Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 10, 2008

6/8 AA Minor League Report

AA

Matt Whitney 2-4 HR(5) 2R 2 RBI—Huge power year in ’07 (32 HR 113 RBI), slow start this year .248 24 RBI
Michael Bowden 6.1 IP 5H 3ER 1BB 8K—Bowden is ready for a promotion
Nolan Reimold 2-3 HR(9) 2B 2 RBI BB—Solid repeat season at AA .284 30 RBI 32/34 BB/K, but I would like to see him progress faster
Michael Daniel 2-3 2B 3B R RBI—Underrated 5-tool prospect .319 5 HR 24 RBI 10 SB
Travis Snider 3-4 2B R—8 for his last 15 w/ only 2 K’s
Ryan Patterson 2-4 2B RBI—.296 9 HR 31 RBI this season
Brett Cecil 6 IP 3H 1R 6K (W)—47 K/45 IP 2.7 GO/AO Ratio
Mike Carp 2-5 2 HR(9) 6 RBI 2R—.447 3 HR 10 RBI in his last 10 games
Nick Evans 3-5 3R 2 2B RBI—.295 9 HR 34 RBI
Jay Rainville 1.2 IP 10H 11ER 2 BB—Once compared to Roger Clemens, he is now off the radar by many collectors
Jason Donald 2-4 2B HR(5) RBI—Donald doesn’t have a high ceiling, but he is a decent 2B/SS prospect worth watching
Austin Jackson 2-3 RBI BB—Action Jackson has performed well at AA with 39 RBI and solid plate discipline
Will Inman 5.1 4H 1ER 3BB 3K—6-2 3.04 ERA 68K/68IP (still only 21 years old)
Dexter Fowler 2-4 2R 2B–.288 HR(6) 30 RBI SB(14)—Oozes athleticism, imagine if he put 15-20 lbs. on his 6-4 175 lb. frame!)
Max Ramirez 4-5—Breaks out of 4-18 mini slump (still hitting .364)
Jon Jay 3-4 2R HR(7) 2 RBI BB—.304 31 RBI polished hitter
Cameron Maybin 2-3 HR(12) RBI 2R—Has he earned his promotion yet?
James McDonald 5IP 5H 1ER 4BB 6K (L)—3-2 3.74 ERA 68K/67IP
Chris Nowak 3-5 HR(6) 5 RBI R—.272 35 RBI
Chris Valaika 1-4 HR(4) RBI—.432 2 HR 7 RBI last 10 games, adjusting very well to AA
Gerardo Parra 2-3 RBI BB SB(13)—On the fast track to Arizona

 

Analysis:

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Mike Carp is enjoying his best season, by far, as a professional on a pace to hit 20-25 HR and 90 RBI with a .350 average. Carp is the top 1st baseman in the NY Mets farm system with only the aging Carlos Delgado ahead of him. Carp is repeating AA this season, which means that his promotion to AAA will speak volumes about his progress as a hitter. Carp has an autograph and base card in 2004 SP Prospects as well as cards in all of the 2007 Bowman products. Carp’s cards are very affordable right now, especially the 2007’s. Serial #’ed cards can be found readily at less than $5 and regular chrome prospect cards can be purchased en masse at prices up to 50 cents each. I found only one record of Carp’s SP Prospects autograph selling on Ebay for $26 plus shipping which, to me, seems like a steal given Carp’s youth (22 at the end of June), and stellar season. If you can get an auto for less than $30—do it! Otherwise, serial #’ed Bowman Chrome and Sterling refractors will be in high demand if Carp can continue with his fine progression at the plate. Carp is a New York Mets prospect which, while not as strong as the Yankees, still does garner a strong collector following (think David Wright and Jose Reyes).

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Gerardo Parra has been compared to another former Arizona Diamondback super farmhand, Carlos Gonzalez. Parra projects to have a little less power than Gonzalez and more speed, which should place him as a top of the order hitter. Baseball America had Parra ranked as the D’Backs prospect before Gonzalez and Brett Anderson were traded to Oakland in the Dan Haren deal. Parra has adjusted quickly to AA pitching hitting .313 in 9 games at Mobile. Parra has cards in the 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects set and an auto in the 2008 Bowman Signs of the Future subset. Currently, his chrome cards are selling at $1 each and the SOF autos are selling at $7.50-10 each. Parra is one of those young, high ceiling talents that you will kick yourself about later if you do not grab some bulk lots and refractors of his 2008 chrome cards.

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