The Z-Meter: 5/1/2008

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Evan Longoria, 3B, Durham (AAA) to Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Luke Hochevar, RHP, Omaha (AAA) to Kansas City Royals (MLB)

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tucson (AAA) to Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Travis Snider, OF, Dunedin (A-Advanced) to New Hampshire (AA)

Josh Vitters, 3B, Boise (Short A) to Peoria (A)

This week, OMDQ and I collaborated to add a few more lower-league reps to the Z-meter. In are Justin Masterson with the AA Portland Sea Dogs, bringing his pile of Ks with him. Also Ian Gac of the Clinton LumberKings, the Midwest League entrant for the Texas Rangers. And, finally, a most wonderful confluence of silly name and true ability: meet Antonio Bastardo of the Advanced-A Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), who is striking out batters at an epic rate.

Let’s see who’s hot this week:


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, and ready for the call that will change their lives.

Jay Bruce, CF – Louisville Bats (Reds): .309 – 15R – 5HR – 18RBI – 6SB – .543 SLG – .876 OPS

Homer Bailey, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 5GS – 3W – 2L – 1.95 ERA – 7BB – 22K

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .273 – 18R – 5HR – 14RBI – 4SB – .515 SLG – .889 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .343 – 11R – 3HR – 10RBI – 0SB – .514 SLG – .925 OPS

Ian Stewart, 3B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .281 – 23R – 6HR – 21RBI – 2SB – .584 SLG – .953 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .321 – 20R – 5HR – 17RBI – 0SB – .642 SLG – 1.075 OPS

Colby Rasmus, OF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .218 – 16R – 5HR – 12RBI – 4SB – .386 SLG – .702 OPS


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but are more likely to get promoted to the top of this meter first.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers): 5GS – 0W – 3L – 1.40 ERA – 10BB – 31K

Justin Masterson, RHP – Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox): 4GS – 1W – 0L – 0.95 ERA – 5BB – 23K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .266 – 14R – 1HR – 7RBI – 3SB – .367 SLG – .672 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 4GS – 2W – 1L – 3.32 ERA – 9BB – 21K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .214 – 13R – 3HR – 7RBI – 4SB – .369 SLG – .734 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .298 – 20R – 5HR – 14RBI – 0SB – .543 SLG – .937 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 5GS – 3W – 1L – 3.10 ERA – 9BB – 15K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .260 – 9R – 0HR – 10RBI – 4BB – 5SB – .310 SLG – .612 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 5GS – 2W – 2L – 3.12 ERA – 12BB – 14K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .371 – 9R – 5HR – 24RBI – 6BB – 0SB – .677 SLG – 1.098 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – Dunedin Blue Jays (Blue Jays): .103 – 3R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .103 SLG – .361 OPS


These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Clearwater Threshers (Phillies): 5GS – 2W – 0L – 1.17 ERA – 10BB – 47K

Ian Gac, 1B – Clinton LumberKings (Rangers): .390 – 22R – 9HR – 24RBI – 10BB – 1SB – .817 SLG – 1.302 OPS

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Tigers (Detroit): 5GS – 1W – 4L – 2.13 ERA – 6BB – 20K

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .214 – 1R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .429 SLG – .643 OPS

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .353 – 15R – 5HR – 15RBI – 11BB – 1SB – .632 SLG – 1.059 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .190 – 6R – 1HR – 4RBI – 1SB – .226 SLG – .479 OPS

Eric Niesen, P – St. Lucie Mets (Mets): 4GS – 0W – 3L – 5.73 ERA – 12BB – 14K


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and my own irrational sense of whimsy.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve got a good feeling about Gac and Bastardo. A real good feeling.

    Reply

  2. I would like to combine them into one super-talent called Gac Bastardo.

    Reply

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