Monday, April 17, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to 2023 Bowman Baseball: Full Analysis and Rankings

In a surprising twist, Topps decided to release the checklist for 2023 Bowman Baseball early to drive preorder sales. The list is over 100 names with a handful of repeat signatures. Overall the list reminds me more of a Bowman Chrome release. A ton of young international signings were included. These players are very young and have not played a full season yet. There are a handful of players I like and some I will need to revisit once they play more. Hope this helps! Feel free to comment or question. 

Ariel Almonte - Cincinnati Reds OF - High risk because of the strikeouts but good power. Will take time.

Hector Rodríguez - Cincinnati Reds LF - Young player with solid numbers. Not sure if he will hit a ton of homers.

Cam Collier - Cincinnati Reds 3B - One of my favorite players in the product.

Carlos Jorge - Cincinnati Reds 2B - Great power and walk rates. Only 19 so I want to see the swing and miss go down. I like him.

Wilmer Flores - Detroit Tigers P - Pass.

Abel Bastidas - Detroit Tigers SS - Very young and promising prospect.

Diego Hernandez - Kansas City Royals OF - A very good prospect. Looks to be a 4th outfielder.

Lizandro Rodriguez - Kansas City Royals 2B - Solid young 2B prospect.

Austin Charles - Kansas City Royals 2B - Very young late round pick. Will have to revisit as the stats are limited.

Dayan Frías - Cleveland Guardians 3B- Tons of extra base hits. Not a ton of power though.

Jorge Burgos - Cleveland Guardians OF - Nice player but probably a bench player. We'll see.

Angel Genao - Cleveland Guardians SS - Pass. Not a ton of pop here.

Gabriel Martinez - Toronto Blue Jays OF - Love the HR and extra base hits numbers.

Yhoangel Aponte - Toronto Blue Jays OF - Young player who needs to develop but I like what I see.

Manuel Beltre - Toronto Blue Jays SS - Very young but maybe the power will come.

Enmanuel Bonilla - Toronto Blue Jays OF - Only 17. Was a big signing for the team. A must follow.

Luis Garcia - Toronto Blue Jays OF - Not bad. Would take a small position for the right price.

Hayden Juenger - Toronto Blue Jays P - Pass.

Blaine Crim - Texas Rangers 1B - Pass. Too old.

Andres Mesa - Texas Rangers 2B - Not bad but I need to see the K rate improve.

Colin Peluse - Oakland Athletics P - Pass.

Colby Thomas - Oakland Athletics OF - A little older but I need to see more.

Jorge Ruiz - Los Angeles Angels OF - Tons of extra base hits and only 18 so I will keep an eye on him.

Nelson Rada - Los Angeles Angels OF - Only 17. See above.

Randy De Jesus - Los Angeles Angels - Only 18. See Ruiz.

Caden Dana - Los Angeles Angels P - Pass.

Joe Stewart - Los Angeles Angels OF - Pass.

Jadiel Sanchez - Los Angeles Angels OF - Pass.

Jesus Baez - New York Mets SS - Not bad. Very young and will follow.

Nick Morabito - New York Mets OF - Not a ton out there. Only 19. Will follow.

William Lugo - New York Mets 3B - Not bad. The numbers are solid.

Junior Tilien - New York Mets 2B - Same as Lugo.

Alex Ramirez - New York Mets OF - Same as Lugo and Tilien. Who you choose all depends on who you like and who has the strongest tools.

Dominic Canzone - Arizona Diamondbacks OF - Pass. Too old.

Tim Tawa - Arizona Diamondbacks OF - Pass. Too old.

Druw Jones - Arizona Diamondbacks OF - Stud.

Braylin Tavera - Baltimore Orioles OF - Only 18. Need to see more.

Leandro Arias - Baltimore Orioles OF - See above.

Adam Crampton - Baltimore Orioles OF - 21 years old but no real stats. Pass for now.

Ambioris Tavarez - Atlanta Braves SS - Very young. Need to see more.

Andrew Taylor - Houston Astros P - Pass.

Wilyer Abreu - Houston Astros OF - Pass.

Ryan Clifford - Houston Astros OF - Need to see more.

Shay Whitcomb - Houston Astros 2B - Pass.

Braylon Bishop - Pittsburgh Pirates SS - Pass. Too old.

Jase Bowen - Pittsburgh Pirates OF - Pass.

Ben Brown - Chicago Cubs P - Pass.

Moisés Ballesteros - Chicago Cubs C - Solid young catcher but they take a long time to develop. Pass.

Matt Mervis - Chicago Cubs 1B - Pass. Too old.

Pedro Ramírez - Chicago Cubs 2B - Young with solid numbers. I could see why people would buy.

Derniche Valdez - Chicago Cubs SS - Will come back and revisit. 17 and has not played.

Jackson Ferris - Chicago Cubs P - Pass.

Jefferson Rojas - Chicago Cubs 2B - Very young. Will revisit.

Yeiner Fernandez - Los Angeles Dodgers  C - Pass for me.

Juan Alonso - Los Angeles Dodgers OF - Not bad. Lots of room to grow.

Josue De Paula - Los Angeles Dodgers OF - I like the numbers and that he is a Dodger. Only 17.

Mairoshendrick Martinus - Los Angeles Dodgers 3B - Young prospect that needs to develop. I'll revisit.

Damon Keith - Los Angeles Dodgers OF - Not bad but its a pass for me.

Hao Yu Lee - Philadelphia Phillies SS - Solid prospect with some pop. I wrote about him before.

Nikau Pouaka-Grego - Philadelphia Phillies 2B - Not bad but got injured and wont return until 2024.

Emaarion Boyd - Philadelphia Phillies OF - Decent mid round prospect but I need to see more at bats.

Justin Crawford - Philadelphia Phillies OF - Stud

Brock Jones - Tampa Bay Rays OF - Need to see more at bats.

Xavier Isaac - Tampa Bay Rays 1B - I need to see more at bats.

Ronny Simon - Tampa Bay Rays 2B - Very solid but not sure on the impact far as the price spiking.

Junior Caminero - Tampa Bay Rays 3B - Soild young prospect.

Edouard Julien - Minnesota Twins 2B - Pass.

Kyler Fedko - Minnesota Twins OF - Pass.

Brandon Walter - Boston Red Sox P - Pass.

Roman Anthony - Boston Red Sox OF - Will revisit. Only 18.

Luis Ravelo - Boston Red Sox SS - Pass.

Freili Encarnacion - Boston Red Sox SS - 18 and young. Will revisit.

Dyan Jorge - Colorado Rockies SS - Pass for me.

Juan Brito - Colorado Rockies 2B - 21 and on the Guardians. The power numbers especially doubles are impressive. Worth a buy.

Gabriel Gonzalez - Seattle Mariners OF - Numbers are not bad here. Only 19 too.

Josh Hood - Seattle Mariners 2B - Pass.

Prelander Berroa - Seattle Mariners P - Pass.

Lázaro Montes - Seattle Mariners OF - Only 18. Will revisit.

Robert Perez Jr. - Seattle Mariners OF - Not bad. Walk rates are solid. I wouldn't buy a ton though.

Michael Arroyo - Seattle Mariners SS - 18 years old but the initial numbers are solid. Will revisit.

Nerwilian Cedeño - San Diego Padres 2B - Too much swing and miss here.

Nick Vogt - San Diego Padres OF - College player who is 22. I need more at bats.

Daniel Montesino - San Diego Padres OF - Very solid. Love the numbers I saw.

Gleider Figuereo - Texas Rangers OF - Nice numbers for a younger prospect.

Tommy Specht - Texas Rangers OF - Young player with no stats. Need to revisit.

Jace Avina - Milwaukee Brewers OF - 19 but the K rates need to come down. Way down.

Matthew Wood - Milwaukee Brewers C - Pass. Older catcher.

Jacob Berry - Miami Marlins OF - Top draft pick. Power bat.

Troy Johnston - Miami Marlins OF - Pass.

Juan Carela - New York Yankees P - Pass.

Spencer Jones - New York Yankees OF - Need to see more at bats. Already 21.

Vaun Brown - San Francisco Giants OF - Pass. Too old.

Kyle Harrison - San Francisco Giants P - Pass.

Samil De La Rosa - St. Louis Cardinals 2B - Young with solid numbers across the board.

Prospects With Second Bowman Chrome Auto 

Brooks Lee - Minnesota Twins

Elijah Green - Washington Nationals

Jackson Holliday - Baltimore Orioles

Kumar Rocker - Texas Rangers

Jace Jung - Detroit Tigers

Zach Neto - Los Angeles Angels

Termarr Johnson - Pittsburgh Pirates

Gavin Cross - Kansas City Royals

Sunday, January 29, 2023

2022 Bowman Draft & Chrome Baseball Autograph Pricing Trends: An Update

Here are the pricing trends for 2022 Bowman Chrome and Draft. The market has definitely corrected and prices are almost at pre pandemic level outside of the top guys. This is great news for the market and for prospectors.

2022 Bowman Draft 

Alex Freeland - Los Angeles Dodgers SS - I've seen as low as $7. 

Christopher Paciolla - Chicago Cubs Utility - Around $20. 

Ignacio Alvarez - Atlanta Braves 3B - Around $30. Fair.

Elijah Green - Washington Nationals OF - Prices are well above $100 but I'm not sure I would take the leap yet. 

Brooks Lee - Minnesota Twins SS - Hard to assess here. Tons of redemptions but not a ton for base. Prices are high due to scarcity. 

Mikey Romero - Boston Red Sox SS - Another player with redemptions. Prices are high for similar reason mentioned when discussing Brooks Lee. 

Chase DeLauter - Cleveland Guardians OF - $60 bucks. Not bad. It seems a lot of prospectors like him.

Jackson Holliday - Baltimore Orioles SS - Around $300! I keep hearing great reports about him.

Zach Neto - Los Angeles Angels SS- A little over $60 but I think that is fair. 

Kumar Rocker - Texas Rangers P - Selling for about $30. Still too high.

Termarr Johnson - Pittsburgh Pirates SS - Tons of redemptions similar to Romero and Lee. 

2022 Bowman Chrome 

Anthony Gutierrez - Texas Rangers OF - Selling for around $25. Great price. 

Yeison Morrobel - Texas Rangers OF - Most prices are in the $20 range. 

Rayne Doncon - Los Angeles Dodgers 2B/SS - Most prices are in the $20 range.  

Brady House - Washington Nationals 3B - Around $45. 

Ceddanne Rafaela - Boston Red Sox 3B/OF - Around $50. 

MLB Top Prospect Analysis: Jordan Walker Scouting Report and Player Profile

Age: 20

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6'5/220

Position: 3B

Team: St Louis Cardinals 

Drafted: Round 1, Pick 21, 2021 MLB Draft

Top Card: 2020 Bowman Draft Baseball 

Base Auto Price (Subject to Change) - 

PSA 10 Auto Price (Subject to Change) - $1,500+

2022 Stats: 19 HR, .898 OPS, .306 AVG, K% 21.6, BB% 10.1%

Jordan Walker is currently considered a top 5 prospect in baseball. He possesses a powerful swing that should allow him to hit at least 30 home runs annually. Since being drafted, Walker has demonstrated a combination of power and average at the plate. Some of the recorded exit velocities from his swings have even broken Statcast records in the minors. Based on his performance in spring training, it is expected that he will be called up to the major leagues in 2023. In addition to his on-field abilities, Walker has a few other positives working in his favor. He plays for an organization with a strong track record of drafting and developing talented players, and he is known to have a great personality. Walker has the potential to become a perennial power-hitting all-star in the major leagues.