Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 11, 2008

6/10 AAA Report

Here are the performances from prospects at AAA tonight that stood out to me.

George Kottaras 2-4 2B 2 RBI BB—Average only at .214, once a promising hitter, will he ever replace Tek?
Diory Hernandez 2-3 2B R 3 RBI—Nice season in AA and AAA (.312 6 HR 32 RBI)
Francisco Liriano 6IP 6H 1ER 1BB 7K—Back to back nice starts, he takes a step closer to a Minnesota return
Adam Lind 3-4 2 2B R RBI BB—Continues to rake minor league pitching
David Purcey 6IP 6H 2ER 2BB 8K—6-4 2.41 ERA 80K/75IP (Finally pitching like a 1st round pick)
Billy Butler 3-6 2B R—Hitting .400 since his demotion to Omaha
Eric Patterson 3-5 R 2 RBI SB(10)—.372 4 HR 9 RBI 3 SB in last 10 games
John Mayberry Jr. 2-4 2B HR(10) 2 RBI—Broke out of mini 2-18 slide
Chris Davis 1-3 HR(16) 2 RBI 2R—This guy just hits bombs and nobody is blocking him at 1B in Texas
Matt Brown 2-4 HR(15) 2 RBI 2R—Average at .351 now, will he get another shot in LA?
Jaimie D’Antona 2-4 R 2B—Average at .401 in mid-June

 

Analysis

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George Kottaras is, by no means, a top prospect or full-time major league backstop. Okay, that aside, he still is someone that should not be ignored if you are looking for value in the bargain bin of prospects. Kottaras is repeating AAA this season and his .214 average is far from impressive. Last season, Kottaras hit .241 with 9 HR in 297 AB. This season, he has 9 HR in 201 AB and has walked 38 times. Jason Varitek is still a stalwhart in Beantown, but, at age 36, his tenure as the BoSox backstop is finite. As deep as the Red Sox farm system is, there is a veritable hole at the catcher position where, barring a trade, Kottaras is next in line for consideration. With only Mark Wagner as an immediate threat, Kottaras stands to get a shot at some time behind Fenway’s dish. Kottaras has several autographed RC’s available in the 2005 Bowman Sterling and Bowman’s Best products which sell for $3-5. My gut tells me that Kottaras needs to bump his average up about 30 points while keeping his power numbers consistant to earn a September call up. If he does, the $3-5 investment could easily double or triple upon Kottaras’ first big MLB game.

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Chris Davis has mashed HR’s in each and every stop in his young minor league career. Only 22, Davis’ ascention to Oklahoma marks the second consecutive season where he has earned an in-season promotion. Davis has not disappointed at AAA, hitting .291 with 3 HR and 14 RBI in 55 AB. Davis is a muscular 6-4 235lb. who, as a former 3B, should display a good glove at 1B. Davis’ only first year cards are in the 2006 Bowman Draft and Chrome set. Base chrome RC’s sell for about $3-3.50 each and refractors sell for considerably more at $20 each. To me Davis’ ceiling as a MLB power hitter is as high or higher than Travis Snider or Alex Gordon who sell for more money and have more than just one 2006 card. Additionally, there is no definitive roadblock impeding Davis’ progress to Texas, and the Rangers have proven that they are an organization that is on the rise. The Rangers may opt to keep Davis in AAA for the remainder of the season, but I do believe that he will be the front runner for the 1B job come spring training. The combination of power potential, youth, depth chart position, and organizational outlook makes Davis’ cards a must buy right now.

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