The Z-Meter: 8/12/2008

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)

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)
Joe Koshansky, 1B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Rockies (MLB)
Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Iowa (AAA) to Chicago Cubs (MLB)

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

Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Tennessee (AA) to Iowa (AAA)
Luke Montz, C, Harrisburg (AA) to Columbus (AAA)
Wade Davis, RHP, Montgomery (AA) to Durham (AAA)
Kila Kaaihue, 1B, Northwest Arkansas (AA) to Omaha (AAA)
Travis Snider, DH, New Hampshire (AA) to Syracuse (AAA)
David Price, LHP, Montgomery Biscuits (AA) to Durham Bulls (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading Phillies (AA)
David Price, LHP, Vero Beach (A) to Montgomery (AA)
Matt Weiters, C, Frederick Keys (A) to Bowie Baysox (AA)
Lars Anderson, 1B, Lancaster JetHawks (A) to Portland SeaDogs (AA)

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

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

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

Not a lot to say this week, as Olympic rosters have depleted much of our meter.

The big mover is Rays prospect David Price, who is very close to fulfilling the full promise of the Z-meter. He’s already risen all the way to triple-A in his first season as a pro. He has yet to lose a game. Yeesh. Travis Snyder has jumped from the Florida State League to triple-A in one season as well, but with less fanfare. And hey, look everyone! Antonio Bastardo is finally back!

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): .276 – 65R – 9HR – 44RBI – 28SB – 62BB – .393 SLG – .764 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .270 – 75R – 10HR – 63RBI – 43BB – 2SB – .429 SLG – .784 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF (injured) – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .249 – 56R – 11HR – 36RBI – 15SB – 49BB – .395 SLG – .741 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF (injured) – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .344 – 93R – 37HR – 98RBI – 24SB – 56BB – .710 SLG – 1.144 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Columbus Clippers (Nationals): .225 – 11R – 2HR – 14RBI – 8BB – 0SB – .325 SLG – .598 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 5GS – 3W – 0L – 2.32 ERA – 13BB – 27K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals: .375 – 15R – 7HR – 12RBI – 10BB – 0SB – .813 SLG – 1.295 OPS

Travis Snyder, DH – Syracuse Chiefs: .400 – 1R – 1HR – 6RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .733 SLG – 1.133 OPS

David Price, LHP – Stats reset with promotion


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but may get promoted to AAA first.

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .287 – 69R – 9HR – 61RBI – 53BB – 15SB – .431 SLG – .789 OPS

Dexter Fowler, OF (Olympics) – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): .337 – 86R – 9HR – 61RBI – 61BB – 20SB – .514 SLG – .944 OPS

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .276 – 63R – 13HR – 43RBI – 50BB – 18SB – .466 SLG – .834 OPS

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .287 – 67R – 4HR – 53RBI – 30BB – 47SB – .360 SLG – .702 OPS

Trevor Cahill, RHP (Olympics) – Midland RockHounds (Oakland): 7GS – 6W – 1L – 2.19 ERA – 19BB – 33K

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 10GS – 2W – 4L – 3.49 ERA – 29BB – 41K

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): .366 – 29R – 9HR – 42RBI – 28BB – 0SB – .641 SLG – 1.102 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .315 – 14R – 4HR – 19RBI – 13BB – 0SB – .75SLG – .989 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF (Olympics) – Akron Aeros (Indians): .277 – 60R – 21HR – 73RBI – 48BB – 2SB – .534 SLG – .915 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .333 – 89R – 17HR – 86RBI – 51BB – 6SB – .545 SLG – .945 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .286 – 40R – 7HR – 30RBI – 18BB – 5SB – .432 SLG – .764 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .343 – 84R – 8HR – 67RBI – 27BB – 31SB – .452 SLG – .829 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): .272 – 23R – 9HR – 34RBI – 13BB – 0SB – .462 SLG – .792 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): 9GS – 6W – 2L – 2.81 ERA – 10BB – 50K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 23GS – 7W – 6L – 2.80 ERA – 32BB – 68K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .265 – 66R – 20HR – 63RBI – 34BB – 5SB – .464 SLG – .790 OPS


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

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