Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 7, 2008

7/6 AAA Minor League Report

Well, with all of the recent call ups, AAA is becoming a more sparse harvest.  Regardless, here are some key performances from Sunday’s games.


Hernan Irribarren

  • 2-5 2R RBI—Forgotten about Brewers infield prospect may need a change of scenery


Terry Tiffee

  • 2-4 HR(6) 2B 2 RBI—Not really a prospect anymore, but hitting .385 this year at AAA


Josh Whitesell

  • 2-3 2B 2 RBI BB—.291 16 HR 62 RBI


Matt Brown

  • 2-4 HR( 18 ) 2B 2 RBI—.328 56 RBI


Dallas McPherson

  • 2-4 2B RBI R—.309 31 HR 67 RBI (What, no homerun tonight?)


Cliff Pennington

  • 1-2 2R 3BB—.276 2 HR 27 RBI 72 R


Brian Bixler

  • 1-3 2B 2R 2BB—.277 5 HR 30 RBI


Jed Lowrie

  • 1-3 2B 2R 2BB–Should get another look in September


Josh Anderson

  • 2-3 3 RBI BB 2 SB(19)—Not enough punch or OBP ability to be a top of the order hitter


David Purcey

  • 7IP 4H BB 7K (W)—7-6 2.77 ERA 107K/104IP


BUY/SELL Analysis

Jed Lowrie is not an under the radar prospect anymore.  Last season Lowrie was tabbed the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year hitting .298 with 13 HR 70 RBI and 82 runs scored.  Lowrie struggled early this spring but was allowed a chance to debut with the Red Sox where he hit .310 in 17 games with a HR and 7 RBI.  Lowrie has enough defensive accumen to play SS but, with Julio Lugo locked up through 2010, and Dustin Pedroia’s emergence as an All-Star 2B, it seems reasonable to suspect that Lowrie will be utilized as a late season or off season trading chip.  Lowrie’s 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft cards were selling for $5-6 each when he was playing with the Sox earlier this season.  Now his chrome cards can be purchased for $2.50-3.75 each.  His 2005 Bowman Sterling Jersey Autos, once selling for $50 each, now can be available for half as much.

Market Advice: Hmm…There is some definite uncertainty as to Lowrie’s future.  My gut tells me he will be dealt at some point this season.  The Red Sox are in a dog fight for a division title with the emerging Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees are showing signs of their customary late season surge.  Lowrie would be a valuable piece to package in order to snag another big bat or arm.  From a prospecting standpoint this could be a bittersweet proposal.  Positively, a deal would usher Lowrie into a big league lineup sooner, where he has potential to be a solid #2 hitter with 10-15 HR pop and a .290-300 average.  Negatively, his departure from the Red Sox will affect his potential media and card market exposure.  My position is to  BUY his cards at their current prices, especially the Sterlings, and hope that he gets to crack the Red Sox line up again.  Be prepared to SELL if his prices approach where they were earlier this spring when he donned the red and white at Fenway.


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