Sunday, December 14, 2014

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