Had an awesome mailday after a bit of a slump, got 4 TTMs and 7 more cards from one awesome trade!!
Chris Stratton c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 16 days
Fantastic return from the Giants' first round pick and our #3 prospect (MLB list him as #4 but he's WAY better than Kickham IMO haha). Stratton made his full season this year in class A Augusta and had a pretty solid first half. After the all-star break, he really heated up (2.48 ERA since then). On the year, the Mississippi product is 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 117 K's across 120 innings.
Mike Morin c/o Arkansas Travelers in 14 days
Awesome return from the former Tarheel, current Angel prospect. Morin is having a ridiculous season from the 'pen, appearing in 49 games and striking out 64 batters, while crafting a 1.74 ERA. He was only drafted last year, but could be in Anaheim as soon as next year!
Zach Bird c/o Ogden Raptors in 15 days
Nice return from the Dodgers' #15 prospect. He was drafted last year out of high school, and has plenty of potential with a plus fastball and a pitcher's frame. He has struggled with his command a bit in pro ball but has plenty of time to adjust. Gotta love the "birds" drawn above and below the auto for style points!!!
Jamie Moyer c/o home in about 60 days
Great return from a baseball icon of longevity. Not every pitcher can say they pitched when they were 49!
Very excited that my first TTM/IP auto trade went so well! I'm pumped to add 6 Pro Debuts and 1 Gypsy Queen to my sets, and most of them are IP autos I wouldn't have been able to get TTM. Thanks again Alex! Here's the haul:
Travis Taijeron (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Awesome auto from the Mets' OF slugger prospect. Taijeron received a mid season callup to AA Binghamton, and over both levels has compiled an impressive .277-20-60 line, with 34 doubles to boot!
Danny Muno (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Another Pro Debut in Cyclones uni haha. Muno won the CWS with Fresno State in '08, then was drafted by the Mets in 2011. He is having a good year in AA, hitting .259-9-66 with 13 SBs.
Jose Ramirez (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
In his US debut in 2011, Ramirez led the Indians' entire organization in hitting with a .325 avg. This year, the 20 yr old is in AA and is hitting .273 with 35 SBs.
AJ Cole (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Starting to get into the top 100 prospects now! Cole is the #86 overall prospect and the Nats' #4. They drafted him back in 2010, then sent him to the A's in the Gio Gonzalez trade, then got him back in the Mike Morse three way trade this offseason! Cole has an electric fastball that has always kept scouts close to their radar guns, and is having a very impressive 2013 in high A and AA.
Noah Syndergaard (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Awesome auto from my namesake, and the #13 prospect in baseball (the Mets' #1). The Dickey trade is looking better and better for the Mets; Syndergaard has been lights out since his AA promotion- he is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 46 innings. He was also the starting pitcher for Team USA in the 2013 Futures Game!
Jameson Taillon (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Another great addition, this one from the #11 prospect in baseball (the Pirates' #1). He has a live fastball that can reach 97 pretty easily, and a curve and change that will have a chance at being plus pitches at the major league level. The one-two punch of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon could leave the Bucs in playoff contention for years to come!
James McDonald (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)
Lastly, a great addition to the Gypsy Queen set. McDonald is among the streakiest pitchers in baseball; last year he was at times the Pirates' ace, and this year he was sent to AAA and has struggled. He has a very nice repertoire and it would be great to see him regain his status as a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.