Carding Baseball America's MLB Prospects Hot Sheet (July 9)


Here's a look at the top five players on this week's Baseball America Top MLB Prospects Hot Sheet and their seasons so far. It's a little something to help those who might want to dabble with prospecting -- some basics on their baseball cards alongside a highlight line from those more scouting-minded. We may not do this every week, but we'll check in on BA's top crop from time to time for the remainder of the season.

1. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays — Rookie-level Princeton Rays
Season so far: 
Hitting .339 with 1 double, 2 homers, 11 RBI and 3 SBs in 14 games
Baseball America’s highlight line: 
“When we ranked Franco as the No. 1 international prospect last year, we knew he was a talented hitter whose offensive ability was well beyond his years. Since then, he’s only gotten better. ... He has a chance to develop into an impact hitter, the type who could race through the minors and get to the big leagues by the time he’s 20."
CARDBOARD BASICS
Approximate card total (so far):
 None
First Chrome auto: 
Not yet
One auto to consider:
No autos yet
Buzz’s card take:
His first MiLB team-issue cards should be of interest when they arrive -- it sounds like Baseball America is sold -- but watch out for other Wander Franco cards out there. They're relatives who are or have been in the minors, too. This Wander Franco doesn't even have his mugshot on MiLB.com. (Spoiler: That's why you see the No. 2 player on the list above.)

Keep reading for the rest of the top five ...


2. Ian Anderson, P, Atlanta Braves — Class-A Carolina Mudcats
Season so far: 
2-5, 2.92 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 74 innings (15 starts)
Baseball America’s highlight line: 
“As a 20-year-old, he's still got moments or outings where his control gets a little loose and wild, but there are also days like last Monday where he strikes out 11 in six scoreless innings. And he followed that up by throwing five more scoreless innings on Sunday. Anderson has the stuff and the potential to be a front-of-the-rotation starter. "
CARDBOARD BASICS
Approximate card total (so far):
 550
First Chrome auto: 2016 Bowman Draft 
One auto to consider: Any of his USA cards (2015 and 2017)
Buzz’s card take: 
He's got a ton of cards based on USA and prospecting stuff so far (he was drafted with the third-overall pick in 2016) and he's pushing 300 different certified autographs alone. I'd chase the Chrome and the earliest USA stuff first -- one will be competitive and one will be a bargain buy. 

--


3. Taylor Ward, 3B, Los Angeles Angels — Triple-A Salt Lake Bees
Season so far: 
Hitting .359 with 19 doubles, 11 homers (career-high), 46 RBI and 16 SBs in 74 games
Baseball America’s highlight line: 
“Having stopped catching and moved full time to third base, his offensive production has spiked in 2018."
CARDBOARD BASICS
Approximate card total (so far): 
500
First Chrome auto: 2015 Bowman Draft 
One auto to consider: Those in 2014 USA Baseball sets
Buzz’s card take: 
He's got a lot of options for you to check out, so, again, do the earliest USA autos and the Chrome autos that fit your budget.

--

4. Bryse Wilson, SP, Atlanta Braves — Double-A Mississippi Braves
Season so far: 
4-5, 3.40 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 84 innings (17 starts)
Baseball America’s highlight line: 
"Braves [previously] bumped Wilson up to Double-A Mississippi and for the first time as a pro, he found himself in over his head. Wilson failed to get out of the third inning in four of five starts at one stretch. But his stuff is still the same stuff and twice this week he had those dominating outings that were pretty common when he was in Class A."
CARDBOARD BASICS
Approximate card total (so far): 
150
First Chrome auto: 2016 Bowman Draft 
One auto to consider: 2015 Leaf Perfect Game
Buzz’s card take: 
That highlight line wasn't exactly a dominating scouting report but Braves pitchers are watched closely on cardboard -- and atop that he only has about 40 autos spread over just two releases. They're worth  cheap look if you're dabbling as he's only 20. His career record (2016-current) is 15-13 with a 2.61 ERA with 257 strikeouts in 248 innings.

--


5. Triston McKenzie, P, Cleveland Indians — Double-A Akron RubberDucks

Season so far: 3-2, 3.05 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 38 innings (7 starts)
Baseball America’s highlight line: “The rail-thin righthander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on July 3 against Altoona, then backed it up on Sunday with six innings of two-hit ball against Richmond to close the first half of the Eastern League season."
CARDBOARD BASICS
Approximate card total (so far): 450
First Chrome auto: 2017 Bowman
One auto to consider: 2014 Leaf Perfect Game Showcase
Buzz’s card take: He's got more than 200 different auto cards from as far back as 2014 thanks to Leaf Perfect Game so there's a lot to ponder here before his first Chrome autos arrived. He's coming back from injury right now, so that's a negative, but he went 12-6 with a 3.46 ERA and 186 Ks in 143 innings last year, so that's a plus. BA ranked him 33rd on its Top 100 list entering this season.

--

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

>> Click here to buy cards on BlowoutCards.com.

Leave a Reply