The Z-Meter: 4/28/2009

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:

Jordan Zimmermann: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB)

It hasn’t been very long since the last time I looked at the numbers, but I decided that this year, I’m going to update whenever I feel like it. Last year it was once a week, this year it might be twice. I’ll definitely update any time someone gets called up. It’s just more fun that way.

This week, I finally decided to take Michel Inoa off the meter until he starts putting up stats somewhere. There seems to be no rush to get him in a uniform in the A’s organization, so I replaced him with the Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is missing a lot of balls, but the ones he hits tend to be unplayable, so I can respect that.

Some of my prized pitching prospects are struggling early. Shooter Hunt is by far the worst, but he still has a cool name, so he stays. Jhoulys Chacin, who lit up A-ball last season, is struggling to find his way in Tulsa. Madison Bumgarner continues to rock it, however. So it’s not all bad news from the mound.

As hitters go, Lars Anderson had a boom week, jumping all of his decimal-pointy stats in impressive fashion. Former teammates Gamel and LaPorta are wrecking Triple-A, and I’d be shocked if they don’t both get the call soon. Justin Smoak at Frisco has also been red-hot over the weekend.

It’s interesting to me that I’m not using many black pixels. Most everyone on the meter is playing very well, or lousy. Only a small handful of prospects are in the average range.


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): .301 AVG – 17 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 5 BB – 4 SB – .548 SLG – .894 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 3 Games – 1W – 0L – 2.08 ERA – 8 BB – 11 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .192 – 11 R – 3 HR – 11 RBI – 17 BB – 0 SB – .423 SLG – .803 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .403 AVG – 17 R – 6 HR – 24 RBI – 11 BB – 0 SB – .806 SLG – 1.287 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF – Columbus Clippers (Indians): .400 – 19 R – 5 HR – 13 RBI – 7 BB – 0 SB – .767 SLG – 1.245 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .257 – 11 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 6 BB – 8 SB – .324 SLG – .645 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 4 Starts – 0 W – 2 L – 4.57 ERA – 3 BB – 23 K

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: .154 – 1 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .154 SLG – .421 OPS

Matt Wieters, C – Norfolk Tides (Orioles): .270 AVG – 5 R – 1 HR – 2 RBI – 8 BB – 0 SB – .405 SLG – .805 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Buffalo Bisons (Mets): .254 AVG – 5 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .448 SLG – .739 OPS

Daniel Bard, RHP – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox): 7 Games – 1W – 0L  – 3 SV – 1.69 ERA – 3 BB – 18 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .354 – 9 R – 0 HR – 10 RBI – 6 BB – 4 SB – .458 SLG – .887 OPS


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

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 1 Start – 1 W – 0 L – 2 SV – 0.73 ERA – 1 BB – 11 K

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .306 AVG – 9 R – 2 HR – 13 RBI – 5 BB – 0 SB – .484 SLG – .837 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 4 Starts – 1 W – 3 L – 4.87 ERA – 4 BB – 12 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .226 AVG – 11 R – 5 HR – 15 RBI – 12 BB – 0 SB – .547 SLG – .905 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .323 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 12 RBI – 11 BB – 0 SB – .516 SLG – .943 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): .191 AVG – 3 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 4 BB – 0 SB – .319 SLG – .569 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .292 AVG – 17 R – 4 HR – 15 RBI – 5 BB – 1 SB – .554 SLG – .897 OPS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – San Jose Giants (Giants): 3 Starts – 3 W – 0 L – 0.56 ERA – 2 BB – 14 K

Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates): .217 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 17 RBI – 13 BB – 0 SB – .383 SLG – .725 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .170 AVG – 6 R – 0 HR – 4 RBI – 4 BB – 2 SB – .213 SLG – .458 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .327 AVG – 7 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .449 SLG – .826 OPS

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 1 Start – 0 W – 1 L – 10.8 ERA – 23 BB – 10 K

Collin Cowgill, OF – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .318 AVG – 16 R – 4 HR – 17 RBI – 12 BB – 3 SB – .652 SLG – 1.096 OPS


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

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 9 Starts – 9W – 0L – 1.54 ERA – 13 BB – 135 K


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

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One response to this post.

  1. As of about a month ago, Baseball America has Inoa taking part in extended spring training for the A’s. Makes sense, if only because they need to make sure he’s able to handle professional baseball both mentally and physically before they send him off somewhere.

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