Sunday, February 7, 2016

Corey Seager Named Baseball's Top Prospect By recently named Corey Seager the top prospect in baseball. Immediately after the announcement was made his card prices rose at an exponential rate. A price rise of this nature is common when the top prospect is announced before the season starts. I expect the rise in prices to continue as other publications announce Seager as their top prospect (Baseball America). For prospectors who have the budget, this might be a good time to invest in other top 10 prospects that prices are still reasonable (Crawford, Buxton,Giolito). Who do you guys think will be No.1 in 2017?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball Prospects To Buy

2015 Bowman Draft 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 post analyzing 2014 Bowman Draft. This draft was not a strong as previous drafts but I expect some additional names to emerge as the season starts in April.

White Sox Prospect Carson Fulmer
His auto's range from $20-25 dollars but are worth the buy. He struck out 26 batters in only 23 IP in his first pro season. The White Sox plan to take it slow with Carson which is surprising compared to previous history (Sale, Rodon) but I would not be concerned.

Rangers Prospect Dillon Tate
Autos range from $10-15. Dillon does not have a huge sample size to analyze but I love everything that I see and read about him. Keep an eye on him but don't hesitate to buy some autos once he starts the season in April.

Giants Phil Bickford
Phil struck out 32 batters in only 22 IP in his first taste of pro ball. His autos can be obtained for under $10.

Braves Austin Riley
Loved the power numbers that Austin put up in his first pro season out of high school. The only question I have is if he can cut down on the strikeouts. Autos are slowly creeping up to $30 so a wait and see approach may be necessary before investing.

Tigers Christin Stewart
Stewart put up great power numbers in his first season of pro ball but his strikeout to walk ratio is a concern. Base autos can be purchased for under $15. Even with the strikeouts the cost may be worth buying a few. The scouts love his bat.

Keep an eye on the power numbers for the prospects below.

Brewers Trent Clark - Loved the strikeout to walk ratio in Trent's first season out of high school. The power numbers are not there for me to purchase just yet but I will monitor his progress. His advanced feel for hitting gets my attention immediately. The Brewers do not have a solid history of developing hitters or pitchers so lets wait to see how he develops.

Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes - Another prospect that I like but the power numbers were not there in his first season. Keep an eye on him.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gary Sanchez Scouting Report (New York Yankees, C)

Basic Info: Birthdate: 12/2/1992
Bats/Throws: R/R Height/Weight: 6-2/230 
Position: C Signed: Dominican Republic, 2009
Team: New York Yankees Card: 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects
Recent Pricing: Base Auto: $20 - $30 Refractor: $40  Blue Refractor /150:  $100  Gold Refractor /50:  $200   

Scouting Report:
Gary Sanchez signed with the Yankees in 2009 and has developed to be one of the best overall prospects in the game. We are talking about a catcher with the potential for a .280 AVG & 25HR if everything clicks.

Gary had a strong showing in the 2015 Arizona Fall League and now has the attention of the baseball community. His strong performance is an indicator that he can play against top level talent. Gary is still developing as a catcher, but that is not a big issue. It is common that catchers take more time to learn their position. Some scouts will bring up his disciplinary issues but that also is not a major concern. The bat is legit.

Principal owner of the Yankees Hal Steinbrenner recently was interviewed prior to the upcoming hot stove season and he expressed his desire to develop youth and curtail spending. I strongly believe that the Yankees are starting to change their approach and will focus on developing talent vs. buying it. In my opinion this means that a talent like Gary has a strong chance to remain a Yankee and prices will remain strong if he continues to stay hot.

Verdict: STRONG BUY based on the $20-25 base auto price. Even though 2010 Bowman Chrome has quality issues (scratches), I would still take a shot at buying a few.    

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