Monday, January 12, 2015

Alex Jackson Scouting Report - #Mariners 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph

Basic Info:

Birthdate: 12/25/1995
Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-2/215
Position: OF
Drafted: 2014 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 6, Overall: 6, Team: Seattle Mariners

Card: 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph 
Recent Pricing:
Base Auto: $60 - $75
Refractor:  $100
Blue Refractor /150:  $250
Green Refractor /99:  $250
Gold Refractor /50:  $425
Orange Refractor /25:  $740

Rookie Year Debut:


Scouting Report:

Alex Jackson, the sixth overall pick last year and the best high school hitting prospect in the draft, could be a star one day and his 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft autograph prices reflect that.

“Everyone is really excited about him,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We think he’s a legit hitter. When we took him, we thought that was the case. When we watched him, he has a presence about him as a player. When he got out in the organization and we watched him compete, it was exciting to see."

Seattle is taking the former catcher and turning him into an outfielder, where he could wind up becoming very similar to Wil Myers and Bryce Harper.  He has 30 HR potential and a bat that can easily rake for a .270 clip.

He missed a month last year after getting hit in the face with a line drive, but we caught a glimpse of some potential.  He's pricey, but the upside is certainly there.

Verdict:  If you can afford him...  Buy them here.

Mariners Top Prospect Alex Jackson swing
Alex Action Jackson

Bradley Zimmer Scouting Report - #Indians 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph

Basic Info:

Birthdate: 11/27/1992
Bats/Throws: L/R
Height/Weight: 6-4/185
Position: CF
Drafted: 2014 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 21, Overall: 21, Team: Cleveland Indians

Card: 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph 
Recent Pricing:
Base Auto: $15
Refractor:  $25 - $30
Blue Refractor /150:  $75
Green Refractor /99:  $80
Gold Refractor /50:  $190
Red Refractor /5:  $650

Rookie Year Debut:


Scouting Report:

He's a little older than some of the other Bowman Draft studs which reflects in his pricing, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Zimmer is a lefty bat that can lay down a bunt or put one over the fences.  He also has a rifle of an arm in center field.  He didn't buckle under the pressure and got 8 hits in last year's final 6 postseason games.

This quote from Zimmer gives me confidence in his make-up as well:  "One thing that I would like to change is [to have] a better approach at the plate at all times," he said. "When I’m behind in the count, make sure I stand my approach and stop swinging at balls."

Before the draft, scouts worried that his swing was not suited for power and did not provide enough loft, thus making him a liability as a future corner outfielder, but his 20 XBH in 179 AB are good enough for me in a debut.

Verdict:  STRONG BUY on $15 base autos and $25 refractor autos.  Buy them here.

Bradley Zimmer Indians prospect swing
Bradley Zimmer about to pounce...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Alex Verdugo Scouting Report - #Dodgers 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph

Basic Info:

Birthdate: 5/15/1996
Bats/Throws: L/L
Height/Weight: 6-0/200
Position: OF
Drafted: 2014 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 21, Overall: 62, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Card: 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph 
Recent Pricing:
Base Auto: $20 - $25 
Refractor:  $35 
Blue Refractor /150:  $100 
Green Refractor /99:  $115 
Gold Refractor /50:  $180 - $225 
Orange Refractor /25:  $480

Rookie Year Debut:


Scouting Report:

This kid is an athlete with elite tools across the board, as well as plus tools as a left handed pitcher before being drafted as an outfielder.  Verdugo exhibited his two-way ability by winning the MVP in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game, where he pitched a scoreless inning and had a double.

Scouts wonder if he has enough speed to stick in center field, but he did exhibit speed and/or instincts on the basepaths last year in his debut when he stole 11 bases without getting caught.

His bat and hand eye coordination are off the charts (.353 - 20 BB - 18 K), but again there are doubts among scouts (they always like to doubt) whether he can fill out his 6'0" 200 lb frame any more, for more power.  That said, he can hit the ball to all fields...

Dodgers VP of amateur scouting comped Verdugo to Joc Pederson in their abilities to shoot the gaps left and right.  If he continues to rake and lives up to that Joc comparison, look out.

Verdict:  STRONG BUY on $20-25 base autos.  Buy them here.

Alex Verdugo Dodgers Top Prospect

Friday, January 2, 2015


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#Reds Trade Ben Lively (RHP) To #Phillies For Marlon Byrd

In an ironic twist of fate, Lively was my most recent prospect highlighted (click here for the article), and shortly thereafter was moved in a surprise trade with the Phillies for Marlon Byrd two days ago.

I loved Ben Lively as a Cincinnati Red and I think I like him even more now in Philadelphia.  First off, a new market, and one as strong as the Phillies, is always good for a prospect as there is a new constituency for demand (any prospecting Phillies fan).

Lively dominated in the CAL league last year, which I already mentioned previously and how impressive that was, and took a small step back after a AA promotion to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  The owner of the Blue Wahoos, Quint Studer, said of Lively, "I really think he has a great shot to be with the Phillies and pitching in the major leagues next summer."

I agree with that sentiment and will continue to buy Lively autos before they start to spike.

Buy Ben Lively's Bowman Chrome autographs here. 

Ben Lively picture on the mound pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
"I had no idea" - Lively, when asked about the trade

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 Bowman Draft Prospects To Buy (Part 2)

Here are a few more prospects I like from the recently released 2014 Bowman Draft autograph class.

Jack Flaherty #STLCards - 1.59 ERA 28 K 22 IP in Rookie Ball - his 2014 Bowman Draft Autos are here -

Kyle Freeland 2014 Bowman Draft Autographs - 3-0 1.15 ERA in Rookie Ball -
Freeland also boasted an amazing groundball rate (2 GO/AO), which led to allowing only 1 home run in 39 IP.

2014 Bowman Draft Prospects To Buy (Part 1)

So, the first step I take whenever a new Bowman Prospects set comes out (2014 Bowman Draft was released this week), is I just simply take a look at what they did in rookie ball.  For pitchers, I believe the biggest indicator of future success is the K:IP ratio.  Simple, but effective.  It signifies dominant stuff.  A low amount of hits against is a nice back-up to that.  ERA means nothing and I don't put too much stock into BB for pitchers in Rookie ball.  These are still kids, not yet pitchers.

For hitters, I look for nice BB:K ratios and extra base hits.  The BB:K ratios tell me the hitter is advanced and has an idea of what he's doing at the plate.  He isn't getting overmatched by the opposing pitcher.  Extra base hits are more important than home runs because many of the doubles and triples translate to home runs in the future as the prospect grows and gets stronger.

So, here are the first 3 of the prospects I found with 2014 Bowman Draft autographs who I like:

Bargain Bin Alert #Orioles Prospect Brian Gonzalez
His autos range from $4-10, putting him at the low end of the spectrum, yet he K's 36 in 33.2 IP, and held hitters to a .179 average.  He was a third rounder so he might just be overlooked right now.

#Astros Prospect A.J. Reed 
Reed is in the $7-10 category as well, but the dude is built like a linebacker and hit 33 extra base hits in only 249 ABs.  His 30 BB were also good enough to give him an OBP of .375.

#Athletics Dillon Overton
Overton is a STRONG BUY. His 53 K in 37 IP are almost as impressive as his 4 BB allowed.  The kid must have pounded the strike zone with unhittable stuff.  His autos are only about $3, probably due to his age (23), but that doesn't mean he has no future.

Stay tuned for more...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Checklist

As always, ANY and ALL donations are greatly appreciated!!! Simply click below and enter any amount you are comfortable with.

Just click the player to see his stats:

A.J. Reed - Houston Astros
Aaron Nola - Philadelphia Phillies
Alex Blandino - Cincinnati Reds
Alex Jackson - Seattle Mariners
Alex Verdugo - Los Angeles Dodgers
Aramis Garcia - San Francisco Giants
Austin DeCarr - New York Yankees
Blake Anderson - Miami Marlins
Bradley Zimmer - Cleveland Indians
Braxton Davidson - Atlanta Braves
Brian Gonzalez - Baltimore Orioles
Cameron Varga - Tampa Bay Rays
Carson Sands - Chicago Cubs
Chad Sobotka - Atlanta Braves
Chase Vallot - Kansas City Royals
Chris Ellis - Los Angeles Angels
Cole Tucker - Pittsburgh Pirates
Connor Joe - Pittsburgh Pirates
Derek Fisher - Houston Astros
Derek Hill - Detroit Tigers
Dillon Overton - Oakland Athletics
Dylan Cease - Chicago Cubs
Erick Fedde - Washington Nationals
Forrest Wall - Colorado Rockies
Foster Griffin - Kansas City Royals
Gareth Morgan - Seattle Mariners
Garrett Fulenchek - Atlanta Braves
Grant Hockin - Cleveland Indians
Grant Holmes - Los Angeles Dodgers
Jack Flaherty - St. Louis Cardinals
Jacob Gatewood - Milwaukee Brewers
Jacob Lindgren - New York Yankees
Jake Stinnett - Chicago Cubs
Jakson Reetz - Washington Nationals
Jeff Brigham - Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Hoffman - Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Gatto - Los Angeles Angels
Johnny Manziel - San Diego Padres
Justin Twine - Miami Marlins
Justus Sheffield - Cleveland Indians
Kodi Medeiros - Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Freeland - Colorado Rockies
Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs
Luis Ortiz - Texas Rangers
Luke Weaver - St. Louis Cardinals
Marcus Wilson - Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Chapman - Oakland Athletics
Matt Imhof - Philadelphia Phillies
Max Pentecost - Toronto Blue Jays
Michael Chavis - Boston Red Sox
Michael Gettys - San Diego Padres
Michael Kopech - Boston Red Sox
Mike Papi - Cleveland Indians
Monte Harrison - Milwaukee Brewers
Nick Burdi - Minnesota Twins
Nick Gordon - Minnesota Twins
Nick Howard - Cincinnati Reds
Nick Wells - Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Castellani - Colorado Rockies
Ryan Ripken - Washington Nationals
Scott Blewett - Kansas City Royals
Sean Newcomb - Los Angeles Angels
Sean Reid-Foley - Toronto Blue Jays
Spencer Adams - Chicago White Sox
Taylor Sparks - Cincinnati Reds
Ti'Quan Forbes - Texas Rangers
Trea Turner - San Diego Padres
Trey Supak - Pittsburgh Pirates
Tyler Beede - San Francisco Giants
Tyler Kolek - Miami Marlins
Zech Lemond - San Diego Padres