty good results with the Padres at the big league level but he was traded to the Oakland A's before the 2015 season in the Derek Norris trade.
Recently Hahn was optioned to triple-A Nashville but he could be back up in the A's big league rotation by the end of 2016.

Received On: 04/02/2016

Next up is a return from Brewers righty Michael Blazek.
Blazek was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 35th round of the 2007 MLB Player Draft. Blazek spent a few years with the Cardinals and defied all odds by making it to the big leagues in 2013. His initial results were pretty mediocre and he was traded to the Brewers in exchange for John Axford. Blazek is armed with a low-90's fastball, a slider, curveball and a change up. Blazek improved greatly in 2015 as he made the Brewers bullpen out of Spring Training and had a pretty good season until a hand injury derailed everything.
This season Blazek looks to continue where he left off as a force to be reckoned with in the Brewers bullpen.

Received On: 04/02/2016

My last return this week came from Red Sox southpaw Trey Ball.
Trey Ball So Hard was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Ball is armed with a fastball, change up, curveball and slider and projects to be anything from a front of the rotation starter to a lefty specialist in the bullpen. Ball's career thus far hasn't gone as smoothly as many would've liked the former seventh overall pick to go but there is still a lot of potential left in Ball. Of course Ball has become overshadowed in the overrated crowded BoSox farm system but his control and command will be key in determining if he manages to get back on track.


I like Ball since he's struggled somewhat as a Red Sock and he included this cool note with the card.

And those were my returns this week. I'd say this was a pretty good week considering how I got eight Yankees returns.
Big thanks to Mr. Gomez, Pinder, Zuvella, Frias, Carter, Guidry, Miller, Pena, Doyle, Hahn, Blazek and Ball for the awesome autographs.

And as always thank you the readers for stopping by :).

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 56

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=660617#/career/R/hitting/2015/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa873303&position=3B
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*http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/6-international-prospect-nelson-gomez/#yO4jayiF2g25WQy1.97
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*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zuvelpa01.shtml
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*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/doylebr01.shtml
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*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hahnje01.shtml
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=hahn--001jes
*http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/1/2/3827824/tampa-bay-rays-top-20-prospects-for-2013
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*http://bbstmlb.com/2016/03/30/pitching-depth-right-move-hahn/
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*http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/04/carlos-torres-likely-to-sign-with-brewers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MlbTradeRumors+%28MLB+Trade+Rumors%29
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*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=bos

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