Until this season, many people hadn’t even heard of Mike Morse. To be honest, even this season, his coming out season, a lot of people still don’t know who he is. After a hot month of hitting he has entrenched himself in the National’s lineup. That happens when you hit 11 homers and bat over 0.350 over the four week span.
Mike was drafted in 2000 by the White Sox in the 3rd round, along side players like Grady Sizemore and Chris Young (pitcher). Until May he had been considered a bust. Traded to the Mariners in 2004 as part of the Freddy Garcia deal, then traded to the Nationals in 2010 for Ryan Langerhans. He was 29 years old and was on the verge of being released when Andy LaRoche injured himself and the Nationals were forced to play him at first.
His stats this season are career highs in most categories. He is currently batting 0.308/13/43 with two stolen bases, not bad for a throw away player. Don’t get me wrong I’m not going to tell you to run out and buy up tons of his cards, but you have to admit, this is definitely a feel good story. I don’t know if it is going to last to the end of this year or if he’ll remain a National next year, but for now even has a one year wonder, his cards are getting snapped up.
Amazingly his cards prices are soaring. One sold for around $250 (autographed only), but most have been selling for between $15-$25. To me that is very surprising, it’s not like Mike is a young prospect, that you could invest in, he is 29 and not getting younger and he is going to need to produce if he is going to stay in that lineup. Today, yes he is doing well, but who knows? He still strikes out way to much for a major leaguer and don’t forget for the first two months he wasn’t hitting his weight and played himself out of the regular lineup.
My advice is sell sell sell! These prices are going to be the high of his career. I seriously expect his cards to tank by next year. It’s a harsh thing to say about a player and his cards, but let’s be realistic about this, he is playing way above his potential and these numbers more than likely are an aberration.
What do you think? Do you even know who he is?