Saturday, August 29, 2015

An exciting new Guy From Granite

Less than a month after discovering new Guy From Granite Brian Carroll, I've found out about another guy from my high school currently playing pro ball. This guy seems to be on the cusp of a call-up, even!

His name is Travis Taijeron and he's currently raking for the Mets' AAA club. Remember a week or two ago when Yoenis Cespedes hit 3 home runs in a game for the Mets? Taijeron also hit 3 that day down on the farm!

Here's Wikipedia (source) with more background info:
Travis Nathaniel Taijeron (born January 20, 1989) is a professional baseball right fielder currently playing for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s in theNew York Mets minor league system.
He was born in La Mesa, California and attended Granite Hills High School, where he was a catcher.[23] Before playing professionally, he attended Grossmont College in 2008, where he spent a year and played for their baseball team. In 32 games, he posted a slash line of .382/.472/.563. He transferred to Southwestern College in 2009 and hit .353/.453/.601 in 42 games. For 2010, he moved to Cal Poly Pomona, hitting .345/.441/.670 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 52 games. He played 59 games in 2011 and hit .392/.534/.744 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.[24] He earned numerous honors, including the 2010-11 California Collegiate Athletic Association Male Athlete of the Year, 2011 CCAA Most Valuable Player and Daktronics American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association West Region Player of the Year and a NCAA Division II All-American selection by Daktronics, the NCBWA and the ABCA.
The Mets drafted him in the 18th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft and assigned him to Low-A Brooklyn. In 56 games, he hit .299/.387/.557 with nine home runs and 44 RBI. He earned his first Player of the Week honor that season, was named a Organization All-Star and was a New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star. He hit .255/.362/.477 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 112 games split between the Savannah Sand Gnats and St. Lucie Mets in 2012, won another Player of the Week and was a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star. In 2013, he hit .271/.356/.531 with 38 doubles, 23 home runs, 69 RBI and 131 strikeouts in 120 games split between St. Lucie and the Binghamton Mets. He was a Player of the Week twice and was again a Organization All-Star. With Binghamton in 2014, he hit .248/.357/.476 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI in 101 games and earned another Player of the Week selection.[25]He began 2015 with Las Vegas, his first stay at Triple-A. In his first 15 games, he hit .352/.419/.667.
He is projected to be, at minimum, a fourth outfielder and a power bat off the bench with the potential to be an effective starting outfielder with 20-home run power.[26][27] He has been listed on numerous Mets top prospect lists.[28]

For some reason baseball-reference doesn't have his high school listed, and since searching b-r is pretty much my only "research" for this minicollection, he wasn't on my radar. But I recently began following the coach for Granite Hills baseball on Twitter, and he's really good about retweeting when his former players do well. And Taijeron has been blowing up on his feed, so that got my attention.

Travis only has a couple mainstream cards on the market so far: 2012 Topps Heritage Minors and 2012 Topps Pro Debut. Also a few minor league cards. No certified autos yet.

Here's what I've scored so far:

2012 Topps Heritage Minors #'d 41/96 black parallel shown up top and a couple base cards. I got an extra base card with the intent of trying for a TTM. But with the AAA season ending soon, and the possibility of a September call up, it might be tricky timing.

But yeah, cool to have another active guy in this minicollection of mine! Here's hoping he gets called up and has some major league success soon.


  1. Your Guys From Granite collection seems to be growing at a very fast rate these past two years.

    1. Yeah, especially these past few weeks finding out about a couple new active guys.

  2. For high schools Baseball Cube is much better than Baseball Reference. They have Taijeron listed for Granite Hills. Lots of other minor leagues that I suppose you might not be aware of:

    1. Cool! Thanks for the link. I've bookmarked it and will be sure to keep an eye on it. No other active guys in the pros I wasn't aware of, but a few new names from the past and some guys currently in college.

  3. Taijeron was mentioned by the Mets booth right after Cespedes hit those 3 HRS. I'll have to remember his name.
    Glad he's a Guy From Granite.

    1. Between a Guy From Granite (Taijeron) and a Gavin (Cecchini), the Mets' farm system is really finding a place in my minicollections.