|Received On: 12/04/2017|
My first return this period came from A's prospect, Skye Bolt.
Skye Bolt was drafted by the Oakland A's in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Seen as a guy who could potentially offer a promising return on the A's investment, Bolt has had a steady climb up the A's org so far. Offensively Bolt offers a lot of power, a fair bit of walks, and a lot of K's. Good enough for something like a .250 hitter with 25 HR power in the big leagues if he ever pans out. Defensively Bolt is very good, he has enough speed to cover a lot of ground and his arm is strong enough for him to stay in center for good. Bolt's been a two time all star in the minors so far thanks to his strong play and while he has been sidelined with injuries a few times during his career, I really expect the A's to make something of him. He just seems like he's got future A's player they trade away before he reaches arbitration written all over him.
|Received On: 12/09/2017|
Here is an awesome return from NHL veteran, Roberto Luongo.
Luongo was originally drafted second overall in the 1995 QMJHL Player Draft by the Val-d'Or Foreurs (Quebec, Canada). There he proved to be a promising prospect and was drafted fourth overall in the 1997 NHL Player Draft by the New York Islanders. Luongo played in the minors until his NHL debut came in the 1999-2000 season. His tenure with the Islanders was rocky and he was traded to the Florida Panthers in mid-2000. There he started getting more reps at the highest level and his career started to flourish. Earning All Star nods and various accolades in the process. Luongo was eventually traded to the Vancouver Canucks in before the 2006-07 season was named the Team's Captain not too long after that. Luongo was traded back to the Panthers in March 2014. Luongo recently suffered a lower-body injury that's put him on the shelf. Hopefully he can get healthy soon. Either way, the more I look up stuff about it, the more it looks like he's seen as future HoFer in the hockey world. Very cool.
|Received On: 12/11/2017|
Here's a return from Mets prospect Colby Woodmansee.
Woodmansee was drafted by the New York Mets in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Woodmansee is a shortstop who at the time of the draft was seen as a potential "good bat, glove that can be justified by the bat" guy but thus far he has not clicked. There is still lots of time for him to grow though. On a sidenote, he now has a business degree from Arizona State.
Also quick thank you to Mr. Woodmansee (or someone in his circle) for taking the time to write "Do Not Bend" on the PWE :).
|Received On: 12/12/2017|
Here is Marlins prospect Thomas Jones.
Thomas Jones was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the third round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Coming into the 2017 season Jones was seen as one of the Marlins' top prospects (MLB had him at number seven, SB Nation had him at number nine). A two sport player in high school, Jones is now focusing on baseball full time and the adjustment has been slow but somewhat steady. Jones has the speed and power to be a force in a lineup, as well as the arm and speed to be a big factor in the outfield. Jones' 2017 season was primarily spent between extended spring training and the New York-Penn League. Jones did not do too well in Batavia, but there is still time for him to come back and give the Marlins farmsystem a much needed boost.
|Received On: 12/12/2017|
Next up is former Kings All Star, Steve Duchesne.
Steve Duchesne was originally signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a non-drafted free agent. He was called up to the big leagues in 1987, he got picked for the NHL All Rookie Team that year too. Duchesne spent five seasons with the Kings, earning All Star nods in the process, before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers before the 1991-92 season. After the 91-92 season, Duchesne was sent to the Quebec Nordiques (the current Colorado Avalanche) as part of the Eric Lindros trade. After that he spent his time on various teams as he kept getting traded around to the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings (again), and finally the Detroit Red Wings. With Detroit he won the Stanley Cup in the 2001-02 season, his last season as a professional hockey player.
|Received On: 12/18/2017|
Hey, back to back hockey returns. This time from Blue Jackets center, Boone Jenner.
Boone Jenner was drafted by the Colombus Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2011 NHL Player Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 2013-14 season and has been a steady member of the BJ's since then. He was the alternating captain of the team as recently as last year, Jenner spent the first month and then some on the shelf with injuries before returning as a left wing to complement Brandon Dubinsky. Now with Dubinsky's health in limbo, Jenner's gotten some reps at center again and has a chance to show the Jackets that he's a core member of the team for years to come (he's eligible to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season). Good luck to him.
And those were my returns this past month. The 2017 TTM season ends cleanly on 12/31 with 155 returns.
Big thanks to Mr. Bolt, Luongo, Woodmansee, Jones, Duchesne and Jenner for the awesome autographs. I'd also like to thank to all of the people in general who've sent me back TTM autographs this year.
And of course, thank you the readers for sticking around all year yet again :).
2017 TTM Count: 155 (FINAL)