Thursday, July 31, 2014

Prospect Reviews 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autographs (Part 1)

Quick reviews of the prospects in the 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph set.  Part 1 of 2.  Enjoy.

Trade Deadline Thoughts Regarding Prospects

For the most part, we want our held prospects to get traded.  A traded prospect enters a new market, and every collector in that market will now demand that prospect's chrome autos.  I'd say the exceptions to this trend are prospects in the New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles franchises, where the fan bases are very loyal.  Players traded away from these teams tend to decline in price.  Players traded to these teams tend to spike.  So as long as a prospect isn't traded away from a big market team, it's probably going to be a good short term spike for our holding in the respective prospect.

For me, rumors mean nothing in this age of technology because there is a rumor for everything.  You need confirmation of a trade.

The best resource is Twitter for trade news.  If your guy gets traded, it might be a good time to sell to the thousands of new collectors of that prospect.

By the way prospectors, how funny was the Phillies trade offer: Cole Hamels for Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Urias?  Um... no thanks.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bargain Bin - Aaron Blair (Diamondbacks, SP)

Aaron Blair Stats

Team:  AA Southern League for the Dbacks
Card:  2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto
Price:  $5/base auto
History:  Underrated first-rounder from the 2013 MLB Draft out of Marshall
First two starts in AA:  2-0, 0.66 ERA, 2 GS, 13 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 16 SO
Why I love him:  Read Above

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bargain Bin - Jonathon Crawford (SP, Tigers)


Jonathon Crawford Stats

Team:  Low A Midwest League for the Tigers
Card:  2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto
Price:  < $5  (I just bought a gold auto for like $25)
History:  Underrated first-rounder from the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Florida
This year:  2.99  6-2   61 K   91 IP   1.52 Ground Outs/Fly outs
Why I love him:  Projects as a SP3, plus sinker in the 90s induces a ton of ground balls, other pitches are progressing

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bubba Starling (Royals)

I don't care what I sometimes I read about his abilities, I'm giving up on Bubba Starling, not that I'm holding anything any way.  Despite constant reinforcement from some decent coaches, Bubba's BB rate has declined every year.  His K rate is up from last year.  His power and speed are down from last year.

The dude is not progressing.  He's just another one of those "5-tool, raw" prospects who make us wonder what could have been.

Some More Strong Buys

I just wrote about Dahl, and yesterday he had a MONSTER day. Here are two more strong buys who happen to be in the Rockies farm system as well: Raimel Tapia and Ryan McMahon.

With rumors circulating about the possible moving of Tulo and/or CarGo, the Rockies would have nothing left but prospects. And Tapia and McMahon are two of the best in the system. 

Tapia has the plus hit tool. McMahon has the plus power tool. More importantly, each of their next promotions put them in the CAL hitter's league, like our friend Dahl. 

Simply put, Tapia's .330 avg will increase with more XBH and McMahon's high amount of doubles will translate to HR. 
Buy now before their promotion which could come soon following on the heels of Dahl's promotion to the CAL, because the Rockies need to move these guys fast if they have any chance of legitimacy (esp. if they trade their star players).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Strongest Buy Recommendation to Date....

My STRONGEST BUY Recommendation to Date...

Buy Rymer Liriano - AAA Promotion (Now hitting in the PCL)

Ive said it a million times. Invest in hitters who will soon be hitting in the CAL or PCL leagues. Well, Rymer just got promoted to the PCL (AAA). And if thats not enough for the five tool player, he just had a monster night for his AAA debut:
3/4, 2 doubles, 4 runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk

Just because people forgot about this stud does not mean you should. 

Heres a link to his ebay listings. Go go go...

Rymer Liriano 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto Ebay Listings

Want to buy the enterprise that is Prospects For Cash?  60,000 hits, average of $70/month over past year in ebay affiliate marketing, 300 uniques per month.  Email me at for more info.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Travis D'Arnaud Hitting Analysis (Part 4) - The Resurgence

In the Part 1 analysis, as well as the Part 2 analysis, it was clear D'Arnaud was having trouble with pitches located away.  In Part 3, he was showing signs of life with better pitch recognition, but then went into a historically bad slump.  I still had faith.

D'Arnaud was sent down to AAA on June 6, and it clicked.  He hit .436 there.  So they called him back up on June 24, and has raked ever since, hitting safely in 13 of 14 games.

Let's see why.

First, he is finally going the other way and being successful with his major weakness, balls that are pitched away.  Here is his zone profile heat map since his recall up to the bigs.  Notice on the outer third and the outside the zone-middle hits-abs.  He is 7-for-16.

And these are not fluke hits.  Here are the line drives per at bats zone map since the call back up.  He has hit 6 line drives out of 14 batted balls in those 4 areas.

You can no longer get D'Arnaud out by pitching him away.  He has adjusted beautifully.  And where were the pitches when he hit his 3 recent home runs?  Inside, middle, and away.

D'Arnaud is finally becoming a hitter... the hitter scouts had been predicting for years.  As a Met fan I'm psyched.