The Z-Meter: 6/26/2008

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.


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)

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Jacksonville (AA) to Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Jay Bruce, OF, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Homer Bailey, RHP, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Sacramento (AAA) to Oakland (MLB)
Chase Headley, 3B, Portland (AAA) to San Diego (MLB)
Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP, Albuquerque (AAA) to Marlins (MLB)

Justin Masterson, RHP, Portland (AA) to Boston (MLB)

Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Tennessee (AA) to Iowa (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)
David Price, LHP, Vero Beach (A) to Montgomery (AA)
Matt Weiters, C, Frederick Keys (A) to Bowie Baysox (AA)

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

Ian Gac, 1B, Clinton (A) to Bakersfield (Advanced A)
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Ashevills (A) to Modesto (Advanced A)

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

Not a huge amount of movement this week. In the “What’s a guy gotta do?” category, we have Nelson Cruz, tearin’ it UP in Oklahoma, but being completely ignored by the droopy Rangers. Wonder why they don’t win much? Catchers Luke Montz and Matt Wieters are showing pop all over the place, but haven’t budged a rung yet. Jhoulys Chacin is closing in on one-damn-hundred strikeouts in A-is-for-Asheville, and seems to be destined to stay there for a while.

OMDQ informs me that one of my guys, De La Cruz, has been sent back to the Marlins, so I’m adding in Matt Tuiasosopo. This is one of those “irrational sense of whimsy” picks, made simply because his father was an NFL defensive lineman, his brother Marques made the pros as a backup QB for the Raiders and Jets, and his brother Zach is an NFL fullback. Full props to Matt for being the black sheep of the family.

Breaking news! Jeff Samardzija is up in triple-A, despite a poor BB/K ratio. Guess the Cubs see something they like. Or else the Notre Dame Mafia is greasing the wheels. I don’t know.

Let’s see who else is 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.

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .283 – 45R – 8HR – 31RBI – 21SB – 33BB – .423 SLG – .786 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .252 – 38R – 4HR – 32 RBI – 21BB – 1SB – .387 SLG – .719 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .297 – 49R – 18HR – 33BB – 76RBI – 1SB – .616 SLG – .989 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .249 – 49R – 11HR – 35RBI – 10SB – 45BB – .411 SLG – .761 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .357 – 67R – 23HR – 67RBI – 17SB – 45BB – .714 SLG – 1.172 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, RHP – Iowa Cubs (Cubs): 1GS – 0W – 1L – 4.50 – 2BB – 5K

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.

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): .284 – 35R – 17HR – 47RBI – 50BB – 3SB – .567 SLG – .998 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .280 – 45R – 7HR – 45RBI – 40BB – 12SB – .439 SLG – .805 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 15GS – 6W – 4L – 3.94 ERA – 37BB – 65K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .270 – 51R – 12HR – 35RBI – 39BB – 14SB – .485 SLG – .849 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 16GS – 7W – 5L – 3.96 ERA – 38BB – 62K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .277 – 40R – 1HR – 29RBI – 17BB – 24SB – .335 SLG – .669 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .304 – 30R – 14HR – 53RBI – 29BB – 0SB – .578 SLG – .966 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .273 – 36R – 10HR – 42RBI – 28BB – 0SB – .463 SLG – .823 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP (injured) – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 9GS – 2W – 3L – 3.11 ERA – 29BB – 39K

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): reset stats with promotion

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .294 – 50R – 19HR – 59RBI – 39BB – 1SB – .603 SLG – 1.011 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .371 – 65R – 15HR – 66RBI – 33BB – 5SB – .632 SLG – 1.064 OPS

David Price, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): Reset stats with promotion

Fernando Martinez, CF (on rehab assignment) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .400 – 0R – 0HR – 0RBI – 0SB – .400 SLG – .900 OPS

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

Ian Gac, 1B – Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers): reset stats following promotion.

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .304 – 40R – 8HR – 37RBI – 35BB – 0SB – .479 SLG – .871 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): Reset stats with promotion

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 14GS – 3W – 6L – 2.96 ERA – 20BB – 44K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .239 – 36R – 10HR – 37RBI – 18BB – 4SB – .401 SLG – .694 OPS

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


4 responses to this post.

  1. The Rangers have another kid in Oklahoma, first baseman Chris Davis, who is eating opposing pitching alive as well. It won’t be long before he’s in Arlington.

    Also: let’s give it up for my man David Price, promoted this week to the gloriously named Montgomer Biscuits, and Eulogio De La Cruz, just recalled by the Florida Marlins (that sound you hear is the gears starting to grind for a “Now Pitching For” post).


  2. I am a huge fan of your “irrational sense of whimsy” picks.


  3. Re: Samardzija – I vote “justifying the huge paycheck and high draft pick by any possible means”.


  4. Lots of promotions for next week. It’s like a dam burst after all of the various all-star games.


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