• Catcher: Alex Avila (Tigers)
The Rookie Card: His 2009 Bowman Chrome parallels have been going bonkers lately. His numbers aren’t all that astounding so I wouldn’t hold my breath on these values maintaining themselves but he is the AL starting catcher nonetheless. If you got ‘em, sell ‘em.
The Player: Batting a solid average with a little bit of pop this season the 24 year old is having a breakout season. Is he playing over his head? You be the judge.
• First base: Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox)
The Rookie Card: 2000 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks or 2000 Topps Chrome Traded are the ones you will see most. He has a 2000 Bowman autograph that will cost you a pretty penny. If you don’t want to pony up for the autograph a Chrome in a gold slab will fit nicely into your collection.
The Player: He’s good. We knew that. We didn’t know he was this good. .350+ average and career high paces for just about every stat you can think of. Boston has been good to the kid. If there is anything they can pick at him for it’s his BB:K ratio. Continue reading