Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 11, 2008

6/10 Class A Report

High A

Darren Ford 2-6 2B R SB(32)—Super speedy and strong but needs to get on base more often (.228 BA .318 OBP)
J.P. Arencibia 2-4 HR(12) 2 RBI BB—Huge first full season (.314 59 RBI)
Joe Dickerson 2-5 2B RBI—Another multi-hit game, I am interested to see how he performs after a promotion
Beau Mills 3-4 2B R—Playing 1B at Kinston and hitting .259
Josh Reddick 1-4 HR(11) 2 RBI—Has moved to the forefront as the best OF in the Red Sox system
Tim Alderson 5.2IP 4H ER BB 8K—6-3 3.13 ERA 59K/69IP (19 year old has impressed at High A)
Carlos Santana 2-4 R 2 RBI SB(4)—.300 7 HR 55 RBI 40BB/34K (21 yr. old switch hitting catcher with great numbers!)
Hank Conger 2-5 2B 4 RBI—Speaking of young switch-hitting catchers…9 RBI in last 3 games
Greg Halman 2-5 2 HR(19) 3 RBI 2R—Almost at 20/20 already, AA will tell us alot about how good he is right now
Carlos Triunfel 2-4 HR(1) 2 RBI 3R BB—Nice game after 1-21 slump (Please don’t rush this kid Seattle!)
Ed Easley 2-4 2 2B R RBI BB—.276 4 HR 30 RBI
Johnny Whittleman 1-4 HR(6) 3 RBI—.258 6 HR 34 RBI (Has skills to be better than this)
Sean Doolittle 2-4 2B—Big college 1B deserves AA call up soon
Brett Anderson 7 IP 4H 9K (W)—Nice rebound over last 3 outings (2-0 1.11 ERA 20K/16 IP

 

Analysis:

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Hank Conger has shown that the wrist injury that kept him out of the first two months of the season is a thing of the past as he has hit .324 since his return with 11 RBI’s. Injuries have been a recurrent problem for Conger, as he missed 6 weeks last season with lower back and hamstring injuries. Conger’s lack of flexibility has been the major culprit for these physical woes and his conditioning will need to improve if he is going to have any career behind the plate. Positively, Conger is a young, strong switch hitter with an advanced control of the strike zone. Conger has first year cards available in the 2006 Bowman Draft and Chrome set and and autograph in the ’06 Bowman Sterling set. Currently, his regular chrome cards are selling for $1-$1.50 each and are most prevalent, like Travis Snider, in lots featuring both chrome and regular versions. His Sterling auto sells for $8-10 now, which is a good deal if he stays healthy and produces. Another intriguing card of his is the chrome version of his 2006 Aflac card within the Aflac redemption sets found in 2006 Bowman Draft boxes. These cards have been popular to grade and BGS 9.5 cards find their way onto Ebay periodically. The jury is still out on the popularity of these Aflac cards, as redemption quantities are not easily determinable. Conger has several autographs available in 2007 products, including Bowman Chrome, but I think that his ’06 Sterling Auto is the best value.

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Johnny Whittleman is an athletic 3B prospect for the Texas Rangers who was a 2nd round pick out of HS in the loaded 2005 draft. Whittleman, at 21 yrs. old, has some nice tools and a projectible baseball body 6-2 195 lb. He is repeating High A Bakersfield where he ended last season and, while he has not dominated, he has not been terrible either. Whittleman has one first year card in 2006 Bowman Sterling. It is an autographed version and it can be had cheaply, about $4-6. Another nice option is to grab some of the 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft various refractor versions of his cards. This season, Whittleman is hitting .258 (.186 in last 10 games) with 6 HR and 34 RBI’s. Also, he has walked 39 times and has collected 19 2B. These numbers give me the feeling that we can expect more power from Whittleman and that he is maintaining a good feeling for the strike zone. I would like to see him try to drive the ball more with his sweet left-handed stroke. Third base may not be Whittleman’s final home as he has committed 34 errors over each of the past two years. A move to the outfield would seem to be a better fit, except Texas has a lot of depth in their outfield. I would expect the Rangers to be patient with Whittleman, allowing his skills to match up with his tools. Purchasing a couple of his ’06 Sterling autos cost as much as a lunch at most restaurants and could prove to be less fattening and much more fulfilling!

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