Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 21, 2008

7/20 AAA Minor League Report

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Here’s the rundown from AAA on Sunday…

 

David Huff

  • 5 IP  6H 2K (L)—Pitching well since promotion to Buffalo (2-3 3.19 ERA 50K/48IP)

 

Brett Clevlen

  • 3-4 HR(17) 2 RBI 2R—.333 3 HR 5 RBI 10 R last 10 games

 

Jeff Samardzija

  • 6 IP 2H ER BB 9K—Solid at Iowa (4-1 3.13 ERA 40K/37IP)

 

Josh Whitesell

  • 3-4 2 HR( 18 ) 3R—.432 2 HR 8 RBI 16 H last 10 games

 

Wladimir Balentien

  • 2-3 HR(15) 2 RBI 3R 2BB—HR in 4 straight games (.400 7 HR 15 RBI last 10 games)

 

Rob Johnson

  • 2-4 HR(7) RBI 2R BB—Playing really well since Jeff Clement’s promotion

 

Nelson Cruz

  • 1-4 HR(31) 2 RBI—.353 6 HR 12 RBI 10 R last 10 games

 

Joe Mather

  • 2-4 HR(17) 2 RBI—.306 41 RBI 1.046 OPS

 

Eric Patterson

  • 2-4 2R 2B 3B RBI BB 2 SB(14)—.417 1.336 OPS at Sacramento

 

Travis Buck

  • 1-2 2B 2 RBI 2BB—.297 2 HR 16 RBI 21 R in 38 games at AAA

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

Got Bandaids?

Got Bandaids?

Well, I must admit that I had a pretty big man crush on Travis Buck last spring as he was tearing it up during Spring Training.  I loaded up on dozens of his Topps Chrome Update autos and Bowman Chrome Draft RC’s expecting him to fulfill his .300 20 HR 80 RBI potential right out of the gate.  Instead, he suffered injury after injury throughout the whole season.  With high hopes, I purchased even more of his cards (albiet at basement prices) during the off season knowing that his history of injuries was merely an abberation and that 2008 would be a new season.  Instead of a rennaissance, his career has taken a Great Depression-like turn as he has hit just .160 for Oakland with 28 punchouts in 26 games.  At Sacramento, Buck has quite a bit better hitting .297 scoring 21 runs in 38 games, but he has hit just 2 HR in 106 AB’s.  At an athletic 6-3 225 lbs.,  it is reasonable to expect more power production from Travis.  When (or if) healthy, Buck can hit 20-25 HR a season at the MLB level.  Buck has rookie cards in the 2005 Bowman Products and Topps Chrome Update.  Currently, his only first year autos in the Topps Chrome Update set sell for $5-7 each and his Bowman Chrome cards can be had for 50 cents to $1 each. 

 

Market Advice: I still love Buck but his injuries are severely diminishing his chances of being a star player.  Oakland is chocked full of young outfielders from Oakland on down the farm.  Buck needs a change of scenery preferrably to a hitter’s park.  Trading prospects for stars is not the Oakland A way though and the clock is ticking on the 24 year old’s still promising career.  5 bucks for one Buck seems to be a good BUY for his autos.  If you are like me and have a plethora of his cards HOLD and hope for better health and more AB’s.

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