Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 04/11-04/16

This week some of my first MiLB returns came back.

Received On: 04/12/2016

My first return this week came from Andrew Suarez.
Andrew Suarez was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Depending on who you ask Suarez is either one of the top 5 prospects in the Giants org or one of the top 10 prospects in the Giants org.
Suarez is armed with a fastball, slider (his best pitch too), curveball and change-up and projects to be anything from a good middle of the rotation starter to a useful back of the rotation starter (regarding his ceiling that is). Suarez's best attribute is how his command and control are quite good for all of his pitches and none of his pitches are really lacking. He won't be a power pitcher but he does have the potential to be a really good pitcher in the big leagues and with his arsenal and polish, he could be in the big leaguers sooner rather than later.

Received On: 04/12/2016

My second return this week came from Ronnie Jebavy.
Ronnie Jebavy was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft.
Jebavy is on several Giants prospect radars for his speed. Offensively he's a work in progress who doesn't project to hit for too much power, but he does have some raw power and a few swing tune-ups could result in Jebavy turning into a very solid top of the order hitter who terrorizes pitchers and catchers on the base paths.
Defensively, Jebavy is a pretty good center fielder who can cover a lot of ground thanks to his immense speed (even in spacious AT&T Park). He could be an interesting prospect going forward.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Next up is a double whammy from Josh Rogers.
Josh Rogers was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Rogers is armed with a low-90's/high-80's fastball, a slider and a change up. Before the draft Rogers was a starter and he'll be tested as a starter in the minors. His ceiling projects to be anything from a back of the rotation starter to an effect LOOGY in the bullpen in the big leagues.
I actually sent one of the two cards above as a gift for Rogers to keep but he signed it and sent both back anyway (that was nice of him).

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here is a return from Cody Carroll.
Cody Carroll is a huge righty (6'5!) who is armed with a fastball, change up and slider. Carroll's fastball can reach the mid-90's and his ceiling is a really effective middle reliever in the big leagues. That said if Carroll can improve his command his ceiling and potential could be even greater (he was pretty good pitcher as is for Southern Miss).

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here's a return from Kendall Coleman.
Kendall Coleman was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Coleman is a high risk, high reward type of prospect. Coleman has a lot of tools including power, hitting on a consistent basis, average speed and average defense. His ceiling is basically a 30-35 HR outfielder who can hit for a moderately high average (the .250-.300 range) with a few steals.
Unfortunately Coleman's professional career hasn't gone as smoothly due to how he's been on the shelf with various injuries in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he made it up to the Pulaski Yankees where he went on a tear near the end of the season and even that's not indicative of what he could be regarding his full potential.
Coleman's starting 2016 in Charleston (with the Yankees being aggressive and all) and it'll be fun to see what Coleman can do know that he's healthy and finally ready to take the next big step forwards.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Next up is Andrew Schwaab.
Andrew Schwaab was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2015. Schwaab is armed with a fastball and a really good slider. Using both he was a pretty good pitcher in college in 2015 as well as a dominant closer back in 2013. Schwaab's ceiling is likely that of a reliever in the big leagues.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here is a return from Willie Gabay.
Willie Gabay was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Gabay climbed the ladder in the Rays organization and reached as high as high-A before he was released by the Rays. The Yankees later scooped up the minor league free agent. When you google Willie Gabay a lot of the articles on his focus on how he was cut from his high school baseball team and how it's quite amazing how he managed to get drafted by a major league baseball organization years later. The 24 year old reliever is an interesting project but it remains to be seen what he can do in Pinstripes.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here's former big leaguer Bobby Meacham.
Bobby Meacham was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1981 MLB Player Draft. The following year Meacham was traded to the Yankees and in 1983 Meacham made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees. Meacham played for the Yankees as their shortstop/second baseman for six seasons. In 1988 he was traded to the Rangers and tried one more go at it in the Rangers, Pirates and Royals organizations but his MLB career ended shortly thereafter. Since 1993 Meacham has primarily been a coach or manager in the minor leagues. Currently Meacham is the manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (the Blue Jays' double-A affiliate).

Received On: 04/14/2016

C-c-c-combo breaker. The run of Yankee returns broken by righty Scott Copeland.
Scott Copeland was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Copeland was with the O's for two seasons before being released in mid-2012. Shortly afterwards the Toronto Blue Jays signed Copeland as a minor league free agent. Copeland then steadily rose up through the Blue Jays organization as a starter who made some relief appearances here and there. Copeland eventually made his MLB debut in 2015 and made three starts and three appearances out of the bullpen for the season.
Copeland was resigned by the Jays as a minor league free agent with an invite to spring training earlier this year but he was cut from the big league camp in mid-March and in early April was sent to South Korea to play for the LG Twins.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a cool return from Brody Koerner.
Brody Koerner was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Koerner is armed with a fastball, curveball, change up and slider. Although Koerner was primarily a reliever in college, the Yankees envision trying him out as a starter (the Yankees tend to try this a lot) and he looks like he has a good a chance as anybody to reach his ceiling as a starter.
Koerner's ceiling is that of a middle of the rotation starter. Whether or not he reaches it remains to be seen but he is on the right track. His first outing of the year was downright dominant as he threw 7 scoreless innings and only allowed 4 hits the other day in his first ever start.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Next up is a cool return from former Yankees backstop Rick Cerone.
Rick Cerone was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round of the 1975 MLB Player Draft. Cerone made his MLB debut not long after being drafted and he spent one more season in the Indians org before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Cerone spent three years in Toronto before being traded to the Yankees. Cerone enjoyed arguably his best season in 1980 when he was a 4.2 bWAR player (stat courtesy of Baseball Reference) although he started to slip in the years that followed. Cerone spent five years with the Yankees before bouncing around from team to team (rejoining the Yankees two different times in the process) before retiring in 1992. All told he had a pretty good career.
Cerone is a guy I hear and see a lot due to his status as the guy who had the unenviable task of being the everyday catcher for the Yankees following the tragic passing of Thurman Munson. Also he was a Yankee and Met during his career, that's a thing too if you live in New York.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a quick return from former major league outfielder Gene Clines.
Gene Clines was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth round of the 1966 MLB Player Draft. Gene Clines made his MLB debut four years later and enjoyed some success early as he was a member of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates team that won the World Series. He spent a few more seasons in Pittsburgh as an outfielder before being traded to the Mets in 1974 and then being traded to the Rangers in 1975. In 1977 Clines was traded to the Cubs and although his career as an active player ended in 1979, Clines went onto be a coach in the big leagues and a roving hitting instructor for various teams.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a return from Dodgers righty Andrew Sopko.
Andrew Sopko was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Sopko was drafted out of college and is armed with a mid-90's fastball, a slider and a change up. Sopko projects more as a reliever long term than a starter but he should rise through the Dodgers farm system fairly quickly. In fact he was promoted from class-A Great Lakes to high-A Rancho Cucamonga on the day I got this return after only one start in class-A (where he struck out eight batters in 4.2 IP).

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a return from Rockies righty Konner Wade.
Konner Wade was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, Wade is a fringy and somewhat solid pitching prospect. Although you won't find him on too many prospect rankings (not even for the Rockies org) he has put up fairly good results (albeit inconsistent results) at the various levels he's been to. The last three years Wade has primarily been a starter while this season he's already made a few relief appearances. His longterm future was once thought to be a long man in a bullpen so this could be indicative of the Rockies wanting to transition Wade into that long man role going forward.

Received On: 04/15/2016

We close out this week with a double dose of catching gear from Braves backstop, Lucas Herbert.
Lucas Herbert was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Lucas Herbert is a defensively gifted catcher who was one of the better catchers available in the 2015 draft. With good receiving skills and a cannon for an arm, Herbert could be a defensive specialist in the big leagues at the very worst. Offensively Herbert has potential to be quite good as well thanks to his power (he doesn't have a ton of power but he does have quite a bit of it). His ceiling is an everyday catcher.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Suarez, Jebavy, Rogers, Carroll, Coleman, Schwaab, Gabay, Meacham, Copeland, Koerner, Cerone, Clines, Sopko, Wade and Herbert for the awesome autographs.

And as always big thanks to you (the readers) for stopping by :).

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 76

Sources:
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sf
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-san-francisco-giants/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642028#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/07/callis-yankees-sign-11th-rounder-lhp-josh-rogers-slot-bonus-123845/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642028#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/07/callis-yankees-sign-11th-rounder-lhp-josh-rogers-slot-bonus-123845/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=606944#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-draft-picks-mlb-draft-prospects/2015/6/10/8761163/yankees-draft-picks-2015-mlb-draft-roeder-carroll-mundell-obrien-afenir-flemming-sosebee
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/06/2015-draft-yankees-remain-conservative-focus-college-players-day-three-121598/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=643259#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2016/03/bbdp-2016-breakout-candidate-kendall-coleman/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=665321#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-prospects-minor-leagues/2015/6/23/8824059/yankees-draft-free-agents-hamlin-schwaab-walsh-degroot
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=621274#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://baseball.lohudblogs.com/2013/08/16/renegades-willie-gabay-a-study-in-determination/
*http://www.recordonline.com/article/20130804/SPORTS14/308040332
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meachbo01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160121&content_id=162474536&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l113
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/copelsc01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=571577#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=621259#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2016/02/bbdp-2016-breakout-candidate-brody-koerner/
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160411&content_id=171790298&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l116&sid=l116
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/ceronri01.shtml
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clinege01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=621127#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.truebluela.com/2015/6/9/8755325/mlb-draft-2015-andrew-sopko-profile
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-los-angeles-dodgers/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=592831#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-colorado-rockies/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=592831#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-colorado-rockies/
*http://archive.azcentral.com/sports/ua/free/20130214konner-wade-takes-over-arizona-baseballs-ace.html
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663726#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=atl

9 comments:

  1. Damn. Plentiful mailbox this week. Love all the Yanks youngsters!

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    1. Thanks TLC :). I'm loving the influx of Yankees hopefuls too.

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  2. Holy Giants prospects! Epic mailday

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    1. Lol yeah, this is why I couldn't send you the Giants cards in my Draft Break. Sorry J. And thanks :).

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    2. No worries! I bought online and met them in person so everyone's happy!

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  3. Dang nice returns. I got Sopko back this week too!

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    1. Thanks and congrats :)! Nice to see you back SDM99 :).

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  4. That was a helluva week! Congrats

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