Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 04/18-04/23

Received On: 04/18/2016

First up this week is current Scranton Wilkes-Barre skipper Al Pedrique.
Al Pedrique was originally signed by the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent in 1978. The utility infielder made his MLB debut nine years later in 1987. After five games with the Mets, Pedrique was traded to the Pirates in the Bill Almon trade and Pedrique was fairly serviceable during his time in Pittsburgh. In 1988 he wasn't quite as productive and he was released by the Pirates in the 1988-89 offseason. He signed with the Tigers a few weeks later 1989 would prove to be his last season in the majors.
Since then Al Pedrique has been both a coach and a manager at various levels of the minors. Pedrique became the manager for the Charleston Riverdogs in 2013, the Tampa Yankees in 2014, the Trenton Thunder in 2015 and has worked his way up to the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders here in 2016. Is he Bronx bound in 2017? (No he's not, but fun pattern).

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here's a double dose from Butch Wynegar.
Butch Wynegar was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 1974 MLB Player Draft. The backstop made his MLB debut two years later out of spring training and enjoyed a rookie campaign where he was worth 3.3 WAR (per Baseball Reference) as well as an All Star Game nod. Wynegar's sophomore season was even better (3.8 WAR per Baseball Reference) and with his .993 fielding percentage, his reputation became being one of the better receivers in the majors. In mid-1982 he was traded for a bunch of people I don't know and later resigned with them when he reached free agency. All in Wynegar had some decent years with the Bombers before he grew tired of the bullshit that came with playing for the Yankees (as well as Martin/Piniella) and was traded to the Angels in late-1986. He spent two years with the Halos before retiring. Since then Wynegar's had coaching and managing gigs across various organizations.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Next up is former Yankees lefty Fritz Peterson.
Fritz Peterson was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees back in 1963 and steadily rose up through the minors before making his MLB debut in 1966. He was with the Yankees for nine seasons and enjoyed his share of success as he led the league in WHIP twice and he was even an All Star in 1970. Fritz Peterson is widely known nowadays as one of the husbands who swapped their wives, as Peterson swapped wives with Mike Kekich's wife, Susanne. Although Peterson himself calls it a husband swap (which it technically is as well). Apparently there is a movie in the works for the swap and production has been going on since 2013, but nothing has happened as of yet.


The cool thing about this return from Peterson is that it also came with two bonuses. A typed advertisement for an updated form of Fritz Peterson's book "When The Yankees Were On The Fritz" which was revised after Peterson rewrote some aspects about Roy White.


As well as this little mini card advertising the book as well.

If you're interested in buying this book you can purchase it on Amazon. And you can also contact Fritz Peterson directly for a copy.

Both the letter and miniature card are signed so I'm counting both in my TTM total.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here is a return from Orioles farmhand Garrett Cleavinger.
Garrett Cleavinger was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Cleavinger was a closer back in college and is armed with a low-90's fastball that can reach the mid-90's at times, a curveball and a work in progress change up. Cleavinger's ceiling appears to be a dominant closer in the big leagues but some also see him as a LOOGY in a bullpen. There were talks that Cleavinger would be tried out as a starter but through four games in 2016 Cleavinger's appearances have all been in relief indicating that that is no longer part of the plan.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Now here's something. It's none other than a return from Mike Napoli.
Mike Napoli was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 17th round of the 2000 MLB Player Draft. He spent five seasons in Anaheim before being traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Vernon Wells but was traded to the Texas Rangers a few days later. In his first year in Texas (2011) Napoli had himself quite a year, a year strong enough to have him go to the All Star Game in 2012 even though everyone talked about how bad a choice he was (note, Napoli was kinda bad in 2012). Following that he signed a three year deal with the Red Sox and he was converted into a first baseman/DH, during the third year of his contract he was traded to the Rangers. Now he currently plays for the Cleveland Indians.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Thomas Eshelman was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Eshelman projects to be anything from a pretty effective front of the rotation starter to a useful righty in the bullpen in the majors. Eshelman is armed with a fastball, curveball, slider and change up and the key thing about Eshelman that many people are quick to point out is his pinpoint control. It's good, so good that he only walked 7 batters in his entire last year at college.
Eshelman was one of the key players the Phillies received in the Ken Giles trade this past offseason. As such this return from Thomas Eshelman now means I'm only three players away from getting all of the players in the Ken Giles trade.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Here's a cool return from Jake Cronenworth.
Jake Cronenworth was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 7th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Cronenworth was a two way player prior to the draft. As a pitcher he drew some interest from clubs and was said to even have one of the better split-fastballs in the draft class, however the Rays took him as a second baseman. Cronenworth so far has been tested at second base, shortstop and even the outfield. The Rays will likely try to develop him as a super utility guy (think Ben Zobrist) who can hit (again, think Zobrist). As a hitter Cronenworth has some power but he's more of a contact hitter who has a lot of speed. Here in 2016 Cronenworth is off to a great start and it won't be out of the realm of the possibility to see him zoom up the Rays' top prospect rankings (top 15-ish) by the end of the year.

Received On: 04/18/2016

Next up are two returns from Padres righty Austin Smith.
Austin Smith was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Smith is armed with a fastball, curveball and change up. His fastball can reach the mid-to-upper-90's and is his best pitch. Smith's curveball and change up are currently work in progress pitches but since Smith was drafted out of high school, it's more about projecting what his body will be like in a few years than what he is right now. The Padres hope that Smith hones his command and control a little more and that his secondary pitches step up in order for him to reach his ceiling as a really good starter in the big leagues.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Next up is a return from Phillies outfielder Cameron Perkins.
Cameron Perkins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Perkins has steadily climbed the ladder upwards in the Phillies system and has had his fair share of success and failures. Perkins projects to be a MLB outfielder (maybe a fourth outfielder) who can straight up hit and has some power. Perkins gained some attention back in 2014 when he tore up double-A and was promoted to triple-A where he suffered a bit of a slump. A slump big enough for the Phillies to demote him back down to double-A for all of 2015 where he implemented a new batting stance and other measures to help him get back to triple-A. Here in 2016 he's back in triple-A and although the sample size is very small, he's done quite well. He could be one of the guys who somehow has a rookie card in Topps Update soon.
Also Cameron Perkins does not use batting gloves.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Here's a return from Twins infielder Levi Michael.
Levi Michael was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. A once promising shortstop during college, Michael's ceiling now appears to be a utility infielder in the major leagues. Michael's development seems to have been slowed by injuries and various other issues but he has shown promise and flashes of the guy the Twins drafted 30th overall in 2014 as well as 2015. Here in 2016 Michael is in double-A and is a utility guy looking for more at-bats in a really crowded and talented Chattanooga roster. There's still hope for Michael to be a MLB caliber utility guy, and I hope he makes it.

Received On: 04/21/2016

Here's a return from Rockies righty Parker French.
Parker French was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. French seems to fit the mold of what Rockies pitchers need to do in order to prepare for Coors, walk less batters and strike them out. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, French projects to be anything between a pretty good starter (even at Coors) to a middling reliever. French's approach is primarily to throw down in the zone and he relies heavily on his two seamer which has some sinking action. French isn't on any Rockies top prospect rankings but expect him to make his way to the top of the minors if he can refine his breaking pitches and improve his command and control.

Received On: 04/22/2016

Here's a return from Reds lefty Nick Routt.
Nick Routt was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. The southpaw is armed with a low-90's fastball, curveball and change up. He's slowly but surely climbed the Reds farm system upwards and has made it to double-A this year. He's been used as both a starter and a reliever but four games into 2016 he has been used as a reliever so perhaps the Reds see him as a reliever now. Nick Routt ceiling appears to be a LOOGY in a big league bullpen.

Received On: 04/23/2016

Next up is a return from Rays right hander Brandon Koch.
Brandon Koch was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Prior to the draft Koch was seen as one of the elite closers in college baseball. Armed with a fastball that can reach the high-90's and a slider, Koch projects to be a really good closer in the big leagues as well. His control and command over his two pitches are impressive and it wouldn't surprise talent evaluators if Koch was up in the majors sooner rather than later.

Received On: 04/23/2016

Here's another return from a Rays farmhand, Riley Unroe.
Riley Unroe was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the second round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Unroe's main calling card appears to be his defense. Although Unroe was originally drafted as a shortstop he's since been moved to second base full time and his glove work is said to be MLB ready as is. Offensively Unroe is solid but still has room to grow. If everything goes well Unroe could be a consistent contact hitter in the big leagues who can also notch a few steals here and there.
Either way with the ceiling of an everyday 2B and the floor of a bench guy who's a defensive specialist, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Unroe's RC in Topps Update a few years from now.

Received On: 04/23/2016

And last but certainly not least is a double dose of Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell.
Brent Honeywell was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the (supplemental) second round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. Honeywell is armed with an above average fastball, an above average screwball (!), an above average change up, and a work-in-progress curveball and his ceiling projects to be a front-to-middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues. Chances are he'll reach the big leagues and turn into yet another dominant starting pitcher who terrorizes the AL for years to come and the Rays do everything they can to get his prime years before trading him away for a King's Ransom.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Pedrique, Wynegar, Peterson, Cleavinger, Napoli, Eshelman, Cronenworth, Smith, Perkins, Michael, French, Routt, Koch, Unroe and Honeywell for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care :).

2016 TTM Count: 94

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pedrial01.shtml
*http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2016/01/07/manager-al-pedrique-leads-overhauled-triple-coaching-staff/
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wynegbu01.shtml
*http://articles.latimes.com/1987-03-26/sports/sp-72_1_baseball-teams
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peterfr01.shtml
*http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/baseball/ex-yankee-peterson-has-no-regrets-40-years-after-w/nT7fG/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664076#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=bal
*http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal-orioles-day-two-mlb-draft-picks-20150609-story.html
*http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2015/06/orioles-draft-oregon-pitcher-garrett-cleavinger-in-third-round.html
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/napolmi01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664045#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=phi
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-philadelphia-phillies/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=630105#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://rayscoloredglasses.com/2016/01/11/rays-2016-top-50-prospects-number-48-jake-cronenworth/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=663930#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sd
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=573088#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa503439&position=OF
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-philadelphia-phillies/
*http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/cameron-perkins-climbing-phils-prospect-ladder
*http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/phillies/Readings-Cam-Perkins-is-getting-a-kick-from-his-new-batting-stance.html
*http://articles.philly.com/2016-03-12/sports/71420877_1_gloves-triple-a-lehigh-valley-eastern-league-all-star
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605381#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa526207&position=2B/SS
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-minnesota-twins/
*http://puckettspond.com/2015/02/21/make-break-twins-levi-michael/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605238#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.purplerow.com/2016/3/22/11275114/colorado-rockies-prospects-parker-french-scouting-video-pitcher-spring-training-intrasquad-scrimmage
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=607075#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa621594&position=P
*http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/9/19/3354594/2012-baseball-draft-16th-round-in-review
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tb
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-tampa-bay-rays/
*http://www.27outsbaseball.com/featured/brandon-koch-brings-intensity-to-hudson-valley-bullpen/

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Something About Seeing It Signed...

Everybody collects baseball cards differently. As such everybody sees baseball cards differently as well.


You ask 25 different collectors what they think when they see that card and you'll probably get at least 10 different answers. Some of those questions may include "How much is that card worth? Do I have that card already? What is that card? Who the heck is Austin Aune? etc..."


The first question on my mind when I see this card is, can I get the player's signature on this?

I don't know why but for some reason I consider cards that are just unsigned like this to be "naked" and it discomforts me. There is a part of me that wants an autograph of the player somewhere on the card. It could be a nice bold one in the middle of the card in blue ink. It could be a pretty mediocre signature written in pen on the side. As long as there's a signature of the player on the card somewhere, I'm satisfied.

And for some reason I also have to obtain the signature myself, whether it's via IP or TTM. Otherwise it's like getting a certified autograph and I have little-to-no interaction with the player or the autograph other than obtaining it.


There. Now I can be at peace. The card has proper attire on and I know it's authentic because I saw Austin Aune sign this card for me in person back in 2014.

I don't know, there's something inherently cool to me about seeing cards go from being naked to being signed. Whether it's because the player on the card has touched the card itself at one point or because I got an autograph myself (most likely both and other factors), I just find it satisfying.


It's almost as though in order for some cards to mean anything to me they have to be signed by the player on it.
Fake/facsimile autographs won't cut it. They stink.


In my worldview the player on the card has to touch and sign the baseball card in order for that particular baseball card to reach it's full potential.

Forever Naked

Now of course I can't get every baseball card I own signed for various reasons (I don't think A-Rod would be too keen on signing 200+ cards for me in one sitting), but for as long as there's a chance I'll try and get cards I deem cool enough to keep around signed.

The Yankees cards in my collection that I haven't dumped onto The Lost Collector passed the first test of sticking around for some reason. Unless the players are dead and/or are such a significant part of my collection (like my T206es) they must then pass the second test of being signed if they want to stick around. Otherwise they slip in my eyes and may eventually end up in piles of Yankees cards designated for TLC, The Dutch Card Guy, Draft2Dynasty and other Yankee collectors I haven't engaged in trades with yet.

Even then my interests and standards change so much that they might end up there anyway. There was a point when I thought I'd never trade away some of the cards I shipped off to TLC, and yet they're his now.


Anyway this was all my way of saying that I find it cool that I can see cards go from unsigned cards to signed cards that were (presumably) once held by the player actually depicted on the card.


As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend TTM Roundup: 04/11-04/16

This week some of my first MiLB returns came back.

Received On: 04/12/2016

My first return this week came from Andrew Suarez.
Andrew Suarez was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Depending on who you ask Suarez is either one of the top 5 prospects in the Giants org or one of the top 10 prospects in the Giants org.
Suarez is armed with a fastball, slider (his best pitch too), curveball and change-up and projects to be anything from a good middle of the rotation starter to a useful back of the rotation starter (regarding his ceiling that is). Suarez's best attribute is how his command and control are quite good for all of his pitches and none of his pitches are really lacking. He won't be a power pitcher but he does have the potential to be a really good pitcher in the big leagues and with his arsenal and polish, he could be in the big leaguers sooner rather than later.

Received On: 04/12/2016

My second return this week came from Ronnie Jebavy.
Ronnie Jebavy was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft.
Jebavy is on several Giants prospect radars for his speed. Offensively he's a work in progress who doesn't project to hit for too much power, but he does have some raw power and a few swing tune-ups could result in Jebavy turning into a very solid top of the order hitter who terrorizes pitchers and catchers on the base paths.
Defensively, Jebavy is a pretty good center fielder who can cover a lot of ground thanks to his immense speed (even in spacious AT&T Park). He could be an interesting prospect going forward.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Next up is a double whammy from Josh Rogers.
Josh Rogers was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Rogers is armed with a low-90's/high-80's fastball, a slider and a change up. Before the draft Rogers was a starter and he'll be tested as a starter in the minors. His ceiling projects to be anything from a back of the rotation starter to an effect LOOGY in the bullpen in the big leagues.
I actually sent one of the two cards above as a gift for Rogers to keep but he signed it and sent both back anyway (that was nice of him).

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here is a return from Cody Carroll.
Cody Carroll is a huge righty (6'5!) who is armed with a fastball, change up and slider. Carroll's fastball can reach the mid-90's and his ceiling is a really effective middle reliever in the big leagues. That said if Carroll can improve his command his ceiling and potential could be even greater (he was pretty good pitcher as is for Southern Miss).

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here's a return from Kendall Coleman.
Kendall Coleman was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Coleman is a high risk, high reward type of prospect. Coleman has a lot of tools including power, hitting on a consistent basis, average speed and average defense. His ceiling is basically a 30-35 HR outfielder who can hit for a moderately high average (the .250-.300 range) with a few steals.
Unfortunately Coleman's professional career hasn't gone as smoothly due to how he's been on the shelf with various injuries in 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he made it up to the Pulaski Yankees where he went on a tear near the end of the season and even that's not indicative of what he could be regarding his full potential.
Coleman's starting 2016 in Charleston (with the Yankees being aggressive and all) and it'll be fun to see what Coleman can do know that he's healthy and finally ready to take the next big step forwards.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Next up is Andrew Schwaab.
Andrew Schwaab was signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2015. Schwaab is armed with a fastball and a really good slider. Using both he was a pretty good pitcher in college in 2015 as well as a dominant closer back in 2013. Schwaab's ceiling is likely that of a reliever in the big leagues.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here is a return from Willie Gabay.
Willie Gabay was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Gabay climbed the ladder in the Rays organization and reached as high as high-A before he was released by the Rays. The Yankees later scooped up the minor league free agent. When you google Willie Gabay a lot of the articles on his focus on how he was cut from his high school baseball team and how it's quite amazing how he managed to get drafted by a major league baseball organization years later. The 24 year old reliever is an interesting project but it remains to be seen what he can do in Pinstripes.

Received On: 04/14/2016

Here's former big leaguer Bobby Meacham.
Bobby Meacham was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1981 MLB Player Draft. The following year Meacham was traded to the Yankees and in 1983 Meacham made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees. Meacham played for the Yankees as their shortstop/second baseman for six seasons. In 1988 he was traded to the Rangers and tried one more go at it in the Rangers, Pirates and Royals organizations but his MLB career ended shortly thereafter. Since 1993 Meacham has primarily been a coach or manager in the minor leagues. Currently Meacham is the manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (the Blue Jays' double-A affiliate).

Received On: 04/14/2016

C-c-c-combo breaker. The run of Yankee returns broken by righty Scott Copeland.
Scott Copeland was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Copeland was with the O's for two seasons before being released in mid-2012. Shortly afterwards the Toronto Blue Jays signed Copeland as a minor league free agent. Copeland then steadily rose up through the Blue Jays organization as a starter who made some relief appearances here and there. Copeland eventually made his MLB debut in 2015 and made three starts and three appearances out of the bullpen for the season.
Copeland was resigned by the Jays as a minor league free agent with an invite to spring training earlier this year but he was cut from the big league camp in mid-March and in early April was sent to South Korea to play for the LG Twins.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a cool return from Brody Koerner.
Brody Koerner was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Koerner is armed with a fastball, curveball, change up and slider. Although Koerner was primarily a reliever in college, the Yankees envision trying him out as a starter (the Yankees tend to try this a lot) and he looks like he has a good a chance as anybody to reach his ceiling as a starter.
Koerner's ceiling is that of a middle of the rotation starter. Whether or not he reaches it remains to be seen but he is on the right track. His first outing of the year was downright dominant as he threw 7 scoreless innings and only allowed 4 hits the other day in his first ever start.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Next up is a cool return from former Yankees backstop Rick Cerone.
Rick Cerone was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round of the 1975 MLB Player Draft. Cerone made his MLB debut not long after being drafted and he spent one more season in the Indians org before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Cerone spent three years in Toronto before being traded to the Yankees. Cerone enjoyed arguably his best season in 1980 when he was a 4.2 bWAR player (stat courtesy of Baseball Reference) although he started to slip in the years that followed. Cerone spent five years with the Yankees before bouncing around from team to team (rejoining the Yankees two different times in the process) before retiring in 1992. All told he had a pretty good career.
Cerone is a guy I hear and see a lot due to his status as the guy who had the unenviable task of being the everyday catcher for the Yankees following the tragic passing of Thurman Munson. Also he was a Yankee and Met during his career, that's a thing too if you live in New York.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a quick return from former major league outfielder Gene Clines.
Gene Clines was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth round of the 1966 MLB Player Draft. Gene Clines made his MLB debut four years later and enjoyed some success early as he was a member of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates team that won the World Series. He spent a few more seasons in Pittsburgh as an outfielder before being traded to the Mets in 1974 and then being traded to the Rangers in 1975. In 1977 Clines was traded to the Cubs and although his career as an active player ended in 1979, Clines went onto be a coach in the big leagues and a roving hitting instructor for various teams.

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a return from Dodgers righty Andrew Sopko.
Andrew Sopko was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Sopko was drafted out of college and is armed with a mid-90's fastball, a slider and a change up. Sopko projects more as a reliever long term than a starter but he should rise through the Dodgers farm system fairly quickly. In fact he was promoted from class-A Great Lakes to high-A Rancho Cucamonga on the day I got this return after only one start in class-A (where he struck out eight batters in 4.2 IP).

Received On: 04/15/2016

Here's a return from Rockies righty Konner Wade.
Konner Wade was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball, slider and change up, Wade is a fringy and somewhat solid pitching prospect. Although you won't find him on too many prospect rankings (not even for the Rockies org) he has put up fairly good results (albeit inconsistent results) at the various levels he's been to. The last three years Wade has primarily been a starter while this season he's already made a few relief appearances. His longterm future was once thought to be a long man in a bullpen so this could be indicative of the Rockies wanting to transition Wade into that long man role going forward.

Received On: 04/15/2016

We close out this week with a double dose of catching gear from Braves backstop, Lucas Herbert.
Lucas Herbert was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Lucas Herbert is a defensively gifted catcher who was one of the better catchers available in the 2015 draft. With good receiving skills and a cannon for an arm, Herbert could be a defensive specialist in the big leagues at the very worst. Offensively Herbert has potential to be quite good as well thanks to his power (he doesn't have a ton of power but he does have quite a bit of it). His ceiling is an everyday catcher.

And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Suarez, Jebavy, Rogers, Carroll, Coleman, Schwaab, Gabay, Meacham, Copeland, Koerner, Cerone, Clines, Sopko, Wade and Herbert for the awesome autographs.

And as always big thanks to you (the readers) for stopping by :).

Take care.

2016 TTM Count: 76

Sources:
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=sf
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-san-francisco-giants/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642028#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/07/callis-yankees-sign-11th-rounder-lhp-josh-rogers-slot-bonus-123845/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=642028#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/07/callis-yankees-sign-11th-rounder-lhp-josh-rogers-slot-bonus-123845/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=606944#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-draft-picks-mlb-draft-prospects/2015/6/10/8761163/yankees-draft-picks-2015-mlb-draft-roeder-carroll-mundell-obrien-afenir-flemming-sosebee
*http://riveraveblues.com/2015/06/2015-draft-yankees-remain-conservative-focus-college-players-day-three-121598/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=643259#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2016/03/bbdp-2016-breakout-candidate-kendall-coleman/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=665321#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-prospects-minor-leagues/2015/6/23/8824059/yankees-draft-free-agents-hamlin-schwaab-walsh-degroot
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=621274#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://baseball.lohudblogs.com/2013/08/16/renegades-willie-gabay-a-study-in-determination/
*http://www.recordonline.com/article/20130804/SPORTS14/308040332
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/meachbo01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160121&content_id=162474536&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l113
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/copelsc01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=571577#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=621259#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2016/02/bbdp-2016-breakout-candidate-brody-koerner/
*http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160411&content_id=171790298&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l116&sid=l116
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/ceronri01.shtml
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clinege01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=621127#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.truebluela.com/2015/6/9/8755325/mlb-draft-2015-andrew-sopko-profile
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-los-angeles-dodgers/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=592831#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-colorado-rockies/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=592831#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
*http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-colorado-rockies/
*http://archive.azcentral.com/sports/ua/free/20130214konner-wade-takes-over-arizona-baseballs-ace.html
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663726#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=atl

Friday, April 15, 2016

Three In A Row

So after my first and second purchases to kick start this year, I picked up one more baseball card on eBay.


It's nothing too fancy (it came in a PWE) but it is something I wasn't going to turn down.

The card itself is a 2007 Choice NY-Penn League Top Prospects card of Zach (Zachary) McAllister. McAllister was originally a third round draft pick by the Yankees back in 2006 but he was traded to the Indians in the Austin Kearns trade (*blech*). He's carved out a nice career for himself as a reliever although it looks like he and the Indians may part ways (Yankees reunion maybe?, the NYY always want bullpen arms).

Z-Mac was one of the two Staten Island Yankee representatives in the 2007 Choice NYPL Top Prospects set.


The other was Dellin Betances.

So after all these years (all two of them) these two are back together and reunited in my collection.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Real First Baseball Card Purchase Of 2016

Okay so yesterday I blogged about my second baseball card purchase of 2016, ironically my actual first baseball card purchase of 2016 came to my doorstep yesterday too.


It was basically a bunch of singles from my go-to seller on eBay (GoSportsCards) who sells minor league team issued card sets and singles from those card sets on eBay. Admittedly some of the singles can be priced a bit high but in some cases it beats having to buy multiple the team sets to get the same amount you want.


Case in point were these four Nestor Cortes cards from the 2015 Pulaski Yankees team set. Nestor Cortes had himself a fine 2015 season and is my personal pick for sleeper prospect in the Yankees organization. I kinda hope I can see Cortes in Staten Island this year.


I also bought four Dave Bialases from the 2015 Tampa Yankees set. He's not a player but he's going to be the manager for the 2016 Staten Island Yankees so I obviously picked some up.


A pair of Austin Romines. Romine is one of my favorite players even though I never met him. His once promising career has been somewhat slowed by injuries and various other roadblocks, and unfortunately his time in Pinstripes is pretty short. Chances are he'll reach free agency soon (if the Yankees DFA him again) and he can probably get a chance to be a starting catcher on a really bad team or a backup catcher on a relatively good team.


I don't know why it took me so long to blog about Cale Coshow. He's one of the top 30 prospects in the NYY organization right now. Coshow is a pitcher who can throw pure heat. The question is whether the Yankees see him as a starter or reliever long term. He's gone back and forth a few times and looks poised to be effective in both roles.


I bought this Miguel Andujar purely for the photograph. Andujar was one of the participants in the 2015 Florida State League Home Run Derby and he won that same contest. Here he is seen posing with the trophy in his hand. It's a cool card IMO.



And finally I bought two Angels from the Riverdogs set. Angel Rincon and Angel Aguilar. Both have had varying levels of success and project to have varying levels of potential.


One thing I found semi-notable was that both the Charleston cards and Tampa cards (both made by Grandstand BTW) had the same exact back designs only with minor color changes.

And this was my very first pickup here in 2016. Nothing flashy, but really cool to me.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My First Baseball Card Purchase Of The Year...

...hasn't arrived yet so here's my second baseball card purchase of the year.

A week or so ago I finally snapped and decided to buy some things on eBay. And by "things" I'm of course referring to baseball cards. I know I said I'm on a six month no-baseball card goal but I never said that those six months had to be consecutive. I've got three months down, I can get the remaining three out of the eight months we still have in 2016 (there's only eight more months of 2016 BTW).

So yeah my first purchase isn't here yet, so instead here's my second one that arrived faster and is probably a lot more appropriate given what this blog is about.


See what I mean?

I finally tracked down one of the two remaining non-printing plate Luis Torrens parallels I needed from 2014 Bowman Draft. This particular specimen is the silver wave variety.


And it's numbered 18/25. The reason I've been after this for so long is because these are really overpriced for somer reason. Outside of a few stray auctions I missed out on these are only readily available as Buy It Nows for like $15 + shipping. Considering how I got the shimmer refractor (numbered to 15) for less I'm not paying that.

But then I found a pretty good lot deal on eBay where the crown jewel was the silver wave and it was accompanied by lots and lots of Torrenses. You want to know how many?


Excluding the silver wave there were 65 Luis Torrens inside the lot.

I was too lazy to scan them but there were five normal refractors.
There was one silver ice parallel.
There were 14 chrome base cards.
And finally there were 45 paper base cards.

In all I paid around $20 for this lot. If you exclude shipping it evens out to roughly $10 for the silver wave and $7 for everything else, which is decent I suppose. At the very least it doesn't hurt to have a giant stack of Torrens cards ready for if/when I ever see him again and want to just give him some cards.

Anyway with the silver wave now in my possession all I need is the superfractor and I'll have completed the 2014 Bowman Draft Top Prospects Chrome Luis Torrens rainbow (minus the plates).

For now the one printing plate I do have will have to fill the gap. Note that this excludes the paper cards.















Only one more chrome parallel to go...

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).