Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 26, 2008

6/25 AAA Minor League Report

Steven Pearce

  • 3-4 2 HR(11) 2 RBI 3R—Power is starting to come around

 

Neil Walker

  • 1-4 HR(12) RBI—.195 w/ 3 HR 6 RBI last 10 games

 

Francisco Lirano

  • 5.1 IP 9H 5ER BB 3K (W)—Ugly win for LIriano, but control still seems to be there)

 

Trevor Plouffe

  • 2-5 HR(4) 2B 3 RBI—1st HR since AAA promotion

 

Denard Span

  • 3-5 2 2B 2R—.343 3 HR 14 RBI 15 SB

George Kottaras

  • 2-4 2 HR(14) 2 RBI BB—.270 5 HR 9 RBI last 10

 

Chris Carter

  • 3-4 2R 2 RBI BB—.298 16 HR 58 RBI

 

Clay Buchholz

  • 6.2 5H ER 2BB 7K—Waiting for another opportunity to get to Fenway

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

 

Well…let’s see…I have done profiles for Pearce, Walker, Kotteras, and Buchholz already.  Let’s take a look at former top prospect and current rehabbing major leaguer Francisco Liriano.  Liriano, as we all know, is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery that obliterated his 2007 season and stymied the progress of a blossoming career.  Liriano, once tabbed as being the next Johan Santana, struggled mightily in his early season starts with Minnesota losing his first 3 starts with an 11.32 ERA and 13 BB in 10 innings.  Since his demotion, Liriano’s control has been good but he has had outings where he was hit hard.  AAA hitters are hitting .257 off of him which, on the surface, is not bad.  However, it is not indicative of the dominance that Lirano once portrayed and what collectors expect from him.  Liriano has several cards that are tabbed as RC’s, but his first year cards can be found in the 2002 Bowman and Bowman Chrome sets.  His best 2002 card is an autographed version in the Bowman’s Best set.  Expect to pay at least $50 for a Bowman’s Best auto and about $10-$15 for a Bowman Chrome version of his cards.

Market Advice: I do not believe that Lirano will ever replicate his performance from 2006.  While he still remains to be a somewhat young pitcher (24 yrs. old), there are many other younger players that have not reached their talent apexes as of yet.  If you have his cards, especially his Bowman’s Best RC’s…SELL!

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