Twas a light night in AA, but here’s the rundown…
- 1-4 HR(13) 3 RBI—Slumping as of late (.179 last 10 games) Looking very average.
- 1-4 HR(17) 2 RBI—.333 4 HR 13 RBI last 10 games (looking better and better)
- 2-3 2B R BB—.314 5 HR 52 RBI 30 2B 59BB/59K (needs more pop)
- 2-4 2B 3B 2 RBI—.405 3 HR 14 RBI 9 BB 9 R last 10 games (please come up in Sept.)
- 6.1 IP 5H 2ER 2BB 2K (W)—16-4 2.89 ERA 80K/149IP (not overpowering, just wins)
- 3-4 2R RBI BB—.419 4HR 9 RBI 11 R last 10 games (wasn’t ready for AAA)
- 7 IP 7H 2ER 2BB 6K (W)—3rd straight commanding win in otherwise horrible season
- 7 IP 4H ER BB 5K—Commanding debut AA performance but no decision
- 1-3 HR(26) 4 RBI 2BB—.368 5 HR 11 RBI 10 R last 10 games (Played C, 1B, 3B this year)
- 2-5 2B 5 RBI—Showing signs of life after minor slump (4 game hit streak)
Gotta talk about one of my favorites from ’07, Zack Daeges. Last year, Daeges went Playstation on the California League hitting .330 with 21 HR 113 RBI 124 Runs 82 BB and a minor league leading 55 2B’s. Skeptics abounded about Daeges’ game stating that the bandbox confines of Lancaster and the pitching poor California League inflated his numbers. Baseball America thought low of him enough to keep him off of their top 30 Red Sox prospects list in spite of his stellar season. AA was supposed to be the barometer that would expose Daeges as a lower level prospect. Daeges has battled some injuries this season, but has rebounded to hit .314 with a 59BB/59K ratio. 5 HR and 52 RBI in 325 AB’s has been a disappointment, especially given Daeges powerful 6-4 225 lb. frame. Overall, Daeges is a below average athlete who has a decent arm and limited outfield range. Likely he will have to DH or play 1B in the major leagues, areas that are deep in young talent for the Red Sox. Daeges’ only 1st year cards reside in the 2006 Bowman Draft and Chrome set. Chrome RC’s can be had in bunches for 50-75 cents each and base cards can be snagged at under 25 cents regularly.
Market Analysis: I would be much more excited about Daeges if he could replicate his power from last season, but he strikes me as a gap to gap contact hitter who will not turn on many balls. His plate discipline is advance, but unfortunately, so is his age (he turns 25 in November). Long term, Daeges may need a change of location in order to become a major league contributor. He seems to fall in the lines of other all hit, corner infielders like Jamie D’Antona, Terry Tiffee, Jeff Bailey, etc… who should get better opportunities but are beaten out by younger, more intriguing athletes. That said, he is a solid low-risk medium reward BUY who might get some opportunities in spring training.