Sunday, July 1, 2018

Month End TTM Roundup: 06/04-06/30


Received On: 06/08/2018

My first return this period came from former big leaguer Scott Seabol.
Scott Seabol was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 88th round of the 1996 MLB Player Draft. The WVU alumni managed to actually make it to the big leagues in 2001 with the Yankees. It was just a single game appearance but him making it all is impressive when you consider that he was a 88th round draft pick. 88th round! Seabol managed to carve out an even longer stint in the big leagues in 2005 with the St. Louis Cardinals but after that his went to play in Korea and even played for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan. After retirement he went into coaching and is now in the Yankees org as a coach.

Received On: 06/08/2018

Next up is Nationals righty Wil Crowe.
Crowe was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Crowe is armed with a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup, and projects to be a really solid back of the rotation starter. Crowe was a really highly touted prospect back when he was drafted the first time and likely would've been a first rounder if it weren't for a Tommy John surgery that took away his 2015 season.

Received On: 06/09/2018

Here's a super cool return from former Yankees prospect, Damon Sublett.
Damon Sublett was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB Player Draft. Prior to being drafted Sublett had a great collegiate baseball career and was poised to do pretty good things as a pro as well. He demolished the competition in Staten Island and immediately made the jump to high-A Tampa the year after. However the wheels start coming off the train and he only made it as far as double-A before retiring. Sublett is now a realtor in Wichita. If you're in the market for a home in Wichita, Kansas, maybe give him a call?

Received On: 06/11/2018

Next up is a return from Gavin Sheets.
Gavin Sheets was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Sheets had a very nice collegiate baseball career and signed for overslot, indicating just how much the White Sox really value his bat. Sheets has power for days and can make contact fairly well. Defensively he's basically a first baseman so he's really going to have to tap into his power and flat out hit.

Received On: 04/11/2018

Here's a return from Jake Lemoine.
Jake Lemoine was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. The Rangers had actually drafted him back in 2012 when he was coming out of high school but he passed and went to the University of Houston instead. Although he was a starter in college, Lemoine has been a reliever since turning pro, mainly due to how Lemoine was drafted despite the Rangers knowing that he'd miss the entire 2016 season rehabbing from an injury. But they see potential in his fastball (that sits at around 93 mph) and changeup combination. According to 2080 Baseball, Lemoine is also said to have a slider but now that he's in relief he might not be using that too often these days.

Received On: 04/11/2018

Next up is a return from Nick Allen.
Allen was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the third round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Allen projects (at the moment) to be a glove first type of shortstop. Every scouting report I've read about him says that he can field the shit out of the ball and make dazzling highlights like it's no big deal. The question is probably his bat. He doesn't have a ton of power and whether or not he can make contact remains to be seen. He has plus plus speed, but as Billy Hamilton has shown, you can't steal first base. But I'm optimistic about Allen, he's still 19 so he's got some more time to grow into a bigger frame and add some muscle/power to his game.

Received On: 04/11/2018

Here's a return from Noah Bremer.
Noah Bremer was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. A 6'5" giant who can bring high-80's heat, Bremer wasn't on any top pre-draft prospect lists prior to the draft but he does have some upside if he managed to pitch consistently. According to HERO Sports' Jason Churchill, Bremer complements his fastball with a curveball and changeup, both of which are work in progress pitches. He then goes on to say that Bremer might be a late bloomer type who could dramatically improve later.

Received On: 06/12/2018

Next up is a return from Lewin Diaz.
Diaz was signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted international free agent back in 2013. His rise has been slow but steady to say the least. He has a ton of power and since he's now 21 he's finally tapping into more and more of it (but there's more to be unearthed, so that's fun). He can get a little swing happy at times but he does make enough contact to put the ball into play a lot (and usually into the outfield). Looking forward to some more progress from Diaz.

Received On: 06/13/2018

Here's an awesome return from Orioles lefty D.L. Hall.
D.L. Hall was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Please take this time to air out all of your jokes about the Orioles taking a pitcher named DL. Anyway, Hall is a pretty legit pitching prospect. O's thought high enough of him to sign him to an overslot bonus. Hall is armed with a low-90's fastball that can reach 95 mph, as well as curveball and work-in-progress changeup. At 19 years old he's still growing into his frame and scouts see him getting better as he ages and adds some more muscle to his physique and by extension some more velo to his fastball. His stats in 2018 are mixed, but give it time and he could be one of the pitchers mowing down batters in a good rotation with Dylan Bundy at the top and him somewhere in the 3-4 spot.

Received On: 06/16/2018

Next up is a return from Phillies lefty, Jojo Romero.
Jojo Romero was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. Romero's stock as a prospect has risen dramatically since turning pro. His fastball's velo has risen to a point where it can reach 95 mph, and he reportedly has FOUR pitches to support his fastball. Including a cutter and curveball which are said to be above average, and a slider and curveball which are still work-in-progress pitches. When you've got a lefty who can throw that kind of heat with that kind of a deep arsenal, it's hard not to be excited.

Received On: 06/22/2018

Hell yeah! Another return from a top Cubs prospect. But not just any top Cubs prospect, THE top Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay.
Adbert Alzolay was signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted international free agent back in 2013 out of Venezuela. Armed with a mid-90's fastball, a curveball and a changeup, Alzolay has the ceiling and potential to be a very good third starter in a rotation (considering that the Cubs also have Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Jose Quintana that's perfect for them). Unfortunately a season ending lat injury ruined his chances of making it to Wrigley this season but there is still hope that he can recover and make his MLB debut next season.

Received On: 06/25/2018

Here is tigers catching prospect, Joey Morgan.
Joey Morgan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Morgan projects to be a backup catcher who has a gold glove caliber glove but not much of a bat. Offensively he has managed to put up decent seasons in both college and has shown glimpses of that as a pro, but for the most part his value comes in his ability to call games and downright catch. He also has a strong arm that threw out 30% of would-be base stealers last season. That's not insignificant. Long term the Tigers' catcher of the future is probably Jake Rogers (another glove first catcher), but having Morgan be their backup wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Received On: 06/25/2018

Here's A's prospect Austin Beck.
Austin Beck was drafted by the Oakland A's in the first round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft (7th overall). Beck is a very toolsy outfielder who can hit, hit for power, run, field and throw. He has the ceiling of an everyday outfielder who can actually hit and is very good with the glove too. At 19 years old he's still very raw, but most think that the A's can mold him into some really really special (that they'll later trade away when he reaches arbitration).

Received On: 06/29/2018

OH HELL YEAH, ANOTHER YANKEES FIRST ROUNDER!
Anthony Seigler here was the Yankees' first round pick in the 2018 MLB Player Draft. He's a switch hitting catcher who can also throw with both arms (although the Yankees have no desire to have him pitch). Seigler has an average arm and is said to be so athletic that he could also probably man a middle infield position (think second base). For a high school catcher his receiving game has a fair amount of polish and projects to get better as he gets more professional experience. Offensively he projects to hit (a lot), maybe not for a ton of power (maybe some line-drive gap power) and he has a lot of speed for a catcher. How much the speed goes away as he starts to bulk up remains to be seen but he'll be a top notch player to keep an eye on for years to come.

Received On: 06/29/2018

Here's a return from Garrett Whitlock on a photograph taken by Bryan Green of Pinstriped Prospects.
Garrett Whitlock was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 2017 MLB Player Draft. Don't let that draft number fool you though, he only dropped that much due to back issues and sign-ability concerns that kept other teams at bay for a while. He's been nothing short of a beast this season with the Yankees. Armed with a low-90's fastball (a two seamer and a four seamer), slider and changeup, his ceiling has now grown to that of a solid starting pitcher in a big league rotation. That is huge. Whitlock's emergence (among like a dozen other pitching prospects) is a big reason why the Yankees farmsystem is so deep. It's amazing. It's breathtaking. Also there are more coming...

And those were my returns this past month. Big thanks to Mr. Seabol, Crowe, Sublett, Sheets, Lemoine, Allen, Bremer, Diaz, Hall, Romero, Alzolay, Morgan, Beck, Seigler and Whitlock for the awesome autographs.

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

2018 TTM Count: 80

Sources:
*https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/seabosc01.shtml
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=640444
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=was
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=519329
*http://www.subletthomes.com/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=657757
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=cws
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=621082#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangersheadlines/2015/06/09/texas-rangers-scouting-director-we-got-four-of-top-20-players-on-our-board
*https://2080baseball.com/reports/jake-lemoine/
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=669397
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=oak
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=676084
*https://herosports.com/mlb-draft/scouting-report-noah-bremer-catcher-joey-morgan-washington-huskies-bkbk
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=650331#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=min
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=669084#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=bal
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=668941#/career/R/pitching/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=phi
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=640470
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=chc
*https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/cubs-adbert-alzolay-dealt-tough-break-season-ending-injury-top-prospect
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=656765#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=det
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=675648#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=draft
*http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018?list=nyy
*http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=676477

4 comments:

  1. Good stuff there. I love those Tristar, great for autographs.

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    1. Yeah the Tristars are great, but you've got to prep them and use the right pens though. Otherwise they're at risk of bubbling or smearing more than most glossy surfaces.

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  2. Insanely jealous of the Seigler. I gotta send to him.

    I agree with Tom. I've always loved autographs on those Tristar cards. The white background is great for signatures.

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    1. Go for it man, you've got this.
      How many Tri-Star's do you have signed TLC?

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