The Z-Meter 8/23/2009 – Long Time, No See Edition

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)
Alcides Escobar: Nashville Sounds (AAA) to Houston Astros (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+)

From the “What took you so long?” files, Alcides Escobar has finally been called up to the Brewers. He’s hitting .318 in the seven games he’s played so far, and has a stolen base and four runs.

Carlos Carrasco is in the black, literally and figuratively. After a horrible start at Lehigh, he was traded to the Columbus Clippers, and that has made all the difference, it seems. He has won all four of his starts, posted a 3.45 ERA (vs. the 5.18 he had when he left the Phillies Pharm), and continued to strike people out. Good on ya, Carlos!

 Mauricio Robles posted an ERA of 135.0 in his second game with the High Desert Mavericks, in just 1/3 of an inning. He’s really settled down since, allowing just one earned run in the past 19 innings, and none at all in his last two wins. Nice recovery, Mau.

The new guy is double-A slugger Deik Scram. I picked him because of his great name and stats, but then I started wondering where one gets such a great name. I peeked at the “Hometown” line on his MiLB player page, and saw that he’s from Arkansas City, KS. Hey! That’s ten miles from where my mom lives! And if you think th ename Deik Scram is funny, you’ll love this little fact: residents of the area pronounce it Ar-Kansas City. Yep.


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): 25 Games – 10 W – 7 L – 3.34 ERA – 59 BB – 129 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .265 – 76 R – 17 HR – 54 RBI – 90 BB – 0 SB – .457 SLG – .867 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Columbus Clippers (Indians): 24 Starts – 10 W – 9 L – 4.83 ERA – 43 BB – 139 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .304 – 61 R – 4 HR – 55 RBI – 40 BB – 22 SB – .416 SLG – .781 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers): .239 AVG – 20 R – 3 HR – 21 RBI – 28 BB – 0 SB – .356 SLG – .710 OPS

Travis Wood, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 5 Games – 3 W – 1 L – 2.93 ERA – 14 BB – 16 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): .239 AVG – 45 R – 8 HR – 49 RBI – 54 BB – 1 SB – .357 SLG – .690 OPS

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .286 AVG – 79 R – 20 HR – 86 RBI – 79 BB – 1 SB – .525 SLG – .934 OPS

 
Andrew Locke, OF – Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros): .335 AVG – 77 R – 19 HR – 103 RBI – 43 BB – 2 SB – .525 SLG – .909 OPS
 
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 17 Games – 8 W – 1 L – 2.05 ERA – 28 BB – 66 K
 Jeanmar Gomez, RHP – Akron Aeros (Indians): 19 Starts – 10 W – 3 L – 3.06 ERA – 34 BB – 97 K
  
Kyle Drabek, RHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 14 Games – 8 W – 2 L – 3.39 ERA – 29 BB – 69 K
 
Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .333 AVG – 34 R – 10 HR – 32 RBI – 24 BB – 1 SB – .571 SLG – .976 OPS
 
Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): .301 AVG – 53 R – 7 HR – 60 RBI – 44 BB – 1 SB – .432 SLG – .804 OPS
 
Deik Scram, OF – Erie SeaWolves (Tigers): .259 AVG – 68 R – 18 HR – 66 RBI – 56 BB – 9 SB – .495 SLG – .844 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): .241 AVG – 49 R – 18 HR – 46 RBI – 28 BB – 1 SB – .453 SLG – .751 OPS

Yonder Alonso, 1B – Sarasota Reds (Reds): .303 AVG – 21 R – 7 HR – 38 RBI – 24 BB – 0 SB – .497 SLG – .880 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .253 AVG – 61 R – 14 HR – 77 RBI – 27 BB – 8 SB – .418 SLG – .714 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .263 AVG – 69 R – 7 HR – 53 RBI – 60 BB – 23 SB – .370 SLG – .724 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Daytona Cubs (Cubs): .237 AVG – 14 R – 2 HR – 15 RBI – 3 BB – 1 SB – .345 SLG – .604 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): 4 Games – 1 W – 1 L – 4.05 ERA – 12 BB – 13 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .281 AVG – 53 R – 5 HR – 61 RBI – 32 BB – 10 SB – .408 SLG – .743 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 18 Games – 8 W – 5 L – 1 SV – 3.06 ERA – 21 BB – 85 K

Brad Brach, RHP – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres): 56 Games – 1.36 ERA – 3 W – 3 L – 31 SV – 11 BB – 78 K

Jamie McOwen, RF – High Desert Mavericks (Mariners): .336 AVG – 70 R – 7 HR – 74 RBI – 37 BB – 11 SB – .475 SLG – .867 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 has signed with the Washington Nationals.


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

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