Player Name: Evan Longoria
Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Player’s Current Parent Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Player’s Current Address: c/o Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL, 33705-1703
Date Sent out: 8/15/08
Date Returned: 8/22/08 (7 days)
Why go after this autograph: This is one that I took a chance on. I really didn’t expect to get anything back or if I was going to get something back I didn’t expect it until after the season. So when this came back after just 7 days, I was shocked. I went after his autograph because I think he is going to be a star in this league. I can see him falling into the same mold as Ryan Braun. So far this season Evan is hitting 0.278/22/71/7 in just 381 at bats. It’s interesting to think about how he would have done if the Ray’s just started him at 3rd coming out of spring training. I think he’s a 0.280/30/85/10 guy not only this season but for seasons to come. The Rays took him 3rd overall in the 2008 draft, behind Luke Hochevar and Greg Reynolds. What’s funny is that Longoria had the better upside of those 3 players before the draft and I think he still have better upside. Although I do think that Hochevar should become better over the next few years. Evan is going to be the mainstay in Tampa as long as they can afford him. They should have him for the next 3 years. With a team consisting of Crawford, Pena, Upton, Iwamura, Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Price and Nieman on the way, this is going to be one hell of a team in the next 3 years.
Current MLB Comparison: I think the best comparison would be on an Aramis Ramirez mold.
Any Current Certified Autographs Available: He has plenty of certified autographs out there. From minor league only Just Minors to Topps to Upper Deck. You would be hard pressed to find a set without his autograph. On eBay they are running anywhere from $20 – $100 bucks.