|Received On: 01/28/2016|
My first return this week was a double dose from Ian Clarkin.
Clarkin was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft (33rd overall, one spot behind top prospect Aaron Judge) and is a lefty with a very high ceiling.
Clarkin didn't really show a whole lot in 2013 due to an ankle-issue but he did impress many scouts and Yankees officials in 2014 when he pitched his way up from single-A Charleston to high-A Tampa. Armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, a curveball and change up, he projects to be a very good starting pitcher in the big leagues. According to an interview with Danny Wild Clarkin's curveball is his favorite pitch to throw and it was considered by many to be one of the best in out of the 2013 high schoolers. A lefty with a fastball that can reach 95 mph is deadly enough but if he can bring his curveball up to par, he could give Andy Pettitte a run for his money as the best lefty to come from the farm system.
The best part of the Clarkin return is that the Aflac Bowman card on the right is a bonus that Clarkin sent along with my original request (on the left). Instant cool dude in my book (as if he wasn't already haha).
|Received On: 01/28/2016|
My second return this week was another double dose, from former Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy.
John Ryan Murphy was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2009 MLB Player Draft. He was, by all counts, a really solid draft pick. Throughout his time in the minors he was overshadowed by the likes of Jesus Montero and even Gary Sanchez who both possessed greater offensive potential and even Austin Romine who was seen as one of the better all around catching prospects in the system. Despite that Murphy kept chugging along and he provided the farm system with more catching depth.
As a hitter he can hold his own (in the minors there were rumors that he'd be just a bit-first catcher) and his ability to catch is probably his best asset. With the departure of Francisco Cervelli and the fall of Austin Romine (sort of), the backup catcher job was all but Murphy's to lose coming into 2015. As expected he won the job and did quite well as a backup catcher, both offensively and defensively. I recall the fact that he was a right hitter came in handy when it came to balancing out the offense which was heavy on lefty hitters.
Murphy was traded to the Minnesota Twins earlier this offseason in exchange for Aaron Hicks. With the trade Murphy now has a chance to be an everyday catcher for the Twins as many believe he can do so. Even though he obviously wouldn't have that chance with the Yankees.
And those were my returns this week.
Big thanks to Mr. Clarkin and Mr. Murphy for the autographs.
And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by :).
2016 TTM Count: 9