Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 16, 2008

7/14 Low A Minor League Report

Typically, I begin each minor league report at the AAA level and work my way down to Low-A.  Often, I run out of time to research the Low-A box scores, so today, I will work in reverse order!  To my delight, and hopefully yours, there was an abundance of superb performances by top prospects in the MIdwest and South Atlantic Leagues.  Here’s the rundown…

 

Freddie Freeman

  • 3-3 3 2B 2 RBI—.314 14 HR 69 RBI 28 2B .910 OPS (love this kid!)

 

Jason Heyward

  • 2-3 R—.329 8 HR 43 RBI 14 SB .395 OBP (everyone loves this kid!)

 

Cole Rohrbough

  • 5 IP 2H 3BB 8K (W)—Big outing in otherwise rough season (5.65 ERA but 47K/35IP)

 

Everth Cabrera

  • 3-5 2B R 2 RBI 3 SB(57)—.294 4 HR 30 RBI 61 R

 

Cory Riordan

  • 9 IP 6H ER 3BB 8K—7-7 3.49 ERA 114K/20BB

 

Thomas Neal

  • 3-4 2 HR(10) 5 RBI 2R—.269 58 RBI

 

Tyler Henson

  • 2-5 2 RBI—.284 4 HR 37 RBI 14 SB

 

Dominic Brown

  • 2-4 3B BB SB(16)—.300 7 HR 43 RBI (star in the making)

 

Michael Burgess

  • 3-5 2B 2 RBI R—.269 18 HR 58 RBI 112K/90 games

 

Steffan Wilson

  • 2-5 HR(15) 2 RBI R—.276 63 RBI 60 R

 

Brad Suttle

  • 2-5 2R 2B 2 RBI BB SB(2)—.300 2 HR 6 RBI 9R last 10 games

 

Austin Romine

  • 4-5 3R 2 2B HR(4) 2 RBI SB(2)—.286 24 RBI

 

Dellin Betances

  • 4 IP 7H 5ER BB 6K—Up and down injury riddled season (88K/75IP)

 

Engel Beltre

  • 2-5 HR(7) RBI SB(13)—.313 3 HR 5 RBI 11R last 10 games

 

Timothy Smith

  • 3-4 HR(5) RBI—.304 50 RBI 10 SB

 

Richard Castillo

  • 5.2 IP 5H 2ER 6K (W)—5-1 2.01 ERA 44K/45IP

 

Neftali Soto

  • 3-4 3 RBI—.392 5 HR 19 RBI 1.146 OPS (in only 97 AB’s)

 

Jonathan Kibler

  • 7 IP 5H ER 2BB 4K (W)—9-3 1.84 ERA 85K/107IP (.179 BAA)

 

Alex Liddi

  • 1-3 HR(3) RBI—.237 32 RBI 12 SB (raw and young Italian import, athletic and projectible)

 

Jeremy Hefner

  • 6 IP H ER BB 3K (W)—7-3 3.38 ERA 101K/96IP

 

David Lough

  • 2-4 HR( 8 ) RBI SB(10)—.269 38 RBI 8 3B

 

Justin Jackson

  • 3-5 2B R SB(12)–.268 2 HR 4 RBI 7 R last 10 games

 

Danny Duffy

  • 4 IP 7H 2 ER BB 5K—4-4 3.27 ERA 68K/52IP

 

Jordan Walden

  • 7.2 IP 6H ER BB 9K—only 3 ER in last 38 IP w/35 K’s (starting to dominate)

 

Bryan Morris

  • 5 IP 4H BB 8K—1-0 2 ER last 4 starts w/24 K’s

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

I’ve been waiting to write about Freddie Freeman for a long time.  Freeman was a 2007 2nd round pick by the Atlanta Braves out of a high school in Orange, California.  Drafted at 17 yrs. old, Freeman showed promising power at the Braves rookie level ball in the GCL.  This season, Freeman has blossomed hitting .314 with 14 HR and 69 RBI.  His 28 doubles show me that he is just scratching the surface of his power potential.  Freeman has a statuesque 6-5 225lb. that should easily produce 30-40 HR per season for the Braves.  Freeman has 1st year cards in the 2007 Bowman Draft and Chrome set and in the ’07 Bowman Sterling set.  Currently, his chrome cards sell for $2.00-2.50 each which is double what they were selling for at the beginning of this season.  His refractors can be had at $10-12 apiece.  The Bowman Sterling cards are non-autographed base cards which currently command a price of $4-6 on Ebay when you can find them.

Market Advice:  Freeman is not an unknown commodity anymore, but he is also far from reaching his Morneau-like potential as a slugger.  $2.00 per chrome card is still a nice buy for a guy that will continue to ascend up every top prospect chart over the next couple of seasons.  BUY and HOLD Freeman’s cards as frequently as you can.

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