Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 05/31-06/04


Received On: 05/31/2016

Here's a cool return for my 1979 Topps set from Billy Almon. On a spiffy looking card too.
Billy Almon was drafted first overall by the Padres in the 1974 MLB player draft. He made his debut later in September and he enjoyed a pretty long 15 year career as a utility guy. Almon's best season came in 1981 when he was a member of the White Sox when he recorded a career best 2.2 bWAR (per Baseball Reference).

Received On: 05/31/2016

Here's a return from Rockies prospect Omar Carrizales.
Omar Carrizales was signed out of Venezuela by the Colorado Rockies back in 2012. Carrizales was a low-key fringe prospect for the Rockies until 2015 when he had a breakout season. He tore up single-A in the first half of 2015 (earning All Star honors and Player Of The Week honors) before kind of falling off in the second half. He doesn't project to be much of a home run masher but he can make solid contact and he does have a fair bit of speed that he can use to terrorize the opposing team on the base paths. Defensively Carrizales is a bit of a work in progress but he does the tools necessary to be a capable defender with a strong enough arm in the outfield.

Received On: 06/04/2016

Here's a return from Washington Nationals prospect Mariano Rivera.
Mariano Rivera was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. According to Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com, Rivera considers himself a "fastball, slider-type of guy" and the back of the baseball card above describe his arsenal as having a fastball that sits in the mid-90's, a slider and a work in progress changeup. Although there were whispers of how Rivera could have potential to be a MLB starter, most of his minor league appearances have come in relief. He's not on too many Nationals top prospect rankings at the moment so I can't find much else.
So far Mariano Rivera's like his father in terms of his good penmanship. Hopefully he can be like his father on the mound too.

Received On: 06/04/2016

My last return this week came from Diamondbacks southpaw Alex Young.
Alex Young was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. He's currently one of the top 10/5 prospects in the D-Backs org. Young is armed with a low-90's fastball, a slider and a work in progress change-up. His fastball and slider combination is already a good enough weapon for him to succeed at the big league level in come capacity. The development of his change-up will dictate whether he does so as a starter or a reliever. For now Young projects to be a really good middle of the rotation starter if his change-up develops like both Young and the D-Backs hope. If it doesn't Young could be a really good reliever who just zooms up the D-Backs farm system.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Almon, Carrizales, Rivera and Young for the awesome returns.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 145

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/almonbi01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642470#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa736953&position=OF
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-colorado-rockies/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=656899#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa829639&position=P
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150624&content_id=132494012&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=622065#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-arizona-diamondbacks-2/
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=ari

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