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Old 07-29-2013, 10:22 PM   #526 (permalink)
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Noah's return! TTM #12/35 (first 11 on previous page)

Tom Layne c/o Tucson Padres PO Box in 29 days

Layne was impressive last year in his 16.2 innings with the Padres last year, striking out 25 and allowing just 6 earned runs. He has appeared in 9 games for the Padres this year but is currently with AAA Tucson.

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Noah's return! TTM #13/35

Conor Gillaspie c/o White Sox in 9 days

Love this return!! The photo I chose was taken after Gillaspie's inside the park home run from 2011 (his first career homer). He had smacked a line drive out in "triple's alley" (out by the 421 ft sign in AT&T Park) and it looked like he was easily gonna make it home, but then he slipped coming around third and it ended up being a close play. Gillaspie was dealt to the Sox in the offseason and has established himself as their everyday third baseman.

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Noah's return! TTM #14/35

Ismael Guillon c/o Dayton Dragons in 12 days

Guillon's numbers this year mostly look great- 77.2 innings, 92 strikeouts, and just 69 hits allowed. However, he has walked an unbelievable 75 batters, causing his ERA to balloon to 5.93. If he can figure out his control issues, Guillon could be on the fast track to Cincy.

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Noah's return! TTM #15/35

Jesse Winker c/o Dayton Dragons in 47 days

Sweet return from the Reds' first round pick last year. He had an impressive pro debut last year, hitting .338 with 5 bombs in Billings, and has continued to impress this year with Dayton by hitting .273 / 13 / 64

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Noah's return! TTM #16/35

Michael Lorenzen c/o Dayton Dragons in 12 days

My third Dayton Dragons return of the day, and it's a nice one- Lorenzen was the Reds' first round pick this year. Although in this picture Lorenzen is batting, he was actually a two way player through college. He has decided to focus on pitching in the minors, and has yet to allow a run through 6 games with Dayton.

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Noah's return! TTM #17/35

Mikeson Oliberto c/o Staten Island Yankees in 12 days

Nice return from the Yanks' Dominican prospect. He opened the season with Staten Island, but was just promoted to Tampa (where he is debuting today). He must have signed his mail on his way out the door.

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Noah's return! TTM #18/35

Jairo Beras c/o AZL Rangers in 13 days

Sick return from the 17 year old Dominican phenom and one of the Rangers' top young prospects. They lured him into their system with a staggering $6.5 million signing bonus, although Beras had to wait until a few weeks ago to take the field due to a scandal involving his age. I'm excited to track this youngster's progression through the minors; with his raw tools and his frame which he will fill (6'5 already) he could easily develop into an All-Star caliber player. Beras also wrote me a thank you note in Spanglish!

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Nice Winker! It gives me hope that my cards will soon come back.

Also, I planned on getting the Phillies Heritage dual RC with Cloyd and Ruf signed. I sent to Ruf first, but he was in AAA and immediately got the call to the bigs the day after I mailed it out. I still plan on sending to Cloyd, but I want to wait it out just in case Ruf's AAA mail got forwarded to Philly.
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Nice Winker! It gives me hope that my cards will soon come back.

Also, I planned on getting the Phillies Heritage dual RC with Cloyd and Ruf signed. I sent to Ruf first, but he was in AAA and immediately got the call to the bigs the day after I mailed it out. I still plan on sending to Cloyd, but I want to wait it out just in case Ruf's AAA mail got forwarded to Philly.
Thanks! I hope you get your Winker back too, he can take a while but usually is pretty reliable. Awesome idea for the dual, would be sick if you could complete it. I'm actually 1/2 done with a dual of my own

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Lisalverto Bonilla c/o Frisco RoughRiders in 15 days

Bonilla had an eye-opening year in 2012 in the Phillies A+ and AA affiliates, punching out 64 batters over 46.1 innings of work, all while compiling a glittering 1.55 ERA. He was dealt to Texas in the offseason, and had a rough intro to AAA to open the season. He is currently back in AA, where he has been excellent in his first seven games.


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Noah' return! TTM #20/35

Sean Gilmartin c/o Gwinnett Braves in 20 days

Awesome return from the Braves' #5 prospect. He too had a rough intro to AAA to open the year, and then picked up an injury after 13 starts. He is currently rehabbing with the GCL Braves and once he's healthy he'll have another chance to prove he is worthy of being in the Braves' rotation.

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Noah's return #21/35

Jiwan James c/o Clearwater Threshers in 13 days

Really nice return from the Phils' prospect, I love the red ink/red jersey combo. Also glad to add another 2012 Po Debut to the collection.

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Noah's return! TTM #22/35

Brett Bochy c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 15 days

Yup, you guessed it- SF Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's son! Nepotism may be a non existent factor in Brett's rapid ascent through the minors, as he fired 53.1 innings last year in AA while striking out 69 and compiling a 2.53 ERA. He has been solid this year in AAA and could find himself in the Giants' bullpen in the near future.

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Noah's return! TTM #23/35

Braden Shipley c/o Hillsboro Hops in 13 days

Shipley was projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2013 draft but the Diamondbacks were very happy to claim him #15 overall. When I was looking for a photo to print for Braden to sign, I noticed that in some of the pictures he was wearing these glasses but in others he wasn't. He explained to me that he only needs the glasses for night games. It's a pretty intimidating look if you ask me!

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Noah's return! TTM #24/35

Courtney Hawkins c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 21 days

Sweet return the White Sox' #1 prospect! He has tremendous potential but has struggled overall in his first full year. On the one hand, he has hit an impressive 18 HRs and 31 total XBHs with 51 RBI, but on the other hand he has only 18 singles to his 31 XBHs, amounting to an anemic .191 avg. He's still just 18, and I would not at all be surprised to see him raise his BA 50+ points next year.

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Noah's return! TTM #25/35

Corey Knebel c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 6 days

Great success from another Team USA regular and the Tigers' first round pick this year (39th overall)! He flew to West Michigan to open the season, and has been lights out as a reliever so far. Over 14 innings, he has punched out 16, racked up 7 saves, and allowed just one earned run (0.64 ERA). With a plus fastball, a sharp curve, and a closer's mentality, Knebel could be one of the first '13 draftees to reach the bigs, perhaps remaining in the closer role.

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Noah's return! TTM #26/35

William Cuevas c/o Salem Red Sox in 16 days

Sweet auto from the Sox' hurler, almost looks the like crosshairs of a rifle or something haha. He has a good arm and could make it as a starter or reliever.

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Noah's return! TTM #27/35

Ryan Casteel c/o Modesto Nuts in 6 days

Very fast return from one this year's breakout stars in the minors. Casteel is hitting an unbelievable .285 / 21 / 68 line so far this year in the minors. He hit just 2 HRs in 251 ABs last year!

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Noah's return! TTM #28/35

Joan Gregorio c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 11 days

Very excited about this return from the Giants' #18 prospect! Until today (he got romped by Savannah), Gregorio had an impressive 3.12 ERA with 73 Ks over 60.2 innings. His last start before today, he struck out 10 over 7 no hit innings of work!

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Noah's return! TTM #29/35

Anthony Recker c/o Mets in 24 days

Great return from the Mets' backstop. He was drafted and developed in the A's system, then bounced over to the Cubs' organization briefly before joining the Mets. This year, he has hit an impressive 5 homers in just 88 ABs, and even took the mound in the ninth inning of a blowout game to relieve the bullpen.

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Noah's return! TTM #30/35

Julio Urias c/o Great Lakes Loons in 7 days

Last but not least, a quick return from a 16 year old! No, that was not a typo- Urias is currently playing in single A and is just 16 years old. The Dodgers liked this projectable young arm and signed him last year out of Mexico. They were bold enough to send him straight to full season ball in the Midwest League, where he has excelled. Over 37.1 innings, Urias has punched out 43 and posted an impressive 2.65 ERA. He even cracked the midseason top 100 on mlb.com and is now the Dodgers' #4 prospect!

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Just curious how come you don't post all of your returns from each day on one post?
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Just curious how come you don't post all of your returns from each day on one post?
It's faster for me to make a post as each picture uploads. Also, I don't have time to type up all 35 TTMs in one post, it's easier for me to spread them out.
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Noah's return! TTM #31/35

Collin Wiles c/o Spokane Indians in 26 days

The Rangers selected Wiles out of high school last year in the first round (53rd overall). He would have gone much higher, but teams weren't sure they could get him to sign due to his commitment to Vanderbilt. Wiles already has a major league plus curve in his repertoire as well as a low 90s fastball that may add a few mph to as he progresses. Glad to see this one back!

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Noah's return! TTM #32, 33, 34, 35 (/35)

Chris McFarland c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 19 days

Nice success from the Brewers' prospect who was drafted out of HS in 2011. He had a phenomenal first season last year in Helena, hitting .301 with 17 doubles, 6 homers, and 15 steals in just 72 games. He's had trouble adjusting to low A, but is still young and has plenty of time to improve.



Mitch Brown c/o AZL Indians in 18 days

Nice success from a young arm drafted out of HS; the Indians' 2nd round pick in 2012 and currently their #10 prospect. He has a chance to develop a solid 4 pitch arsenal, who could lead him to the Indians rotation a few years down the road.




Billy McKinney c/o AZL Athletics in 7 days

Awesome, quick return from the A's first round pick in 2013 (24th overall). In a system loaded with talent, he is already the A's #10 prospect and is hitting an impressive .330 through his first 29 games with the AZL club.




Tyler Glasnow c/o West Virginia Power in 9 days

Glasnow is the Pirates' #7 prospect, but this guy may be the most underrated pitcher in baseball. Glasnow will be just 19 through the rest of the season in single A, and sports an electric fastball (that can touch 96 mph), an impressive curve, and an intimidating mound presence (he is 6'7). Impressive, no? Just wait for the stats this year! Glasnow is 8-2 on the year with a 2.24 ERA through 92.1 innings with 128 strikeouts. He has allowed just 47 hits through 92.1 innings!! Crazy to see this kind of dominance, even at the minor league level.

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And lastly, today's mailday (7/30). See above for the 4 returns from 7/29!

Chris McGuiness c/o Round Rock Express in 9 days

McGuiness had a breakout year last year in AA, mashing 23 bombs. He earned a big league callup earlier this year, and notched his first 6 MLB hits. In his note to me he mentioned a time when former Ranger Mike Olt fell asleep before a game- and McGuiness and the rest of the team pranked him ruthlessly! Thought that was pretty funny.

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