Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2013 Topps Pro Debut Hat Logo Patch Alex Colome

2013 Topps Pro Debut Hat Logo Patch 

Topps has put out a Pro Debut set the past few years and it has quickly become one of my favorite sets to put together every year.  Bowman has typically been the set for minor league baseball fans to find their favorite players from the minor, but Topps often takes the players pictures during Spring Training while the players are wearing their Major League uniforms.  Or they just air brush them into their Major League unis.  The Pro Debut set on the other hand captures Minor Leaguers in their Minor League digs.  For me, Pro Debut means getting to see a few of my favorite Durham Bulls players in their Bulls uniform, not a Rays uniform.  The Bulls are one of the most iconic Minor League franchises and the Rays run a great farm system, so it seems like a slam dunk that some sort of Bulls player, or the mascot, make an appearance in this set.

There are several Bulls cards in this years Pro Debut set including a card in the Hat Logo Patch set.  This hat logo card sort of speaks for itself.  It's a great looking card, featuring a very good prospect in Alex Colome, and is limited to just 75 copies.  The Bulls also had a card in this set last year with infielder, and former number one overall pick, Tim Beckham.  The Hat Logo in this years set features pitching prospect Alex Colome.  While he is a high rated prospect in the Rays system, Colome has flown under the radar this year in large part due to the emergence of Chris Archer and Wil Myers.

Colome has actually appeared as a starter in three games for the Rays this season posting a 1-1 record with an ERA of 2.25 and 12 strikeouts in 16 innings.  Colome has also performed well in the International League this season with the Durham Bulls despite having a 4-6 record.  In fourteen starts for the Bulls this year Colome has more than a strikeout per inning and has only surrendered five home runs all season.  While I do not think he has as high of a ceiling as Archer, I think that Colome certainly has a bright future as a successful Major Leaguer.

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