Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 13, 2008

6/11 AA Report

Mike Carp 3-4 2B 2R 3 RBI—.553 3 HR 13 RBI last 10 games (Get an ’04 SP Prospects Auto if you can find one)
Jeremy Slayden 1-2 HR(7) 2 RBI—.282 43 RBI
Carlos Carrasco 6.1IP 4H 1ER 2BB 7K (L)—4-5 3.71 ERA 79K/80IP (still just 21 at AA)
Jon Niese 6IP 4H 2BB 7K (ND)—4-4 3.18 ERA 63K/70IP
Matt Whitney 3-4 2R 2B RBI—.260 5 HR 26 RBI (.299 32 HR 113 RBI last year at two levels)
Ryan Khoury 2-4 HR(3) 2 RBI R—.395 2 HR 8 RBI last 10 games
Matt LaPorta 1-3 2B 2 RBI BB—.382 4 HR 8 RBI last 10 games
Chris Coghlan 2-4 2B 2 RBI—.2888 5 HR 38 RBI 15 SB
Jon Zeringue 2-5 HR(11) RBI—.295 39 RBI
Dexter Fowler 2-4 2B 3 RBI—5th consecutive game with 2+ hits (7 RBI’s)
Allen Craig 2-4 2 RBI—.270 11 HR 43 RBI
Jess Todd 7.1IP 5H 2BB 6K—66K/70IP 5-1 1.15 ERA

Analysis:

Allen Craig jumped on to the radar screens of prospectors last season when he went on a tear at High-A Palm Beach and hit .312 with 21 HR and 77 RBI in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Craig profiles as a solid fielding 3B, who can generate quick bat speed and natural loft with his swing. He has power to all fields and is an aggressive hitter. Craig’s sole 1st year cards are in the 2006 Bowman Draft and Chrome set. Right now, his chrome cards sell for 50 cents to $1 each and can often be found, like most low-end chrome prospect cards, packaged in bulk lots. St. Louis is a very strong baseball card collector’s market and Craig tops the Cardinals’ organizational depth chart at 3B. He is still a year away, but now is a good time to buy his cards.

Carlos Carrasco was rated by Baseball America as the #1 prospect in the Phillies farm system. Last season Carrasco pitched well at High A Clearwater and struggled with his command at AA Reading. The Phillies wisely opted to keep Carrasco at AA for 2008 and he has responded well, garnering a 3.71 ERA and a 79/20 K/BB ratio. His 1.3 GO/FO ratio suggests that he is locating his ball well down in the zone. Carrasco has first year cards in the 2005 Bowman and Bowman Chrome sets. Carrasco’s chrome cards are not very prevalent on Ebay at this time, as it seems that several owners are holding them to see if he regains his form from 2006 where he went 12-6 with a 2.26 ERA and 159 K’s. His chromes typically sell for $3.00-3.50 each, which to me seems a bit high for someone who still has some question marks. If you can get some of his Bowman cards for 50-75 cents each, these would be much safer purchases.

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