|Received On: 12/18/2014|
My first TTM return in a while came from Matt Stites.
Matt Stites was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. He was quite the prospect during his time with the Padres, as his scouting reports became ubiquitous with "a reliever with a ton of upside." With what Jim Callas referred to as a plus fastball and plus slider, Stites was basically a machine.
Then in 2013 he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Ian Kennedy trade. After joining the Diamondbacks he put up very nice results in the minors and called up. He eventually made his MLB debut on June 19th. Stites ended up pitching to a 66 ERA+ and 5.47 FIP during his 37 game stint (not too great). Control issues may have been the cause of Stites' struggles but he did throw in the high-90's so there is something to work with. The 2015 Diamondbacks bullpen could be a bit too crowded to include Stites again, but a little more time to refine his breaking pitches in the minors probably won't hurt. Here's to hoping the righty reliever bounces back and shows everyone the dominant reliever the D-Backs front office (at the time) thought they were getting.
BTW, see that card saver that the Stites is in? I didn't send that. Which means that Mr. Stites got that card saver (somehow) and sent it to me like that to protect the card. Is that cool or what?
So that was my only TTM return this week.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).
2014 TTM Count: 232