Sunday, June 26, 2016

NY Mets OF Michael Conforto Demoted - Lesson In Timing

This weekend Michael Conforto of the New York Mets was sent down to the minors. He's been struggling at the plate all season and the Mets finally decided to send him down to work on his swing. New York is a big market so his cards prices still remain high, but values have fallen since his breakout performance in the World Series. I still stand by selling when I can collect a profit I am comfortable with. Timing a breakout season or Mike Trout type run is very risky. If you can make 20% or more on your investment after fees, take it. No need to be greedy. Are there exceptions to this? Yes. You should not be risk averse all the time but when you do take a risk be calculated. Use the stats and trust your gut.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Phil Bickford Strikes Out 13 in Cal League Debut

Phil Bickford recently got promoted to Class A Advanced San Jose and he did not disappoint in his debut. Phil struck out 13 batters in six innings. Twelve of those strikeouts were swinging. History has shown that the Giants know pitching. Phil looks to be up next. Load up before its too late.


Phil Bickford's Auto's on Ebay

Clint Frazier Scouting Report (Cleveland Indians, OF)

Clint Frazier 

Profile:

Position: Outfield
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 190 lb.
Draft: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (5th) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from Loganville HS.
Born: 9/6/1994


Scouting Report:

Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 65. Speed: 55. Defense: 50. Arm: 55.
2016 Stats (AA): .295/.387/.485, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 43 Runs, 227 AB

Clint Frazier is a former Baseball America High School player of the year and is putting together a nice season at AA Akron. He is currently one of the youngest players at the level and some say there is a chance you might see him in the big leagues this season. Clint has impressive power and bat speed that you can't teach and will play in games. He also possesses an above average arm fit for center field or right field.

What I like about Clint is that he has made adjustments to his swing and approach and has cut down on his strikeouts. There is still work to be done but the Cleveland Indians have a good track record of developing professional hitters in their system. Clint has the tools to become a dynamic outfielder in the MLB and I expect him to be a big asset to the club. Frazier and Bradley Zimmer in the same outfield could be something special in the years to come in Cleveland.



Clint Frazier Stats

Clint Frazier Ebay Listings

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Austin Meadows On Fire (Pittsburgh Pirates, OF)

Austin Meadows has been on fire since coming back from injury. He currently has a 17 game hitting streak and his extra base hits have increased. It seems that he is finally starting to reach his power potential. Just another reason why it pays to be patient.