Weekly Top 10 Highest Priced Modern Baseball Cards

Each week we will take a look at the Top 10 Highest priced active items on Ebay’s auction format from the modern baseball card era

#1 Jason Heyward 2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1 Graded BGS 9/10
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#2 Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Finest Jumbo Patch Autograph Superfractor 1/1 Graded BGS 9
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#3 Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph /50 Graded BGS 9.5/10
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#4 Chipper Jones 1991 Topps Desert Shield Graded BGS 9.5
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#5 Ken Griffey Jr 1989 Bowman Tiffany Rookie Graded PSA 10
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#6 Yu Darvish 2012 Topps Chrome Atomic Refractor Autograph /10
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#7 Jurickson Profar 2011 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Autograph /25 Graded BGS 9
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#8 Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Chrome Atomic Refractor Autograph /10
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#9 Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Sterling Autograph Graded BGS 10
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#10 Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Aflac Autograph /230 Graded BGS 9.5/10
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Texas Rangers 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Texas Rangers organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 8/3/2012)

1) Jurickson Profar – SS
Highest Level: AA Frisco RoughRiders
2012 Stats:
MILB: .284, 23(2B), 7(3B), 13HR, 55RBI, 14SB

2) Mike Olt – 3B
Highest Level: MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Stats:
MLB: .333 (1-3 in 1 game)
MILB: .288, 17(2B), 1(3B), 28HR, 82RBI

3) Martin Perez – P
Highest Level: MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Stats:
MLB: 1-1, 4.05ERA, 20IP, 8BB, 10K, .275BAA
MILB: 5-5, 4.59ERA, 86.1IP, 39BB, 50K, .252BAA

4) Cody Buckel – P
Highest Level: AA Frisco Roughriders
2012 Stats:
MILB: 7-8, 2.69ERA, 117IP, 44BB, 129K, .204BAA

5) Joey Gallo – 3B
Highest Level: Rookie League AZL Rangers
2012 Stats:
MILB: .308, 9(2B), 1(3B), 15HR, 37RBI

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

2012 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
JP’s FreedomCardboard Blog

2012 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Texas Rangers Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Yu Darvish RHP
Born: 8-16-1986
Highest Level Reached: Played In Japan In 2011
2011 Combined Stats: 18-6, 1.44ERA, 232IP, 36BB, 276K (Japan)

#2 Jurickson Profar SS
Born: 2-20-1993
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Hickory Crawdads
2011 Combined Stats: .286, 37(2B), 8(3B), 12HR, 65RBI, 23SB

#3 Martin Perez LHP
Born: 4/4/1991
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Round Rock Express
2011 Combined Stats: 8-6, 4.33ERA, 137.1IP, 56BB, 120K, .284BAA

#4 Leonys Martin OF
Born: 3/6/1988
Highest Level Reached: MLB Texas Rangers
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .295, 16(2B), 5(3B), 4HR, 42RBI, 19SB
MAJORS: .375 (3-8), 1(2B)

#5 Mike Olt 3B
Born: 8/27/1988
Highest Level Reached: High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2011 Combined Stats: .264, 15(2B), 15HR, 46RBI

#6 Neil Ramirez RHP
Born: 5/25/1989
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Round Rock Express
2011 Combined Stats: 5-3, 3.12ERA, 98IP, 44BB, 119K, .215BAA

#7 Rougned Odor SS
Born: 2/3/1994
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Spokane Indians
2011 Combined Stats: .262, 9(2B), 3(3B), 2HR, 29RBI, 10SB

#8 Cody Buckel RHP
Born: 6/18/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Hickory Crawdads
2011 Combined Stats: 8-3, 2.61ERA, 96.2IP, 27BB, 120K, .229BAA

#9 Miguel de los Santos LHP
Born: 7/10/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Frisco Roughriders
2011 Combined Stats: 7-6, 5.04ERA, 94.2IP, 46BB, 142K, .219BAA

#10 Robbie Ross LHP
Born: 6/24/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Frisco Roughriders
2011 Combined Stats: 10-5, 2.34ERA, 161.1IP, 33BB, 134K, .228BAA

#11 Justin Grimm RHP
Born: 8/16/1988
Highest Level Reached: High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2011 Combined Stats: 7-3, 3.39ERA, 140.2IP, 48BB, 127K, .247BAA

#12 Tanner Scheppers RHP
Born: 1/17/1987
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Round Rock Express
2011 Combined Stats: 4-1, 3.71ERA, 2 Saves, 43.2IP, 21BB, 44K, .252BAA

#13 Jorge Alfaro C
Born: 6/11/1993
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Spokane Indians
2011 Combined Stats: .300, 9(2B), 1(3B), 6HR, 23RBI

#14 Will Lamb LHP
Born: 9/9/1990
Highest Level Reached: High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2011 Combined Stats: 3-1, 2.75ERA, 55.2IP, 31BB, 62K, .220BAA

#15 Barret Loux RHP
Born: 4/6/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2011 Combined Stats: 8-5, 3.80ERA, 109IP, 34BB, 127K, .252BAA

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

2011 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Texas Rangers preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Martin Perez GRADE: B-
Perez went a combined 8-6 with a 4.33ERA between the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders and the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He walked 56 and struck out 120 in 137.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .284 off of Perez on the season.

#2 Jurickson Profar GRADE: A+
Profar batted .286 with 37 Doubles, 8 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 65 RBI’s for the Low-A Hickory Crawdads. He also stole 23 bases on the season. He walked 65 times and struck out 63 times in 115 games.

#3 Tanner Scheppers GRADE: B-
Scheppers went a combined 4-1 with a 3.71ERA and 2 Saves between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He walked 21 batters and struck out 44 in 43.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .252 off Scheppers on the year.

#4 Robbie Erlin TRADED TO SAN DIEGO
Erlin went to the Padres in the Mike Adams deal. He went a combined 9-4 with a 2.99ERA between the Low-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Double-A Frisco, and the Padres Double-A San Antonio affiliate. He walked just 16 batters while striking out 154 in 147.1 innings.

#5 David Perez GRADE: C
Perez went 1-4 with a 8.60ERA for the Short-A Spokane Indians. He walked 29 and struck out 43 in 30.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .223 against him on the season.

#6 Mike Olt GRADE: B+
Olt batted .264 with 15 Doubles, 15 Home Runs, and 46 RBI’s between a four game rehab stop with the Rookie League AZL Rangers and 69 games with High-A Myrtle Beach. He walked 49 times and struck out 75 times in 73 at-bats.

#7 Engel Beltre GRADE: C-
Beltre batted .231 with 15 Doubles, 6 Triples, 1 Home Run and 28 RBI’s for Double-A Frisco. He also stole 16 bases on the season. He walked 28 times and struck out 103 times in 118 games.

#8 Roman Mendez GRADE: A-
Mendez went 9-1 with a 3.31ERA for Low-A Hickory. He walked 45 and struck out 130 in 117 innings. Opposing batters hit .259 off Mendez on the season.

#9 Neil Ramirez GRADE: A
Ramirez went a combined 5-3 with a 3.12ERA between High-A Myrtle Beach, Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He walked 44 and struck out 119 in 98 innings. Opposing batters hit just .215 off Ramirez on the season.

#10 Robbie Ross GRADE: A
Ross went a combined 10-5 with a 2.34ERA between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco. He walked 33 batters and struck out 134 in 161.1 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .228 off Ross on the year.

#11 Miguel de los Santos GRADE: B-
de los Santos went a combined 7-6 with a 5.04ERA between a rehab start with Rookie League AZL Rangers, 12 starts at High-A Myrtle Beach and 6 starts for Double-A Frisco. He walked 46 and struck out 142 in 94.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .219 off de los Santos on the season.

#12 Jake Skole GRADE: B-
Skole batted .264 with 14 Doubles, 6 Triples, 9 Home Runs and 62 RBI’s for Low-A Hickory. He also stole 21 bases. Skole walked 65 times and struck out 138 times in 124 games.

#13 Justin Grimm GRADE: B
Grimm went a combined 7-3 with a 3.39ERA between Low-A Hickory and High-A Myrtle Beach. He walked 48 and struck out 127 batters in 140.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .247 off Grimm on the season.

#14 Kellin Deglan GRADE: C
Deglan batted .227 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 6 Home Runs, and 39 RBI’s for Low-A Hickory. He walked 34 times and struck out 91 times in 89 games.

#15 Jared Hoying GRADE: C+
Hoying hit .236 with 27 Doubles, 4 Triples, 5 Home Runs and 45 RBI’s for High-A Myrtle Beach. He also stole 10 bases. Hoying walked 45 times and struck out 98 times in 116 games.

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #12

Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins – Home Run #1

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #16

Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals – Home Run #15

Jeremy Moore Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #11 & #12

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #22

Matt Dominguez Florida Marlins – Home Run #11

AA:
Anthony Gose Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #12

Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants – Home Run #15

Kyle Russell Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #19

Kyle Skipworth Florida Marlins – Home Run #8

Grant Green Oakland Athletics – Home Run #7

Michael Bianucci Texas Rangers – Home Run #27

High-A:
Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #15

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #22

Stefan Welch New York Mets – Home Run #14

Low-A:
Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers – Home Run #11

Gary Sanchez New York Yankees – Home Run #16 & #17

Jacob Realmuto Florida Marlins – Home Run #6

Ryan Fisher Florida Marlins – Home Run #16

Philip Wunderlich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #15

Texas Rangers Prospect Jorge Alfaro May Be The Next In A Long Line Of Elite International Prospects

The Texas Rangers have a history of developing young talent and pushing them quickly through their system. Jorge Alfaro is looking to follow in the footsteps of players like Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez. The 18 year old Alfaro is currently at Short-A Northwest League as a member of the Spokane Indians. He is currently hitting .324 with 5(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, and 13RBI’s. While his plate discipline is poor, 33 strikeouts and just 3 walks in 105 at-bats, scouts are buzzing about his talent. In the article, Alfaro talks about his desire to improve, and Rangers staff talk about just how good the young Colombian player could be.

Blanchette: Indians’ Alfaro gives scouts plenty to smile about — Spokesman.com

Sunday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA
Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #1

Valentino Pascucci New York Mets – Home Run #12 & #13

Steven Lombardozzi Washington Nationals – Home Run #2

Johnny Giavotella Kansas City Royals – Home Run #8 & #9

Clint Robinson Kansas City Royals – Home Run #18

Trayvon Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #23

Jai Miller Oakland Athletics – Home Run #23

AA
Tyler Moore Harrisburg Senators – Home Run #20

Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants – Home Run #11

Johermyn Chavez Seattle Mariners – Home Run #12

J.D. Martinez Houston Astros – Home Run #11

Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies – Home Run #15

High-A

Cesar Puello New York Mets – Home Run #6

Khris Davis Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #15

Marcus Lemon Atlanta Braves – Home Run #1

Michael Wing Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #8 & #9

Michael Choice Oakland Athletics – Home Run #26

Bobby Borchering Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #18

Kiel Roling Colorado Rockies – Home Run #10 & #11

Low-A

Jake Marisnick Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #11

Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers – Home Run #10

Adam Duvall San Francisco Giants – Home Run #20

Sean Coyle Boston Red Sox – Home Run #8