Sunday, June 3, 2018

Month-End TTM Roundup: 05/07-06/02


Received On: 05/07/2018

My first return this period came from former Yankees prospect Dan Fiorito.
Fiorito was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent back in 2012. After spending a good five years in the organization (reaching as high as double-A), he retired following the 2016 season. Following his playing career he switched to a coaching role. Which made sense given how those in the know always knew Fiorito as the chill guy in the clubhouse that was cool with everybody. Chad Jennings had a really good writeup on Fiorito before he retired, the gist of it is that he was signed after a tryout and worked his hardest as a super utility guy. In the same article Aaron Judge is quoted as wishing there were 100 Fioritos in the locker room. That's how cool the guy is.


And to really nail down my point about him being awesome, I'd also like to show the cool note that Mr. Fiorito sent back. It's been a while since I got a note back from a Yankees player. Love it!

Received On: 05/07/2018

My second return came from Braves lefty Kyle Muller.
Kyle Muller was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a low 90's fastball, a curveball and changeup, it's a bit early to tell what kind of pitcher Muller could potentially become at the big league level, but it'll probably be anywhere between a middle of the rotation starter to a really good middle reliever. The young southpaw has been pushed pretty aggressively since being drafted and has put up pretty good results in face of the challenges presented to him. In a farmsystem that's loaded with pitchers, he's got his work cut out for him, but he should make for a fine part of the future Braves roster that consists of 37 pitchers and only three position players (Freeman, Acuna and Albies).

Received On: 05/07/2018

Here is a return from Avalanche Defenseman, Tyson Barrie.
Tyson Barrie was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2009 NHL Player Draft. Barrie had a very nice amateur career in the minor leagues and was brought up to the big leagues in the 2011-12 season. After that he's spent most of his time up with the Avalanche paired up with various other defensing and getting varying amounts of time on the ice every night. But he's managed to appear in more games as time has gone on and even got himself a nice four year contract that'll keep him on a roster until 2020.

Received On: 05/11/2018

It's been a while since I got a return from the Cubs, but the streak is broken thanks to Albertos.
Jose Albertos' contract was purchased by the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Since then he's had very limited outings (the Cubs flat out refused to allow him to pitch) so this is his first full season as a professional in affiliated ball. Armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, a dominant changeup and a curveball, his ceiling is anywhere between a middle of the rotation starter to a really good middle inning reliever. He's still 19 and pretty raw, but with his changeup it'll be super fun to see where his career goes going forward.

Received On: 05/18/2018

Next up is a return from Blue Jays southpaw, Angel Perdomo.
Angel Perdomo was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted international free agent in 2011. Perdomo is armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, a slider and a changeup. Perdomo is projected to be a middle inning reliever in the bullpen. His control seems to be an issue and although he's been described as deceptive, big league hitters are too good to be fooled by what passes in the minors. So yeah, although he may not be a starter, hopefully Perdomo can use his hulking 6'6" frame by being a really good reliever for the Jays. Fingers crossed.

Received On: 05/19/2018

Here's a return from Padres righty Pedro Avila.
Avila was originally signed by the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in 2014 but was later traded to the San Diego Padres in a minor trade. Avila is armed with a low-90 mph fastball, a curveball and a changeup. His ceiling is that of a really good back of the rotation starter and his floor appears to be that of a really really good middle reliever. He's pretty consistent but going forward polishing his control will be key for his development.

Received On: 05/21/2018

Next up is a return from Yankees righty Christian Morris.
Christian Morris was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. Morris was a starter up until halfway through 2017. Since then he's gone back to relief and has put up varied results this year.
One interesting this about this return is that I did not send this out. The handwriting on the SASE wasn't mine. So if someone did this on my behalf, thanks (I guess, I'm not sure who but the handwriting looks eerily familiar).

Received On: 05/21/2018

Here's a return from Mikko Koivu.
Mikko Koivu was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NHL Player Draft by the Minnesota Wild and has spent his entire career with the club since then. He's gone to serve as a permanent captain for the Wild and has established pretty much every franchise record ever for the Wild. Including the most games played, most points, most power-play points, and most assists in a single game. At age 35, the Finnish Wild legend is still around and skating and is still signed with the team through 2019. Pretty awesome to get someone who means so much to his club via TTM like this IMHO.

Received On: 05/25/2018

Here's a return from Phillies righty Spencer Howard.
Howard was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a fastball that can reach the mid-90's, a slider, a cutter and a changeup, he was both a reliever and a starter in college. As a pro it remains to be seen what his long term role will be but he strikes me as an "let him start until he shows he can't" candidate if I've ever seen one. His fastball-slider-cutter combination should already make him an intriguing late inning relief option. If he can get his changeup and control going, he could be something even more for the Phillies going forward.

Received On: 05/25/2018

Next up is a return from Cubs righty Cory Abbott.
Cory Abbott was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. He is armed with a low-90's fastball, a cutter, a curveball and a changeup. He attacks the zone with no fear and development on his secondary offerings would go a long way in helping him realize his potential as a really good middle-to-back of the rotation starter.

Received On: 05/26/2018

Next up is a return from Mariners righty Max Povse.
Max Povse was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. He rose up through the Braves ranks fairly steadily and managed to reach double-A in two years but was eventually traded to the Seattle Mariners in the Alex Jackson trade. He performed pretty well last season and even earned a promotion to the big leagues. The whole season he was yo-yo'd back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen and his numbers took a hit because of it. Armed with a fastball that can reach 94 mph, a devastating changeup and a good curveball, Povse's long term future might be anywhere between a back-end starter and a really good middle reliever.

Received On: 05/29/2018

Here's a return from Cubs lefty, Brendon Little.
Little was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, a devastating curveball and a changeup, Little's ceiling appears to be anything between a really solid middle of the rotation starter to a dominant late inning reliever. Little's 2018 has seen it's fair share of ups and downs this season, but it will be fun to track his progress going forward.

And those were my returns this past month. Big thanks to Mr. Fiorito, Muller, Barrie, Albertos, Perdomo, Avila, Morris, Koivu, Howard, Abbott, Povse and Little for the awesome autographs.

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

Take care :).

2018 TTM Count: 65

Sources:
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=639658
*https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/mlb/lohud-yankees/2016/03/21/meet-dan-fiorito-your-favorite-prospects-favorite-prospect/82076522/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=666205
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/?list=atl
*https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/b/barrity01.html
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=666016#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/?list=chc
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=622780
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017/?list=tor
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=658648#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*https://www.mlb.com/news/padres-acquire-rhp-pedro-avila-from-washington-nationals/c-210128448
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/?list=sd
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=664117#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/k/koivumi01.html
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=675921#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=phi
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=676265#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=605428#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=sea
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=663893#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL

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    1. You forgot a comma there, because I'm sure you meant to say...

      "Nice month, by the king of TTM!" since you're the king of TTMs.

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  2. From not having a single Cub in a while to having three in one month - good to see my favorite club stepping it up a notch for you! Not a bad trio either and Brendan has a wonderfully legible signature.

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    1. Yeah Brendon Little's signature surprised me. It's so neat (literally) and tidy.

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