Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 1, 2008

6/30 AA Minor League Report

Lots and lots of notable performances at AA last night!  Feel free to contribute your own thoughts!


Nolan Reimold

  • 1-4 HR(11) RBI—Steady season but he needs a power burst to make his next jump.


Brett Cecil

  • 5 IP 5H BB K (ND)—3-0 2.68 ERA 41 K in last 10 games


Josh Rodriguez

  • 2-5 2B R RBI—.341 8 RBI last 10 games


Jeremy Slayden

  • 2-5 HR(11) 3 RBI 2R—.350 2 HR 10 RBI last 10 games (aging prospect needs promotion)


Josh Outman

  • 3.1 IP 1H 1K (W)—Now a middle reliever?  Say bye bye to his prospect status.


Austin Jackson

  • 1-5 HR( 8 ) RBI—.179 HR 2 RBI last 10 games


Alcides Escobar

  • 3-6 RBI—.325 7 HR 52 RBI 21 SB (bat has caught up with his glove skills)


Mat Gamel

  • 3-5 2B 2 RBI BB—.465 20 Hits HR 10 RBI last 10 games (212 Total Bases already!!!)


Cole Gillespie

  • 3-4 2 2B 2R 2 RBI BB SB(9)—Overlooked former OSU Beaver has 28 doubles and 10 HR


Mike Wilson

  • 2-4 HR(19) 2 RBI BB SB(5)—.272 56 RBI .925 OPS


Kala Kaaihue

  • 2-3 2 HR(10) 3 RBI 2R BB—Nice performance for Kila’s brother


Tommy Hanson

  • 3 IP 5H ER 3BB 2K—So so performance after no-hit gem


Chris Johnson

  • 1-3 HR(10) 3 RBI BB—.331 47 RBI .534 SLG (Astros’ 3B of the future coming to a product near you)

Daniel Cortes

  • 5 IP 5H 3ER 2BB 5K (W)—Only blemish on this outing was a 3-Run HR (3-3 now at AA)


Dexter Fowler

  • 3-6 RBI—Continues hot hitting (.341 11 RBI last 10 games)


Chad Huffman

  • 2-3 2B RBI—.299 6 HR 41 RBI (2006 2nd round selection should produce more power)


Thomas Diamond

  • 4 IP 9H 9ER 3BB K (L)—A rough in the Diamond (had to work in that dumb pun)


Javier Herrera

  • 2-4 HR(1) 2 RBI—Loads of potential in this oft injured and underperforming prospect


Allen Craig

  • 2-4 2B 3 RBI—.325 6 RBI last 10 games

BUY/SELL Analysis

Cole Gillespie is a polished outfield prospect with decent MLB level athleticism, speed and throwing arm.  He comes from a dynamite Oregon State program that produces solid, baseball savvy prospects.  As a hitter, Gillespie profiles as a .290-.300 hitter with 20 HR power in the left field slot.  Unfortunately for him, he is in a Brewers organization that boasts a wealth of talent (Matt Laporta, Lorenzo Cain, Michael Brantley, Caleb Gindl, and potentially, Mat Gamel) in the outfield.  Gillespie’s 1st year cards can be found in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set and autographs in the Bowman Sterling set.  His Sterling autos sell for $3-4 each and his chrome prospect cards can be acquired in bulk at 50 cents-$1.00 each.  I would love to see this guy get an opportunity with another franchise with bigger market exposure and a corner outfield opening (Post-Raul Ibanez Seattle comes to mind).

Market Advice: If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I L-O-V-E prospects like Gillespie that are overlooked in strong organizations.  Gazing into my crystal ball, I see Gillespie going to the Arizona Fall league and taking a major step forward in his development.  Gillespie’s cards are a very strong BUY, especially the autos.  Get ’em in bunches at under $5 a pop right now and thank me later!


Ok, in the vein of overlooked, polished former college players, I bring you Chad Huffman!  Huffman was a 2nd round selection by the San Diego Padres in 2006 out of TCU.  Last season Huffman split time between High A  Lake Elsinore and AA San Antonio, hitting .294 with 24 HR and 100 RBI.  Analysts say that Huffman is a very aggressive player with great work ethic but a long swing and limited athleticism that will be exploited at higher levels.  This season it seems that Huffman has been working on limiting his strikeouts (54 in 73 games) but it has cut into his power production (6 HR 41 RBI).  Huffman has autographed 1st year cards in the 2006 Bowman and Chrome DP set and Bowman Sterling.  His chromes sell for $6-8 each, but the refractors are only going for a few bucks more at $12-14 each.  His Sterlings sell in the $5-7.50 range.


Market Advice:  While I am not as excited about Huffman as I am Gillespie, I do think that acquiring an auto of his is a good BUY at current prices.  I would like to see Huffman increase his power production and finish strong at AA.


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