|Received On: 08/22/2016|
My first return this week came from Ross Ohlendorf.
Ross Ohlendorf was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Player Draft. He spent a few years in their system but was traded to the New York Yankees in 2007 as part of the Randy Johnson trade. Since then he's had a pretty decent career as a journeyman reliever latching onto bad teams in need of arms.
He also has one of the most delightful deliveries in all of baseball now.
|Received On: 08/25/2016|
Here's a return from Cubs righty David Garner.
David Garner was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Garner is a reliever who throws a fastball and a slider with above average control. He climbed the ladder relatively quickly as he made it to double-A this year. Garner's had an up and down year in double-A but given his track record down in the lower minors it can probably be chalked up to growing pains. Hopefully the Michigan State product can crack the Cubs bullpen one day (they need all the help they can get).
|Received On: 08/25/2016|
Here are a couple of returns from Mariners lefty Lane Ratliff.
Lane Ratliff was drafted but the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. In college Ratliff was a strikeout machine thanks to the strength of his curveball. Ratliff also possesses a fastball and a change up which he's used to give him success in the lower levels of the minors. The question will be whether he can continue to refine those pitches and allow him to see the same level of success at the higher levels. Well if his strikeout-to-walk rate is any indication, I'd say he's got a great shot at it.
|Received On: 08/26/2016|
Here are a couple of returns from former Yankee Hensley Meulens.
Sir Hensley Filemon Acasio Meulens was originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur international free agent out of Curacao (Netherlands) back in 1985. During his time in the minors Meulens grew to be a pretty intriguing prospect. In fact, prior to the 1991 season Baseball America ranked Meulens as one of the 30th best prospect in all of baseball. His story is possibly one of legend. Sir Bam Bam's played in various professional leagues including the majors, Japan, Mexico and Korea. He can speak several languages and he's spent his post-playing career working as a hitting coach. Some credit Meulens for McCutchen's success. Since 2010 Meulens has serves as the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants. In the process winnings three World Series rings. Long live Meulens.
And yes, this is another The Lost Collector assist.
|Received On: 08/27/2016|
My last return this week came from Dodgers top prospect Yadier Alvarez.
Yadier Alvarez hails from Cuba and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 an amateur. Alvarez was part of the Dodgers' conquest to sign every eligible Cuban prospect in existence. Alvarez is a high risk high prospect, with a fastball in the mid 90's (can reach a max of 100 mph), an above average slider and a work in progress change up. Eric Longenhagen wrote a pretty great scouting report on Alvarez for Fangraphs. For now Alvarez's ceiling appears to be that of a front of the rotation starter and his floor can be anything from a power reliever with two great pitches or a bust. It all depends on how much stamina Alvarez can build up (he's still getting accustomed to pro ball) and how that change up works out. Still, I believe that LAD have something special on their hands in Alvarez, plus I'd give them the benefit of the doubt with pitching prospects. This year Alvarez has had a pretty nice season in the minors, with an impressive K rate and very good BB rate to boot. Of course he's still in class A and he'll run in trouble later on if the stamina and change up don't advance as much as LAD would like but it's nice to see a prospect do well from the get-go too. Alvarez is a serious contender to be the subject of the 2017 edition of my "Ode To A Dodgers Prospect" post.
And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Ohlendorf, Garner, Ratliff, Meulens and Alvarez for the awesome autographs.
And as always thank you the readers for stopping by. Take care :).
2016 TTM Count: 220