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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.    
Player Team Previous Rank Current Rank Change Notes
Tony Cingrani CIN 6 1 +5 Moved into the top spot for the first time this past weekend. Stellar numbers so far 28k in 18 innings. 2.63 ERA/0.833 WHIP
Nolan Arenado COL 39 4 +35 His promotion and production in the bigs is driving the market for him. Fantastic first week stats: 3 HR / 8 RBI / .323 AVG / .364 OBP / .677 SLG / .1.041 OPS
Marcell Ozuna MIA 102 15 +87 Since being promoted to the big leagues he’s been on a terror going 11 for 23 . If they could only get some base runners on base in front of him to drive.
Carlos Correa HOU 72 31 +41 Looks like a pre 2013 bowman run on his older cards. Not really setting the world on fire in A ball but still driving in runs but. I would like to see the strikeouts come down.
Jesse Biddle PHI 90 36 +54 Pitcher of the week last week in Double AA may have led to the run here. He’s more than established himself as the top pitcher in the the system. I’d imagine he’s going to be moved up to AAA soon.

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Now that the draft is over with i’ve gone ahead and loaded the database with all the skill position players that were drafted. Denard Robinson(Most popular fifth rounder ever?), Eddie Lacy and Tavon Austin are leading the pack in popularity since the draft. We’ve seen Geno Smith stock slide the same way it did in the draft although he still is the top qb overall. After having some incredible talent coming out the past few years this years crop seems a little thin on the surface. This may prove to be beneficial with some good preseason buys. Here is a list of the top 10 popularity wise as of 5/2.
Player Team Pos Drafted
Denard Robinson JAC WR Pick 2, Round 5 (135)
Eddie Lacy GB RB Pick 29, Round 2 (61)
Tavon Austin STL WR Pick 8, Round 1 (8)
Geno Smith NYJ QB Pick 7, Round 2 (39)
Matt Barkley PHI QB Pick 1, Round 4 (98)
Landry Jones PIT QB Pick 18, Round 4 (115)
Montee Ball DEN RB Pick 26, Round 2 (58)
Marcus Lattimore SF RB Pick 34, Round 4 (131)
Rex Burkhead CIN RB Pick 22, Round 6 (190)
Tyler Wilson OAK QB Pick 15, Round 4 (112)

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As the 2013 MLB draft approaches we will be taking a look at prospects that have cards available in the hobby.   Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson, Georgia
Draft Projection: Top 10
High School Senior Bats/Throws: Left/Left HT/WT: 6’3″/200 Birthdate: 5/3/95
  meadA five tool outfielder Austin is the top prep prospect as well as position player in this years draft. The market is clearly aware of what he represents in the upcoming draft. His cards are running in the top end of this years crop with his base autos starting in the $45-60 and going up from there. This has come down a bit from earlier this spring and that may be a reflection of his so-so senior season.

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Every week we take a look at a few Offensive Players of the Week for minor league baseball and evaluate them on the field and in the market.

Nick Franklin

bprnf Tacoma (SEA) – AAA Pacific Coast League (.474/.600/.789, 5 G, 9-for-19, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 SB) What can i say. He’s knocking on the door. Always been a favorite of mine but get’s buried collecting wise behind the other talent in the Seattle system. They really need some offensive help on the big league club but i think Seattle will wait a little longer before starting his clock. His 2010 Bowman Chrome base autos are on the rise by what appears to be a select few that are on top of him. They were going for around $10-13 but with the limited availibilty that’s bound to go up.

Marcell Ozuna

ozunaJacksonville (MIA) – AA Southern League (.367/.441/1.408, 7 G, 11-for-30, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SB) Recently promoted to AA Marcell has continued to show good pop with 5 homers this week. Even though the strikeouts are a concern The market has definitly started to take notice in him. He cracked the top 100 in out rankings this week and continues to be a steady climber even with the limited amount of product for sale. It’s amazing his rookie base auto’s are only running between $5-12. Seems like a steal.

Garin Cecchini

garinSalem (BOS) – A+ Carolina League (.478/.586/.957, 6 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 SB) The older of the Cecchini brothers which i still get mixed. Garin has great speed and insane on base numbers that have remained steady through each promotion. Just not sure he will make enough of an impact power wise to remain at 3rd. Not alot of cards available the market for him. The Bowman chrome autos are running at $10-15.

Javier Baez

baez Daytona (CHC) – A+ Florida State League (.435/.480/.826, 6 G, 10-for-23, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K) Javier had a breakout week after getting off to a slow start. In that time the market has cooled a little on him. A few weeks ago he was in the top 10 of our rankings but as of today he sits at 23. His Bowman Chrome base autos are on the higer end of the prospect scale at $50-60. But good value can still be found in his Bowman Sterling and Leaf cards.

Adam Brett Walker II

walkerCedar Rapids – A Midwest League (.381/.480/1.238, 5 G, 8-for-21, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 3 K) Don’t let the prospect rank fool you. He’s only in one product(Elite) so that weighs heavily on his popularity. But this will be his card to have. It’s the only one and the print runs are very low. The highest being #/225.

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Background

  As I kid I got into collecting when i was seven back in 1985. My father would pick me up cello packs of 85 Topps Baseball. I would sort and memorize those cards for hours. Rickey Henderson, Kirby Puckett and McGwire were my favorites of the time. Through the late 80′s my obsession got to the point of me doing my own tables at card shows. This gave me a quite unique perspective on the industry as a whole. In 92 my family had moved cross-country and my interest in the hobby had moved on as well. During the years I that I had stopped collecting I got into music(playing in bands) and computers. The Internet was starting to take shape I had a new interest in web development. I’ve been through the startups to consulting to interactive agencies for work and continue this today. Fast forward to 2010. My son was born and I thought it would be cool to get some cards from the year of his birth. Stopped by a local card shop bought a few packs and I fell hard. Couldn’t believe how much collecting had changed.  At this time Strasburg mania had begun to hit it’s stride and the chase was on. By the end of the summer I realized it was pretty much all about the hits these days and the joy of collecting sets had evaporated. Being very analytical I begun toying with the idea of prospecting. Always loved researching the players coming up from the farm system of my favorite team. The problem was the process is very slow. Between looking up players stats/scouting reports and searching on auction sites it was tough to get a clear picture as to what was going on. This is where the idea for Cardboard Tracker started. The auction market for cards is very fluid and up till the launch this site there hasn’t really been a way to quantify what is going on in terms of market activity. The goal of Cardboard Tracker is to have a central resource for looking up players in many different ways. Integrating stats, news, popular listings and rankings. We have really just scratched the surface here for what this site will become. But I hope it will provide you with a useful tool and different perspective of the hobby. -Donavon Young Creator of Cardboard Tracker