Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 26, 2008

8/25 AAA Minor League Report

I am back after a couple days off!  Here’s what happened in last night’s AAA games

Kila Ka’aihue

  • 1-3 2B R 2BB—.320 35 HR 96 RBI 98 BB 1.096 OPS

 

Max Ramirez

  • 2-6 HR(21) 2 RBI—.316 2 HR 6 RBI in 5 games at Oklahoma

 

John Mayberry Jr.

  • 2-6 2B RBI—Rebounding after terrible July (.163 BA .536 OPS)

 

Justin Upton

  • 1-4 HR(13) RBI BB—.279 2 HR 5 RBI 18 K’s in 11 game rehab at Tucson

 

Jamie D’Antona

  • 3-4 RBI BB—Will he be a MLB player or AAAA roadie?

 

Ian Kennedy

  • 6 IP 4H 2 ER 2BB 9K (W)—4-3 3.00 ERA 53K/54IP last 10 games

 

Anthony Swarzak

  • 8 IP 7H ER 2BB 6K (W)—5-0 1.89 ERA 24K/38IP last 10 games

 

Neil Walker

  • 2-4 HR(16) 4 RBI BB—.241 16 HR 77 RBI 66 R

 

Brian Bixler

  • 2-4 3R HR(7) RBI—.285 7 HR 35 RBI 20 SB 100K in 80 games

 

John Jaso

  • 1-5 HR(12) 3 RBI—.290 5 HR 24 RBI in 100 AB at Durham

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

We MAY see him in September!

We MAY see him in September!

My previous predictions about John Mayberry Jr. have blown up in my face as of late.  All season long, I have talked about Mayberry as being a potential star RF for the Texas Rangers as early as this season.  Mayberry started the first half strong, hitting .308 with 10 HR and 38 RBI in the months of May and June.  July’s swoon, immediately after my glowing praise of him, has put his plans of a promotion on the back burner.  August has rendered more positive results (.280 2 HR 6 RBI) but his BB/K rate (3/21) is unacceptible.  Plate discipline continues to be Mayberry’s nemesis and his long swing will be exploited heavily by major league pitching.  That being said, Mayberry’s power potential is obvious.  Last season he hit 30 HR over two levels.  This season his 10 HR’s is a disappointment, but 38 2B’s show that he can drive balls into the alleys for power.  Mayberry’s cards reside in the 2005 Bowman and Topps products with several autos available in Bowman Chrome Draft, Bowman Sterling, and Bowman Heritage.  The market for his stuff is low, with his chrome autos selling for $12-16 each and his Sterling and Heritage Autos going for anywhere from $4-8 each.

Market Advice:  Mayberry is far from a surefire superstar and at 24 years old (25 in December), his window as an impact prospect is starting to slowly shut.  He is almost assured to be spending his fall in Arizona or Venezuela learning the strike zone and, if so, he will be one of the primary guys on my radar screen.  I still like the size and athleticism that he brings to the table, though the comparisons to Jermaine Dye may be a tad generous.  All in all, I would rather BUY one of his autos than a $5 foot long at Subway (it would be better for me anyway!)

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