Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 17, 2008

6/15 AAA Minor League Report

Here are the notable movers and shakers from the AAA games on Sunday.  Please feel free to add prospects that you think had significant performances.

Chris Davis

  • 1-3 HR (19) 2 RBI’s (Davis is red-hot his last 10 games hitting .486 4 HR 9 RBI)


Taylor Teagarden

  • 2-4 HR(4) 3B RBI (.375 OBP but 57 K’s in 46 Games, .244 Avg.)


Francisco Lirano

  • 7.1 IP 5 Hits 2 ER 5 K’s (W) (3rd straight win, should be called up anytime)


Steven Pearce

  • 1-4 HR(8) 2 RBI (.257 BA, I’m still optimistic that he will heat up)


Dallas McPherson

  • 1-3 HR(21) 2 RBI (Nice bounce back for former Angel prospect .299 46 RBI)


Richie Robnett

  • 1-4 HR(1) RBI (Injury woes and raw skill set has put Robnett under the radar)


Brandon Wood

  • 1-3 HR(10) RBI (10BB/63K at AAA and L.A.  Still young, but will he refine his hitting approach?)


Buy or Sell Analysis:

This is an interesting mix of prospects, as many of them are former blue chip prospects that have had their stocks drop in recent years due to injuries or lack on refinement.  Tonight, we will highlight one current and one former Halo prospect.


Brandon Wood had a 2005 season that rocketed him to the top of virtually every baseball card hot list.  Wood smacked 43 HR’s and 51 2B at High A Rancho Cucamonga, followed by a 10 HR outburst at the Arizona Fall League.  Skeptics were concerned with his less than desirable 48BB/128K rate, but the prevailing thought amongst the collecting ranks were that these numbers would improve as Wood gained experience at higher levels.  Two years later, the BB/K rate has not improved and the power numbers, while still solid, have not been replicated at the higher levels.  Regardless, Brandon Wood, now a 3B, has had a couple of opportunities with the Angels that have not gone well.  Wood has a RC Auto in the 2003 Bowman Chrome Draft set which sells for approximately $25 (way down from the $80-90 price tags from a couple of years ago) and his Bowman Heritage and Prospect Premeires cards are not widely available in bulk lots.  Wood is still young, turning 23 this season, but his lack of plate discipline is a great concern.  I believe that Wood is eventually going to be a regular in the major leagues, but I do not see him as an all-star calibur player.  At that rate, his autos likely have already apexed in value and the $25 value could be spent better on another prospect—SELL!


 Dallas McPherson was the Angels’ flavor of the month at 3B before Brandon Wood entered the picture.  Similar to Wood, McPherson has displayed prolific power throughout the minor leagues but has failed to impress in his big league stints.  McPherson has been bit by the injury bug often during his career, missing stints in 2005, 2006, and all of the 2007 season.  McPherson was purchased by the Marlins for the 2008 season, which has seemingly revived his career.  Currently, McPherson has slugged 21 HR, and has punched out a bunch (84 K’s in 64 games).  McPherson has cards in the infamous 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft set.  Like Wood’s cards, these apexed at about $10-12 each, but now can be found for $1 apiece.  With only Wes Helms keeping him out of the Marlins’ lineup, I think that grabbing a couple of McPherson’s chrome RC’s could provide some rapid bang for the buck.  True, the market for Florida Marlins players is weak, McPherson has the kind of juice in his bat that could produce runs in bunches, which would assuredly raise the value of his cards over a short period of time.


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