Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Prospect Case Study - Trevor Story (SS, Colorado Rockies)

If you have been following the first few weeks of the MLB season the biggest story (no pun intended) is Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. Story has been discussed on this blog as far back as 2013 when he was a bargain bin selection. Now his cards are going through the roof as he puts up record breaking numbers. I had a nice stash of Trevor Story that I sold for a profit a while back but those numbers seem small compared to the prices I have seen on EBay lately. So what is the lesson that can be learned? Patience. Being patient is key to being a good prospector. Prospects have ups and downs on their road to the majors so holding a prospect may seem painful at times but can be rewarding if you can hold out. This is always on a case by case basis. If you have a chance to take a profit by all means take it but when anomalies occur having a short memory helps too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tyler Stephenson Scouting Report - Cincinatti Reds

Basic Info: Birthdate: 08/16/1996

Bats/Throws: R/R
Height/Weight: 6-4/225
Position: C

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Card: 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft

Recent Pricing:
Base Auto: $7 - $10 Refractor: $10-$20 



2015 Stats (Rookie Ball): .268/.352/.712, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 28 Runs, 194 AB



Scouting Report:

When you analyze the talent in the major and minor leagues, the catching position is not as deep as other positions on the diamond. Tyler Stephenson is one of the few catching prospects I like in baseball today.



Stephenson was taken by the Reds 11th overall in the 2015 draft. There was even rumors that he could go #1 overall. Why do I like him? Well one reason is that for a kid being drafted out of high school his hit tool is above average. Scouts speculate that Stephenson shows enough raw power to hit 20 home runs in a season to go along with an advanced hitting approach. Baseball America graded his hit tool very high (120 total) which is a great sign for a young player out of high school.


Verdict: STRONG BUY based on the affordable base auto price. For such a young player Stephenson has shown that he is already an advanced hitter with power potential. Please note that this is a long term hold. It takes catching prospects a little longer to develop as they learn to master their skills behind home plate.



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Link to MILB Stats






Monday, March 7, 2016

A Prospector's Breakdown of The 2016 Top 100 Prospects

Recently Baseball America released it's top 100 prospect list. Using their Top 100 2016 Prospects List, here are the toolsiest prospects, with ratings from 80 (Elite) down to 20 (Poor) based on the scouting scale.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Corey Seager Named Baseball's Top Prospect By MLB.com - What Prospectors Need to Know

MLB.com recently named Corey Seager the top prospect in baseball. Immediately after the announcement was made his card prices rose at an exponential rate. A price rise of this nature is common when the top prospect is announced before the season starts. I expect the rise in prices to continue as other publications announce Seager as their top prospect (Baseball America). For prospectors who have the budget, this might be a good time to invest in other top 10 prospects that prices are still reasonable (Crawford, Buxton,Giolito). Who do you guys think will be No.1 in 2017?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball Prospects To Buy

2015 Bowman Draft has been released and here are some names that prospectors should consider. If you want to know my philosophy on how I choose these prospects, please read my previous post analyzing 2014 Bowman Draft. This draft was not a strong as previous drafts but I expect some additional names to emerge as the season starts in April.


#WhiteSox Prospect Carson Fulmer
His auto's range from $20-25 dollars but are worth the buy. He struck out 26 batters in only 23 IP in his first pro season. The White Sox plan to take it slow with Carson which is surprising compared to previous history (Sale, Rodon) but I would not be concerned.


#Rangers Prospect Dillon Tate
Autos range from $10-15. Dillon does not have a huge sample size to analyze but I love everything that I see and read about him. Keep an eye on him but don't hesitate to buy some autos once he starts the season in April.


#Giants Prospect Phil Bickford
Phil struck out 32 batters in only 22 IP in his first taste of pro ball. His autos can be obtained for under $10.


#Braves Prospect Austin Riley
Loved the power numbers that Austin put up in his first pro season out of high school. The only question I have is if he can cut down on the strikeouts. Autos are slowly creeping up to $30 so a wait and see approach may be necessary before investing.


#Tigers Prospect Christin Stewart
Stewart put up great power numbers in his first season of pro ball but his strikeout to walk ratio is a concern. Base autos can be purchased for under $15. Even with the strikeouts the cost may be worth buying a few. The scouts love his bat.


Keep an eye on the power numbers for the prospects below.


#Brewers Prospect Trent Clark - Loved the strikeout to walk ratio in Trent's first season out of high school. The power numbers are not there for me to purchase just yet but I will monitor his progress. His advanced feel for hitting gets my attention immediately. The Brewers do not have a solid history of developing hitters or pitchers so lets wait to see how he develops.


#Pirates Prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes - Another prospect that I like but the power numbers were not there in his first season. Keep an eye on him.