Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 09/06-09/10


Received On: 09/06/2016

My first return this week came from Doug Drabek.
Doug Drabek was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round of the 1983 MLB Player Draft. Drabek was in the White Sox system until he was sent to the New York Yankees in a minor trade the following summer. Drabek made his MLB debut in 1986. However Drabek was shipped out to Pittsburgh the following year for, nothing of note. His peak years were with the Pirates and he even led the league in wins in 1990 en route to a Cy Young award. Drabek enjoyed 13 years as a big leaguer and was an All Star to boot back in 1994. Drabek eventually retired after the 1998 season. His son Kyle Drabek was a former first round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies who was one of the key pieces in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to Philly.

Received On: 09/06/2016

My second return this week came from Jake Fraley.
Jake Fraley was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round (competitive lottery pick round) of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Fraley's a lefty hitting outfielder (projects to be in center field going forward) who has a very contact oriented approach to hitting. Although scouts say he has limited power, he did show some impressive pop in his debut season this year. At the end of the day however, his best attributes appear to be his ability to hit for contact and his above average speed. Defensively he's very solid in centerfield. His speed allows him to cover a lot of ground which makes up for an average arm.

Received On: 09/07/2016

Next up is a return from Tom Windle.
Tom Windle was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. The Minnesota native southpaw was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins trade. During the first few years of his career Windle was seen as a potential starter but recent times have shown that Windle's future is in the bullpen. Windle is equipped with a low 90's fastball, a slider and a change up. Windle's control was a question for many even before the trade and his walk rate indicates that he's been unable to keep runners off of the bases. As such he's now a full-time reliever where his fastball and slider combination allows him to have more success.

Received On: 09/08/2016

Next up is Ronald Herrera.
Herrera was signed out of Venezuela by the Oakland Athletics as a non drafted international amateur free agent back in 2012. Herrera was later sent to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the Kyle Blanks trade. Then Herrera was sent to the Yankees in the Jose Pirela trade. Herrera throws a low 90's fastball along with a slider and a curveball. Herrera was initially seen as a non-prospect who was just acquired so the Yankees could clear a roster spot (Jose Pirela was a 40 man roster guy) but Herrera's turned out to be quite the catch for the Yankees. Showing himself to be a very solid starter in the minors. Herrera was also part of a combined no hitter this year where he went eight innings without allowing any hits (Jonathan Holder took care of the last three in the 9th).

Received On: 09/08/2016

Here's Nationals prospect Sheldon Neuse.
Sheldon Neuse was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Hardcore prospectors have been familiar with Neuse since his team USA days but he really took off during his college days where he was a standout as a shortstop. Neuse could also pitch too. The Nats drafted Neuse as a third baseman and that's where he projects to be long term (he certainly has the arm for it). Neuse projects offensively to be solid with average power, average speed and average plate discipline. A very nice pick for the Nationals.

Received On: 09/08/2016

Here's Astros prospect Ronnie Dawson.
Ronnie Dawson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Prior to the draft MLB's official website ranked Dawson as the 121st best draft eligible prospect. A two sport athlete in high school, Dawson switched to baseball full time in college and showed a lot of promise. Dawson's best tool is his (as of yet) untapped power potential. He's also a very fast runner who can make life hell for the opposing battery on the base paths. Dawson also projects to be a lefty fielder going forward.

Received On: 09/08/2016

My first 1979 Topps return in a while now, courtesy of David Clyde.
David Clyde was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers as the first overall pick back in the 1973 MLB Player Draft. The southpaw had a ton of hype and potential leading up to the draft, even going so far as to being billed "the next Sandy Koufax" out of high school. Unfortunately Clyde was rushed up to the big leagues as the Rangers had planned on having Clyde start two MLB games before being sent down to the minors. Clyde had great outings to start his MLB career and he was never sent down. The total workload on his body was far too great however and despite all of the hype, potential and talent, the mishandling of Clyde's proved to be one of the Rangers' biggest blunders. Soon he started suffering injuries to his shoulder. Before long Clyde was in the minor leagues anyway either on a MiLB rehab or just because the Rangers knew he couldn't pitch well enough. Clyde later saw playing time with the Indians and Astros but his career ended up as a cautionary tale of bringing up prospects (especially those out of high school) far too early. One must wonder what would've happened had Clyde's development gone smoother (the Rangers might have a World Series ring by now!) but all things considered, it looks as though Clyde is very content with his legacy. All the best to you and yours Mr. Clyde.
Quick shoutout to Night Owl for the assist BTW.

Received On: 09/09/2016

So my returns on Friday were insane, and starting us off is Anyelo Gomez.
Anyelo Gomez was signed by the New York Yankees as non-drafted international free agent back in 2012. The righty from the Dominican Republic spent this season in both Charleston and Staten Island but was brought back up to Charleston near the end of the season. Honestly I can't find out much about what he throws.


But I did find this cool video featuring his DPL Power Showcase. Cool stuff.

Received On: 09/09/2016

And here's Erlin Cerda who's provided one of the most uniquest returns of all so far.
Erlin Cerda was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a non-drafted free agent back in 2012. Erlin Cerda had himself quite a year in the NYPL. The 22 year old's stats look relatively pedestrian but he did hit .286 with RISP. Cerda is also notable as being the MVP in the New York-Penn League All Star Game this year. The second baseman hit a three run home run that put his team (the South team) in the lead and his team went on to win 9-5. Cerda was later rewarded with a promotion to single-A's Lake County Captains where he finished his 2016 season. Going forward I eagerly await what Cerda does. He's not exactly a power hitter and he could use some work at the plate, but he does have a ton of potential as a high caliber middle infielder.


Erlin Cerda also sent along this bracelet with this return. Cool right?! I understand that bracelets are an important part of the culture in the Dominican Republic (and in several Latin American countries) and I appreciate Cerda for sending me something that's three dimensional.

Received On: 09/09/2016

Next up is active big leaguer Danny Duffy.
Danny Duffy was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2007 MLB Player Draft. The lefty was quite the prospect for the Royals as he earned a spot on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list prior to 2011. Duffy made his MLB debut in 2011 and showed some promise going forward as a very good starter. However in 2012 Duffy required Tommy John surgery and wouldn't return until late in 2013. Duffy was eased back into starting duties in 2014 and in 2015, in both years he saw some appearances out of the bullpen (especially in the World Series). This year has gone especially well for Duffy. Armed with a four seam fastball, a sinker, a slider and a change up, Duffy has pitched his was to a 11-2 record (as of this post) with a 3.43 FIP and striking out more than a batter per inning. His walk rate is also really low. This has been quite the breakout(?) year for Duffy who's lived up to his potential (so far). He even set a franchise record for most k's (16) in a single game this year. Woof.

Received On: 09/09/2016

Here's another big leaguer Kevin Kiermaier.
Kevin Kiermaier was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Yes, the 31st round. Woof! Anyway Kiermaier made his MLB debut back in 2013 but wouldn't stick around as an everyday center fielder until 2014. Offensively Kiermaier's not too special but defensively is where he really shines, as anybody who's a fan of an AL East team will tell you. Kiermaier's glove in the outfield is so incredibly good. Kiermaier won a Gold Glove in the AL last year as a center fielder and it should be telling that he won in spite of playing in the same league/position as Mike Trout and Kevin Pillar. The Rays haven't had too much success develop actual hitters but Kiermaier is the latest in the Rays' draft steals who turned out to be incredibly valuable and good at the big league level.

Received On: 09/09/2016

Here's a cool one from Sam Perez.
Sam Perez was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Perez was primarily a reliever in college but the Marlins do see some potential in him as a starter. Perez is armed with a fastball, change up and curveball, how these two pitches develop will be key to seeing if Perez can stick around in a starting pitcher's role or relief role. Either way, Perez seems like a "safe" bet to make it to the big leagues in some capacity. The Marlins could dream on Perez's upside as a solid back of the rotation starter or his high floor as a very good middle reliever.


Mr. Perez took the time to write me a note! Thanks Mr. Perez! Good luck going forward!

Received On: 09/09/2016

And here's a 1979 Rob Picciolo that was absolutely crushed by a machine or something on it's way back here. Rob Picciolo was drafted by the Oakland A's in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1975 January Secondary MLB Player Draft. The infielder spent six and a half of his nine MLB seasons with the A's and the other two and a half with the Brewers and Angels. Following his playing career he became a coach and spent 16 years as a coach with the San Diego Padres before serving as a roving instructor for the LA Angels. A few years afterwards Picciolo became the Angels' bench coach and stayed in the role until 2013.
Thanks to N.O. again for this assist too.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Drabek, Fraley, Windle, Herrera, Neuse, Dawson, Clyde, Gomez, Cerda, Duffy, Kiermaier, Perez and Picciolo for the awesome returns.

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

2016 TTM Count: 238

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/drabedo01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=641584#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tb
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*http://www.philliesnation.com/2015/02/prospect-nation-2015-14-lhp-tom-windle/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=622703#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/news/article/77213652/as-send-rhp-ronald-herrera-to-padres-to-complete-blanks-deal/
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160426&content_id=174753418&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t458&player_id=641914#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2016/06/18/nationals-come-to-terms-with-second-round-draft-pick-sheldon-neuse/
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*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3542&position=P
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*http://m.mlb.com/news/article/193072992/danny-duffy-strikes-out-16-sets-royals-record/
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*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=670031
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=mia
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/picciro01.shtml

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