Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 9/12-9/17

Received On: 09/12/2016

My first return this week came from top Indians prospect Triston McKenzie.
Triston McKenzie was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. McKenzie is a 6'5 right hander who was drafted out of high school and projects to have a very high ceiling as a frontline starter. McKenzie is armed with a fastball that sits in the high-80's/low-90's, a plus curveball and a plus change-up. McKenzie projects to add some more velocity and stamina once his body starts to grow out a little more but he's done exceptionally well in his short time as a professional pitcher. McKenzie was one of the better prospects in the NYPL this year and he did well enough to earn a late season call up to the single-A level Lake County Captains.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Next up is a top prospect Phillies prospect, Adonis Medina.
Adonis Medina was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-drafted international free agent back in 2014. The righty throwing Dominican Republic product is one of the top pitching prospects in the Phillies org who projects to have the ceiling of a number three starter in the big leagues. Medina is armed with a fastball, curveball and change up. All of which he uses for strikes. Going forward Medina's main focus will probably be on refining his command and harnessing his low-90's fastball.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Here's a return from Astros outfield prospect Stephen Wrenn.
Stephen Wrenn was drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Seen as a top 100 talent coming into the 2016 MLB Player Draft, an ill-timed injury wrecked Wrenn's stock a bit and the Astros were able to take the top 30 prospect in a later round. Wrenn is a centerfield with tremendous speed and a pretty solid bat. Offensively he projects to be a top of the order bat who can hit for contact and average more than for power, and swipe a lot of bases. Defensively he projects to be a very solid centerfield who has a lot of range.

Received On: 09/12/2016

Here's my first '79 Topps return of the week, this time from Tom Burgmeier.
Tom Burgmeier was originally signed by the Colt .45's as a free agent back in 1962 (this was before the MLB draft). Burgmeier spent a few years in the minors and was even released before he latched on with the California Angels. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 1968 and appeared in 56 games (two of those games were starts). Burgmeier was then taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 1968 expansion draft and was a pretty good reliever/closer for them. Then Burgmeier was traded to the Minnesota Twins in a minor trade and spent a few years there. In early 1978 Burgmeier signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent and he had some of the best years of his career with the Red Sox. Burgmeier had a career year in 1980 especially when he had a career high 24 saves and was even selected to that year's All Star Game. As a Red Sox, Burgmeier accumulated 10.3 WAR (according to Baseball Reference) which is more than he accumulated with all of the other teams he was on combined. Burgmeier last played for the Oakland A's in 1984 before his career came to a close.
Once again, shout out to Night Owl for the assist.

Received On: 09/13/2016

Next up is top Tigers prospect, Derek Hill.
Derek Hill was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Hill projects to be a complete package for the Tigers in the future, but at the present his biggest tool is his speed. With a pretty average/above average approach at the plate, Hill's ceiling is a table setter atop a future MLB lineup. Most likely his future on the field is as a center fielder with lots of range and a strong arm. Hill's biggest challenge since being drafted has been staying healthy. When healthy he could be quite the outfielder.

Received On: 09/13/2016

Here's Mets righty Corey Taylor.
Corey Taylor was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Corey Taylor is a righty reliever with a low 90's fastball and slider that he uses to primarily induce weak contact and lots of grounders. His ceiling projects to be anywhere between a long reliever and a middle reliever at the big league level. And at worst he'll be a guy who shares a name with the lead singer of Slipknot.

Received On: 09/15/2016

Here's a set need for my 2016 Staten Island Yankees team set courtesy of Taylor Widener.
Taylor Widener was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Widener is armed with a low-90's fastball and a wipeout slider that he uses in dominant relief. Widener projects to be a very good reliever going forward and his 2016 professional debut showed as much (59 strike outs across two levels in 38.1 combined innings pitched). Woof. Widener pitched for the University of South Carolina prior to the draft and he was briefly able to be reunited with SC when he was assigned to the Charleston Riverdogs for the last month of the season as well as their playoff push. Next season Widener will likely either start the season in Charleston or Tampa.

Received On: 09/15/2016

Here are a couple of returns from Brewers farmhand, Troy Stokes.
Troy Stokes was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Stokes is an intriguing player in the Brewers org due to his potential as a very good top of the order table setter. Stokes is an outfielder with plus plus speed and projects to be a steady leadoff man or steady hitting second in the order. Stokes spent parts of this past season on the DL at various times but with 65 professional stolen bases already to his name, he'll be an interesting guy to watch for guys in fantasy leagues looking for steals.
BTW, the chrome card on the right was a present to Stokes but he signed anyway. Instant cool guy points.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. McKenzie, Medina, Wrenn, Burgmeier, Hill, Taylor, Widener and Stokes for the awesome returns.

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

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 247

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663474#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=cle
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=658431#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=phi
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=642227#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=hou
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burgmto01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=656537#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=det
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664219#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.amazinavenue.com/2015/6/11/8764331/2015-mets-draft-profile-rhp-corey-taylor
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642203#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2016/06/2016-draft-yankees-go-heavy-on-prep-players-and-power-arms-on-day-three-139603/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=657011#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-milwaukee-brewers/

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