Baseball Rookie Card Report: Late-June, Early-July Call-Ups
As baseball reaches its All-Star Game, here's a few of tomorrow's stars who have gotten, or are about to get, their first tastes of the Majors. We've also included information and links to some of their key cards already released.
Mike Trout, OF Los Angels Angels (D.O.B. 8/7/91)
The top prospect in baseball, Trout has lived up to the hype thus far in 2011. Drafted 25th overall in 2009, Trout was without question the biggest steal of the draft. He came in 2010 on a hitting tear, ripping his way through two levels. During 2010, in the Midwest League, he hit .362 and then moved on to the California League where he managed a .306 tilt. This preseason, Trout was number one or two on most prospect lists and he's shown why. As a 20-year-old in the Double-A Texas League, to date he's hit .324 with nine homers. The biggest question on Trout is whether his power will develop. He has shown that he can hit the long ball and could become an even greater power threat as he gets stronger. Just called up to the Angels yesterday, we will see if this is a permanent move, or if Trout is just a stop-gap call-up.
- 2009 Bowman Draft Chrome Prospects Autographs Mike Trout
- 2009 Bowman Sterling Autographs Mike Trout
- 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Mike Trout (/495)
Mike Moustakas, 3B Kansas City Royals (D.O.B. 9/11/88)
Mike Moustakas has been up for a little while now and, so far, hasn't shown much promise. He is hitting a measly .238 through 23 games with the Royals. He has been a hit-or-miss kind of guy, either red-hot or ice-cold, throughout his career. After two injury-riddled seasons in 2008 and 2009, Moustakas was thought of to be a bust. That was before his breakout 2010 season where he completely mashed the ball, hitting 36 homers and getting 124 RBIs. He may just need some time to get used to off-speed pitching. He's part of a Royals club with a bright future, though. Before the year is over they should have five or six rookies on their roster.
- 2007 Bowman Draft Chrome Mike Moustakas
- 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Mike Moustakas (/999)
- 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Mike Moustakas
Greg Halman, OF Seattle Mariners (D.O.B. 8/26/87)
Greg Halman has always been known for his power. He has hit at least 25 homers in each of the last three seasons. Halman's biggest problem is strikeouts. He has struck out about one out of every three of his professional plate appearances. If Halman can keep his strikeouts down, look for him to stay in Seattle and help the Mariners make a push at Texas in the American League West.
- 2008 Bowman Sterling Autographs Greg Halman
- 2008 Donruss Threads Autographs Greg Halman (/465)
- 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Greg Halman
Carlos Peguero, OF Seattle Mariners (D.O.B. 2/22/87)
Basically a copy of Halman, Carlos Peguero is a power-hitting outfielder who swings and misses often. Peguero has not had the same success as Halman, batting only .190 with 50 strikeouts in just 137 at-bats with the Mariners. Peguero could be the odd man out when Seattle gets healthy.
- 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Signature Aspirations Autographs Carlos Peguero (/100)
- 2008 Donruss Threads Autographs Carlos Peguero (/465)
- 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Carlos Peguero
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B Cleveland Indians (D.O.B. 10/4/88)
A former top pick of the Indians, Lonnie Chisenhall has been simmering at Triple-A, waiting for Jack Hannahan to slump. Apparently Cleveland finally had enough of making Chisenhall wait and gave him the promotion to take over at third base. After a great spring, many were surprised to see him start the year in Triple-A where he did not light the world on fire, hitting .265 in 65 games. The Indians front office had two choices with Chisenhall: let him sit in Triple-A or see what he's got and build for their future. They opted for the latter.
- 2008 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographs Lonnie Chisenhall
- 2008 Bowman Sterling Autographs Lonnie Chisenhall
Blake Beavan P Seattle Mariners (D.O.B. 1/17/89)
Moved last season in the Cliff Lee trade, Blake Beavan was having a masterful run in Double-A. In 2010, he was 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA in the Double-A Texas League. Still just 22, Beavan made his debut this past Sunday where he pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run. Although an excellent MLB debut, will it be enough to keep Beavan up? Or will he be sent back down once Erik Bedard returns from injury? Either way, Seattle has another pitching prospect to keep an eye on.
- 2007 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographs Blake Beavan
- 2007 Bowman Sterling Autographs Blake Beavan
- 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Blake Beavan (/719)
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