Player Focus: Ryan Raburn
Ryan Raburn was called up to Detroit earlier this month, after Neifi Perez was suspended for amphetamine use (source: wikipedia). The last (and first) time Raburn was called up was in '04, when he played 12 games and hit a dismal .138 with 0 HR, 1 RBI and 15 SO's in only 29 AB (he struck out more than 50% of his at-bats!). This time things are much different. After tearing up triple-A ball with Toledo (.292, 17 HR, 64 RBI), he got the call and joined the Tigers on 7/6. Through his first 10 big league games this season, he's hitting .500 with 3 HR & 10 RBI. Last night against the White Sox he really broke out, going 4 for 5 with 2 HR & 7 RBI!
Expect Raburn's two key RC's from 02 to really start to catch fire; his Bowman Chrome Auto & Bowman's Best Auto. There are a few of these on auction ending this week. I'll post their TAC prices up when they end. Whatever they sell for, you can expect them to go up from there (as long as he continues to play well).