|Received On: 09/19/2016|
My first return this week came from Zech Lemond.
Zech Lemond was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. The righty hurler throws a mid-90's fastball, curveball and change up. Originally a reliever in his amateur days, Lemond has since been converted into a starter and the results have been mixed. Lemond's development has been slowed by injuries here and there and this year the Padres seemed to ease his workload as he made a few appearances in relief down the line. Whether or not his future is in the starting remains to be seen.
|Received On: 09/19/2016|
Next up is Cardinals farmhand Tommy Edman.
Tommy Edman was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Player Draft. The Stanford product is a switch hitting middle infielder (primarily shortstop) who projects to be a consistent hitter who can hit for average. Edman's pro debut was very promising and only strengthens an already deep farm system for the Cardinals as he was selected to the New York-Penn League All Star Game and he was a key contributor for the State College Spikes during their run to the NYPL Championships. He killed the Staten Island Yankees in Round 1 of the playoffs BTW.
|Received On: 09/20/2016|
Here are a couple of returns that put me over the 250-count courtesy of former Yankees prospect Lyle Mouton. Mouton was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1991 MLB Player Draft. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox as the PTBNL in the Jack McDowell trade in 1995. Mouton made his MLB debut with the White Sox and spent three seasons with them before he was sent to Japan to play for the Yakult Swallows. Not long afterwards he was back stateside after the Baltimore Orioles purchased his contract. After that he latched onto other teams/organizations before his career ended in 2003. A quick look back reveals that Mouton was a consistent hitter but didn't exactly amount to much other than a fourth outfielder. Still, the former LSU Tiger had himself quite a career that I'm sure many would love to have.
Shout out to San Jose Fuji for the assist.
|Received On: 09/21/2016|
Here's a return from Dodgers prospect Jordan Paroubeck.
Jordan Paroubeck was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the competitive balance round (like after the second round?) of the 2013 MLB Player Draft. The switch hitting outfielder (primarily left field) was traded to the Atlanta Braves in the Craig Kimbrel trade and then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for international free agent bonus pool money. The smart Dodgers are smart. Paroubeck has yet to really tap into his potential but the possibility of him being a future outfielder (fourth outfielder?) with a fair bit of power and solid contact skills are what has made Paroubeck so in demand.
|Received On: 09/23/2016|
Continuing the Dodgers parade is a '79 Topps return of Manny Mota.
Manny Mota was originally signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 1957. Mota eventually made it to the big leagues in 1962 and his playing career largely known nowadays for being a part of the powerhouse Dodgers teams of the 1970's. He was even an All Star in 1973 with the Doyers.
Of course he might be more known (especially with Dodgers fans) as a long time coach. Mota spent over three decades with the Dodgers as a coach. He's still very affiliated with the Dodgers organization (I should know, I sent this request to Dodger Stadium) and is a member of the Dodgers' Spanish broadcasting crew.
Quick shoutout to Night Owl Cards for the assist. N.O. sent this along while also saying that Mota had a very nice signature, N.O. was not wrong.
And those were my returns this week. Big thanks to Mr. Lemond, Edman, Mouton, Paroubeck and Mota for the awesome autographs.
And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by :).
2016 TTM Count: 253