The Z-Meter: 6/2/2009

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)
Matt LaPorta: Columbus Clippers (AAA) to Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Daniel Bard: Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) to Boston Red Sox (MLB)
Mat Gamel: Nashville Sounds (AAA) to Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
Fernando Martinez: Buffalo Bisons (AAA) to New York Mets (MLB)
Matt Wieters: Norfolk Tides (AAA) to Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Antonio Bastardo: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) to Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)

Antonio Bastardo: Reading Phillies (AA) to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)
Yonder Alonso: Sarasota Reds (A) to Carolina Mudcats (AA)

This week saw the culmination of the meteoric rise of Antonio Bastardo. Did we like it that the word “bastard” was in his last name? Yes. Do we look forward to growling “Bastardo!” the same way Jerry Seinfeld said “Newman!”? Yes. But he also had some dynamite stats in ’09, proving that he had fully recovered from an injury-marred ’08 season. He hopped from AA to AAA this season, and then right on up the ladder to the Show. Welcome to the World Champs, Antonio.

To replace our long-lost Bastardo, I decided to give the bullpen some love. Brad Brach of the Fort Wayne TinCaps is leading the Midwest League in saves, and he’ll be our new guinea pig closer.

Yonder Alonso was promoted to AA almost as soon as he was placed on the meter. Way to go, Yonder!

Stephen Strasburg and SDSU were eliminated in ignominious fashion from the NCAA postseason. I’m going to have a hard time feeling too sorry for him, since my hometown UVA Cavaliers came out of California with no losses and their first Super Regional appearance ever. Can’t wait to see where Strasburg ends up!


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): .295 AVG – 39 R – 4 HR – 20 RBI – 16 BB – 10 SB – .487 SLG – .839 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 10 Games – 5W – 2L – 3.40 ERA – 25 BB – 32 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .275 – 34 R – 8 HR – 25 RBI – 46 BB – 0 SB – .525 SLG – .956 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .294 – 40 R – 2 HR – 15 RBI – 13 BB – 21 SB – .393 SLG – .731 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 10 Starts – 0 W – 6 L – 5.40 ERA – 15 BB – 58 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .349 – 27 R – 0 HR – 23 RBI – 20 BB – 11 SB – .440 SLG – .865 OPS


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

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .238 AVG – 26 R – 6 HR – 27 RBI – 22 BB – 0 SB – .411 SLG – .739 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 10 Starts – 3 W – 4 L – 3.38 ERA – 20 BB – 45 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .284 AVG – 30 R – 7 HR – 31 RBI – 33 BB – 0 SB – .515 SLG – .931 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .325 AVG – 28 R – 6 HR – 25 RBI – 32 BB – 0 SB – .503 SLG – .947 OPS
 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .376 AVG – 33 R – 10 HR – 57 RBI – 15 BB – 0 SB – .613 SLG – 1.026 OPS
 
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 4 Games – 3 Starts – 4 W – 0 L – .78 ERA – 6 BB – 24 K
 
Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 6 Starts – 4 W – 2 L – 2.77 ERA – 5 BB – 33 K
 
Yonder Alonso, 1B – Carolina Mudcats (Reds): Stats reset due to promotion.
 

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): .224 AVG – 12 R – 4 HR – 17 RBI – 12 BB – 0 SB – .388 SLG – .678 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .269 AVG – 30 R – 7 HR – 35 RBI – 10 BB – 2 SB – .445 SLG – .751 OPS

Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates): .244 AVG – 25 R – 9 HR – 41 RBI – 29 BB – 1 SB – .460 SLG – .805 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .230 AVG – 23 R – 1 HR – 15 RBI – 20 BB – 7 SB – .303 SLG – .628 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .356 AVG – 32 R – 13 HR – 34 RBI – 5 BB – 2 SB – .633 SLG – 1.024 OPS

Shooter Hunt (7-day Disabled List), RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 7 Games – 5 Starts – 0 W – 1 L – 10.70 ERA – 33 BB – 18 K

Collin Cowgill, OF – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .281 AVG – 37 R – 6 HR – 31 RBI – 22 BB – 9 SB – .466 SLG – .839 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers): 10 Starts – 4 W – 3 L – 3.91 ERA – 23 BB – 70 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .305 AVG – 20 R – 3 HR – 26 RBI – 13 BB – 1 SB – .433 SLG – .790 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 10 Games – 9 Starts – 7 W – 2 L – 1 SV – 3.05 ERA – 9 BB – 46 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 23 Games – 0 Starts – 3 W – 2 L – 14 SV – 5 BB – 31 K


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

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 14 Starts – 13 W – 1 L – 1.32 ERA – 19 BB – 195 K

Strasburg and the Aztecs were eliminated from postseason play in their regional. Let the draft watch begin.


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

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