Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A Pair of Packs of Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks
Don't you just love alliteration? I couldn't resist when concocting catchy, captivating titillating title text. Okay, perhaps I should have resisted. And, I digress. Often.
In the last post, I talked about feeding my cardboard addiction and part of that feeding comes by way of two packs of 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks. I thought it would be fun to not only go through the list of players I got, but let's see where they are now**:
Matt Imhof (Draft Class) - Philadelphia - Lost his right eye in a freak accident* in June 2016. He retired at age 23, currently coaching college ball.
Sean Newcomb (Draft Class) - Los Angeles (Angels) - After bouncing between multiple teams in 2015 (including Arkansas Travelers). He is currently in AA ball for the Braves.
Max Pentecost (Draft Class) - Toronto - Has stayed with the Blue Jays organization, had several surgeries, and is now playing A+ for the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Jordan Luplow - Pittsburgh - Has remained a Pirates prospect, currently playing for Bradenton Marauders in A+ ball. In 2015, racked up several awards including All-Star and Player of the Week.
John Richy - Los Angeles (Dodgers) - Was part of the Phillies deal to send Chase Utley to the Dodgers. Still with the Philly organization, most likely on track to find himself in the 4th/5th pitching spot one day.
James Norwood - Chicago (Cubs) - Still with the Cubs club, playing in Myrtle Beach. His 4.75 ERA includes a couple of rough times of 7.00+ ERA outings plus a nasty 13.50 ERA back in 2014 in just 2 innings. As of 2016, he has brought it back down to 3.25.
Mark Payton - New York (Yankees) - Still with the Yankees, he batted .309 in 2016. In several articles, he is referred to as a "sleeper" prospect about to break out.
Malik Collymore - St. Louis - With St. Louis until mid-2015, he now plays for the Brewers organization. He had a very rough 2016, getting sent to Australia in hopes of building his game and confidence.
*Matt Imhof story/update: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/phillies-prospect-thriving-after-losing-right-eye-in-freak-accident-at-the-ballpark/
**Player info from baseball-reference.com, milb.com, and other sources.