Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 30, 2008

7/29 AAA Minor League Report

Lots of action from good prospects who were not so good in their brief MLB stints this season.  Here’s a peek…

 

Victor Diaz

  • 2-4 2 HR(21) 4 RBI BB—.291 21 HR 76 RBI (Astros castaway reborn in Tacoma)

 

Luis Valbuena

  • 4-4 2 HR(11) 4 RBI—.285 11 HR 51 RBI 45BB/47K over two levels

 

Brett Hayes

  • 3-5 HR(9) 3 RBI—.406 3 HR 8 RBI 10 R last 10 games

 

Brandon Wood

  • 2-4 HR(22) RBI 2R 2B BB—Sizzling over last 10 games (.405 5 HR 7 RBI 11 R)

 

Joe Koshansky

  • 2-5 HR(20) RBI 2R—Is Koshansky the next Ryan Shealy?

 

Josh Whitesell

  • 3-4 HR(20) 4 RBI 2R BB—.318 20 HR 81 RBI .955 OPS 

 

Blake Dewitt

  • 3-4 HR(2) 4 RBI BB—Had a full time gig in L.A. for most of the season (I hope you’ve sold already)

 

Trevor Crowe

  • 3-5 HR(6) RBI 3B 3R BB SB(14)—Heating up at AAA

 

Reid Brignac

  • 2-5 HR( 8 ) 3 RBI 2R 2B—Slumping big time since demotion (.184 17 K in last 10 games)

 

Justin Ruggiano

  • 3-4 HR(9) 2 RBI 2 2B 2R—Could be nice 4th OF for someone

 

Ian Kennedy

  • 6 IP 3H ER 3BB 5K—Superb in his last 3 starts 2 ER in 20 IP and 14 K’s

 

Chris Dickerson

  • 1-3 2R 2B 2BB SB(24)—.375 3 HR 7 RBI 8 R 4 SB last 10 games

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

May be the most invisible 20 HR prospect

May be the most invisible 20 HR prospect

Josh Whitesell was completely off of collectors’ radars before the 2008 season.  As a member of the Washington Nationals farm system, Whitesell progressed steadily through each level showing good power, and ability to draw walks and high strikeout numbers.  Now as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Whitesell’s production is no different as he is hitting .318 with 20 HR and 81 RBI.  Whitesell’s 51 walks has contributed to a sterling .410 OBP, but his 112 K’s in 103 games is excessive.  Whitesell’s first cards came in the 2003 Prospect Premieres set with a jersey card XRC.  These cards can be found for $2-3 each, but are difficult to find en masse.  Perhaps a more plentiful RC can be found in the 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects card which can be found in bulk selling at 30-70 cents each. 

Market Advice:  Whitesell turned 26 this season, which means that his status as a prospect is slipping.  He is someone who could step into a lineup and provide some immediate results, but I don’t see him having a prolonged major league career as a starting player.  Arizona seems to have 1st base pretty locked up with Conor Jackson and Chad Tracy, so Whitesell would need a change of location to garner any playing time.  Regardless, Whitesell is a low-risk, low-ceiling player who may produce sporadically at the major league level.  Timed just right, a hot streak by Whitesell in an MLB jersey could produce some decent revenue from his nicer cards  If you have some of his refractors or jersey cards, HOLD and see if he gets a look in September.  Long term, I would opt to BUY younger more projectible prospects rather than trying to time the market on buying and White-selling (ok, that’s corny).

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