Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 27, 2008

6/26 High A Minor League Report

It’s hard to sit and write when it is sunny and 75 degrees outside.  However, here are the reports from last night’s High A slate of games.

 

Josh Reddick

  • 2-5 2B 3 RBI—.345 12 HR 55 RBI (This guy’s cards are going to blow up when they debut!)

 

Chih-Hsien Chiang

  • 3-4 2B 2 RBI—.283 6 HR 38 RBI

 

Peter Bourjos

  • 4-5 HR(3) 3 RBI 2 R—.340 3 HR 30 RBI 37/39 SB Attempts

 

Henry Rodriguez

  • 5.2IP 3H 1ER 3BB 7K—3rd straight quality start since moving back to Stockton (Don’t rush him A’s)

 

Nick Weglarz

  • 2-5 HR(7) RBI 2R—.268 30 RBI 51BB/53K (Power has been disappointing this year)

 

Jared Goedert

  • 1-2 HR(7) RBI 2BB—.279 42 RBI

P.J. Phillips

  • 2-3 HR(3) 2 RBI 2R 2 SB(19)—.248 3 HR 32 RBI (Brandon Phillips’ younger brother)

 

Matt Wieters

  • 2-4 HR(15) 2B 2 RBI BB—.345 40 RBI 44BB/49K (Promote this guy already!)

 

Joe Dickerson

  • 2-4 3B R RBI—.319 5 HR 44 RBI 23 SB (Keep watch for his first cards)

 

Jamie Romak

  • 1-3 HR(12) RBI 2R—.291 34 RBI .577 SLG

 

Todd Frazier

  • 4-5 2B RBI—Will he make another jump this season to AA?

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

 

OK, how ’bout a couple of 2007 high draftees?  Matt Wieters, the 5th pick of the draft and recipient of a Boras induced $6 million bonus, has done everything this season to rationalize the Orioles’ sizeable investment in him.  With prodigious power from both sides of the plate and a massive 6-5 230 lb. frame.  Wieters is a masher in the making.  Wieters is no slouch behind the plate either, with a plus plus arm and superb receiving skills.  Having proven himself completely at High A, I would expect Wieters to get a promotion to AA Bowie sooner rather than later.  Matt Weiters has 1st year autographed cards in 2007 Elite Extra (#ed to 799).  Be prepared to pay out the nose for these babies, as his regular issue cards sell for about $75-80 each.  He also has autographed patch cards in that series that sell for a more reasonable $55-60.

Market Advice: That’s a whole lot of cake to pay for a star player at High A.  If you are blessed enough to have one of the Elite Extra autos in your possession, SELL!  That chunk of change could be spent much more effectively on a variety of high upside, lower cost players who are not so prominent on collectors’ radar screens.  However, stay tuned for 2008 issues of his cards which may be more reasonably priced.

 

 

Todd Frazier was a supplimental 1st round pick by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rutgers in last year’s draft.  A 6-3 215 lb slugger, his lack of footspeed and strong arm will, at some point, necessitate a move to 3rd base.  Frazier began the season in Low A Dayton where he tore the cover off of the ball to the tune of a .321 BA with 7 HR and 20 RBI.  He has continued his torrid hitting at Sarasota with a .299 avg. and 6 HR.  Frazier has raw power that could translate to 20-25 HR per season.  Frazier’s first year cards can be found in 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft, Bowman Sterling, and Elite Extra.  All are autographed versions with the Bowman Chrome Draft being the most expensive at $18-20 each.  These cards were redemptions, which always interest me, as it is never certain how many actually get redeemed.  His Sterlings sell for about $10-13 each and his Elite Extras (#’ed to 774) sell for about the same as the Sterlings.

Market Advice:  These are solid BUY cards.  Frazier is likely two seasons away from Cincinnati and I am interested to see how he plays at AA or, perhaps, in Arizona this fall.  I like Frazier’s offensive upside and his ability to be a solid MLB 3B.

 

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