Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 08/01-08/06


Received On: 08/02/2016

My first return this week came from Xavier Hernandez.
Xavier Hernandez was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 1986 MLB Player Draft. The righty hurler spent 10 years in the big leagues playing for the Blue Jays, Astros, Yankees, Reds and Rangers, almost all of it in relief. Hernandez has enjoyed a long career in the coaching side of baseball since his retirement. Working as a pitching instructor for organizations like the Rays, he earned a lot of silverware and accolades in relation to player development and he's currently an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University. Very cool.

Received On: 08/04/2016

My next return was a doozie from Jeff Degano. It was also what put me over the 200 TTM mark.
The Canadian Jeff Degano was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. In an excellent interview with Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects, Jeff Degano gave a brief but good rundown of what he throws. Degano throws a two seamer and a four seamer in the low 90's, a curveball in the low 80's and a change up in the low 80's. It was expected after Degano's promising pro debut that he would be joining the Charleston Riverdogs this year but he was kept in extended spring training until he opened the season with the Pulaski Yankees. In the few innings Degano's pitched in so far, he has not looked as good as he did last year. According to some he's "forgotten how to throw strikes." It certainly doesn't help that he's 23 years old and at rookie ball. Nonetheless I'm still going to think positively and hope that this is just a roadblock for Degano and that he'll really come back strong next year. He was drafted in the second round for a reason, the Yankees (with a new focus on player development) can't afford to let a player of his caliber go to waste.


What makes this return extra cool is that Degano responded to my letter. What a great dude (then again he is Canadian), he even remembered me :). Good luck Jeff! You'll always have fans here in New York.

Received On: 08/04/2016

And here is 2016 draftee Tim Lynch.
Tim Lynch was drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. My friend The Lost Collector did a really cool interview with him on their blog, with most of the questions being centered towards Tim Lynch the autograph collector. Imagine, someone of similar ilk to TLC or I being a pro baseball player :). The Jupiter, FL native is a first baseman who hits from the left side. Lynch has some power and can hit for some nice contact but thus far he's yet to show it as a professional. Well here's to hoping the collector-turned-professional can hack it. It'd be a shame if that pretty good signature (it's legible!) went to waste ;).

Received On: 08/04/2016

Here is a big addition to my 2015 Yankees draftee project, Chad Martin.
Chad Martin was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 30th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft.
The righty has had some bright spots down in the lower depths of the minors. Very recently Martin was even called up to Staten Island from Pulaski. The righty figures to be an org guy going forward but anything more the Yankees can get from him is gravy :).

Received On: 08/04/2016

Here's a cool return from Rangers prospect Eric Jenkins.
Eric Jenkins was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Jenkins is your prototypical athlete playing baseball. He's full of potential on bother sides of the ball but has yet to put it all together. Jenkins projects to be a blazing fast base runner on the base paths. That speed will also help with his defense. Going forward he also projects to fill out a little more and add some pop to enable him to be more of a line drive hitter as opposed to a slap hitting speed guy. Jenkins' batting average looks bad but his BABIP suggests that he's been running into bad luck for most of this year. It'll be interesting to see how Jenkins develops. I wish him the best.

Received On: 08/05/2016

Next up is Justin Jacome.
Justin Jacome was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, Jacome's best pitch is the change up. Depending on how his slider develops, Jacome's ceiling could be anywhere from a solid middle of the rotation starter to a really good arm in the bullpen. The Marlins have a knack for developing pitching so we'll check back in on Jacome in a few years.

Received On: 08/06/2016

My last return this week came from Jose Trevino.
Jose Trevino was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. The Corpus Christi native can play virtually anywhere as he's been used all over the infield and at catcher. As of this season Trevino is a full time catcher, and although he's missed some time due to nagging injuries, he has had some bright spots. Including hitting for more contact and working on improving his walk rate. He has the power and ability to rake but for now the key to his development will be seeing how he manages to build up stamina to enable him to catch for a full year. But there's still tons of hope for Trevino. I like him, good luck Trevino!

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Hernandez, Degano, Lynch, Martin, Jenkins, Jacome and Trevino for the awesome autographs.

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

As always, take care.

2016 TTM Count: 205

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernaxa01.shtml
*http://www.hbuhuskies.com/mobile/staff.aspx?staff=17
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664681#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://pinstripedprospects.com/interview-degano-working-on-his-changeup-12811
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=670058#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=663299#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663346#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa874775&position=OF
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015/?list=tex
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663420#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=mia
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=624431#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tex

4 comments:

  1. Excellent week! Your Lynch looks a lot better than mine! Love the Blue Degano too.

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  2. I have to wonder if Lynch will restrain himself for asking for autographs come spring training or if he'll just embrace the opportunity. I don't know if I could contain myself in his situation, at least initially.

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