Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 21, 2008

8/20 AAA Minor League Report

Ho-Hum night at AAA and my caffeine high is rapidly wearing off.  While there were lots of nice performances, most were by non-prospects.  Here’s the short list of more significant AAA performances…

Travis Snider

  • 2-4 2B RBI—.359 HR 10 RBI in 11 games at Syracuse (playing for a Sept. callup)

 

Trevor Plouffe

  • 2-4 2 2B 5 RBI R—Nice night in an otherwise mediocre season

 

Anthony Swarzak

  • 6 IP 5H ER BB 6K (W)—4-0 2.10 ERA 18K/30IP since AAA promotion

 

John Jaso

  • 1-1 HR(11) 2 RBI 3BB 2R—.282 11 HR 63 RBI 71BB/43K

 

Jeff Niemann

  • 9 IP 4H 6K (W)–Rays are L-O-A-D-E-D with young pitching!

 

Brandon Wood

  • 2-4 HR(29) 3 RBI—.343 2 HR 9 RBI 8 BB last 10 games (taking BB’s now? watch out!)

 

Brad Nelson

  • 4-5 2 HR(16) 4 RBI 2R—.292 16 HR 71 RBI 72 BB 13 SB

 

Brett Hayes

  • 1-3 HR(10) RBI BB—.252 10 HR 29 RBI in 84 games

 

Blake Dewitt

  • 3-5 2 HR(4) 4 RBI 2B—Nice night breaks him out of 5-35 slump

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

September Walk-on?

September Walk-on?

John Jaso…ever heard of him?  He may be the best catcher in the entire Tampa Bay Rays organization (yes even better than All-Star Dioner Navarro).  Jaso was a 2003 12th round draft pick out of Southwestern CC.  Shoulder problems have impeded his progress as a top catching prospect but solid health this season has helped him advance to AAA.  Jaso does not have a sweet swing, in fact, it has been described by some as being “ugly”.  However, like the prototypical catcher, he is gritty and disciplined garnering 71 walks vs. 43 K’s this season.  Jaso is a debutante in the 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects set with an autographed card.  Early market returns show this card selling for anywhere from $5-10 each.

Market Advice: $10 seems high for someone with a limited ceiling and health concerns.  However, his bat can play at the major league level and he has enough defensive skills to pose as a challenge to Dioner Navarro or Shawn Riggans.  Jaso might get a look in Sept, and I am a little interested to see how he handles major league pitching.  I might take a flier on his cards if I can get them for $4-5 each, but not $10.

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