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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise. Been away for the past week for family vacation, now it’s back to full steam ahead. The release of Bowman Inception has raised many players rankings, this is a direct effect of the market being flooded with new auto’s. Even with that, there are players this week who have made significant gains that are not product release related.  

Sonny Gray (OAK)

Current Rank: 32 +38
Called up to fill in as reliever and spot starter. The thinking is he may replace Colon if the MLB ever gets around to handing out these oft rumored suspensions. Has impressed this year in a hitter friendly PCL. Pitched 2 scoreless in his releif debut striking out the first two batters he faced. His cards haven’t really spiked that much with his promotion. Mainly due to the flood of availability. Good deals can be had and this may be the time to capitalize before he has his first start. Popular Cards: 2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $12-$17 2011 Donruss Elite (AU) $5-$8 View Profile

Jarred Cosart (HOU)

Current Rank: 53 +189
Made his debut as spot starter last Friday and nearly threw a no hitter. Broken up in the seventh, Cosart ended up throwing 8 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits. After the game he was sent back down to AAA. This was the plan all along. He still has to work on his control of his secondary pitches and bring his walk rate down. But the future is looking up for the astros. Cards have jumped up quite a bit a bit since his ML debut. Base Chrome Autos have jumped from $6-$8 a couple months ago to $20-30. The news of him being sent back down hasn’t halted demand for his cards. Popular Cards: 2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $20-$20 View Profile

Danny Salazar (CLE)

Current Rank: 90 +165
Another pitcher making his MLB debut this week as a spot starter. Dominated, no hitting the Bluejays through five. He’s come back from Tommy John a better pitcher than he was before, throwing smoke in the upper 90′s. His only Auto’s are found in the retail version of 2013 Bowman. These are the base paper non chrome cards. The value of the boeman auto’s spiked when they were introduced back in May at around $10, then they dropped to the $3-$5 range.After his dabut they have risen back up to the $12-$15 range. Not alot of product has helped spur demand for Salazar’s cards. Popular Cards: 2013 Bowman (AU) $12-$16 View Profile

Josh Phegley (CWS)

Current Rank: 131 +1213
Jumped to the bigs this last week, Has only 5 hits in 25 at bats but three of them were home runs. Including a heroic like grand slam to win the game. Not really a power guy, although he was in college. He’s hit with some power for the first time in his pro career this year. On the older side for a prospect at 25, has average recieving skills that projects more as a backup catcher then everyday starter. But if the power continues to play he could rewrite the book. Not alot of cards of his in the marketplace. The ones that are there have jumped up considerably. Popular Cards: 2009 Doruss Elite (AU) $12-$15 2009 Doruss Elite $2-$3 2010 Topps Pro Debut $3-$4 View Profile
     

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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Heading into the last week before the All-Star break the main story lines have been the resurgence of the Dodgers and the dominance of the Pirates. Both teams are starting to see alot more attention being paid to them in the hobby.

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)

Current Rank: 59 +28
Alvarez is one of the reasons the Pirates have been streaking to the MLB’s best record. He had a monster June batting .309 with 10 HR’s and 24RBI’s.Card wise he kind of slipped through the cracks. There is really no true rookie card available (Discounting eTopps). The bulk of auto’s can only be found in 2008 Razor and 2008 Upper Deck USA. Popular Cards: 2008 RAZOR (AU) $12-$16 20008 Upper Deck USA (AU) $14-$19 View Profile

Hanley Ramirez (LAD)

Current Rank: 65 +32
Been a beast of late. Finally healthy and hitting the ball with authority. Currently has a 12 Game hitting streak. During the streak he’s gone 21-for-44(.477) with 5 HR’s, 15 RBIs and 11 runs. Ramirez has alot of product scattered throughout the last decade, so it’s not to hard to find something at reasonable price. Popular Cards: 2003 Bowman Chrome (AU) $39-$60 2003 Bowman’s Best (AU) $35-$50 View Profile

Jeff Locke (PIT)

Current Rank: 67 +60
Locke has also been big key to the Pirates success so far this year. Currently 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Not a power pitcher so the strikeout total will be lower, but can locate and mix speeds, which makes him extremely effective. Chrome and Sterling Auto’s for Locke have tripled in value over the past couple months. The base auto’ can still be picked up for a reasonable value. Popular Cards: 2008 Bowman Sterling (AU) $10-$15 2012 Bowman Chrome Black Base (AU) $13-$20 2012 National Treasures (AU) $13-$18 View Profile

Jose Iglesias (BOS)

Current Rank: 72 +89
He came up earlier this year as a defensive replacement for an injured Stephen Drew and did well. When Drew came back Iglesias’s was sent down only to be called up to play third for the injured Will Middlebrooks. Problem was when Middlebrooks returned Igleias’s bat was just to hot to keep on the bench, so he platooned with the struggling Middlebrooks. After a couple weeks he had taken the 3B job outright and Middlebrooks was sent down. Currently batting .409 with a .455 OBP through 39 Games this year with the big club. The card crop for Iglesias autos is limited to just a couple of products. His base chrome haven’t reached the point of listing singles yet as they are sub $3. Popular Cards: 2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $24-$28 2011 Topps Tier 1 $18-$26 View Profile

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As the old adage goes:  the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,  Those words definitely ring true when you take a look at some of the top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

A quick skim down NHL Central Scouting’s final player rankings for this year’s draft, reveals several players with family ties in professional sports – and not just in hockey.  From basketball to football, this year’s NHL draft prospects show a sporting lineage that spans across multiple sporting arenas:

NHLCS North American Skater Ranking

Prospect Name

Family Pro Sports Connections

1

Seth Jones

Father, Ronald “Popeye” Jones played 11 seasons in the NBA and is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets..

4

Darnell Nurse

Father, Darnell Nurse played 8 seasons in the CFL

Uncle, Donovan McNabb played in the NFL for 13 seasons and was named to 6 Pro Bowls.

10

Anthony Mantha

Grandfather Andre Pronovost played 12 seasons in the NHL (1956-1968), winning four Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.

17

Kerby Rychel

Father, Warren Rychel played 8 seasons in the NHL from 1987-1999.

19

Max Domi

Father, Tie Domi was a feared enforcer in the NHL for 16 seasons (1989-2006).

38

Justin Bailey

Father Carlton Bailey was a linebacker in the NFL from 1988-1997, appearing in 3 Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills

42

Adam Tambellini

Father Steve Tambellini played in the NHL from 1978-1988, winning 2 Stanley Cup championships with the NY Islanders (1980, 1981).

Brother Jeff Tambellini 27th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 7 seasons in the NHL (2005-2011).

55

Jordan Subban

Brother, P.K. just completed his third NHL season with the Montreal Canadiens by winning the Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman.

Brother, Malcolm, currently playing for the Belleville Bulls (OHL), was drafted 24th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2012 NHL Draft.

56

Ryan Fitzgerald

Father, Tom played 18 seasons in the NHL and currently serves as the assistant to the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

182

John Stevens

Father, also named John, was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984 and is currently an assistant coach with the LA Kings.

195

Daniel LaFontaine

Father, Pat LaFontaine is an NHL Hall of Famer who was selected 3rd overall by the NY Islanders in 1983.  He tallied 1,013 points (468-545-1013) in 865 games for the Islanders, Sabres and Rangers, before a series of concussions ended his playing career.

NHLCS North American Goalie Ranking

Prospect Name

Family Pro Sports Connections

2

Eric Comrie

Brother, Mike Comrie played 13 seasons in the NHL (2000-2011).  He is currently married to actress Hilary Duff

Brother, Paul Comrie played part of 1 season in the NHL (1999-2000) after a four-year collegiate hockey career at University of Denver.

13

Brendan Burke

Father, Sean Burke played 18 seasons in the NHL (1987-2007)

N/A

Anthony Brodeur

Father, Martin Brodeur is a future Hall of Famer who just completed his 20th season in the NHL (1992 – )

   

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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Busy week on the prospect side of things. Pulls from the blue wave redemptions packs have had an effect on some of the prospects. Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler lead the pack with quite a few big gainers this past week.

Wil Myers (TB)

Current Rank: 3 +7
Had a decent first week in the bigs. Highlighted by a grand slam off of C.C. Sabathia. Myers seems to be trying to do to much at times, which is understandable after a call up. 7 strikeouts, no walks in 30 at bats. It’s gonna take time to adjust and deal with the adjustments made against him. But it’s way to soon to jump to conclusions on how well he’s going to do after the first week. His cards have had a nice little bump since getting called up. Even his base cards are moving at a steady clip. Popular Cards: 2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $90-$105 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (AU) $65 2010 Bowman Chrome $4-$6 View Popular Listings

Zack Wheeler (NYM)

Current Rank: 17 +31
The future is looking bright for the Mets rotation after getting a look at the potent duo of Wheeler and Harvey in a double-dip last Tuesday. Wheeler was a little shaky early but managed to settle down, pitching 6 innings of shutout ball, 7SO, 4H, 5BB. The market has now been flooded with his cards since his start last week, but demand remains strong. Popular Cards: 2009 Bowman Chome (AU) $80-$108 2009 Bowman Sterling (AU) $40-$55 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (AU) $30-$38 View Popular Listings

Evan Gattis (ATL)

Current Rank: 14 +37
Currently on the DL for an oblique strain. The Braves willingness to keep him on the roster after McCann came back shows you how much they value his bat. Playing some time in left field and filling in for McCann on day after night game situations. Although there has yet to be an autographed card produced there has been decent action on his base and insert cards. The release of Topps Series 2 have helped drive his ranking up. Popular Cards: 2013 Topps Series 2 Base $2-$3 2013 Topps Series 2 Emerald Green Foil $8-$12 2012 Topps Heritage Minors $8-$13 View Popular Listings

Ronald Guzman (TEX)

Current Rank: 65 +67
Off to a hot start after coming back from a meniscus tear and surgery in early march. He’s a beast at 6’5″ and only 18 with some room to fill out. Defensively he is still a work in progress at first base but seems to be adapting well so far. The market for his cards is picking up, but the value is still remaining steady with some good deals available. Popular Cards: 2012 Bowman Chome (AU) $11-$15 2012 Playoff Contenders (AU) $4-$8 View Popular Listings

Nick Williams (TEX)

Current Rank: 75 +71
Putting together a decent season, sporting a .296 Average with 14HR’s and 44RBI’s. Needs to show better discipline at the plate with only 6 walks through 198 PA so far this year. Card values are holding. Appears not many people are really on top of him for the moment. Popular Cards: 2012 Elite Extra Edition (AU) $4-$7 2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $12-$16 View Popular Listings

C.J. Edwards (TEX)

Current Rank: 78 +29
Crazy that this guy was a 48th round pick. Absolutely dominating the South Atlantic League so far with a stat line of : 2.03 ERA, 71IP, 6-2, 92SO, 27BB. His only cards are in 2013 Bowman right now. Value is starting to rise a couple dollars but nothing crazy yet. Popular Cards: 2013 Bowman Chrome (AU) $8-$13 View Popular Listings

Corey Dickerson (COL)

Current Rank: 70 +96
Called up over the weekend, Dickerson didn’t have much left to prove in the minors and was doing to well for them not to call him up. Has some pop although his AAA numbers may be inflated due to playing in altitude. Not alot of love from the scouting community and that may explain the absence of auto’s. Just base cards in this years Bowman Chrome and last years Bowman Sterling. Popular Cards: 2012 Bowman Sterling $2-$3 2013 Bowman Chrome $1-$2 View Popular Listings

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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Not many significant gainers on the pro side this week, so i worked on tweaking the format of the lists. The main story has been Scherzer and the rise of his cards. 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition is on the rise with both Scherzer and Davis’s cards soaring.

Max Scherzer (DET)

Current Rank: 27 +73
max Scherzer has come on strong this year leading the league in wins and going 11-0. He’s the last remaining opening season starter that is undefeated.The run support has definitely been a factor in those wins and no decisions, But he deserves credit for his season so far. The Market for his cards has picked up considerably these past couple of weeks. Scherzer is vitrually a lock to make his first All-Star game appearance. Popular Cards: 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (AU) $47-$80 2008 SPX (AU) $25-$33 2008 UD Sweet Spot (AU) $30-38 View Popular Listings

Chris Davis (BAL)

Current Rank: 17 +31
chrisdavis Chris Davis continues to punish the baseball. Leads all of baseball in homeruns with 27. His OPS is an absurd 1.132. At this rate Davis is going to keep Cabrera from walking into another Triple-Crown. If he continues this torrid pace it will be interesting to see where he ends up in the MVP race. Popular Cards: 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (AU) $47-$80 2008 Contenders (AU) $50-$60 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft $6-$10 View Popular Listings

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Each week we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Yasiel Puig(LAD) still tops the charts for a second week in a row.  The call ups last week of Gerrit Cole(PIT) and Mike Zunino(SEA) along with the debuts this Tuesday of Wil Myers(TB) and Zack Wheeler(NYM) may threaten to take the top spot away.  
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Gerrit Cole PIT 16 3 +13 Two solid starts to begin his major league career. Card prices have been trending upwards, but there are still some good buys due to saturation.
Mike Zunino SEA 28 6 +22 Surprised by this call up. He hasn’t established himself at Triple-A yet. The strikeouts continue to be an issue which will probably only compound more against superior pitching. This is a desperation move by the Mariners front office who are in need offense. They should of held onto Jaso for another year and let Zunino get his more AB’s in the minors.
Nick Castellanos DET 26 13 +13 Improved alot this year after struggling last year in AA. Strikeouts are down and his walks are up. Showing more patience. Has been scorching this june so far with .361 BA and a 1.035 OPS
Javier Baez CHC 22 12 +10 Went 4-13 in 4 games last week. Those 4 hits came in one game and all were home runs. Crazy what a few homeruns will do to a guys ranking. Short week because of the all star game.
Joey Gallo TEX 51 14 +37 The power is there 22 homeruns so far. Gallo’s strikeout rate is where i would caution collectors. 108 strikeouts thru 68 games. The good news is he’s only 19. Needs to start showing better plate discipline if he has any shot at making the show.
Oswaldo Arcia MIN 38 20 +18 Called back up last week with Hicks going on the DL. Showing steady improvement at the big league level.
Anthony Rendon CWS 64 25 +39 Recalled to platoon with Lambardozzi with Espinosa on the DL. Rendon continues to shine. Going 16-36(.444) since coming back.  This is the worst case scenario for espinosa. At this rate the 2B job should be his alone.

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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Pretty slow week. Not alot of movement in terms of big gainers or events to jumpstart a players ranking. So with that we will look at some players that either had a nice incremental gains based on performance and players who have moved up the rankings for other reasons.  
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Jurickson Profar TEX 12 10 +2 Has had a decent stint in the bigs since being called up to fill in for an injured Kinsler. Kinsler is due to return as soon as Sunday. The Rangers haven’t decided if they will keep Profar up to spell Kinsler and Andrus. The other possibility is they send him back down to get some work in the outfield and bring him back up as a super utility player. He has no spot in the infield, they should just go ahead and make him an outfielder if they wish to retain him.
Evan Longoria TB 32 20 +12 Putting together a good season so far. New Museum and some low #’d auto’s are pushing up his ranking
Trevor Bauer CLE 71 44 +27 Bunch of his auto cards were unloaded this past week pushing thus pushing his ranking up. Control issues aside I believe the dump of cards might be attributed to the critics weighing in on his new rap song “Gutter to the Grail” (Youtube)
Chris Sale CWS 62 48 +14 14 K’s and still gets the loss last night. The White Sox lack of run support is not helping his record. That aside he still continues to dominate.
Dustin Ackley SEA 123 98 +25 Demoted two weeks ago to Triple-A to work on finding his swing. Nick franklin has been doing good so far after replacing him. So it will be interesting to see how this plays out if he gets hot. Sell off of Ackley’s cards are moving his ranking up. Since being demoted Ackley has been a hit machine going 28-68(.412) in 16 games. It’s also worth noting he has split his time between the OF and 2B as well.
Jordan Zimmermann STL 167 141 +26 Off to a great start this year going 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA. The attention paid to his cards has gone up but the value increase so far hasn’t followed.

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Each week we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Yasiel Puig has dominated the hobby this week. The atmosphere he’s created for the Dodgers since being called up has been nothing short of electric. Each at bat you get the feeling your watching something special. His tangible auto’s can only be found in Leaf. This has sent box prices soaring with collectors chasing. Even his Bowman inserts have gone through the roof. Underneath the shadows of Puig there was some significant activity in the prospect rankings this week. Mainly revolving around promotions and performance.  
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Yasiel Puig STL 12 1 +11 Stat line speaks for itself: .464/.483/.964, 7 G, 13-for-28, 2 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
George Springer HOU 27 12 +15 Mashing machine. 18 HR’s and 50 RBI’s. At this rate I would say he is definitely in line for a September call up. Should be a serious contender for an outfield spot in the bigs next year.
Zack Wheeler NYM 32 15 +17 Impending call up driving his cards right now. When that will exactly be remains to be seen. He’s had some so-so outing of late but don’t read to much into it since he’s been pitching in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.
Tony Cingrani CIN 41 17 +24 Expected to be back with the big club on Tuesday with Cueto heading back to the DL. A rotation spot is tough to come for Cingrani. The only way he can get starts is if someone goes down with injury. That being said he is making things tough for the Reds to keep him down given how exceptional he has performed this year.
Jose Fernandez FLA 41 27 +14 Terrific so far since making the jump from High-A with a 3.17 ERA ,67 K’s in 67 Innings pitched. Walk rate is a little high but i think this will lower after the adjustment period. His cards have taken a hit from the highs of mid April. Chrome base are around $30 now from their highs of $55-60.
Scooter Gennett MIL 165 76 +89 Called up to platoon with a struggling Weeks. Scooter doesn’t provide the pop of Weeks but is a solid line drive hitter and will hit for average.
Courtney Hawkins CWS 48 30 +28 Back after a month on the DL with a shoulder injury from a diving catch. His numbers weren’t that great before the injury. They have been good since returning though going 11-34 with 4 HR’s and 11 RBI’s

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Each week of the baseball season we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   It’s the Yasiel Puig and Domonic Brown show this week. Puig has taken over the top spot in our Prospect Rankings. Domonic Brown is quickly climbing the ladder in our Pro Rankings.  
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Domonic Brown PHI 132 14 +118 NL Player of the month for May. Leads the NL in home runs. His card values have increased steadily over the past few weeks only to explode this week. Anyone who saw this through and held on to his stuff kudos to you.
Paul Goldschmidt ARZ 12 8 +4 Cracked the top 10 this week. Goldy is another great storyline for the where being patient and seing a player through can pay off big. All but written off to be a serviceable first baseman last year is now putting up the numbers that were predicted of him. Leading the NL in RBIs with 66. Batting .333 with 14 HRs and sporting a gaudy .1.016 OPS.
Shelby Miller STL 26 17 +9 Hit his first home run last night. Putting together a special season for the Cardinals. 7-3 with a 1.38 ERA K/BB 81/17.
Chris Davis BAL 45 26 +19 Continues to punish the ball. The selloff has slowed down a bit this week or his rank would be even higher.
Patrick Corbin CIN 61 46 +15 Amazing that this guy is still flying somewhat under the radar of the overall hobby. His card values are up but are only being driven buy a small subset of people. 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 starts.
Matt Adams STL 73 61 +12 Got off to a fast start at the beginning of the year then went down with a oblique strain. After coming back it’s been tough to for him to find consistent at bats given the cardinals depth. His cards are still holding value with the hopes more playing time will be on the horizon.

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Each week we will take a look some of the top gainers for the past 7 days and explore the reasons behind the rise.   Being 2 months into the season, alot more attention is being paid to a players body of work this year then just a few hot weeks.  
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Michael Wacha STL 31 2 +29 Made our list last week with the impending call up. Impressive in his debut. Wacha sat down the first 13 batters he faced. He gave up just two hits and one run over seven innings. The strong start will help keep his card values up until at least his next appearance.
Nick Franklin MIN 73 11 +62 Also on last weeks list and still climbing. Had a nice game last Thursday with 2 solo HR’s. But other than that hasn’t provided much offense. It’s still too early to fairly judge performance at this level. It looks like at least the Mariners will give him every chance to prove himself.
Yasiel Puig LAD 9 12 +4 MANBEARPUIG. Is that really gonna stick as his nickname? Called up to aid a depleted dodgers outfield. If he does well it will be interesting to see how the outfield takes shape when everyones healthy. May not seem like a big gain but he will be in the top 10 in the next few days. It’s a supply issue that make it harder for him to impact our rankings. He only has auto’s in Leaf.
Francisco Lindor CLE 49 14 +35 A bunch of autos were unloaded this past week and that has definitely skewed the ranking a bit. Some prospectors looking to get out from under some of their stash while he rides a hot streak in Single-A. Still a force. If your willing to wait it out the gains could be huge when he makes it to the pros.
Jonathan Singleton HOU 77 44 +33 Fresh off his 50 game suspension for marijuana singleton is off to a nice start in Single-A. It looks as though the intentions are to have him up in triple within the next few weeks given his performance in Single-A and potentially a short stint in Double-A
Marcell Ozuna FLA 80 51 +29 Just had a sixteen game hit streak snapped on Saturday. Only to come back the next day and go 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s. His power numbers are down but I believe alot of that is due to the Marlins Stadium. If he continues to hit the way he has been the homeruns will come.
Robert Stephenson CIN 120 87 +33 Throws gas with good movement but will need to really develop his secondary pitches to move up the ladder. Off to a good start this year. Gives up a fair amount of hits but his BB/K rate have kept his whip from soaring. The following stats are pretty impressive SO/9 11.6 ,BB/9 2.4, SO/BB 4.81.