Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 05/23-05/28


Received On: 05/23/2016

My first return this week came from top Cubs prospect Ian Happ.
Ian Happ was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Happ is a very talented switch hitter who profiles to be a guy who can flat out hit. Although his aggressiveness may lead to high strikeout rates, he'll also probably end up putting up really good offensive numbers, especially in the OBP and OPS department. Defensively he wasn't seen as a long term infielder and like Kyle Schwarber the Cubs may be looking to make quick use of their promising hitter by converting him as an outfielder. He's done relatively well this year in high-A but whether he reaches the majors by the end of this year may be a bit of stretch.

Received On: 05/27/2016

Here's a pleasant return from Yankees righty Brady Lail.
Brady Lail was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft and is one of the top pitching prospects the Yankees have. Lail is also probably one of the most advanced pitching prospects seeing as how he's been promoted from Trenton to Scranton this season. Lail is armed with a fastball, curveball, change up and cutter. Lail's fastball sits in the high-80's/low-90's and his other three pitches have been described as "solid." Lail's ceiling is that of a really solid mid rotation starter but his more likely fate is a spot starter/long-man type like the Adam Warrens and David Phelpses that came before him.

Received On: 05/27/2016

Here's a return from Yankees catching prospect Austin Afenir.
Austin Afenir was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Afenir is the son of Yankees scout Troy Afenir as well as the brother of former Yankees draft pick Ty Afenir (he appeared in '13 Bowman Draft but was released shortly thereafter). Back in college Afenir was a solid catcher but an elbow surgery tampered his early college baseball career. In addition Afenir was moved to first base shortly thereafter in college. That move worked out offensively as Afenir did enjoy a lot of success with Oral Roberts. With the Yankees it remains to be seen what he can do but if he can continue to hit consistently he might just surprise us all.

Received On: 05/27/2016

BOOM! The other first round Chicago pick in 2015! Carson Fulmer!
Carson Fulmer was drafted out of Vanderbilt in 2015 by the Chicago White Sox eighth overall. Fulmer is armed with a fastball, curveball and change up. His fastball sits in the mid-90's and is his best weapon. The curveball is Fulmer's second best pitch and above average. His change up is serviceable but kinda lags behind the other two really good pitches.
Like Chris Sale & Carlos Rodon, Fulmer projects to be a really good starter who makes it to the big leagues really quickly.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Happ, Lail, Afenir and Fulmer for the awesome autographs.

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

2016 TTM Count: 141

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664023#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=chc
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-chicago-cubs/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=621078#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=nyy
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-new-york-yankees/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=664880#/career/R/hitting/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://www.d1baseball.com/features/under-the-radar-oral-roberts/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=608334#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=cws
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-chicago-white-sox/

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