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Old 08-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Javier Baez vs Miguel Sano

I find their card and prospect statuses to be eerily similar, so I thought this could be an interesting discussion. Who is the better prospect?


Baez Credentials
Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6'0" 195
Position - SS (Ultra-Premium if he sticks)
Team Ranking 2013 - 1st
Average Overall Ranking 2013 - 20th
Market (card value consideration): Chicago

2013 Stats - 119 G (76 A+/ 43 AA), .286 AVG, 33 Doubles, 4 Triples, 33 HR, 100 RBI, 38 BB, 132 K, 19 SB, 4 CS, .348 OBP, .581 SLG, .929 OPS

Argument for Baez - His numbers and plate discipline have improved since being promoted to AA. He provides an outstanding bat with serious power from the middle infield. The Cubs have a better market than the Twins (as far as cards).

Biggest Concern - Plate discipline and K rate still need to improve.

Looking Forward - He has dominated since promotion to AA, which makes him look like he's much closer to Major League ready than we may have thought at the beginning of 2013.

Average Card Sales
Chrome Base Auto - $52
Chrome Gold Refractor Auto - $450


Sano Credentials
Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6'3" 195
Position - 3B (Premium if he sticks)
Team Ranking 2013 - 1st
Average Overall Ranking 2013 - 12th
Market (card value consideration): Minneapolis

2013 Stats - 112 G (56 A+/ 56 AA), .286 AVG, 28 Doubles, 4 Triples, 31 HR, 94 RBI, 57 BB, 125 K, 10 SB, 3 CS, .382 OBP, .609 SLG, .991 OPS

Argument for Sano - He is about half a year younger than Baez. He reportedly has a good chance to stick at third base, which maximizes the value of his bat. There is nobody blocking him from the Major League job with the Twins; when he's ready, he will step right in.

Biggest Concern - Plate discipline and K rate could use some improvement, although he is already ahead of Baez in these departments. Needs to prove he can dominate AA.

Looking Forward - He mashed in High A before the promotion to AA slowed him down, but he's still very young for the league and should find his groove with more at bats in the upper levels of the Minors.

Average Card Sales
Chrome Base Auto - $65
Chrome Gold Refractor Auto - $600
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