Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 9, 2008

6/7 Minor League Report

My apologies for being MIA for the past couple of days. Here’s a closer look at what happened in Sunday’s games.

AAA

Chris Carter 2-4 HR(12) 2B 2RBI—.333 6 HR 11 RBI last 10 games, next in line for a Boston cup o’ coffee?
Jed Lowrie 1-2 HR(2) 2 RBI—Performed well in his brief time in Boston, will replace Lugo next season
Eric Patterson 2-4 HR(4) 2 RBI SB(9)—.327 22 RBI .516 SLG (He may get traded this summer)
J.R. Towles 3-4 2B HR(1) RBI—Disasterous season in Houston .145 BA, finding his swing at AAA
Joe Koshansky 2-4 2B 3B 2RBI—First in the minors to 60 RBI’s
Gio Gonzalez 6IP 5H 2R 5BB 3K (L)—2-4 5.71 ERA 58K/65IP .291 BA Allowed
Jeff Clement 2-4 2B HR(13) 2B 3 RBI BB—His next trip to Seattle will be permanent
Neil Walker 2-5 2 HR(9) 4 RBI—Poor start to the season may be turning around
Matt Joyce 3-4 2 HR(10) 4 RBI—His power raised some eyebrows in Detroit

 

Analysis:

Joe Koshansky is continuing his legacy of power-packed productivity at Colorado Springs hitting .309 with 14 HR and 61 RBI this season. While has has nothing more to prove at the minor league level, he is positionally blocked by Todd Helton in Colorado. Koshanksy, at age 26, is not a “young” prospect anymore, but I believe that, given the chance, he could provide an immediate impact for Colorado or another organization. Koshansky’s main RC’s are in 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft and 2004 SP Prospects. Currently, the chrome versions sell for $2.00 each, which would likely rise in value if and when he gets called up. The SP Prospects version offers Koshansky’s only autographed card (#’ed out of 550) to date. This immensely popular set has seen its fair share of high prices paid for first year autos of Hunter Pence, Phil Hughes, Dustin Pedroia, Reid Brignac, and others. Currently, Koshansky’s cards sell for $30-35–about half of what they book for. I would love to see this guy catch on with another organization.

Neil Walker got off ot a slow start this season (.234 BA). As a result, it seems that collectors’ interests have waned for his cards. However, the past couple of days have been positive ones for Walker hitting 3 HR’s and driving in 6 RBI’s. Walker has a bevy of autographed cards from the 2004 products including Bowman Chrome Draft, Bowman Heritage, Donruss Elite Extra, Fleer Hot Prospects, and SP Prospects. This spring, Baseball America rated Walker as Pittsburgh’s #2 prospect, alluding to a possibility that Walker will earn a call up by the Pirates by mid-season. As of now, it seems that they would be best served to allow him to continue to develop as a 3B, while refining his hitting. Autographed RC’s of Walker can be found for less than $10 on Ebay right now, which seems like a bargain for someone of his age with the potential he still has.

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