Each month I am going to do a ‘Stock Market’ report where I will pick a few guys who have pushed their stock up and some guys who have seen their stock slip.

Stock Rising

Devin MesoracoApril’s position player of the month, Mesoraco has to have seen his stock on the rise. As of today he is hitting .310/.398/.620 with 8 walks, 10 strikeouts and an organizational leading 6 HR’s. To top it off he has also thrown out 42% of attempted base runners.

Chris Valaika – Another former top prospect, Valaika really struggled last season and let his frustrations get the best of him as he broke his hand punching a water cooler. Valaika is back on track this season hitting .333/.376/.449 for Louisville showing the hitting skills he always had prior to 2009.

Philippe Valiquette – The lefty has always had a good arm, but he seems to have taken that next step from very good arm to ‘elite’ as earlier this season the left hander hit 100 MPH on the radar gun (it was actually 103 MPH on the stadium gun). Valiquette has also cut down on his walk rate early on this season.

Stock Falling

Todd Frazier – While its entirely too early to worry, a .180/.311/.262 line is not doing the top prospect any favors right now. Frazier is being bitten by lady luck as his BABIP is at .233, about 100 points lower than his career rate and should rebound as the season continues, but for now, his stock is down.

Juan Francisco – Francisco began the season with the Reds and got little playing time and hasn’t seemed to have caught up yet as he is hitting .145/.167/.290 with a very poor showing of plate discipline (2 walks and 22 strikeouts in 72 PA).

Sean Watson – While Watson has seen his stock fall in recent years, he has gotten absolutely lit up this season. Watson has allowed 13 runs in 6.1 innings pitched with 6 walks.

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