Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 4, 2008

7/2 AA Minor League Report

Let’s take a gander at who did what in last night’s games.

Michael Daniel 2-5 2R 2B—Could he be a top of the order guy for the Nationals?


Bill Rhinehart  1-3 HR(12) 3 RBI BB—’07 Draftee has played at 3 levels this season (.300 70 RBI)


David Hernandez  6.1 4H 3BB 4K (ND)—Now at 100 K’s and allowed only 2 ER his last 4 starts


J.P. Arencibia  2-4 HR(16) RBI—.290 3 HR in 48 AA AB’s


Stephen Head  2-5 HR(7) RBI—.381 4 HR 9 RBI last 10 games


Jason Donald  2-4 HR(10) 5 RBI BB—.298 42 RBI .877 OPS


Bubba Bell  2-4 HR(13) 5 RBI 2R 2B—.298 46 RBI (.337 26 HR 105 RBI last year)


Austin Jackson  1-4 3B R 2 RBI BB—.274 8 HR 49 RBI 13 SB


Justin Turner  5-5 HR(4) 3 RBI—.385 3 HR 8 RBI last 10 games


Sean Henry  2-4 3 RBI 2B R SB(13)—.301 6 HR 41 RBI


John Raynor  3-3 R 2B BB SB(30)—.297 6 HR 27 RBI (nice top of the lineup potential)


Chris Volstad  6IP 7H 3ER 2BB 4K (L)—Up and down season for bright Marlins prospect


Scott Elbert  3IP 2H 1R BB K—1st start of season after pitching in relief


Alcides Escobar  2-4 2R—.331 w/ 120 hits


Jeremy Hellickson  4IP 5H 2ER 3K (ND)—Better than his last start (He’ll adapt to AA hitters)


BUY/SELL Analysis

J.P. Arencibia has fast tracked his way through the Blue Jays farm system and has set himself up well to be Toronto’s everyday catcher as early as next April.  With 16 HR and 72 RBI’s over two levels and a solid all-around defensive game behind the plate, Arencibia seems to have gotten past lingering back and wrist injuries that hampered his performance over the last two years.  J.P. is a very aggressive hitter who does not walk often (11 times in 300 AB’s this year) which will need to change in order to hit for decent average at the major league level.  Arencibia’s 1st year autographed cards are found in the 2007 Bowman Stelring and Elite Extra sets.  The Sterlings sell for $8-10 each and the Elite Extras (redemptions #/500) sell for about the same.  J.P. also has a 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects auto that sells for $12-15 each.

Market Advice: Arencibia is one of several good young, power hitting A.L. catchers like Jeff Clement, Matt Wieters, Jesus Montero, and Max Ramirez that should spark some enthusiasm amongst collectors.  For a catcher who can hit 20-25 HR at the major league level, $10 bucks for a 1st year auto is a definite must BUY.


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