Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 27, 2008

6/26 Class A Minor League Report

Now that the mid-season All-Star and championship games are finished, we are back to a full slate of games. Today, I will start from Low A and work my way up.  Here are the notable performances…

 

Matt Dominguez

  • 3-5 RBI—.339 2 HR 10 RBI last 10 games

 

Tommy Hickman

  • 1-4 HR(8) 2 RBI BB—.220 8 HR 38 RBI 37BB/55K

 

Charlie Culberson

  • 2-4 2R RBI—.313 HR 9 RBI last 10 games

 

Steffan Wilson

  • 2-4 2 2B 2R—.270 14 HR 48 RBI

 

Zack Cozart

  • 2-5 HR(9) RBI 2R—.259 22 RBI

Jamie Ortiz

  • 1-2 HR(9) RBI 2BB—.275 3 HR 10 RBI last 10 games

 

Andrew Lambo

  • 3-4 RBI R SB(2)—.286 8 HR 48 RBI

 

Ben Revere

  • 2-4 3B R—.416 now batting 3rd for Beloit

 

Corey Brown

  • 2-5 HR(12) 3 RBI 2B—.368 3 HR 11 RBI 4 SB last 10 games

 

Michael Pineda

  • 8IP 4H 2ER 3BB 7K—5-3 1.43 ERA 57K/63IP

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

Ben Revere was a surprise 1st round high school selection by the Twins in 2007, but he proved doubters wrong by hitting .325 for the Twins in the Gulf Coast League with 21 SB.  This season at Beloit, Revere has put up astonishing numbers hitting .416 with 7 triples 29 RBI and 22 SB.  Revere has a good feel for the stike zone and is a very good defensive CF.  Although he is small (5-9 165 lb) he lashes line drives all over the field and could develop some power.  He works hard and is a confident player.  Revere has all the tools to be an exciting, game changing, top of the order hitter for the Twins within the next 2-3 seasons.  Revere has an autographed card in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft set and Bowman Sterling.  He also has an auto in the 2007 Elite Extra (serial #’ed to 700).  Currently, the chromes sell for $15 while his refractors sell for about $25.  The Elite Extra autos sell for about $6-8 each and the Sterlings for $9-12 each with refractors (#’ed to 199) selling in the $20-25 range.

Market Advice: Revere’s lack of power may be a turn off to many collectors, but I think that Revere will develop enough to become a superb top of the order hitter in the lines of Ichiro, Jacoby Ellsbury and Johnny Damon.  I think his cards are a super BUY at their current prices, but may even be cheaper if he earns a promotion and doesn’t quite replicate his stellar numbers.  Make no mistake, Revere is going to be an impact player in a couple of years.

Corey Brown is, perhaps, the most athletic player in the Athletics’ organization.  A supplimental 1st rounder in the 2007 draft, Brown is a somewhat raw player with superior power potential and good speed.  One major bugaboo with Brown is his proclivity to swing and miss atat pitches.  This season Brown has punched out 85 times in 73 games, while walking 36 times.  Brown profiles as a rightfielder with plus range and a plus plus arm.  He should be a 20/20 player in the next two seasons.  Brown has two cards in the Bowman Chrome Draft set.  He has an auto and a base card.  This has happened with several other prospects over the last season, like Alex Gordon and Cameron Maybin.  As case history has shown, the autos have exponentially more value, while the base cards tend to get overlooked.  Currently, Brown’s base cards sell for 50 cents to $1 each while the autos regularly are sold at $8-10.

 

Market Advice: Brown is a raw 22 year old prospect who has a high offensive ceiling.  I would BUY any autos you can get your hands on within the $8-10 range.  Refractors go for about $15-18 each and are solid investments as well.  Keep a close eye to Brown’s development as he advances.  I would venture to bet that the A’s want to see what this Oklahoma State product can do at Stockton this season. 

 

 

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