Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 06/13-06/18

Received On: 06/13/2016

My first return this week was on a cool action shot by Glenn Brummer.
Glenn Brummer was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1974 and he spent most of his career with the redbirds. He spent parts of four seasons with the Cardinals as a major leaguer and his biggest contribution was a steal home back in the 1982 World Series. The Cardinals won that world series and Glenn Brummer received a ring for it.
Brummer spent one season with the Rangers as a catcher and supplied a pretty cool action shot for that card above before retiring.

Received On: 06/13/2016

Another '74 Topps Dodger, this time of southpaw Doug Rau.
Doug Rau was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 1970 (June Secondary) MLB Player Draft. The lefty made his MLB debut a couple of years later and was with the Dodgers for the rest of the 1970's. Rau's mostly known nowadays for his argument with Tommy Lasorda during the 1977 World Seires.


Pretty cool stuff.

Received On: 06/13/2016

Hey look, an active minor leaguer! This time from former Mets prospect/current Padres lefty Brad Wieck.
Brad Wieck was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. The 6'9 lefty (he is tall!) was tried out as a starter in the low minors and posted pretty good numbers in low-A ball. However he struggled in 2015 and here in 2016 it looks like he's been demoted to the bullpen. Armed with a low-90's fastball and a slider he could be a LOOGY out of the San Diego Padres bullpen if he improves.
Wieck was sent to the Padres as the player to be named later in the Alex Torres trade.

Received On: 06/16/2016

Here's a pleasant surprise from top Brewers prospect Gilbert Lara.
Gilbert Lara was the crown jewel of the Milwaukee Brewers' international free agent prospect haul back in 2014. His $3.1 million bonus resulted in the team going over their spending limit and facing penalties. The hope is that it'll be worth it because Lara is quite the promising prospect. Lara's already a top 10 Brewers prospect and projects to be a very good major leaguer. Offensively he can make solid contact but the power has yet to come (Lara's still 18 years old after all), once that comes, woo boy. Defensively Lara's a pretty good shortstop in his own right but with Orlando Arcia projected to be Milwaukee's shortstop of the future, Lara may be moved to third base. So far it doesn't look like handling the hot corner will be too much of a problem for him.

Received On: 06/16/2016

Here's a cool quartet of returns from Wilbur Howard. The little piece of paper is a signature that was written on the envelope.
Wilbur Leon Howard was originally drafted by the Seattle Pilots in the 19th round of the 1968 MLB Player Draft. By 1970 Howard found himself in the Milwaukee Brewers organization and would make his MLB debut with them in 1973. Then in 1974 he was traded to the Houston Astros where he would spent the rest of his six year MLB career. The Howard was used in a fourth outfield role for much of his career and, on-paper, put up pretty good results.


What's even cooler about this return is that the card in the 1972 Topps motif is a custom and the Astros card right below the '79 Topps card is a 1975 SSPC card.

Received on: 06/17/2016

Finally, a Yankees return to break up the Yankees drought, from Angel Rincon.
Angel Rincon was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. His pro career did not get off to a smooth start. He was handed a 50 game suspension back in 2010 not long after he signed his contract. Rincon would eventually come back though and by 2015 he had already made it to Tampa. Rincon was due to start the year in double-A Trenton but an injury halted that. Rincon returned to the field back in early June and he's currently in Tampa but could be up in Trenton  soon. Oh and he's a reliever who's used in a long man situation a lot.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Brummer, Rau, Wieck, Lara, Howard and Rincon for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 161

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brummgl01.shtml
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/raudo01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=623364
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sd
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-new-york-mets/
*http://www.amazinavenue.com/2015/6/15/8778135/mets-alex-torres-trade-bard-wieck-ptbnl
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=mil
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/howarwi01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=593477#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2010-06-09/new-york-yankees-rincon-is-among-three-minor-leaguers-given-doping-bans

5 comments:

  1. Very good week. Great assortment and range. That Lara is one to hang on to.

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