Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 07/18-07/23


Received On: 07/18/2016

My first return this week came from my personal pick for the Yankees' sleeper prospect of 2016, Nestor Cortes.
Nestor Cortes was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. He was quietly having a great season last year (albeit in lower level leagues) and this year he's establishing himself as a nice surprise in the Yankees organization. Earning All Star nods in the S.A.L. (class a-ball). As of this writing he has a 0.79 ERA in over 68 innings pitched. That's insane. Some of those innings have come as a starter too. Armed with a fastball, curveball and slider, Cortes uses his pitches to great effect. Also he tends to strikeout more than four times the number of batters he walks. That's key too.
Cortes has been great up until now. It'll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Received On: 07/18/2016

My next return were these two signed Sega Card Gens of Mike Pelfrey.
Mike Pelfrey was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (9th overall) of the 2005 MLB Player Draft. Pelfrey zoomed up the Mets organization and made it to the big leagues by 2006. Pelfrey's Mets tenure was full of it's ups and downs, in 2010 he had a career year where he pitched a career high 204 innings pitched and was worth 2.6 fWAR with a 3.82 FIP (stats courtesy of Fangraphs). Not bad at all actually. But in 2012 he required Tommy John surgery and was out for most of the season. Following his Mets tenure he signed with the Minnesota Twins and endured a very rough patch. He signed with the Detroit Tigers in the 2014-15 offseason to a two year deal and could be back on the market this winter.

Received On: 07/18/2016

Next up is Astros righty Cy Sneed.
Cy Sneed was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, slitter, change up and curveball, it remains to be seen whether Sneed can last as a starter in the big leagues but the talent and control is there for a good reliever at the very least. Sneed was traded to the Houston Astros in the Jonathan Villar trade.

Received On: 07/18/2016

Here is D-Backs prospect Tyler Mark.
Tyler Mark was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Mark is armed with a fastball, slider and splitter. The development of that splitter could be the difference in his long term future being a reliever or a starter. The D-Backs are going to try Mark as a starter until he can't anymore, in which case his mid 90's fastball can play well in a relief role.

Received On: 07/18/2016

And here is Rockies prospect Javier Medina.
Javier Medina was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Medina is noted for his good control on his fastball. He's very raw (he was drafted out of high school) and wasn't even able to pitch a lot prior to the draft due to regulations in his sports program but the Rockies scouts saw enough of his practice sessions to know that they like his potential. Could he be the best pitcher the Rockies have had since Huston Street? Who knows?

Received On: 07/20/2016

Woof! Here's a vintage return from Bobby Shantz.
Bobby Shantz was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics as a free agent back in 1948. For the first eight years of his career he spent it with the A's and the southpaw had himself a good stretch, even so far as winning the MVP award in 1952. The Yankees acquired Shantz in a trade prior to the 1957 season (a move that involved a lot of players). Shantz did fairly well (he earned his third All Star nod in his first year in pinstripes) and he went on to earn a Golden Glove for every year for the rest of his career. In late 1960 Shantz was drafted by the Washington Senators in the expansion draft and traded off to the Pirates two days later. Shantz floated around the big leagues playing for the Colt .45's, Cardinals and Phillies for the rest of his career.
BTW, s/o to The Lost Collector for giving me this Bobby Shantz.

Received On: 07/21/2016

Next up are another pair of assists from The Lost Collector, in the form of two Steve Farrs.
Steve Farr was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent in 1976. Farr spent nearly six years in the Pirates org before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1983. Farr made his MLB debut the following year with the Indians. His rookie season did not go swimmingly and he was released before the 1985 season. He latched onto the Royals not long after and had a six year stretch as a decent reliever. He had a career year in 1990 when he won 13 games and pitched 127 innings pitched, all as a reliever. The Yankees signed him as a free agent the following year and he was... okay. After the Yankees he played for the Indians (again) and Red Sox before retiring.

Received On: 07/21/2016

Here's a rare Pirates return from Buccos prospect Michael Suchy.
Michael Suchy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Suchy projects to be a major league caliber outfielder (at best) who might be more of a fourth outfielder type. He can hit for contact and has raw line drive power, but he does tend to strike out a lot. Defensively he is said to be solid and serviceable in the corner outfield positions but whether or not the bat will justify him being there is a question mark.

Received On: 07/22/2016

Woot! My first 2016 Pro Debut return courtesy of Miguelangel Sierra.
Miguelangel Sierra was signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent back in 2014. Sierra is an intriguing shortstop for the Astros. Offensively and defensively, Sierra is solid. In the long term he projects more to be a offensively average, plus defender at shortstop. He doesn't exactly hit for power but if he can improve his contact rate he could be more than just a glove.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Cortes, Pelfrey, Sneed, Mark, Medina, Shantz, Farr, Suchy and Sierra for the autographs.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 194

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641482#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://pinstripedprospects.com/yankees-top-prospect-44-nestor-cortes-11531
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pelfrmi01.shtml
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5203&position=P
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605482#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.minorleagueball.com/2015/11/20/9752080/astros-trade-jonathan-villar-to-brewers-for-cy-sneed
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/villajo01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664012#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=ari
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663900#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shantbo01.shtml
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/farrst01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=657019#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/06/fifth-round-pirates-draft-right-fielder-michael-suchy.html
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa829367&position=OF
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=658531#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=hou

2 comments:

  1. Love that Nestor! He's one of my favorite prospects. Just goes out and deals.

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