Posts Tagged ‘USA Alumni’

Nov
1

MARKET WATCH: Superfractors and Canary Galore

It’s been about a week since 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects has hit the market and we’ve already seen a few notable cards sell.  The most notable (arguably) superfractor auto has hit the market over the weekend and it should be a record setting sale. The non-auto version hit as well, which should be a nice price comparison for comparable players.  I’m not sure why I’m even saying that because there aren’t too many prospects who compare to “The Freak v2.0″.  Baseball America had some pretty strong words to defend their #1 prospect ranking for the Arizona farm system.

“He not only has top-of-the-rotation potential, but his approach is so revolutionary that his success in the majors could cause teams to rethink how they condition and develop young pitchers.”

TREVOR BAUER SUPERFRACTOR AUTOGRAPH 1/1

TREVOR BAUER SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

A surprising seller from the set has been Francisco Lindor, who seems to have a very large following back in Puerto Rico.  The slick fielding former USA shortstop has Cleveland fans salivating over his projection and his market prices are showing the aftermath.  Even his USA stuff is selling well, which is nice to see with a chrome autograph fully on the market.  His superfractor was pulled within the first days of the product release and sold for a pretty penny.

FRANCISCO LINDOR SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

Some other notable are below, which includes two of the better 16U superfractor autos, as well as the too name in the canary non-auto set.

ZACH COLLINS USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

CARSON SANDS USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

BRYSON BRIGMAN USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

AUSTIN MEADOWS CANARY USA 16U 1/1

Nov
0

Superfractor Tracker: Ryan Wright and Yoennis Cespedes!

Two of the more attractive and interesting superfractors showed up on the market this week.  The first one features a former USA collegiate player who is flying a bit under the radar.  Not only is Ryan Wright a solid middle infielder defensively (although a move to 2B is likely), but he also has been a producer offensively in his first MILB season.  He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him as a 2012 late season call-up.

2010 Bowman Platinum USA Collegiate Team Ryan Wright SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

The second superfractor is of arguably the most followed international free agent not named Yu Darvish.  Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes went from best player in his country to internet phenomenon overnight.  We wrote about him and the video last week, but now comes the market hype for his cards.  This card was listed at the right time for the first wave of hyped pricing, but the true money would be when he signs.  He’s likely to be scooped up by a big market team, so if he gets to the Rangers Red Sox, or Yankees….who knows what it could sell for.  Cha-ching!

2009 Topps Chrome WBC Prospects Yoennis Cespedes SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

Oct
0

Bryce Harper Shows Off His “Tebow”

OK, so the title sounds a bit wrong.  Get your heads out of the gutter people.

Bryce Harper is enjoying his time in the Arizona Fall League, so much so that he took some time to share his love for internet idiocy.  Here he is seen doing the “Tebow” in a public place.

First we had planking.  Now we have a tribute to an overrated and underachieving megastar. When the times get tough you take a moment a reflect to the gods.

Hopefully, Bryce Harper has a better start to his Major League career than Tim Tebow in the NFL.

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Apr
0

Blast From The Past: Trevor Bauer On-Route to UCLA, Workout Routine (Video)

It’s no secret that Trevor Bauer of UCLA is our favorite USA player.  We not only love to watch him mow down hitters, but he also is extremely intriguing with his preparation and routine.  People always point out pitchers and their quirky ways, and Bauer is no exception.  In fact, he might lead the pack in the “WTF” department, but it clearly leads to success.  How it translates to a Major League organization is soon to be seen, and he’s quickly climbing the draft boards (potentially top 3 overall).

After his career-high start last night vs. Stanford, Trevor Bauer is on pace to completely demolish his Strikeout title from 2009.  His line so far, a little over halfway through the regular season….(Click the stat picture to enlarge)

If you were interested in hearing from the man himself about getting to UCLA, leaving High School early, and his outlook on baseball, we were able to find archived video from the LA Times.  Take note of the unorthodox training methods and his insane focus on honing his craft.

Check out some of the great Trevor Bauer cards on the eBay market.  They are still relatively affordable, especially looking at his UCLA counterpart’s prices, Gerrit Cole.  Buy them now before they skyrocket at College World Series and draft time.

2009 Upper Deck USA Red Ink Auto /25

2009 Upper Deck USA Red Ink Incriptions Auto /25

2009 Upper Deck USA Patch Auto /99

BGS 9.5 2009 Bowman Chrome USA Blue Refractor /250