Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 14, 2008

7/13 AAA Minor League Report

Hello to all of you readers!  I see that my last post on the top 10 MLB debuts has gotten a little attention from you all!  Thanks for checking it out, and as always, feel free to post feedback!  I love hearing from you and talking about the greatest game ever invented.


Well, it’s been way too long since I picked through box scores to see who is doing what.  This last week was crazy for me as my wife and I celebrated our 9th anniversary and I helped my church with its annual arts and sports camps.  What a blessing that week was, but it is nice to get back to the box scores and my wild hypotheses :).

Here’s what happened at AAA on Sunday…


Juan Miranda

  • 2-5 2B RBI—.333 HR 4 RBI last 10 games (Giambi’s great season keeps him down)


Steven Pearce

  • 2-4 R SB( 8 )—He’ll be back with the Bucs in September


Scott Downs

  • 3-5 HR(17) RBI SB(15) 2B 2R—4th straight multi hit game


Eric Patterson

  • 3-5 HR(9) 2 RBI 3R 2B—HR in 3 straight games (.474 w/ 8 RBI since joining A’s)


Jeff Bailey

  • 4-6 2 2B 2R RBI—Back in AAA after brief and unproductive MLB stint (0-5 4 K’s)


Wade LeBlanc

  • 6 IP 5H ER 3K—Good outing in ugly season (7-7 6.46 ERA 90K/89IP)


Daryl Thompson

  • 6 IP 5H 2ER 3BB 4K—5-0 2.95 ERA @ AAA


Shane Robinson

  • 3-5 RBI SB(14)—.330 5 HR 39 RBI @ AA and AAA


Mitch Boggs

  • 7 IP 4H 2 ER 2BB 5K—6-1 3.09 ERA (3-1 with Cardinals)


Brian LaHair

  • 3-5 2 2B RBI R—.264 12 HR 53 RBI (Will Seattle give him a look at 1B?)


BUY/SELL Analysis

Well, I have written about many of today’s top performers in the past, but today is the first day we will discuss someone for the second time.  Eric Patterson has taken to the recent trade like a fish to water.  4 games after being dealt to the A’s with some other teammates for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin, Patterson has been unstoppable hitting HR’s in 3 consecutive games and bashing 8 RBIs.  Of course, it would be foolish to expect that Patterson will maintain this pace, but he is showing the A’s very quickly that he can be a servicable option to replace Mark Ellis who is a free agent after this season.  Patterson has the capability to be a 20/20 player at 2B which could garner him some All-Star votes in future seasons.  At age 25, Patterson’s MLB career needs to get started soon in order for his cards to enjoy a prolonged boost in value.  Currently, his 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Autos (#’ed to 1,571) sell for $4-5 each and his ’04 SP Prospects cards sell for $12-15.

Market Advice: I think that this trade has revamped Patterson’s career.  Now with a new ball club, Patterson has an opportunity to be a big league regular by next season.  This season at AAA has been his finest yet as his numbers across the board have improved.  BUY a couple of autos now and SELL when he goes on a hot streak in the green and gold.


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