Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 07/05-07/09

Received On: 07/05/2016

My first return this week came from Yankees legend Wade Boggs. I really like the 1979 Topps motif and the Topps Archives card of Boggs just seems really perfect. And obviously I wanted to get it signed. So I did. Thank goodness for Boggs' decision to sign baseball cards for a fee.

Received On: 07/05/2016

To get me bang for my five bucks I sent along another card I wanted Boggs to sign. This is just as cool in that the little portrait of Boggs in the upper right hand corner is clear plastic (which is basically what the back of the card is made out of) and that the front part is made with glossy card stock that has a window open for that profile picture.

Now obviously most people know who Wade Boggs is. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the 1976 MLB Player Draft but didn't really do much until he became a Yankee. Thanks to the power of the pinstripes he became a Hall of Famer almost instantly and even won a World Series ring. Boggs also amassed 3000 hits (albeit with the Tampa Bay Rays, of all teams). Very cool considering how Boggs is a hall of famer with great credentials but signs via TTM for only five dollars.

Received On: 07/05/2016
The photograph used for this custom card was taken by Shane Roper of MiLB.com

Next up is a return from Daris Vargas.
Daris Vargas was originally signed by the Texas Rangers as a non-drafted free agent back in 2012 but was released a month afterwards. The following year the New York Yankees scooped up Vargas and he spent two+ years in the DSL before he made it stateside last year. At 23 years old he's a bit on the older side but he does have a promising chance to be something good thanks to the strength of his fastball, change up and slider. His long term role is likely a reliever but as a starter he's looked okay. The question is how will he fare at higher levels of competition.

Received On: 07/05/2016

Here is Mets lefty Alberto Baldonado.
Alberto Baldonado was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets out of Panama in 2009. In the early going Baldonado was tried out as a starter but by the time he arrived in Brooklyn he was a full-time reliever. Baldonado possess a fastball that can reach the mid-90's and given that he's a lefty, that's very key. He gradually climbed the ladder upwards and is now in double-A. If he continues to strikeout everybody who opposes him he could find himself up in the lesser part of New York soon.

Received On: 07/05/2016

Here is White Sox lefty Jordan Guerrero.
Jordan Guerrero was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Guerrero spent a few years toiling in the lower parts of the minors due to shoulder issues but he's managed to put those issues aside and emerge as a top 10 org prospect for the White Sox. The southpaw is armed with a fastball that sits in the low 90's, a change up, a curveball and a slider. Thanks to his control and his arsenal he has the ceiling of a middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues and would be another lefty in the north side's rotation chock full of an embarrassment of riches in terms of lefty starters. Basically it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see a White Sox rotation in the future with Sale, Rodon, Quintana, Guerrero and Fulmer (four lefties and a righty), yeesh I'd hate to have to be a AL Central team that has to face that team a lot.

Received On: 07/07/2016

Next up is Atlanta Braves farmhand A.J. Minter.
A.J. Minter was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the Competitive Balance Round B (between second and third rounds). A.J. Minter was seen as a potential first rounder before Tommy John surgery lowered his prospect stock. The lefty is equipped with a fastball, a cutter and a work in progress change up. His role going forward remains to be seen but the Braves will likely try to ease him back into pitching, see what he's got as a starter first and eventually make a decision on his long term future. All the same, Minter's got his work cut out for him in an organization that has all of the pitching prospects.

Received On: 07/08/2016

Next up is Yankees farmhand Garrett Mundell.
Garrett Mundell was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Mundell is armed with a fastball that can reach the mid 90's, a splitter and a curveball. Since turning pro Mundell's been used primarily in relief. Last year he was downright dominant across Pulaski and Charleston. This year he's had some issues but he has been able to bounce back from them quite nicely. Perhaps Mundell can continue the high level of relief the Yankees have in their organization.

Recevied On: 07/08/2016

Next up is Christian Morris.
Christian Morris was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Morris had a very promising college baseball career that was derailed somewhat by injuries and Tommy John surgery but he persevered and was rewarded with a draft selection by the New York Yankees. I can't really find out what he throws but what I do know is that his all strikeouts, no walk routine is working.

Received On: 07/08/2016

My next Yankees return was Hobie Harris.
Robert "Hobie" Harris was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Harris played in the outfield in addition to pitching early on in his college baseball career but switched to pitching full time. I can't find out exactly what he throws but like Morris above, Harris has a knack for strikeout guys out and walking almost no one.

Received On: 07/08/2016

Next up is former big leaguer Chuck Baker.
Chuck Baker was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 1975 MLB Player Draft. He had been drafted before that by the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros but he never agreed to a contract until the Padres came along. Baker made his MLB debut in 1978 but didn't exactly light the world on fire. Baker returned to the big leagues in 1980 but he didn't do much in the nine at-bats he was given either. He spent 1981 with the Twins but that would prove to be his last year in the big leagues. And that was all I found really dig up about Mr. Baker.

Received On: 07/08/2016

Here is top Marlins prospect Isaiah White.
Isaiah White was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the third round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. The best tool White has is his plus plus speed. It'll make him quite the speedster on the base paths and in centerfield too. His overall offense is a work in progress but shows great potential. If all goes well White could be a speedy center fielder who can hit for contact with a fair bit of pop (15 home run power?). I'd take that and run.

Received On: 07/08/2016

Next up is former Dodgers farmhand/current Phillies farmhand Victor Arano.
Victor Arano was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2013. The righty is armed with a fastball, slider and change up. Arano isn't much a dazzling prospect as he's more of a low ceiling, high floor guy. Basically, expect him to contribute at the big league level in some capacity. Maybe as a back of the rotation guy but more like in relief (long man?). He's currently a Phillies prospect after being the Player To Be Named Later in the Roberto Hernandez trade.

Received On: 07/08/2016

And here is Giants prospect Tyler Horan.
Horan was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Scouts did not think too highly of Horan but he did have plenty of things to like about him. Mainly his power as a left handed bat. Not really much else I can find out about him. Mainly just that he's up in double-A now and he's still got that power.

And those were my returns this past week. Big thanks to Mr. Boggs, Vargas, Baldonado, Guerrero, Minter, Mundell, Morris, Harris, Baker, White, Arano and Horan for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care :).

2016 TTM Count: 179

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/boggswa01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=622804#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160516&content_id=178569658&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l116
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=593604#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=622218#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-chicago-white-sox/
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=cws
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=621345#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/news/article/129367056/braves-thrilled-to-get-lefty-aj-minter-at-no-75/
*http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/06/draft-signings-padres-david-fletcher.html
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=656777#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2016/02/the-not-top-50-prospects/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664117#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.idsnews.com/article/2015/07/becoming-the-man-on-the-mound
*http://www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-draft-picks-mlb-draft-prospects/2015/6/10/8762233/mlb-draft-results-2015-yankees-draft-picks-robinett-harris-morris-garzillo-bisacca
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=665048#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bakerch02.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663672#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=mia
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-miami-marlins/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=644364#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-philadelphia-phillies/
*http://www.truebluela.com/2014/8/28/6080437/victor-arano-ptbnl-dodgers-phillies-trade-roberto-hernandez
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=arano-000vic
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-san-francisco-giants/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641707#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL

8 comments:

  1. Really good week! Nice call on the Boggs Archives.

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  2. Hmm. I have no memory of Boggs as a Yankee.

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  3. Very cool! Boggs is the best and the money goes to help sick kids.

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    1. I didn't know that part. That makes it even better!

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  4. Agree w/TLC... love the Archives. Just wish they pictured him w/the Red Sox ;) Thanks for the heads up on the $5 donation. Gonna need to dig through my binders and find a card for him to sign.

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    1. Hehe, I'd rather see Boggs as a Ray than as a Red Sock TBH. Good luck Fuji.

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