Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 2, 2008

9/1 Low-A Minor League Report

Yesterday marked the final day of the minor league season.  Today and tomorrow, I will give a report of each minor league level’s final day of action.  Here’s a big list of prospects from the South Atlantic and Midwest Leagues. 

Michael Stanton

  • 1-1 HR(39) 3 RBI 4 BB—.293 39 HR 97 RBI 89 RBI 153 K’s

 

Matt Hague

  • 3-4 R 2 RBI BB SB(1)—.322 6 HR 32 RBI in 64 games at 2 levels

 

Cody Johnson

  • 2-4 RBI—.252 26 HR 89 RBI 177 K’s

 

Gordon Beckham

  • 1-5 R—.310 3 HR 8 RBI 11 R in 58 AB’s

 

Brent Morel

  • 2-3 HR(6) 3 RBI BB SB(5)—.318 6 HR 27 RBI 12 SB over two levels

 

Caleb Gindl

  • 2-3 R BB SB(14)—.307 13 HR 81 RBI 14 SB 38 2B 86 R

 

Eric Fryer

  • 1-4 R 2B—.335 10 HR 63 RBI 15 SB .914 OPS

 

Steffan Wilson

  • 2-4 R RBI—.289 19 HR 100 RBI 91 R

 

Nick Noonan

  • 1-4 HR(9) RBI—.279 9 HR 68 RBI 29 SB 79 R

 

Everth Cabrera

  • 2-4 2B 3B R SB(76)—.284 6 HR 38 RBI 76 SB 80 R

 

Kevin Ahrens

  • 1-2 R 2BB—.259 5 HR 42 RBI 135 K’s

 

Justin Christian

  • 2-5 R RBI—.294 4 HR 25 RBI 13 SB in 68 games

 

Michael Pineda

  • 9 IP H 14K (W)—8-6 1.95 ERA 128K/138IP

 

Brandon Waring

  • 2-3 2 RBI 2B—.270 20 HR 71 RBI 156 K’s

 

Zack Cozart

  • 1-1 2B R—.280 14 HR 49 RBI

 

Mike Moustakas

  • 0-1 R 2 BB SB(5)—.272 22 HR 71 RBI 77 R

 

Jason Taylor

  • 1-2 RBI—.242 17 HR 58 RBI 40 SB 79 R 81 BB

 

Justin Smoak

  • 2-5 R—.304 3 HR 6 RBI 9 R 56 AB’s

 

Mitch Moreland

  • 2-5 HR( 18 ) 3 RBI—.30-4 18 HR 99 RBI 37 2B 60 BB

 

Gabe Jacobs

  • 3-4 HR(10) RBI SB(6)—.324 10 HR 56 RBI 28 2B in 70 games at two levels

 

Andrew Romine

  • 2-3 2 SB(62)—.260 2 HR 34 RBI 62 SB 79 R

 

Michael Main

  • IP H 2K—3-3 2.76 ERA 59IP/65K .219 BAA

 

Robert Fish

  • 2 IP 4K—10-4 4.85 ERA 138K/145IP

 

BUY/SELL Analysis

Will this star dance into K.C.'s future plans?

Will this star dance into K.C.'s future plans?

 Jason Taylor was not revered as a top prospect in the Royals system when the season began, but after a solid showing at Low-A Burlington where he hit .242 with 17 HR and 40 SB, he will have to be given some consideration.  Taylor was a 2nd round pick in the 2006 draft and played only a couple of games in the Arizona League late last season.  This year, the club aggressively promoted him to Burlington where he struggled through June before heating up in July and August to end the season on a high note.  Taylor has superior tools that are more refined than many young players his age.  His muscular 6’0″ 210 lb. frame shows above average power and his 40 SB is a testament to his game changing speed.  Perhaps the most underrated aspect of Taylor’s game is his impeccable plate discipline as he drew a league-high 81 walks.  Taylor’s sole 1st year cards are found in the 2007 Bowman and Chrome Prospects set.  His chrome cards sell for 25-75 cents each while his serial numbered cards and refractors can be had for less than $5 each.

Market Advice: I can’t get enough of his cards.  His blend of power, speed, and plate discipline are exciting and there may not be a more underrated prospect out there right now.  This is certainly a player to BUY in abundance and be patient.  His stuff will never be this low.

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