Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 23, 2008

8/22 High A Minor League Report

With the Florida State League virtually underwater, the prospect list is a little shorter than usual…

Cedric Hunter

  • 2-3 2R 2B RBI BB—.321 94 R 176H 10 HR 77 RBI 12 SB (just 20 years old)

 

Ryan Mount

  • 2-4 HR(15) 4 RBI 2R—.286 3 HR 7 RBI 10 R last 10 games

 

Jordan Walden

  • 6 IP 3H ER 2BB 4K (W)—4-2 4.10 ERA 36K/37IP with Rancho Cucamonga

 

Josh Donaldson

  • 3-4 2 2B 3 RBI—.333 7 RBI 6 2B last 10 games

 

Scott Mitchinson

  • 4.2 IP 4 H 2 ER BB 4K—Decent debut with Stockton (moves past Craig Italiano)

 

Ryan Kalish

  • 1-5 HR(5) 3 RBI—.308 2 HR 11 rbI in 9 games with Lancaster

 

Kris Negron

  • 5-5 2 HR( 8 ) 5 rBI 3R 3B—.381 7 HR 19 RbI 5 SB in 23 games with Lancaster

 

Felix Doubrant

  • 5 IP 3H BB 9K (W)—Oustanding Lancaster debut (I like this kid)

 

Carlos Rivero

  • 1-5 HR(6) RbI—Power will develop read more below

 

Colin DeLome

  • 2-4 2B 3B 2R 2 RBI BB—.250 22 HR 71 RBI (great athleticism)

 

Koby Clemens

  • 2-2 2 RBI 2B R 2BB—.275 7 HR 50 RBI

 

Wilkin De La Rosa

  • 5 IP 4H 2Bb 3K (W)—2-1 1.10 ERA 15K/16IP with Tampa (3 games)

 

Todd Frazier

  • 3-5 2 RBI 2B R—.296 19 HR 73 RBI 83 R over two levels

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

They grow their SS big in Venezuela

They grow their SS big in Venezuela

While many prospectors will be chasing around base cards of Dominic Brown, Hector Gomez, Juan Francisco, and others, one young Cleveland Indians corner infield prospect has the potential to be as great as all of them.  Carlos Rivero signed as a free agent from Venezuela in 2005 as a shortstop whose defensive tools were above average for a guy of his stature (6-3 200 lb.).  Accompanying those skills is a swing that produces raw power to all fields and good bat speed.  Last season, Rivero played at Low-A Lake County where he hit.261 with 7 HR and 61 RBI in 115 games.  His BB/K ratio of 47/84 was not horrible, but his overall plate discipline is thought to need some refinement.  This season, Rivero is one of the younger players in the Carolina League and he has held his own, hitting .272 with 6 HR and 55 RBI.  His BB/K ratio has remained pretty consistent as well at 35/77.  Rivero’s cards are in the 2008 Bowman Chrome set and they are selling for 50-75 cents each.  His refractors are available for about $5 and his X-Fractors can be had for $7-9 each.

Market Advice: This is a guy to BUY.  Slick fielding shortstops of his size are few and far between.  At only 20 years old, Rivero has plenty of time to mature and develop into the power hitter he profiles to be.  I think he has enough range and agility to stay at shortstop, so long that he doesn’t get too big.  If he can, his value is sure to be greater than if he is relegated to a corner infield spot.  He has many kinks to work out in his game and his work ethic is a little bit of a concern.  I think that age has quite a bit to do with that and the Indians have proven to be an organization that develops their talent very well.  Long term, the benefits for this guy far outweight the costs.  Be patient!

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