Monday, July 25, 2016

Cleveland Indians OF's Bradley Zimmer & Clint Frazier Promoted to AAA - Strong Buy

I recently read the exciting news that Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer were both promoted to Triple A. I was surprised that Zimmer was promoted but with Cleveland making a playoff push I understand why the decision was made. On a previous post I recommended that prospectors HOLD Bradley Zimmer's auto's due to him not showing an advanced hitting approach. Zimmer hit .324 the last 10 games and raised his overall average to .253 before being promoted. His auto's can be purchased for $20-$30 on Ebay. I expect his prices to spike immediately if he gets off to a hot start. With these promotions Zimmer and Frazier are now a STRONG BUY. Frazier is on the high end so that is why I am focusing more on Zimmer.There is a strong chance you will see both in the Majors soon.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Few Injured Prospects You Should Consider

We all are aware that injuries are apart of the game. Depending on the severity of the injury, a good looking investment could turn into a loss of profit in the short term. In most cases I recommend holding your investment until the player returns to full form on the field. Injuries can also present buying opportunities. Here are a few prospects that you should consider.

St Louis Cardinals, OF - Nick Plummer - Plummer suffered a wrist injury late June and there is no indication he will play this year. His base autos can be purchased for under $10. Looking at his stats I was impressed that he drew 39 walks in 180 AB in his first taste of pro ball. Plummer looks to have a good feel for hitting and the Cardinals have a track record of developing hitters.

Houston Astros, OF - Daz Cameron - Cameron broke his finger a few weeks ago and is out for the season. His base auto can be purchased for no more than $20. I expect these prices to possibly drop even more in the winter. Scouts have some criticism regarding his bat but before the injury he was playing well in short season ball after making some adjustments in extended spring training. He may have his ups and downs but if you can get auto's for $10-$15 I would consider investing.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Who is the Next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper ?

While visiting the local card shows the past few weeks, many individuals ask me who the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper is. I hate to disappoint you but there is no prospect currently in the minors that will be at the level of Trout or Harper. I think this question comes up frequently because prospectors are looking for the next $1000 card. The only prospect that may come close is Yoan Moncada. Do you agree?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Prospects For Cash - Live From the 2016 MLB Futures Game

Prospects for Cash will be live at the MLB Futures Game in San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @prospects4cash for live updates.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Few Recomendations From Prospects For Cash

Lately I have been looking at some stats and here are a few players I recommend prospectors take a look at. I could talk about the obvious guys like Moncada, Bregman and Robles but that is not necessary. My job is to discuss the players that you might not be aware of. I will be doing more posts like this in the future so feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Alex Verdugo - LA Dodgers OF  - One of the youngest players in AA and he continues to swing a great bat. His strikeout percentage is pretty impressive at 13%. I would like to see his extra base hits increase but I expect the power to come as he matures. Verdugo is a STRONG BUY.

Bradley Zimmer - Cleveland Indians OF - Bradley is a good prospect but I have not seen the numbers I expected. Don't get me wrong he is putting up some great power numbers but I expected a more advanced hitting approach. The Indians know how to develop hitters but at age 23 I would have to recommend prospectors HOLD.

Lewis Brinson - Texas Rangers OF - Another prospect that caught fire last year but has not put together the season prospectors hoped for. His strikeout rate is not bad and scouts are not worried according to the articles I read. I recommend prospectors HOLD.

Phil Bickford - SF Giants P - I mention Phil Bickford all the time but he is so impressive I can't resist. I just read in Baseball America that he has the potential to be a No 2 starter. STRONG BUY

Travis Demeritte -Rangers OF - 20 home runs may look good at first glance but take a deeper look at the stats. His strikeout rate is over 30%. A rate that high will not pass at the higher levels. If you can make a profit SELL.

Colorado Rockies OF's David Dahl & Raimel Tapia - Prospect Alert

David Dahl recently was promoted to Triple A and is off to a fast start going 3-5 with a HR in his first game. If we don't see him in the majors this year he should be ready to compete for an opening day spot in 2017. Raimel Tapia is currently having a really good season in AA. He currently is batting .333 with 16 doubles, 4 triples and 6 home runs. All he does is hit. I still consider both players a strong buy. I expect both to make an impact at the Major League level sooner than later.

Prospects for Cash Guide to The 2016 MLB Futures Game

Thanks to MLB.com, here are your 2016 Future's Game rosters. Some of the names I have mentioned in past posts and most of these players have Bowman Chrome autos. This is a fun game to watch and gives you prime time look at the future of the game. I am most excited to see Phil Bickford, Clint Frazier and David Dahl.

 

 2016 Futures Game Rosters

U.S. Team

Pitchers
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Anthony Banda ARI AAA L L 6-2 208 8/10/1993 Corpus Christi, Texas Stats
Phil Bickford SF A+ R R 6-4 200 7/10/1995 Ventura, Calif. Stats
J.T. Chargois MIN AAA R R 6-3 210 12/3/1990 Sulphur, La. Stats
Carson Fulmer CWS AA R R 6-0 200 12/13/1993 Lakeland, Fla. Stats
Amir Garrett CIN AA L L 6-5 210 5/3/1992 Victorville, Calif. Stats
Josh Hader MIL AAA L L 6-3 187 4/7/1994 Millersville, Md. Stats
Jeff Hoffman COL AAA R R 6-5 220 1/8/1993 Latham, N.Y. Stats
Joe Musgrove HOU AAA R R 6-5 265 12/4/1992 El Cajon, Calif. Stats
Nate Smith LAA AAA L L 6-2 205 8/28/1991 Spokane, Wash. Stats
Ryan Stanek TB AA R R 6-4 190 7/26/1991 St. Louis, Mo. Stats
Catchers
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Carson Kelly STL AA R R 6-2 215 7/14/1994 Chicago, Ill. Stats
Chance Sisco BAL AA L R 6-2 214 2/24/1995 Corona, Calif. Stats
Infielders
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Alex Bregman HOU AAA R R 5-11 185 3/30/1994 Albuquerque, N.M. Stats
Willie Calhoun LAD AA L R 5-8 187 11/4/1994 Vallejo, Calif. Stats
Travis Demeritte TEX A+ R R 6-0 178 9/30/1994 New York, N.Y. Stats
Hunter Dozier KC AAA R R 6-4 220 8/22/1991 Wichita Falls, Texas Stats
Ryon Healy OAK AAA R R 6-4 230 1/10/1992 West Hills, Calif. Stats
Dominic Smith NYM AA L L 6-0 240 6/15/1995 Los Angeles, Calif. Stats
Dansby Swanson ATL AA R R 6-1 190 2/11/1994 Kennesaw, Ga. Stats
Outfielders
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Andrew Benintendi BOS AA L L 5-10 170 7/6/1994 Cincinnati, Ohio Stats
Dylan Cozens PHI AA L L 6-6 235 5/31/1994 Scottsdale, Ari. Stats
David Dahl COL AAA L R 6-2 195 4/1/1994 Birmginham, Ala. Stats
Clint Frazier CLE AA R R 5-11 185 9/6/1994 Loganville, Ga. Stats
Hunter Renfroe SD AAA R R 6-1 210 1/28/1992 Crystal Springs, Miss. Stats
Christin Stewart DET A+ L R 6-0 220 12/10/1993 Atlanta, Ga. Stats


World Team
Pitchers
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Jharel Cotton LAD AAA R R 5-11 195 1/19/1992 St. Thomas, V.I. Stats
Chih-Wei Hu TB AA R R 6-1 230 11/4/1993 Taichung, Taiwan Stats
Joe Jimenez DET AA R R 6-3 220 1/17/1995 Gurabo, P.R. Stats
Reynaldo Lopez WSH AAA R R 6-1 185 1/4/1994 San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. Stats
Adalberto Mejia SF AAA R L 6-3 195 6/20/1993 Bonao, D.R Stats
Dovydas Neverauskas PIT AAA R R 6-3 175 1/14/1993 Vilnius, Lithuania Stats
Ricardo Pinto PHI AA R R 6-1 165 1/20/1994 Guacara Carabobo, Ven. Stats
Alex Reyes STL AAA R R 6-3 175 8/29/1994 Elizabeth, N.J. (D.R.) Stats
Francisco Rios TOR A+ R R 6-1 180 5/6/1995 Monclova, Mexico Stats
Angel Perdomo TOR A L L 6-6 175 5/7/1994 San Cristobal, D.R. Stats
Catchers
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Francisco Mejia CLE A+ S R 5-10 175 10/27/1995 Bani, D.R. Stats
Gary Sanchez NYY AA R R 6-2 230 12/2/1992 Santo Domingo, D.R. Stats
Infielders
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Willy Adames TB AA R R 6-1 180 9/2/1995 Santiago, D.R. Stats
Carlos Asuaje AAA SD L R 5-9 160 11/2/1991 Barquisimeto, Ven. Stats
Jeimer Candelario CHC AAA S R 6-1 210 11/24/1993 San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. Stats
Ronald Guzman TEX AA L L 6-5 205 10/20/1994 La Vega, D.R. Stats
Dilson Herrera NYM AAA R R 5-10 150 3/3/1994 Cartagena, Colombia Stats
Jorge Mateo NYY A+ R R 6-1 190 6/23/1995 Santo Domingo, D.R. Stats
Yoan Moncada BOS AA S R 6-2 205 5/27/1995 Abreus, Cuba Stats
Josh Naylor MIA A L L 6-1 225 6/22/1997 Mississauga, Ont., Canada Stats
Outfielders
Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Jorge Bonifacio KC AAA R R 6-1 195 6/4/1993 Santo Domingo, D.R. Stats
Eloy Jimenez CHC A R R 6-4 205 11/27/1996 Santo Domingo, D.R. Stats
Manuel Margot SD AAA R R 5-11 180 9/28/1994 San Cristobal, D.R. Stats
Tyler O'Neill SEA AA R R 5-11 210 6/22/1995 Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada Stats
Raimel Tapia COL AA L L 6-2 160 2/4/1994 San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. Stats

Players in italics replaced the following players, who were removed from the roster due to injury (*) or a Major League promotion (**):

Name ORG Level B T HT WT Birthdate Birthplace
Austin Meadows* PIT AAA L L 6-2 210 5/3/1995 Atlanta, Ga. Stats
Dylan Unsworth* SEA AA R R 6-1 175 9/23/1992 Durban, South Africa Stats