Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 4, 2008

7/2 Low Class A Minor League Report

There wasn’t too much that happened in Wednesday night’s games, but here are some notable performances.  Feel free to add your own.


Adrian Ortiz   2-4 2 RBI 2R—.311 2 HR 25 RBI 26 SB 109 Hits


Corey Brown   3-4 3 RBI R—.429 3 HR 13 RBI last 10 games


Jay Brossman   3-5 HR( 8 ) RBI 2R—.262 8 HR 38 RBI 12 SB


Engel Beltre   3-4 R—.278 4 Hr 28 RBI 11 SB


Jered Stanley   2-3 2R—Tearing it up at Greenville (.383 9 HR 25 RBI 1.136 OPS)


Daryl Maday   6IP 3H BB 7K (W)—7-4 1.47 78K/86IP


Kelvin De La Cruz   4.1 IP 9H 3ER 4K—6-3 1.74 ERA 74K/78IP (Watch this guy!)


Derek Mitchell   2-5 2B RBI R—.261 7 HR 43 RBI (Needs better plate discipline 10BB/48K)


BUY/SELL Analysis

Engel Beltre was acquired by the Rangers from the Red Sox in the one-sided Eric Gagne trade.  Beltre, still just 18, oozes 5-tool potential.  He is having a solid season at Clinton, hitting .280 with 4 HR 28 RBI and 11 SB.  However, the rawness of Beltre is equally apparent as his plate discipline (7BB/64K) and 7 times caught stealing are areas that need to, and likely will, be improved.  Beltre profiles as a very good defensive CF with plus power and above average speed.  Beltre’s first year cards are in the 2008 Bowman and Chrome Prospects set and, I am sure that autographed versions in Bowman Sterling and, perhaps, in the upcoming Bowman Chrome set.  Currently, his chrome base cards are selling for $1.25-2.00 each with refractors (#/599) selling for $8-12 each.

Market Advice: Beltre has plenty of seasons to develop into the All-Star he is capable of being.  While he is a long ways off, his cards are worth purchasing en masse now at their current prices.  Watch for the upcoming autos and snag a couple of those as well.


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