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This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 17

Dog days of summer have started in baseball and the big push for bobblehead giveaways in the minors are very apparent in the month of August as these posts get larger and larger. Let’s get to this week then shall we?:

San Francisco Giants7/27/09Lou Seal (Stitch & Pitch) (Mascot) – What is more relaxing then going to a San Francisco Giants game than going with your needle arts projects too! Get your craft circles together for a fun filled evening with stitching and baseball. Fans will receive a very special Lou Seal themed bobblehead to take home along with being able to sit in the Stitch-N-Pitch area with other creative people. Rocker not included.

Bowling Green Hotrods 7/28/09 Joe Blanton – First 1,000 – Started in the A’s system and hit a homer in the 2008 World Series with the Phillies.

Memphis Redbirds 7/28/09 Adam Wainwright – First 1,500 – Wainright is being portrayed in his 2nd Redbirds bobblehead.

Wilmington BlueRocks 7/28/09 Everett Teaford – First 1,000 – The Rocks will try once again to give out Teafords since it was last postponed by rain. He has also been promoted to AA since.

Auburn Doubledays 7/29/09 Adam Lind – First 1,000 – The Bluejays powerful slugger began his rise to stardom here.

Madison Mallards 7/29/09 Maynard G. Mallard (Pitching) (Mascot) – First 500 – This time the jack-of-all-trades mallard will try his hand at pitching in bobblehead form.

Trenton Thunder 7/29/09 Derby (Mascot) – First 2,000 6 and over – Derby is the son of the Thunder’s original batdog Chase.

San Francisco Giants 7/30/09 Lou Seal (Policeman) (Mascot) – This time Lou Seal is in Police garb on motorcycle as part of Law Enforcement night.

Wilmington BlueRocks 7/30/09 Joe Biden – First 1,000 – The Delaware native has some catching up to do in political bobbleheads as this is his very first giveaway.

Evansville Otters 7/31/09 Jerry Sloan – First 500 – HOF coach in the NBA with several teams is being honored in his hometown.

Lake County Captains 7/31/09 Omar Vizquel – First 1,500 – Long time Indian and future HOFer at SS will get a bobblehead here.

Norfolk Tides 7/31/09 Ryan Zimmerman – First 2,000 17 and under – Another member in the neighborhood heroes series. He’s the Nats lone hitting hope.

Sacramento Rivercats 7/31/09 Eric Byrnes, Nick Swisher – First 1,500 – Not quite sure if there are 1,500 of each or is there equal amounts of each as part of a Rivercats anniversary duo.

West Michigan Whitecaps 7/31/09 Matt Nokes – First 1,000 – Another part of Tiger Fridays, Nokes will make an appearance as well.

Cleveland Indians 8/1/09 Victor Martinez – Can he be another trade deadline commodity?

Hagerstown Suns 8/1/09 Mike Mussina Statue – First 1,000 – Mussina played here when the Suns were a longtime Oriole affiliate.

Mississippi Braves 8/1/09 Phillip Wellman – First 1,000 – From what I’ve been told, this bobblehead will not throw a temper tantrum and there are no spare bases included.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 8/2/09 Ted Toles – First 1,000 – Inducted into the Ebony Lifeline All Sport Hall of Fame, Ted Toles was honored in 1941 for his outstanding performance and leadership as a New Castle Indians baseball player.

Tampa Bay Rays 8/2/09 Scott Kazmir – Kids 14 and under – The 2008 AL champs series continues with this stud pitcher.

Wilmington will be my minors home away from home this week as I travel for the Teaford and Biden. Hope the weather holds up.

The Z-Meter 4/17/2008

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.

Last week, I thought it was cute to call this by the long-ass name of the Zimmerman-o-meter. Now I don’t, so it’s the Z-meter from now on. One of our prospects, Evan Longoria, was called up to the bigs over the weekend, despite a truly terrible first week in AAA. So I guess it’s worth noting that there’s not always a direct correlation between stats and call-ups – if a guy has the skills and the big club has an opening, he’ll get the call. Nonetheless, for our purposes, if a prospect’s line is in red, he’s en fuego and bucking for a promotion.

Promoted: Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

I’ve added Diamondbacks prospect Max Scherzer to the list this week following a reader’s suggestion. Scherzer has an interesting line. He’s pitched two games, allowed no earned runs, mowed down 18 batters, and yet has not figured in a win or a loss yet. That sounds like a story worth investigating.

I also took out Pedro Powell, who I mostly liked for his speed, and because he’s damn near a midget. He only had three at-bats, which offended even my irrational sense of whimsy. Instead, I went homer on you and put in Luke Hochevar, who is headed for the Royals some day soon.


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

Jay Bruce, CF – Louisville Bats (Reds): .294 – 7R – 2HR – 7RBI – 3SB – .471 SLG – .778 OPS

Homer Bailey, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 3GS – 2W – 1L – 1.42 ERA – 3BB – 13K

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .240 – 10R – 3HR – 8RBI – 1SB – .480 SLG – .836 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .326 – 7R – 2HR – 5RBI – 0SB – .500 SLG – .892 OPS

Ian Stewart, 3B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .288 – 11R – 3HR – 13RBI – 2SB – .558 SLG – .935 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .289 – 10R – 3HR – 8RBI – 0SB – .644 SLG – 1.083 OPS

Colby Rasmus, OF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .179 – 7R – 1HR – 4RBI – 2SB – .250 SLG – .538 OPS

Max Scherzer, RHP – Tucson Sidewinders (Diamondbacks): 2GS – 0W – 0L – 0.00 ERA – 2BB – 18K

Luke Hochevar, RHP – Omaha Royals (Royals): 3GS – 1W – 1L – 2.60 ERA – 6BB – 12 K


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but are more likely to get promoted to the top of this meter first.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers): 3GS – 0W – 3L – 2.57 ERA – 6BB – 18K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .214 – 9R – 1HR – 4RBI – 1SB – .339 SLG – .613 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 3GS – 1W – 1L – 2.77 ERA – 7BB – 16K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .317 – 7R – 2HR – 4RBI – 3SB – .512 SLG – .984 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .286 – 12R – 3HR – 9RBI – 0SB – .551 SLG – .926 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 3GS – 2W – 0L – 3.38 ERA – 5BB – 10K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .308 – 5R – 0HR – 6RBI – 3BB – 2SB – .365 SLG – .723 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 3GS – 2W – 0L – 1.59 ERA – 5BB – 8K


These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

David Price, LHP – (Rays): No 2008 Stats

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Tigers (Detroit): 3GS – 1W – 2L – 0.64 ERA – 4BB – 12K

Travis Snider, RF – Dunedin Blue Jays (Blue Jays): .283 – 11R – 3HR – 5RBI – 1SB – .565 SLG – .892 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Boise Hawks (Cubs): No 2008 Stats

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .500 – 8R – 3HR – 8RBI – 10BB – 1SB – .917 SLG – 1.545 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .194 – 3R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .194 SLG – .451 OPS


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

The Zimmerman-o-meter: 4/10/08

Jay Bruce patiently awaits his turn.

The Zimmerman-o-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 just over one year.

OK, a week ago, I introduced this feature as the Zimmermeter. As our friends at Rays Index pointed out, this could be misconstrued to be directed at Don Zimmer. And we’re not planning on measuring anybody or anything relative to ol’ Zim any time soon. So now, it’s the Zimmerman-o-meter, in which we chart 25 prospects in their attempts to rise to The Show. If a prospect’s line is in red, he’s en fuego and bucking for a promotion.


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

Jay Bruce, CF – Louisville Bats (Reds): .250 – 4R – 1HR – 4RBI – 1SB – .464 SLG – .740 OPS

Evan Longoria, 3B – Durham Bulls (Rays): .136 – 2R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .136 SLG – .406 OPS

Homer Bailey, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 2GS – 1W – 1L – .71 ERA – 2BB – 9K

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .214 – 6R – 2HR – 6RBI – 1SB – .464 SLG – .798 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .250 – 2R – 1HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .400 SLG – .650 OPS

Ian Stewart, 3B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .308 – 5R – 1HR – 4RBI – 2SB – .615 SLG – 1.015 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .304 – 4R – 1HR – 4RBI – 0SB – .652 SLG – 1.060 OPS

Colby Rasmus, OF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .258 – 5R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .387 SLG – .701 OPS


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but are more likely to get promoted to the top of this meter first.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers): 1GS – 0W – 1L – 3.00 ERA – 2BB – 4K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .192 – 5R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .385 SLG – .626 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 2GS – 0W – 1L – 2.25 ERA – 4BB – 11K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .474 – 4R – 2HR – 4RBI – 3SB – .895 SLG – 1.510 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .233 – 7R – 1HR – 4RBI – 0SB – .433 SLG – .715 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 7.20 ERA – 2BB – 1K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .333 – 2R – 0HR – 4RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .417 SLG – .777 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 1.80 ERA – 2BB – 1K

Pedro Powell, CF – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .333 – 0R – 0HR – 0RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .333 SLG – .667 OPS


These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

David Price, LHP – (Rays): No 2008 Stats

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Tigers (Detroit): 2GS – 1W – 1L – 0.00 ERA – 2BB – 7K

Travis Snider, RF – Dunedin Blue Jays (Blue Jays): .227 – 4R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .455 SLG – .775 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Boise Hawks (Cubs): No 2008 Stats

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .500 – 6R – 2HR – 6RBI – 5BB – 0SB – 1.083 SLG – 1.694 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .185 – 0R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .185 SLG – .399 OPS


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