Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 7, 2008

6/5 AA Minor League Report

Austin Jackson 1-4 2B R 2 RBI—.276 3 HR 36 RBI 10 SB (Two 7 RBI games this season)
Zack Daeges 2-4 2B RBI—.341 1 HR 16 RBI .461 OBP (New “Greek God of Walks” has not replicated last season’s power)
Daniel Bard 2IP 1H 2BB 3K—Seems to have found a role as a reliever (2-0 1.59 ERA 59K/40IP)
Jason Donald 3-5 2B 3 RBI BB—.294 4 HR 28 RBI 7 SB .402 OBP
Mike Carp 1-4 HR(7) RBI—Nice to see a tally in the HR department for this big young hitter
Travis Snider 2-3 2R 2B RBI BB—.258 12 HR 41 RBI 82K (Big power and bigger K numbers)
Scott Campbell 3-3 2R 2B 2 RBI—.361 4 HR 23 RBI .444 OBP (under the radar Royals 2B prospect)
Chris Tillman 5IP 5H 2R 2BB 9K (L)—6-1 2.76 ERA 59K/59IP (Just 19 and dominating AA….Stupid M’s!)
Kila Kaaihue 1-4 HR(12) RBI—.291 39 RBI .421 OBP (Nice bounce back year for this Royals 1B prospect)
Kyle Blanks 4-4 R—He may be the biggest singles hitter (6-6 270 lb.) in baseball
Jon Zeringue 2-4 2R 2B BB—.301 10 HR 35 RBI (Not much to get excited about, I remember being high on him out of LSU)
Steven Hill 2-4 HR(11) 2 RBI—.322 34 RBI over 2 levels
Eric Young Jr. 2-4 2B SB(12)—160 SB over the past two seasons! (Coming back from injury, has game changing speed and high AVG)
Donald Veal 5IP 3H 2ER 3BB 8K (W)—3-4 2.67 ERA 58K/71IP (Putting together a decent bounce-back season)
Jordan Schafer 1-3 R RBI 2 SB(3)—Read my previous post on him
Gerardo Parra 2-4 R RBI 3B—Adjusting well to AAA (Compared to Carlos Gonzalez and is on the fast track)

 

Analysis

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Zack Daeges had a monster year at High A Lancaster last season hitting .330 with 21 HR 113 RBI 124 Runs and an amazing 55 Doubles. In addition, he walked 82 times. Despite the big season, Baseball America and many other prospect analysts did not think to include the Red Sox 1B/OF prospect on the top 20 within his organization. A prevalent explanation of this was the fact that Lancaster is a hitter’s paradise and AA would prove to be a different story for Daeges. If his early AA performance is any indication of future success, Daeges’ skeptics may want to reconsider. Daeges is hitting .341 and has a BB/K ratio of 35/26. Curiously, Daeges has yet to replicate his power production from last season—1 HR in 142 AB.
Being a Boston Red Sox prospect and being below the radar spell good opportunities for prospectors. Daeges’ first year cards lie solely within the 2006 Bowman Draft and Chrome set. Chrome RC’s sell for about $1.00-1.50 each with refractors considerably higher at $6-8. Baseball America, thought they didn’t rate him as one of the Red Sox’ top 30 prospects do have him in the organization’s depth chart in LF. If, in fact, Daeges can stay with the Red Sox, the buzz that he receives from his first Fenway cup of coffee could cause exponential growth in his current card values.

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Eric Young Jr., much like his father, is a blur on the basepaths. With 160 SB over his past two seasons, he may be the fastest player in minor league baseball. This season, the Rockies’ 2B prospect missed 6 weeks with a wrist injury, but he seems to be adjusting well with 4 hits in his last 3 games. Young has cards in the 2007 Bowman products and I have seen Bowman Sterling Black Refractors that have sold for $10 apiece. Young is not the 5-tool prospect that every collector covets, but he does have world class speed, excellent baseball lineage, and an ability to get on base. I think he will be at the top of the Rockies’ order in two years, and will be successful either as a 2B or CF for years to come.

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