6/3 Minor League Report (continued)

High A

Lars Anderson 2-4 R 2B 2 RBI—Nice return after 2 weeks off with a wrist injury .280 7 HR 27 RBI
Jason Place 2-4 HR (8) 2R 2 RBI—Plate discipline of a windmill but very young & athletic (.293 last 10 games)
Josh Reddick 1-4 HR (8) 2 RBI—On fire in last 10 games (.442 w/ 4 HR 8 RBI)
Pablo Sandoval 2-5 HR (10) 2B—.372 w/ 46 RBI (young brick wall backstop has a 1.061 OPS)
Kellen Kulbacki 1-4 HR (5) 2 RBI—Has struggled this year after a strong Northwest League campaign in ’07
Cedric Hunter 2-4 2B SB (4)—.316 w/ 4 HR 32 RBI .385 OBP (polished young hitter)
Sean Doolittle 1-4 HR (15) RBI—.330 w/ 46 RBI (powerful college hitter who still K’s too often 61 K’s in 56 games)
Lorenzo Cain 1-4 HR (4) RBI —.271 31 RBI 16 SB (athletic frame with power potential)
Drew Stubbs 1-3 2B 2 RBI 3BB—.269 2 HR 16 RBI 19 SB (where’s the power?)
Juan Francisco 3-5 3R BB—.292 8 HR 36 RBI (young switch-hitting 3B prospect 25 HR 90 RBI in ’07, still developing plate discipline 8 BB/53K)
Cale Iorg 1-3 R RBI 3 BB—.276 8 HR 29 RBI 11 SB (toolsy SS prospect for the Tigers)
Brandon Erbe 1 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB (L)—Ouch! I don’t know what is wrong with Erbe, but his status as a prospect is slipping
Joe Dickerson 2-5 R 3B RBI—.303 w/ 5 HR 31 RBI 23 SB (Intriguing Royals OF prospect)
Jim Negrych 3-4 4R 2 RBI BB SB—.364 1 HR 35 RBI .440 OBP (slap hitter with great plate discipline but no power and average speed)
Jamie Romak 2-4 HR (9) 4 RBI 3R—Red hot his last 10 games hitting .410 w/ 5 HR 14 RBI
Daniel Moskos 6 IP 3 H 5K (W)—Solid performance for Pirates ’07 1st rounder (4-3 4.66 ERA 40K/56IP)
Eric Campbell 1-4 2B 3 RBI—Just when I gave up on him, Campbell has returned (.161 BA in 9 games since team suspension)
Gorkys Hernandez 3-3 R RBI SB—.313 w/ 2 HR 14 RBI 6 SB (Nice to see the SB after hammy injury sidelined him a month)

 

Analysis:

Several of these prospects do not have many non-minor league issue cards as of yet (Lars Anderson, Josh Reddick, Joe Dickerson, etc.). Of the players that do, Sean Doolittle has done much to draw the attention of prospectors. Doolittle’s 2007 Bowman Draft Chrome cards can be purchased in bulk lots for 75 cents to $1.25 per card. Refractors can be found for 7-9 bucks each, but are not serial numbered. While his average of one K per game is a little higher than normal, his display of power at Stockton still makes his cards a worthwhile purchase. It will be interesting to see if his power continues at AA Midland, where I am sure he will play at some point this season.

Gorkys Hernandez and Cedric Hunter were in huge demand when the ’07 Bowman Chrome Prospects set came out last summer. Now that a year has passed, their cards have become pretty good speculative purchases. Hunter had a chrome auto and base card in the ’07 set. His autos sell for $18-20 each and refractors can be found for under $30. Certainly, the mere presence of a chrome auto means that the regular issue card will have much less value. This seems to be true with Hunter’s base cards as there doesn’t seem to be much market demand for them. Even so, Hunter’s emergence into the Padres lineup within the next couple years will boost the value of all of his cards.

Hernandez missed more than a month of this season with a hamstring injury which has affected a major component of Hernandez’s calling card—speed. I am keeping close watch to see if he is, in fact, fully recovered from the injury. Refractors from his ’07 Bowman Chrome Prospects cards are selling quite well at 12-15 bucks a pop, but his base cards are considerably less at $1.25-$1.75 each. Snatching up a 10-20 count lot of these is a low cost way to acquire a top-flight talent. Also, Hernandez’s ’07 Bowman Draft jersey cards have been selling well at $7-10 each. Bowman Draft Jersey cards have not had superb value growth, however, and your money would be better spent acquiring his regular chrome prospect cards.

Ok…Time to take my evening walk with the family. I will be back later posting more prospect news!

About Jeremy

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife Amber and 9 year old son Derek. While I am passionate about sports and sports cards, I also love to spend time playing in the outdoors with family and friends. I am always eager to get to know more about other collectors and aspiring speculators in this World Wide community. Don't hesitate to say hello and tell me a little about yourself! Thanks for checking out my blog and happy prospecting! Jeremy
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