Life has been crazy these past three weeks: our oldest son graduated, I've been battling allergies, done a lot of reading, and haven't posted due to a lack of interest in the hobby recently. Lame, I know, but I'm hoping to kick start my enthusiasm by getting back onto eBay and bidding on some stuff.
Today, I received a couple of shipments of some 2011 Bowman baseball singles. While I've become bored to death with their base product, I do have an interest in the inserts from this years' release (as well as with the Chrome prospects). The first three come from the Topps 100 inserts, which feature-you guessed it- the top 100 prospects in baseball. Seeded 1:3 packs, it's not a hard to get set, but I like the clean design and the fact that it features prospects you won't find in the Topps flagship brand.
Topps 100 #TP25 Arodys Vizcaino
The Braves had yet another cause for concern with Vizcaino, as the young right-hander suffered a back injury in late April that caused him to have very limited innings in his two subsequent starts .Obtained by the Braves in the Javier Vazquez deal, Vizcaino has incredible stuff, but his durability has long been a big question mark. Electric stuff, but one wonders if his future will be on the back end of the 'pen. His 2011 stats at High-A Lynchburg: 2-2, 9 GS, 40.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, almost 4/1 K-BB. By the way, Arod was summoned to AA Mississippi today, where he will team with...
Topps 100 #TP37 Randall Delgado
Coming into today, Delgado had been lights out, while sporting an ERA of 2.37. Following his start today, it sits at 3.86. In what had to be his toughest outing as a pro, Delgado lasted 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits, 10 runs (all earned), and 3 home runs. He had previously given up only 2 home runs, and only 42 hits in 49 innings-so this was definitely an anomaly. It will be interesting to see how he responds in his next outing.
Topps 100 #TP35 Julio Teheran
Another quality start today at AAA for Teheran. The top pitching prospect improved to 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA. While his first two starts in Atlanta weren't bad (lack of run support really hurt), he did get worked deep into the count by both Philadelphia and Arizona-who were patient with the young righty. Two poorly located pitches were deposited into the bleachers; aside from that, and his ERA in the majors might be closer to the low 3s. Even though Mike Minor got the call-up to start on 5/25 against Pittsburgh, it shouldn't be viewed as a lack of of confidence in Teheran: it was Minor's turn in the rotation on Wednesday.