Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 04/18-04/23

Received On: 04/18/2016

First up this week is current Scranton Wilkes-Barre skipper Al Pedrique.
Al Pedrique was originally signed by the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent in 1978. The utility infielder made his MLB debut nine years later in 1987. After five games with the Mets, Pedrique was traded to the Pirates in the Bill Almon trade and Pedrique was fairly serviceable during his time in Pittsburgh. In 1988 he wasn't quite as productive and he was released by the Pirates in the 1988-89 offseason. He signed with the Tigers a few weeks later 1989 would prove to be his last season in the majors.
Since then Al Pedrique has been both a coach and a manager at various levels of the minors. Pedrique became the manager for the Charleston Riverdogs in 2013, the Tampa Yankees in 2014, the Trenton Thunder in 2015 and has worked his way up to the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders here in 2016. Is he Bronx bound in 2017? (No he's not, but fun pattern).

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here's a double dose from Butch Wynegar.
Butch Wynegar was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1974 MLB Player Draft. The backstop made his MLB debut two years later out of spring training and enjoyed a rookie campaign where he was worth 3.3 WAR (per Baseball Reference) as well as an All Star Game nod. Wynegar's sophomore season was even better (3.8 WAR per Baseball Reference) and with his .993 fielding percentage, his reputation became being one of the better receivers in the majors. In mid-1982 he was traded for a bunch of people I don't know and later resigned with them when he reached free agency. All in Wynegar had some decent years with the Bombers before he grew tired of the bullshit that came with playing for the Yankees (as well as Martin/Piniella) and was traded to the Angels in late-1986. He spent two years with the Halos before retiring. Since then Wynegar's had coaching and managing gigs across various organizations.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Next up is former Yankees lefty Fritz Peterson.
Fritz Peterson was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees back in 1963 and steadily rose up through the minors before making his MLB debut in 1966. He was with the Yankees for nine seasons and enjoyed his share of success as he led the league in WHIP twice and he was even an All Star in 1970. Fritz Peterson is widely known nowadays as one of the husbands who swapped their wives, as Peterson swapped wives with Mike Kekich's wife, Susanne. Although Peterson himself calls it a husband swap (which it technically is as well). Apparently there is a movie in the works for the swap and production has been going on since 2013, but nothing has happened as of yet.


The cool thing about this return from Peterson is that it also came with two bonuses. A typed advertisement for an updated form of Fritz Peterson's book "When The Yankees Were On The Fritz" which was revised after Peterson rewrote some aspects about Roy White.


As well as this little mini card advertising the book as well.

If you're interested in buying this book you can purchase it on Amazon. And you can also contact Fritz Peterson directly for a copy.

Both the letter and miniature card are signed so I'm counting both in my TTM total.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here is a return from Orioles farmhand Garrett Cleavinger.
Garrett Cleavinger was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Cleavinger was a closer back in college and is armed with a low-90's fastball that can reach the mid-90's at times, a curveball and a work in progress change up. Cleavinger's ceiling appears to be a dominant closer in the big leagues but some also see him as a LOOGY in a bullpen. There were talks that Cleavinger would be tried out as a starter but through four games in 2016 Cleavinger's appearances have all been in relief indicating that that is no longer part of the plan.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Now here's something. It's none other than a return from Mike Napoli.
Mike Napoli was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 17th round of the 2000 MLB Player Draft. He spent five seasons in Anaheim before being traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Vernon Wells but was traded to the Texas Rangers a few days later. In his first year in Texas (2011) Napoli had himself quite a year, a year strong enough to have him go to the All Star Game in 2012 even though everyone talked about how bad a choice he was (note, Napoli was kinda bad in 2012). Following that he signed a three year deal with the Red Sox and he was converted into a first baseman/DH, during the third year of his contract he was traded to the Rangers. Now he currently plays for the Cleveland Indians.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Thomas Eshelman was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Eshelman projects to be anything from a pretty effective front of the rotation starter to a useful righty in the bullpen in the majors. Eshelman is armed with a fastball, curveball, slider and change up and the key thing about Eshelman that many people are quick to point out is his pinpoint control. It's good, so good that he only walked 7 batters in his entire last year at college.
Eshelman was one of the key players the Phillies received in the Ken Giles trade this past offseason. As such this return from Thomas Eshelman now means I'm only three players away from getting all of the players in the Ken Giles trade.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here's a cool return from Jake Cronenworth.
Jake Cronenworth was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 7th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Cronenworth was a two way player prior to the draft. As a pitcher he drew some interest from clubs and was said to even have one of the better split-fastballs in the draft class, however the Rays took him as a second baseman. Cronenworth so far has been tested at second base, shortstop and even the outfield. The Rays will likely try to develop him as a super utility guy (think Ben Zobrist) who can hit (again, think Zobrist). As a hitter Cronenworth has some power but he's more of a contact hitter who has a lot of speed. Here in 2016 Cronenworth is off to a great start and it won't be out of the realm of the possibility to see him zoom up the Rays' top prospect rankings (top 15-ish) by the end of the year.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Next up are two returns from Padres righty Austin Smith.
Austin Smith was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Smith is armed with a fastball, curveball and change up. His fastball can reach the mid-to-upper-90's and is his best pitch. Smith's curveball and change up are currently work in progress pitches but since Smith was drafted out of high school, it's more about projecting what his body will be like in a few years than what he is right now. The Padres hope that Smith hones his command and control a little more and that his secondary pitches step up in order for him to reach his ceiling as a really good starter in the big leagues.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Next up is a return from Phillies outfielder Cameron Perkins.
Cameron Perkins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Perkins has steadily climbed the ladder upwards in the Phillies system and has had his fair share of success and failures. Perkins projects to be a MLB outfielder (maybe a fourth outfielder) who can straight up hit and has some power. Perkins gained some attention back in 2014 when he tore up double-A and was promoted to triple-A where he suffered a bit of a slump. A slump big enough for the Phillies to demote him back down to double-A for all of 2015 where he implemented a new batting stance and other measures to help him get back to triple-A. Here in 2016 he's back in triple-A and although the sample size is very small, he's done quite well. He could be one of the guys who somehow has a rookie card in Topps Update soon.
Also Cameron Perkins does not use batting gloves.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Here's a return from Twins infielder Levi Michael.
Levi Michael was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. A once promising shortstop during college, Michael's ceiling now appears to be a utility infielder in the major leagues. Michael's development seems to have been slowed by injuries and various other issues but he has shown promise and flashes of the guy the Twins drafted 30th overall in 2014 as well as 2015. Here in 2016 Michael is in double-A and is a utility guy looking for more at-bats in a really crowded and talented Chattanooga roster. There's still hope for Michael to be a MLB caliber utility guy, and I hope he makes it.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Here's a return from Rockies righty Parker French.
Parker French was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. French seems to fit the mold of what Rockies pitchers need to do in order to prepare for Coors, walk less batters and strike them out. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, French projects to be anything between a pretty good starter (even at Coors) to a middling reliever. French's approach is primarily to throw down in the zone and he relies heavily on his two seamer which has some sinking action. French isn't on any Rockies top prospect rankings but expect him to make his way to the top of the minors if he can refine his breaking pitches and improve his command and control.

Received On: 04/22/2016

Here's a return from Reds lefty Nick Routt.
Nick Routt was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. The southpaw is armed with a low-90's fastball, curveball and change up. He's slowly but surely climbed the Reds farm system upwards and has made it to double-A this year. He's been used as both a starter and a reliever but four games into 2016 he has been used as a reliever so perhaps the Reds see him as a reliever now. Nick Routt ceiling appears to be a LOOGY in a big league bullpen.

Received On: 04/23/2016

Next up is a return from Rays right hander Brandon Koch.
Brandon Koch was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Prior to the draft Koch was seen as one of the elite closers in college baseball. Armed with a fastball that can reach the high-90's and a slider, Koch projects to be a really good closer in the big leagues as well. His control and command over his two pitches are impressive and it wouldn't surprise talent evaluators if Koch was up in the majors sooner rather than later.

Received On: 04/23/2016

Here's another return from a Rays farmhand, Riley Unroe.
Riley Unroe was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Unroe's main calling card appears to be his defense. Although Unroe was originally drafted as a shortstop he's since been moved to second base full time and his glove work is said to be MLB ready as is. Offensively Unroe is solid but still has room to grow. If everything goes well Unroe could be a consistent contact hitter in the big leagues who can also notch a few steals here and there.
Either way with the ceiling of an everyday 2B and the floor of a bench guy who's a defensive specialist, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Unroe's RC in Topps Update a few years from now.

Received On: 04/23/2016

And last but certainly not least is a double dose of Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell.
Brent Honeywell was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the (supplemental) second round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Honeywell is armed with an above average fastball, an above average screwball (!), an above average change up, and a work-in-progress curveball and his ceiling projects to be a front-to-middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues. Chances are he'll reach the big leagues and turn into yet another dominant starting pitcher who terrorizes the AL for years to come and the Rays do everything they can to get his prime years before trading him away for a King's Ransom.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Pedrique, Wynegar, Peterson, Cleavinger, Napoli, Eshelman, Cronenworth, Smith, Perkins, Michael, French, Routt, Koch, Unroe and Honeywell for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care :).

2016 TTM Count: 94

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pedrial01.shtml
*http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2016/01/07/manager-al-pedrique-leads-overhauled-triple-coaching-staff/
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wynegbu01.shtml
*http://articles.latimes.com/1987-03-26/sports/sp-72_1_baseball-teams
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peterfr01.shtml
*http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/baseball/ex-yankee-peterson-has-no-regrets-40-years-after-w/nT7fG/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664076#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=bal
*http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal-orioles-day-two-mlb-draft-picks-20150609-story.html
*http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2015/06/orioles-draft-oregon-pitcher-garrett-cleavinger-in-third-round.html
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/napolmi01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664045#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=phi
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-philadelphia-phillies/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=630105#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://rayscoloredglasses.com/2016/01/11/rays-2016-top-50-prospects-number-48-jake-cronenworth/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=663930#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sd
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=573088#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa503439&position=OF
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-philadelphia-phillies/
*http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/cameron-perkins-climbing-phils-prospect-ladder
*http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/phillies/Readings-Cam-Perkins-is-getting-a-kick-from-his-new-batting-stance.html
*http://articles.philly.com/2016-03-12/sports/71420877_1_gloves-triple-a-lehigh-valley-eastern-league-all-star
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605381#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa526207&position=2B/SS
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-minnesota-twins/
*http://puckettspond.com/2015/02/21/make-break-twins-levi-michael/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605238#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.purplerow.com/2016/3/22/11275114/colorado-rockies-prospects-parker-french-scouting-video-pitcher-spring-training-intrasquad-scrimmage
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=607075#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa621594&position=P
*http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/9/19/3354594/2012-baseball-draft-16th-round-in-review
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tb
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-tampa-bay-rays/
*http://www.27outsbaseball.com/featured/brandon-koch-brings-intensity-to-hudson-valley-bullpen/

11 comments:

  1. Brandon Koch is gonna be good I think, nice returns as usual

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  2. Full mailbox this week. Well done, ZZ!

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    1. Yeah, I was just going to say something to that extent. Quite the haul!

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    2. @TLC: Thanks TLC :).

      @PTT: Thanks PTT :).

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  3. Dude Honeywell is going to be so good. Nice returns as always.

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  4. If you can get that fastball/changeup combo down you will make the big leagues quick. Have to like Honeywell's chance of making it to the show.

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    1. Yeah I think Honeywell's chances of making the show are pretty good. Question is whether he'll be the first really good Rays pitchers in a while.

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  5. I'd love to get my hands and n the Fritz book.

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    1. I think you can contact Mr. Peterson directly to order a copy of his book. He has a Facebook page and I have him email. I'll try and find it for you.

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