Every Thursday, Extra P shares with us the triumphs and travails of 25 of minor league baseball’s best prospects. From Jay Bruce to Eric Niesen, every player who appears on the Z-Meter has a realistic chance at making the major leagues, even if the likelihood is great that at least a few won’t pan out in the end.
A level beyond the Z-Meter, in an area that we haven’t really covered much, are the guys who were included on Baseball America’s preseason Top 100 prospects list and promptly followed that up by excelling at the major league level. Thirty-six players on that list have seen action in The Show at some point; 16 began the season in the majors (one, the Yankees’ Ian Kennedy, has been sent back down to AAA), 9 were called up within the first few weeks (Tampa Bay’s Jeff Niemann returned to the minors shortly after), and 11 played in previous seasons but are currently in the Bus Leagues for more seasoning.
I thought it would be an interesting exercise to track the outstanding single-game performances of those players who have spent time on major league rosters this season. As of yesterday, May 7, seven prospects had enjoyed at least one game that I, the lone judge in this exercise, have deemed “special”.
Johnny Cueto (Reds): April 3 – 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 10 SO
Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox): April 22 – 3-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 RS
Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs): March 31 – 3-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Carlos Gomez (Twins): May 7 – 4-6, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 RS
Max Scherzer (Diamondbacks): April 29 – 4.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 SO
Geovany Soto (Cubs): April 30 – 2-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 RS
Joey Votto (Reds): May 7 – 3-4, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 RS