Tons and tons of performances in AA ball for your viewing pleasure…
- 7 IP 4H BB 9K—12-4 1.89 ERA 147K/133IP .224 BAA
- 4-4 2B 2R—13-36 2 HR 9 RBI 7 R since trade to Pirates
- 2-3 2B 2R BB—’08 Bowman Chrome Auto will be gem of the set!
- 1-4 HR(20) RBI—.219 3 HR 15 RBI 13 R in 19 games w/Portland
- 5.2 IP 6H ER 8K (W)—8-7 3.38 ERA 98K/120IP
- 1-3 2 RBI 2R 2BB—.289 19 HR 72 RBI 78 R (nothing left to prove at Bowie)
- 2-3 2B RBI 2R 2BB—.362 9 HR 43 RBI 1.091 OPS at Bowie (nothing left to prove in MILB)
- 5 IP 7H 2ER 2BB 5K (W)—3-3 1.98 ERA 65K/55IP last 10 games
- 1-3 HR(11) RBI—.299 11 HR 68 RBI 19 SB
- 2-4 2R—.335 4 HR 39 RBI 44BB/22K 25 SB in 89 games
- 3-4 2R 2 RBI—.438 8 RbI 6R last 10 games
- 2-4 HR(4) RBI—.309 4 HR 52 RBI 13 SB 72 R
- 7 IP 4H ER 9—Nice AA debut
- 3-3 2 3B R 2 RBI—Breaking out of August funk
- 3-4 HR(6) 3B 2 RBI—.342 HR 6 RBI last 10 games
- 3-5 HR(22) 2 RBI 2R 2B—.277 7 HR 17 RBI 19 R .994 OPS in AA
- 3-6 2 RbI 2R—.364 HR 11 RBI 16 H last 10 games
- 1-4 HR(27) 3 RBI 2R BB—HR’s in 3 of last 4 games
- 2-2 2 RbI 2BB—Slumping .188 5 RBI 12K last 10 games
- 6 IP 3H ER 3BB 9K—6-1 4.47 ERA 46K/50IP last 10 games
- 3-5 4 RbI 2B R BB—Awful season, not ready for AA
Lars Anderson has taken a gigantic step forward this season as one of baseball’s best young power-hitting prospects. After a torrid start at High-A Lancaster, Anderson was promoted to AA Portland where he is surpassing the numbers he posted in the California League hitting .333 with 5 HR 23 RBI and 19 Runs in 25 games. Anderson is just 20 and has yet to fully fill out his 6-4 215 lb. frame. When he does, he will evolve into a 30-40 HR hitter in the mold of Jason Morneau. Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell are both signed by the Red Sox through 2010 which gives the Red Sox ample time to be patient with Lars, though the rapid and successful development of Greenville 1B Anthony Rizzo will continually press Anderson to keep performing. Anderson’s first cards have just been released as autographs in the new ’08 Bowman Chrome set and there is not nearly enough market data yet to accurately represent what they will be selling for. I think one could expect to pay $50-75 for a regular chrome auto. I did see one that sold with one bid for $20. That price is an aberration for sure!
Market Advice: Anderson is much hyped and will be expensive, but he also is destined to do great things in Boston. There are few flaws in Anderson’s game, aside from his K rate (which isn’t at an unacceptible level) and speed. His power will develop for sure and if you can get an auto for $40-50, BUY it.