Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 11, 2008

6/8 Class A Report

High A

Henry Rodriguez 3.2 4H 5ER 6BB 6K—Lights out stuff but his control struggles make him a late inning RP
Jason Place 2-5 HR(8) RBI—Red hot his last 10 games (.415 4 HR 10 RBI)
Kellen Kulbacki 3-5 2 HR(6) 3 RBI 3R BB—6 HR 12 RBI last 10 games
Eric Sogard 2-3 2R RBI BB—.333 1 HR 35 RBI 45BB/26K
Carlos Peguero 2-5 HR(9) 3 RBI 2B—Bigger, stronger, more raw lefty version of Wladimir Balentien
Greg Halman 2-5 HR(17) 3 RBI 2B—.276 48 RBI 22 SB, long frame and wiry strength reminds me of Cameron Maybin or Dexter Fowler
Austin Gallagher 1-4 2 RBI—10 game hitting streak (.333 Avg.)
Hank Conger 2-4 2 RBI—Coming along nicely after rehabbing shoulder injury
Joe Dickerson 2-3 2B RBI BB—.444 10 RBI last 10 games
Chris Marrero 2-4 2B 2 RBI—.230 9 HR 33 RBI
Edgardo Baez 2-3 HR(9) 2 RBI 2 R—.288 9 HR 42 RBI
Beau Mills 1-2 HR(7) RBI 2BB—.251 7 HR 39 RBI 36 BB
Lorenzo Cain 2-4 3B RBI R—.278 4 HR 34 RBI 18 SB
Desmond Jennings 2-3 2R SB(3) 2BB—Superb coming off of injury (.421 HR 3 RBI 9BB/4K)
Logan Morrison 2-3 R 2B—.299 6 HR 31 RBI (Young slugging Marlins 1B prospect)

 

Analysis:

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After last season’s struggles, my thoughts of Jason Place were similar to that of another much ballyhooed Red Sox 1st round prospect Rick Asadoorian. Like Asadoorian, Place was a high ceiling, multi-tooled HS outfielder who then struggled to refine his skills in the minor leagues. Unlike Asadoorian, I don’t think that Place will be relegated to being a semi-productive AA relief pitcher in the Dodgers’ system. Place struggled mightily last season hitting .214 and whiffing 160 times at Low-A Greenville. Regardless of his struggles, the Red Sox promoted him to Lancaster this season where Place started out of the gate slowly, hitting .169 in April and .224 in May. Since the start of June, Place is hitting .469 with 4 HR. The abundance of talent in the Red Sox farm system has allowed for Place to be somewhat overlooked by several collectors as 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft refractors can be had for under $5 and Blue Refractors for about $20 each. Most of Place’s movement seems to be happening in his autographed issues. ’06 Tristar sell for about $3-4 each and ’07 Bowman’s Best regulars for about $5.00 each. The Red Sox knew that Place would be a work in progress, but they also know that they have plenty of time to allow the 20 year old Place to refine his hitting approach and K rate. Place’s athleticism and strong arm allow for him to play either RF or LF at the major league level.

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Greg Halman is one of the many international free agent acquisitions made by a Seattle Mariner franchise that has found recent success in that department (Carlos Triunfel, Yunieski Betancourt, Kenji Johjima, etc…). Halman hails out of the Netherlands and boasts both speed and power potential. Last season Halman struggled mightily at Low A Wisconsin (.182 4 HR 15 RBI .507 OPS) before being demoted to the NWL’s Everett AquaSox where he regained his stroke (.307 16 HR 37 RBI .968 OPS). This season at High Desert Halman has clubbed 17 HR while swiping 22 bases. He 14BB/76K’s, unimproved, will hamper his ability to be successful at higher levels, but he does have the athleticism and work ethic to improve upon these numbers. Halman is long legged, wiry and very strong. He has drawn comparisions by Baseball America to Andre Dawson or Alfonso Soriano. Halman has the capability to play any outfield position at the major league level, and he is in an ideal situation with a soon-to-be rebuilding organization like Seattle to move quickly through the farm system. Halman’s first cards have been issued in the 2008 Bowman Prospects set and regular base cards are being sold at about $2-3 per card. While this seems high for an unproven player in A ball, Halman’s ceiling is even higher.

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