Archive for April 15th, 2009

The Z-Meter 4/15/2009 – Anyone Got Stats?

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.

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We’ve started to see some stats accruing for some Z-Meter players, so it’s time to report the preliminary numbers. I wanted to wait a while so all of the pitchers could get a start in, but then again, if any haven’t, we’ll just catch them next week.

There are already a few prospects I wish I had included, but I’ll just keep my eye on them as replacements for when current list members get called up. Also, a lot of guys I had pegged for AA starts actually began the season in AAA, so the meter is currently very, very top-heavy. But it’s the natural order of things for those at the top to graduate and make room at the bottom.

There’s a fairly predictable color code to all this: players who are hot are in red, players in a slump are blue, and the rest are pretty much in the middle.

 


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

 

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .276 AVG – 6R – 0HR – 1RBI – 3BB – 2SB – .483 SLG – .827 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 1 Game – 0W – 0L – 2.25 ERA – 3BB – 5K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – .045 – 2 R – 1 HR – 4 RBI – 6 BB – 0 SB – .182 SLG – .423 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .500 – 8 R – 2 HR – 10 RBI – 4 BB – 0 SB – .955 SLG – 1.526 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF – Columbus Clippers (Indians): .500 – 6 R – 1 HR – 3 RBI – 0 BB – 0 SB – 1.000 SLG – 1.556 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .280 – 4 R – 0 HR – 1 RBI – 3 BB – 3 SB – .360 SLG – .717 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 1 Start – 0 W – 0 L – 0.00 ERA – 0 BB – 4 K

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: .250 – 1 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .250 SLG – .750 OPS

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP – Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals): 1 Start – 0 W – 0 L – 5.06 ERA – 1 BB – 4 K

Matt Wieters, C – Norfolk Tides (Orioles): .222 AVG – 0 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 4 BB – 0 SB – .222 SLG – .586 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Buffalo Bisons (Mets): .240 AVG – 3 R – 1 HR – 1 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .600 SLG – .945 OPS

Daniel Bard, RHP – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox): 2 Games – 1 SV – 0.00 ERA – 0 BB – 6 K

 


 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): .480 – 6 R – 0 HR – 6 RBI – 5 BB – 3 SB – .560 SLG – 1.108 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 1 Start – 1 W – 0 L – 0.00 ERA – 1 BB – 1 K

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .240 AVG – 2 R – 0 HR – 3 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .280 SLG – .576 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 2 Starts – 1 W – 1 L – 2.53 ERA – 2 BB – 8 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .250 AVG – 3 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 5 BB – 0 SB – .428 SLG – .829 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .227 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 5 RBI – 5 BB – 0 SB – .455 SLG – .812 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): .111 – 1 R – 1 HR – 4 RBi – 3 BB – 0 SB – .278 SLG – .516 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .150 AVG – 3 R – 0 HR – 3 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .200 SLG – .427 OPS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – San Jose Giants (Giants): 1 Start – 1 W – 0 L – 0.00 ERA – 0 BB – 5 K

Michel Inoa, RHP – not assigned yet (Athletics): Still haven’t seen any news on where this kid will start his pro career. He’s only 16, so we have to figure he’ll be brought along slowly.

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .417 AVG – 2 R – 0 HR – 1 RBI – 1 BB – 1 SB – .583 SLG – 1.050 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .200 AVG – 1 R – 0 HR – 1 RBI – 0 BB – 0 SB – .200 SLG – .473 OPS

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 1 Start – 0 W – 0 L – 8.10 ERA – 4 BB – 1 K

 


NCAA: Only used if a prospect in college shows really, truly, immensely, hugely inescapable potential.

 

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State:  8 Starts – 7W – 0L – 1.49 ERA – 11 BB – 107 K

 


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

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Richmond Moves to Replace Braves

defenders_20081018093305_320_2401As a resident of central Virginia, I have spent a fair amount of time covering the drama surrounding the former Richmond Braves. When the parent club decided to move their triple-A affiliate from Virginia’s capital city to the suburbs of Atlanta itself, Richmond residents were stunned.

The R-Braves, as they were known locally, had been in the area since 1966, so many couldn’t believe their beloved franchise was gone.

Local investors took a deep breath and plunged into the search for a replacement, however. And it’s starting to look like they’ve zeroed in on the next team to call Richmond home.

From the website of Norwich’s WTNH:

According to a Richmond newspaper, the plans call for the Richmond group to buy the Defenders for about $15 million and move the team to Virginia at the end of the 2009 season.

The deal must be approved by the Eastern League and by officials at Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.

[WTNH-TV]

Virginia hasn’t had a double-A team since I moved here ten years ago, so I’m kind of happy to hear this. It’s kind of like hitting for the cycle, affiliation-wise. The Defenders are tied into the Giants, so that should be an interesting change. Whether the club’s nickname changes or not doesn’t really matter to me, but I do hope they get a new stadium. The Diamond, where the R-Braves used to play, is a concrete eyesore, in my humble opinion. Then again, we don’t want to be wasting big bucks in these economic times do we?

Here’s hoping the sale goes through. It’ll be great to have a new Bus Leagues option near home.