Sunday, July 3, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 06/20 - 07/02


Received On: 06/20/2016

My first return this week came from beleaguered major leaguer Tommy La Stella.
Tommy La Stella was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. He eventually made it to the big leagues in 2014 as a 25 year old rookie. He was a pretty serviceable infielder but was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the Arodys Vizcaino trade. He's currently on the DL with an injury.

Received On: 06/20/2016

Next up is Giants prospect Mac Marshall.
Mac Marshall was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a low-90's fastball, curveball and change up, talent evaluators see his ceiling as that of a back of the rotation starter (a fourth starter type). The most interesting part about Marshall to date has been how in 2014 he was set to sign with the Astros as a 21st rounder after agreeing to a seven figure contract bonus. But that went nowhere when Aiken didn't sign and Marshall signed the year after with the Giants on a six figure contract bonus. Ouch.

Received On: 06/20/2016

And here is former Angel/current Rockies affiliate manager, Lee Stevens.
Lee Stevens was originally drafted by the California Angels in the first round of the 1986 MLB Player Draft. During his time in the minors he put up some gaudy numbers and was pegged as a promising prospect but he couldn't quite put it together at the big league level and was traded to the Expos in early 1993. However he would spend the next few years in Japan and in the minor leagues before eventually coming back to the big leagues with the Texas Rangers, with which he had a career year in 1999. He eventually retired and now works as a hitting coach for the Modesto Nuts (the class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies).

Received On: 06/27/2016

Here's a cool return from the elusive (and by that I mean fast rising) Chance Adams.
Chance Adams was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, Adams was initially used as a reliever in his pro debut in 2015 (which would take him on the fast track up the system as he made it to Charleston in no time) but here in 2016 Adams has been used as a starter. So far the conversion has been a success. Adams was pretty remarkable in high-A Tampa and has been promoted to double-A Trenton (as of this post) joining other such notable Yankees pitching prospects like Jordan Montgomery, Ronald Herrera, Vicente Campos and Daniel Camarena. Woof, now that's a starting rotation.

Received On: 06/28/2016

Here's another random TTM return from former Pirates righty Mike Williams.
Mike Williams was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round of the 1990 MLB Player Draft. Note, Williams' final team as a major leaguer would also be the Phillies in 2003. Williams made it to the big leagues in 1992 and enjoyed a 12 year career with various other clubs. Williams' most notable years came during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which he was a pretty good reliever for the Buccos and he made two All Star Game appearances. Some of you may know him better as the guy who was in one Pedro Martinez's many brawls.

And those were my returns these past two weeks. Big thanks to Mr. La Stella, Marshall, Stevens and Adams for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 165

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lasteto01.shtml
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sf
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-san-francisco-giants/
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stevele01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20150408&content_id=116969190&fext=.jsp&sid=t515&vkey=
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=nyy
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-new-york-yankees/
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/willimi03.shtml

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