Sunday, April 28, 2013

2008 Razor Letterman Jake Odorizzi Autograph

I picked up a few Durham Bulls items to post for this week and am going to start off the week by posting cards of two new players to my collection.  First up is pitcher Jake Ordorizzi.  Originally from Breese, IL (not far from St. Louis) Odorizzi was drafted by the Brewers and traded to the Royals for Zach Greinke.  He pitched very well in two seasons for several different Royals minor league teams including a stellar year last season in the hitter friendly PCL pitching for Omaha (AAA).  Odorizzi started 18 games for Omaha and posted an 11-3 record with an ERA of 2.93.  This off-season he was packaged together with Wil Myers and pitching prospect Mike Montgomery.

2008 Razor Letterman Jake Odorizzi Autograph 

Odorizzi is rated as a top 50 prospect by (#45), but he has had a fairly limited amount of cardboard produced despite being a part of two large trades.  The Razor autographs from 2008 are the only autographed products on the market for Odorizzi.  The plain Razor autographs (on-card) turned out a nicer autograph than his letterman autographs, but I acquired this card in a trade and was not going to turn down a chance at adding an Odorizzi autograph to the collection.  He acutally has a nice autograph, but I am not sure that marker pen is the best thing for autographs.

I also picked up an autograph of the Bulls fifth starter this year J.D. Martin.  Martin is over 30 and still in AAA, so he's not a hot prospect or anything.  It's still nice to add an autograph of a player from the team and really cool to find out he was a part of the 2001 Prospect Premiers set.  Martin is having a solid season so far, so maybe the Rays will give him a spot start at the end of the season.

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