Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 13, 2008

6/11 AAA Report

Brett Gardner 2-4 3B 2R RBI BB—.297 3HR 26 RBI 25 SB .414OBP
George Kottaras 2-3 2R BB—Back to back solid games
Jed Lowrie 1-3 2B R 2BB—Hitting .300 at AAA
Brad Eldred 3-5 HR(21) 3 RBI 2 2B 2R—Mammoth-sized Pittsburgh slugger may get another shot soon
Lorenzo Cain 2-4 RBI BB—Big jump from High A to AAA, is he ready yet?
John Mayberry Jr. 3-4 3 2B 2 RBI R—Back to Back good games after 2-18 stretch
Matt Harrison 6IP 7H 3ER 2BB 3K (W)—1st win at AAA, not flashy but he knows how to win
Matt Brown 3-5 HR(16) 2 RBI 2B 2R—Has proven all he can at AAA, needs more than 13 AB’s in his next call up
Jamie D’Antona 2-4 2B 3B R—Hard to raise your average when you are hitting .400, D’Antona did it.

Analysis:

Brett Gardner is not the Yankees’ version of Jacoby Ellsbury. While his skill set resembles that of the Red Sox young CF, he is a definitive step below in all aspects of his game. Additionally, Gardner’s long-term future as a Yankee does not bode well as he has uber-talents Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata nipping at his heels. That being said, Gardner has had a solid season at AAA, increasing his BA, OBP, and power numbers. Gardner entered the season tabbed by Baseball America as the New York Yankees’ #8 rated prospect, and it seems reasonable to assume that he is going to get a chance to wear a big league uniform at some point this season. Gardner has RC’s in one set, 2005 Bowman Draft and Chrome. Currently, Gardner’s chrome cards are selling 50 cents to $1 each. If Gardner’s debut happens in pinstripes, the short term value of each of his cards from ’05 will experience short-term exponential growth.

Lorenzo Cain has gone 2-9 since he made the jump to Nashville. I am not sure as to why he skipped AA other than a notion that Milwaukee wants to keep the talent at Huntsville intact. Cain is high ceiling 5-tool prospect who was hitting .276 with 4 HR 34 RBI and 18 SB at High-A Brevard County. Cain is just 22, and his 6-2 185 lb. fram suggests that he could develop above-average power. Cain is an above average fielding corner outfielder who could play CF as well. Cain has one first year card available in the 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects set. Bulk lots are popular finds for Cain’s cards and most can be had for less than $1.00 a piece. I am having a hard time getting a feel for Cain’s long term future. The Brewers are loaded at the OF position with Matt LaPorta, Cole Gillespie, Michael Brantley, and, unless he improves his glove at 3B, Mat Gamel bidding for spots in Milwaukee’s already crowded outfield. My gut tells me that he will struggle at AAA and be demoted to AA when one of their OF’s are promoted.

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