Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Bowman Baseball Autographs - Prospects To Buy (Part 2)

Here are a few more prospects I like out of the recent 2016 Bowman Baseball release.

Atlanta Braves 3b - Juan Yepez -Yepez had a nice rookie campaign showing a little power and hit for a decent average. I will be watching closely to see if is BB:K rate improves and if his extra base hits increase. He is only 18 so there is a lot of room for growth. This recommendation is more of a watch and see than a buy.

Boston Red Sox P - Anderson Espinoza - Anderson is putting up an impressive 12 SO9 this season. He is a hard thrower with impressive stuff. The prices do reflect the success. Base autos are selling for $30-40 dollars.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects - Where's the Power? - Question for the Readers

Josh Bell, Austin Meadows, Ke'Bryan Hayes are some of my favorite prospects in the Pirates organization. But one question always seems to come up when I am talking with other prospectors. Where is the power? According to my research the Pirates coaches are working on various adjustments to help these guys tap into their power potential. Do you expect these three to ever reach their moderate to plus power potential?

Christin Stewart (of, Detroit Tigers) - #1 On Baseball America's Hot List

Christin Stewart of the Detroit Tigers is #1 on Baseball America's hot list this week. Stewart is showing some impressive power with a total of 12 HR's so far this season. The strikeouts are up there but he does have 19 walks on the year so he does have some plate discipline. It's just a matter of time before he makes another adjustment and moves up to AA. I rate him as a BUY. Get his auto's while you can. They are selling like hotcakes on eBay.

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How a Prospector Deals With PED Suspensions - The Case of Raul Mondesi Jr

This week Raul Mondesi Jr was suspended 50 games for testing positive for clenbuterol, an anabolic substance. If you had stock in Raul I would suspect that you are upset right now. A major league debut or promotion to AAA was right around the corner. So what should holders of Raul's auto's do next? In this case the best option would be to HOLD. Selling at this point would result in a loss in my opinion. According to the reports, MILB was going to issue a 80 game ban but Raul was able to negotiate a lighter punishment since he provided the source of the banned substance (cold medicine). It seems that it was an honest mistake but we can never be sure with these suspensions. Youth is on his side so if he comes back and puts this behind him profits can still be made. For prospectors who currently do not hold, this might be an opportunity to purchase some auto's at a discount price. Overall, this is just another reason why I try to avoid high end prospects. The impact on profits could be devastating depending on the situation.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

2016 Bowman Baseball Autographs - Prospects To Buy

2016 Bowman Baseball 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 posts analyzing 2015 Bowman Draft and 2014 Bowman Draft. Overall there were not too many choices that got my attention outside of the obvious high end guys (Moncada, Bregman, Robles). Please make sure to watch Ebay and other secondary markets closely for prices. I expect cases are still being ripped open so prices should normalize out over the next few weeks.

Seattle Mariners - Tyler O'Neill - I have to admit I never heard of this kid before this season started but he is putting up some good numbers in Double A as a 20 year old. 6HR/.324 Avg/ .945 OPS. I will be watching closely to see if he improves on his BB/K. Autos can be purchased for $10-$15.

Philadelphia Phillies - Jhailyn Ortiz - Ortiz has not played a game of pro ball yet but his auto's are still selling for $10-$15. Why? Well according to the scouting reports this kid has some impressive power. At full maturity most scouts expect him to hit 25 homers annually while playing 1st base. I would suggest carefully monitoring prices as well as his progress before purchasing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in the next few days.