|Received On: 03/05/2018|
My first return this period came from Brooks Pounders.
Brooks Pounders was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2009 MLB Player Draft. Pounders was never a top prospect but he was a bit of a name for those in the know around the earlier parts of the 2010's, right up there with Trent Stevenson and Zach von Rosenberg. In the winter of 2011 he was traded to the Kansas City Royals and spent five years in the Royals org and made his MLB debut in 2016 before being traded in the offseason to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. So far in his career as a big leaguer, Pounders' role has been that of a reliever. Something he's pretty much seen around 2013. With his low 90's fastball and high-80's slider, Pounders is hoping to make it as a bullpen arm for the Colorado Rockies this year.
|Received On: 03/10/2018|
Next up is former Yankees prospect Ben Gamel.
Ben Gamel was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. His climb up the Yankees farmsystem was slow but steady as he made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Yankees before being traded to the Seattle Mariners in the trade that brought over Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula to the Yankees. A move made to basically save a roster spot as the Yankees had an excess amount of outfielders they needed to give playing time to (a good problem that still persists today). With the Mariners Gamel got off to a hot start in the first half of the season. Unfortunately Gamel's 2018 is off to a rough start as he's due to miss a few weeks with an oblique strain, but hopefully he can come back strong and be a big factor in the Mariners' push for a playoff appearance.
|Received On: 03/22/2018|
Next up is Islanders left-wing Anthony Beauvillier (again).
I already got a return from Beauvillier last month but being the moron that I am I sent to him twice by accident. He generously returned both requests. I talked a lot about him last time so this time all I can say is that he's one of the many players the Islanders have who are going to be important in their plans for the future, but his position will be up in the air until some things happen (whether because the Islanders acquire people or because fate forces their hands).
|Received On: 03/23/2018|
Here is Athletics righty Emilio Pagan.
Emilio Pagan was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. Pagan managed to make it to the big leagues last season as a reliever and was traded to the Oakland A's over the winter in the Ryon Healy trade. Pagan is armed with a fastball, slider and changeup. A career reliever, Pagan's goal in 2018 is to land a long term role as a reliever on a rebuilding A's team. After little boost in velocity and a lot of work, he's finally managed to find his groove in what's been a pretty good Spring Training for him so far.
|Received On: 03/26/2018|
I already blogged about this awesome return from Filip Chytil (pronounced: Hee-til), but I figure that I'd point some of the things I missed. Like how Chytil did make his NHL debut earlier in the 2017-18 season as he made the team out of camp, but was later sent down. In the end he only appeared in two games so the Rangers were able to make sure he played just enough games to stay under the 10 game threshold to manipulate his service time (boy, the parallels between in hockey and baseball keep coming).
Also Chytil (or possibly someone in charge of the mail at Hartford Wolfpack) was kind enough to write "Do Not Bend" on the return envelope. Yup, I'm sold.
|Received On: 03/29/2018|
Next up is another surprise return from the Hawaiian Padres righty Kirby Yates.
Kirby Yates was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as an undrafted free agent back in 2009. Originally Yates was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox but he never signed with them, but by 2009 his draft stock had plummeted thanks to him missing the 2006 and 2007 season with Tommy John surgery. That said this was right when the Rays were doing really well with player development and they managed to turn Yates into a serviceable righty reliever the way only the Rays truly can. Yates made it to the big leagues in 2014 but was DFA'd in the 2015-16 offseason. The Clevelands picked him up off of waivers but then traded him to the Yankees for cash considerations. Yates ended up spending the 2016 season with the Yankees. Yankees fans have mostly bad memories of Yates, but he was a serviceable arm who was there to be a body while the real bullpen forces were to come. After the 2016 season Yates was on the move again as he was sent to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on waivers but barely lasted a month with the organization. Eventually he latched onto the Padres where he managed to find his groove. So much so that SB National called him one of the best relievers in baseball around July of last year. You can also find Padres writers also having pretty nice things to say about Yates' development since his arrival in San Diego. Even though his Yankees tenure might not have been the best, I'm glad Yates has managed to find success.
Those were my returns this past month. Not bad.
Big thanks to Mr. Pounders, Gamel, Beauvillier, Pagan, Chytil and Yates for the awesome returns.
And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by. Take care :).
2018 TTM Count: 30