|Received On: 10/6/2016|
My first return this month came on the sixth (what a slow month), courtesy of current Kansas City Royal and World Series Champion, Christian Colon.
Christian Colon was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Despite that Colon was never high on too many prospect lists. Colon was seen by many during his time in the minors as a low ceiling, high floor guy who could turn into a solid everyday player at the big league level. Also, it doesn't help that he was overshadowed by those drafted before him and after him such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Bubba Starling. Colon did eventually make it to the big leagues in 2014 though. In the 2014 Wild Card Game Colon played a big part in helping the Royals advance to the ALDS by tying the game and eventually scoring the winning run. In the 2015 World Series he hit a pinch hit RBI single in Game 5 that helped the Royals win it all.
Colon's future going forward appears to be that of a utility guy on the bench. Defensively he's a solid defender at most of the infield positions.
|Received On: 10/7/2016|
Next up is Craig McMurtry.
Craig McMurtry was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1980 MLB Player Draft. The righty pitcher enjoyed a very nice rookie season as a starter and went on to have a MLB career as a serviceable reliever. McMurtry had his best season as a rookie but injuries and ineffectiveness caused him to be removed from the Braves starting rotation and put into the bullpen. McMurtry also pitched for the Rangers and Astros during his career. He's currently the head coach of the Temple College baseball team.
|Received On: 10/12/2016|
Here is White Sox infielder, Tyler Saladino.
Tyler Saladino was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Player Draft. Saladino's never been an elite prospect but he was always seen as a very solid player who could at least be a major leaguer in some capacity. Saladino had some very great years in triple-A and was on the cusp of a big league call up a few years ago but injuries put a brief halt to that. Saladino eventually made his debut in 2015 and managed to stay in the big leagues for good in 2016, putting up a pretty decent season as an infielder.
|Received On: 10/13/2016|
Next up are two returns from Padres outfielder Auston Bousfield.
Auston Bousfield was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. The outfielder was drafted out of college and climbs the ranks in the San Diego organization very quickly. Bousfield managed to make it to triple-A before the end of the 2016 season and played with the El Paso Chihuahuas against the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders (Yankees affiliate!) for the Triple-A Championships. Scouting reports on Bousfield are a little dated but back in 2014 Fangraphs' Kiley McDaniel (current member of the Braves front office) projected for Bousfield to be a fourth outfielder much like Chris Denorfia. So Padres fans have that to look forward to.
|Received On: 10/18/2016|
Here's Detroit Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins.
Tyler Collins was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Player Draft. Collins didn't have to spend too much time in the minors before he made it to the big leagues in 2014. Since then the outfielder has been spending time between the big leagues and triple-A. Collins projects to be a fourth outfielder type who can do everything (hitting and fielding) rather adequately. Some Tigers fans might remember how earlier this year Collins flipped the bird at Tigers fans for booing him.
|Received On: 10/21/2016|
Here's Cubs righty Pierce Johnson.
Pierce Johnson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2012 MLB Player Draft. Johnson was picked after Albert Almora using the compensation pick the Cubbies got for losing Aramis Ramirez to the Brewers the winter before. Armed with a low-to-mid 90's fastball, curveball, cutter and change up, Johnson has a ceiling of a middle of the rotation starter but his track record thus far has been a career derailed by injuries. Johnson made it to triple-A and his 2016 was a mix of unfortunate circumstances and pretty bad outings. But there is hope for the righty, for all we know he could at least play an important role in the Cubbies bullpen going forward.
|Received On: 10/24/2016|
Next up is Red righty, Jimmy Herget.
Jimmy Herget was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Player Draft. The righty reliever had one heck of a season in high-A Daytona in 2016. Herget uses a fastball, slider, curveball and change up combination, and made opposing hitters look foolish en-route to his 24 saves. Originally scouts wondered whether the Reds would try Herget as a starter rather than as a reliever, but Herget projects to get to the big leagues quicker as a reliever and if 2016 is any indication he could be a really useful arm for the rebuilding Redlings going forward.
|Received On: 10/26/2016|
Here is former Yankee Rob Gardner.
Rob Gardner was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent back in 1963. But was taken shortly afterwards by the New York Mets in the 1963 First Year Draft (a now-defunct draft where teams were allowed to take minor leaguers from other teams for $15,000 and basically screwed over tons of players financially). Gardner was a lefty starter (later a reliever) who spent time pitching for a lot of teams in his 13 years as a professional. Gardner made his MLB debut with the Mets in 1965 and his career afterwards was spent being yo-yo'd up and down between quad-A and triple-A. Apparently Gardner was traded twice by the Yankees out of New York for two of the Alou brothers. Flipe Alou and later Matty Alou.
|Received On: 11/5/2016|
Finishing off this monthlong TTM roundup is a pretty awesome one from former SI Yankee, Ty McFarland.
Ty McFarland was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Player Draft. McFarland's pro career got off to a great start in 2014. Hitting well enough with solid defense that earned him NYPL All Star honors. However in 2015 he suffered back injuries that severely limited his playing time. Unfortunately he was released in 2016 (according to an insider at Pinstriped Prospects his injuries were back related and what David Wright is currently trying to recover from). He's currently an assistant baseball coach for Central Michigan University and he generously signed this for me.
And those were my returns for the month of October (and the first week of November). Can't say I'm surprised with how I barely got 10 returns, but it's to be expected in the offseason. I'm just happy some came back at all.
So big thanks to Mr. Colon, McMurtry, Saladino, Bousfield, Collins, Johnson, Herget, Gardner and McFarland for the awesome autographs.
And as always, thank you (the readers) for stopping by :).
2016 TTM Count: 263