Archive for August 10th, 2009

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 19

Well the Strawberry event was a rather interesting one.  At the beginning of the season, the Cyclones had announced that Strawberry was not only being honored with a bobblehead, but he was to make an appearance at Keyspan Park, and also do a free signing.  A week before this event was to take place, all was changed.  The only way you could get Darryl to sign anything was if you purchased 1 of 2 “Meet and Greet” packages.  Either you could go to a room for an hour prior to the game and he would sign for just $25 or you could sit with him in a skybox during the game for 3 innings for a mere $125.  There were very limited spots for either and also poorly advertised in their press releases, but I managed to wiggle in for the cheaper way.  Guess Madoff even had its effect on the minors as well.  Here are the Bobblehead giveaways for this week:

Great Lakes Loons 8/10/09 Chet Lemon -First 1,000 – Another link to the 1984 WS Championship Tigers team.

Huntsville Stars 8/10/09 Microwave Dave – First 1,000 – Ok boys mystery solved. Microwave Dave and the Nukes are a blues band from the area and they honor their leader in this promo.

Chicago Cubs 8/11/09 Ryne Sandberg – First 10,000 – Look for 2 Sandberg giveaways this week. See below for the minor league version.

Joliet Jackhammers 8/11/09 Jammer (Mascot) – First 1,000 – Jammer rocks the house with another bobblehead character.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8/11/09 Mike Napoli – One of the many MLB players to homer in his first big league AB.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8/12/09 J.A. Happ – First 2,500 18 and over – Everyone demanded Happ in trade talks, now the fans can command his bobblehead.

Worcester Tornadoes 8/13/09 Peterman (On Field Emcee) – First 1,000 – Dave Peterson, better known as “Peterman,” has worked for the Tornadoes organization since 2005 as the On-Field Emcee.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8/14/09 Nate McLouth – First 1,000 – I think this is the final team in the Pirates organization to honor Nate. A message to the organization for dealing him perhaps? Hmm…

Cincinnati Reds 8/15/09 Brandon Phillips – First 30,000 – Another original Expos prospect let go for an overachiever (I think he was part of the Fatolo Colon deal).

Lancaster Jethawks 8/15/09 SR71 Bobble Plane – First 1,000 – Part of an aviation night celebration.

Las Vegas 51s 8/15/09 Cosmo (Mascot) – First 2,500 – This mascot’s bobblehead is simply out of this world.

Orange County Flyers 8/15/09 Phil Nevin – First 1,000 – A veteran MLB ballplayer returned to Goodwin Field at Cal State Fullerton as the ESPN analyst for the Super Regional against Stanford. In December 2008, he was named the manager of the Orange County Flyers in the independent Golden Baseball League.

Quad Cities River Bandits 8/15/09 Rascal (Mascot) – First 2,000 – Come early for the Rascal bobblehead giveaway and stick around for lively post-game entertainment consisting of an extravagant fireworks show and Dueling Pianos provided by Nan’s Piano Bar!

Reno Aces 8/15/09 Josh Whitesell – First 2,500 – Betcha Whitesell is glad he’s away from the Nationals, the team that originally drafted him!!! He was also a high school teammate of Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Tennessee Smokies 8/15/09 Ryne Sandberg – First 1,000 – Great way for Ryne to cap off the week with his 2nd bobblehead promo.

St. Louis Cardinals 8/16/09 Fredbird (Bobble Frame) (Mascot) – First 25,000 – Capture your Busch Stadium and Cardinals memories to display in this one of a kind picture frame with a Fredbird Bobblehead attached.

I’ll be happy to take a Happ from Lehigh Valley this week. Come join me and say hey.

The Z-Meter 8/9/2009

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)
Andrew McCutchen: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) to Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
 
Jhoulys Chacin: Tulsa Drillers (AA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
 
 
 
Antonio Bastardo: Reading Phillies (AA) to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)
Justin Smoak: Frisco Rough Riders (AA) to Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)
Yonder Alonso: Sarasota Reds (A) to Carolina Mudcats (AA)
Pedro Alvarez: Lynchburg Hillcats (A) to Altoona Curve (AA)

Mauricio Robles: West Michigan Whitecaps (A) to Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)
Josh Vitters: Peoria Chiefs (A) to Daytona Cubs (A+)

Carlos Carrasco seems to like his change of scenery. After becoming a key piece of the trade that moved Cliff Lee to the Phillies, he’s won two in a row as a Columbus Clipper. His ERA is still absolutely dreadful, but the strikeouts continue to mount, and he’s one win away from .500 on the season, so we think he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Another trade brought Mauricio Robles to the Mariners’ organization, as he and Luke French were swapped for Jarrod Washburn. That makes him a High Desert Maverick, like our good friend Jamie McOwen. His first start with his new team was disastrous, as he posted a sky-high ERA of 33.75 in .1 innings pitched (his first official outing was an inning of relief on August 2). Needless to say, he picked up the loss.


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

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 23 Games – 9 W – 7 L – 3.38 ERA – 53 BB – 122 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .261 – 68 R – 14 HR – 46 RBI – 83 BB – 0 SB – .453 SLG – .851 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .296 – 73 R – 4 HR – 33 RBI – 31 BB – 42 SB – .410 SLG – .761 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Columbus Clippers (Indians): 22 Starts – 8 W – 9 L – 5.29 ERA – 41 BB – 123 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .303 – 52 R – 4 HR – 45 RBI – 35 BB – 21 SB – .419 SLG – .784 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers): .214 AVG – 14 R – 3 HR – 17 RBI – 19 BB – 0 SB – .333 SLG – .651 OPS

Travis Wood, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 3 Games – 1 W – 1 L – 2.89 ERA – 9 BB – 13 K


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): .242 AVG – 44 R – 8 HR – 49 RBI – 51 BB – 1 SB – .361 SLG – .696 OPS

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .284 AVG – 73 R – 20 HR – 82 RBI – 71 BB – 0 SB – .535 SLG – .943 OPS

 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .325 AVG – 70 R – 18 HR – 101 RBI – 38 BB – 1 SB – .518 SLG – .891 OPS
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 15 Games – 7 W – 1 L – 2.11 ERA – 24 BB – 59 K
 Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 18 Starts – 10 W – 3 L – 3.18 ERA – 31 BB – 94 K
 
 
Yonder Alonso, 1B (rehabbing in GCL) – Carolina Mudcats (Reds): .246 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 6 BB – 1 SB – .377 SLG – .686 OPS
 
Kyle Drabek, RHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 12 Games – 7 W – 2 L – 3.66 ERA – 26 BB – 58 K
 
Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .320 AVG – 26 R – 8 HR – 24 RBI – 16 BB – 1 SB – .558 SLG – .947 OPS
 
Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): .298 AVG – 50 R – 6 HR – 50 RBI – 40 BB – 1 SB – .423 SLG – .793 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): .230 AVG – 45 R – 16 HR – 44 RBI – 26 BB – 1 SB – .430 SLG – .715 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .251 AVG – 57 R – 12 HR – 69 RBI – 24 BB – 8 SB – .410 SLG – .704 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .258 AVG – 61 R – 7 HR – 48 RBI – 54 BB – 20 SB – .365 SLG – .714 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Daytona Cubs (Cubs): .236 AVG – 9 R – 0 HR – 10 RBI – 2 BB – 1 SB – .326 SLG – .587 OPS

Collin Cowgill, OF (injured) – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .277 AVG – 39 R – 6 HR – 36 RBI – 29 BB – 11 SB – .445 SLG – .819 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): 2 Games – 0 W – 1 L – 33.75 ERA – 3 BB – 1 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .271 AVG – 47 R – 5 HR – 58 RBI – 28 BB – 8 SB – .395 SLG – .720 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 17 Games – 8 W – 5 L – 1 SV – 3.06 ERA – 21 BB – 85 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 51 Games – 1.53 ERA – 3 W – 3 L – 28 SV – 11 BB – 71 K

Jamie McOwen, RF – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): .329 AVG – 60 R – 7 HR – 63 RBI – 32 BB – 10 SB – .474 SLG – .857 OPS


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 was the #1 pick in the college draft this season, and will join the Washington Nationals system any old day now. He remains here as an honorary member.


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