Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 5, 2008

6/3 Low A Minor League Journal

Low A

Phillippe Aumont 7 IP 6H 1ER 6K (W)—4-3 1.74 ERA 41K/43IP 2 SV (Not sure whether he will be a starter or closer)
Jordan Walden 6 IP 1H 2BB 9K (ND)—2-5 2.78 ERA 53K/65IP (Nice to see dominant performance from this high ceiling prospect)
Scott Mitchinson 6 IP 2H 2BB 5K (ND)—4-2 1.34 ERA 60K/60IP (23 Yrs Old, but 1 ER in last 32 IP)
Ben Revere 1-3 2 RBI 2BB SB (17)—Continues hot hitting, .418 Avg.
Felix Carrasco 2-4 HR(11) 2R 2BB—Young switch-hitting 1B w/power (.266 Avg w/ 39 RBI in first full season, High K rate 66K/49G)
Andrew Lambo 2-5 2B R RBI—.271 7 HR 42 RBI (High ceiling offensive talent, needs to cut K rate a bit to progress quickly)
Mike Moustakas 2-5 HR(8) 3 RBI 2R SB (4)—Royals’ top DP having up and down season (.241 28 RBI)
Kevin Ahrens 2-5 2B R—Jays top DP hitting .264 1 HR 24 RBI
Darin Holcomb 1-4 HR (9) RBI—Rockies 3B prospect (.330 9 HR 47 RBI 5 SB 22BB/20K)
Brad Lincoln 6.1 IP 5H 1ER 6K–Pirates 1st rounder from ’06 (15K/1BB in 4 starts, 2.01 ERA)
Brad Suttle 1-3 HR (2) RBI—Yanks’ 3B prospect has immense power potential
Jeff Locke 6.2 IP 8H 3R 2BB 1K (L)—1-7 4.69 ERA (Inverse record from last year, not dominating hitters 55K/64IP)
Ryan Kalish 2-4 R BB SB(9)—.274 2HR 15 RBI for Sox OF prospect



It is tough to effectively gauge prospects at this level, but I must admit that I enjoy seeing Moustakas’ bat coming around a bit. He has been up and down all year, but it seems that he is not overmatched as his K rate is not extraordinarily high (36 in 55 games). His ’07 Bowman Chrome Draft RC’s can be purchased for under $3, which seems like a good deal for a player whose swing was likened to Alex Rodriguez’s.

Ben Revere has been as hot as any hitter in the minor leagues this season yet his chrome autos can be purchased for $12-15 each. This seems low for someone who, at a young age, is hitting well over .400 by June. The lack of power seems to always turn prospectors off, but make no mistake, Revere is an impact player who can do quite a bit at the top of the order. I expect that he will find himself in Fort Myers within a month barring any major slumps. Revere’s game has a Jacoby Ellsbury feel to it as he wreaks havoc at the top of the order and plays great defense. I would definitely have an auto or 10 in your collection!

Scott Mitchinson is a lanky Aussie in the Phillies system who has RC’s in several of the 2005 Topps brands. Mitchinson has been dominant and, with the A’s acquiring him from the Phillies this off-season, it can be well expected that Mitchinson has some good stuff. This is a guy that is completely off of the radar with 99.9% of the prospecting market. The best bets are to purchase low #’ed serial cards in Topps Chrome Update, Bowman Chrome, and Autos in Bowman’s Best. One caveat is that he is 23 years old and is at Low-A. Additionally, the glut of pitching within the A’s farm system will make it difficult for Mitchinson to distinquish himself as an elite prospect. I don’t know at this point if his future lies in starting or closing, but it is apparent that he is behind the likes of Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Henry Rodriguez, Fautino de los Santos, and Craig Italiano on Oakland’s Farm Depth Chart. Regardless, this is a low cost speculative opportunity if you are willing to wait a couple of years.

Yawn….That is enough for tonight. Please feel free to add your Low-A contributions to this thread.


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