Posted by: portersprospectreport | June 28, 2008

6/26 AAA Minor League Report

Thursday’s AAA games offered an interesting mix of old and new prospect performances…

Wes Bankston

  • 2-4 HR(12) 5 RBI—.263 12 HR 44 RBI (I thought this guy would be a star hitter in ’02)

 

Jed Lowrie

  • 1-5 2B R 2RBI—He goes as Lu-goes

 

Chris Carter

  • 2-2 R 2B 2BB—Needs to DH for someone other than the BoSox

 

David Pauley

  • 7IP 4H 2BB 9K (W)—8-0 3.38 ERA last 10 games

 

Phillip Humber

  • 5IP 5H 2BB 6K (W)—4-6 5.19 47K/69IP (Another over-hyped Rice pitcher)

 

Dallas McPherson

  • 3-4 HR(26) 3 RBI BB–Hit his 27 HR on Friday night, now at 7 straight games!

 

Jai Miller

  • 3-4 2 HR(13) 3 RBI 2 SB(12)—Caustic blend of athleticism and attitude

 

Shane Robinson

  • 4-5 2B HR(3) 3 RBI—.342 31 RBI over AA & AAA (needs more power to be corner OF)

 

Bryan Anderson

  • 2-3 2R HR(3) 3 RBI—.342 31 RBI over AA and AAA (reminds me of Joe Mauer w/o wheels)

 

Jaime Garcia

  • 6.2IP 7H 3ER 10K (W)—7-5 3.34 ERA 93K/94IP over two levels (nice bounce back season)

 

Sean Rodriguez

  • 1-3 HR(8) 3 RBI 2R BB—Wasn’t ready for his promotion, let him regain his plate discipline and confidence at AAA

 

Wladimir Balentien

  • 2-4 HR(8) 3 RBI 2R BB—See Sean Rodriguez comments

 

Ian Stewart

  • 3-5 HR(13) RBI 2B—.287 47 RBI .631 SLG (power played well at Coors, plate discipline did not)

 

Nick Hundley

  • 2-5 HR(11) 3 RBI—My under the radar Padres prospect has not improved at the dish, but power is there.

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

 

Well of course we have to talk about Dallas McPherson.  Reborn within the Florida Marlins’ system, McPherson has gone on a power binge that has reopened the eyes of collectors and baseball enthusiasts alike.  Hitting 8 HR in his last 10 games, it is surprising that the Marlins have not given him a looksie yet.  If he was with an American League team, it would seem reasonable to expect that he would have already received some DH at bats already.  McPherson will get a look this summer and should produce some nice power numbers with the rest of the mashers in Florida.  McPherson has 1st year cards in the 2002 Bowman Draft and Chrome sets.  It is hard to gather a true market for his cards right now, as there is not a great supply available on Ebay right now.  I would venture to say that chromes can be attained for $2-3 each with refractors going for about $10.

 

Market Advice: McPherson is really hot right now, but he still punches out to the tune of about 1.2 times per game.  Regardless, I do not see Jorge Cantu and Wes Helms being long term solutions at 3B and Florida seems to be in a season-long fight for an NL post season berth, which would garner much needed national exposure for Florida’s bevy of talent.  Getting a couple of his chromes at $2-3 each are solid BUY cards.  If you have some of these in your inventory already, keep your eye on the market and be prepared to SELL if they reach the $6-8 range.

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