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The Z-meter 6/19/2008

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.

Promoted:

Evan Longoria, 3B, Durham (AAA) to Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Luke Hochevar, RHP, Omaha (AAA) to Kansas City Royals (MLB)

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tucson (AAA) to Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Jacksonville (AA) to Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Jay Bruce, OF, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Homer Bailey, RHP, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Sacramento (AAA) to Oakland (MLB)
Chase Headley, 3B, Portland (AAA) to San Diego (MLB)

Justin Masterson, RHP, Portland (AA) to Boston (MLB)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)

Travis Snider, OF, Dunedin (A-Advanced) to New Hampshire (AA)

Josh Vitters, 3B, Boise (Short A) to Peoria (A)

Chase Headley was so good he just had to go on up to San Diego, where he started 0 for 4, but will no doubt do his duty before it’s all over. In his place is Eulogio De La Cruz, a 24-year-old hurler for the wonderfully-named Albuquerque Isotopes.

Most of our pitchers are in the midsummer doldrums, pitching decently, but without figuring in wins or losses for the most part. Elvis Andrus has been an offensive disappointment for most of the season, but I do feel his speed is worthy of note – he has stolen 24 bases so far this season. Future Pirate Andrew McCutchen is another speed merchant who scores more runs than he drives in. Austin Jackson has proven to be a brilliant addition to this list, as he went on an insane tear, hitting four home runs in as many games.

Let’s see who else is hot this week:


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

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .286 – 43R – 8HR – 28RBI – 20SB – 31BB – .436 SLG – .804 OPS

Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP – Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins): 13GS – 8W – 3L – 3.72 ERA – 25BB – 60K

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .296 – 43R – 15HR – 30BB – 66RBI – 0SB – .601 SLG – .976 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .247 – 44R – 10HR – 33RBI – 9SB – 40 BB –  .402 SLG – .743 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .348 – 60R – 21HR – 57RBI – 15SB – 41BB – .704 SLG – 1.156 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.

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): .277 – 30R – 15HR – 44RBI – 42BB – 1SB – .548 SLG – .965 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .283 – 40R – 7HR – 45RBI – 33BB – 10SB  – .449 SLG – .809 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF (injured) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .280 – 19R – 3HR – 16RBI – 3SB – .408 SLG – .721 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 14GS – 6W – 3L – 3.81 ERA – 34BB – 65K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .257 – 47R – 12HR – 31RBI – 37BB – 13SB – .478 SLG – .833 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 14GS – 6W – 4L – 3.47 ERA – 29BB – 58K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .269 – 36R – 1HR – 25RBI – 15BB – 24SB – .324 SLG – .652 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 15GS – 3W – 5L – 5.09 ERA – 39BB – 42K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .298 – 27R – 13HR – 48RBI – 24BB – 0SB – .573 SLG – .950 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .281 – 34R – 10HR – 40RBI – 26BB – 0SB – .484 SLG – .855 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 9GS – 2W – 3L – 3.11 ERA – 29BB – 39K

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .295 – 50R – 19HR – 58RBI – 38BB – 1SB – .610 SLG – 1.021 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .372 – 61R – 14HR – 62RBI – 32BB – 5SB – .635 SLG – 1.070 OPS


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

Ian Gac, 1B – Clinton LumberKings (Rangers): .306 – 46R – 17HR – 52RBI – 33BB – 1SB – .594 SLG – 1.002 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .314 – 38R – 8HR – 36RBI – 34BB – 0SB – .502 SLG – .906 OPS

David Price, LHP – Vero Beach Devil Rays (Rays): 5GS – 3W – 0L – 1.27 ERA – 5BB – 30K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 13GS – 3W – 6L – 2.94 ERA – 19BB – 41K

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .348 – 46R – 14HR – 38RBI – 41BB – 1SB – .581 SLG – 1.032 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .228 – 31R – 9HR – 31RBI – 17BB – 4SB – .386 SLG – .671 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Asheville Tourists (Rockies): 14 GS – 10W – 1L – 2.10 ERA – 26BB – 84K


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

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Now Batting For The San Diego Padres…

Since Evan Longoria and Jay Bruce were brought up to the Major Leagues in April and May, respectively, the prospect whose continued presence in the minors has caused the most uproar among fans is probably San Diego’s Chase Headley.  Headley spent eight games with the Padres last season, posting a .222/.333/.278 line in 21 plate appearances, but failed to make the team out of spring training in 2008.  As San Diego roared out of the gate and immediately fell more than ten games behind division-leading Arizona, the fans rose as one and began calling for The Beav* to make a grand encore entrance to The Show.

*Don’t ask me why I decided to call Headley “The Beav”.  I think at one point somebody mentioned that he played for the Portland Beavers and may have referred to him as a Beaver.  It just made sense from there.  And it just hit me that he will play his home games in Petco Park – even better.

Headley was called up by the Padres on Saturday and expected to meet the team in Cleveland in time for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Indians.  No corresponding roster move has been announced, although I saw somewhere that Jerry Hairston, Jr. injured his elbow and could be placed on the disabled list to make room.

Update: Sorry, got my Hairston’s mixed up.  Jerry Jr. plays for the Reds.  His brother, Scott, is the one with the bad elbow.  Apparently he’s day-to-day, so we’ll see what happens.

The Z-Meter: 6/12/2008

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.

Promoted:

Evan Longoria, 3B, Durham (AAA) to Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Luke Hochevar, RHP, Omaha (AAA) to Kansas City Royals (MLB)

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tucson (AAA) to Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Jacksonville (AA) to Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Jay Bruce, OF, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Homer Bailey, RHP, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Sacramento (AAA) to Oaklans (MLB)

Justin Masterson, RHP, Portland (AA) to Boston (MLB)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)

Travis Snider, OF, Dunedin (A-Advanced) to New Hampshire (AA)

Josh Vitters, 3B, Boise (Short A) to Peoria (A)

Now that I’ve finally caught up with who’s in the show and who isn’t, I’ve added a few new faces around here. Austin Jackson is a hot-hitting center fielder in the Yankees organization, and he happens to play for the Trenton Thunder, who have been featured in these pages many times. Also, OMDQ’s selection, David Price, a left-hander in the Rays organization (man, are they loaded!). Nice to see the Vero Beach A-ball club isn’t afraid of the religious fundamentalists in Florida – they’re still Devil Rays, according to their site.

Let’s see who else is hot this week:


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

Chase Headley, LF – Portland Beavers (San Diego): .301 – 44R – 10HR – 35RBI – 0SB – 27BB – .522 SLG – .897 OPS

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .289 – 40R – 8HR – 26RBI – 19SB – .446 SLG – .823 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .305 – 41R – 14HR – 25BB – 61RBI – 0SB – .619 SLG – 1.000 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .225 – 39R – 9HR – 25RBI – 9SB – .371 SLG – .696 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .330 – 51R – 19HR – 47RBI – 14SB – .684 SLG – 1.128 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.

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): .270 – 24R – 13HR – 40RBI – 37BB – 1SB – .535 SLG – .942 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .275 – 35R – 3HR – 37RBI – 10SB – 33BB – .410 SLG – .771 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF (injured) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .280 – 19R – 3HR – 16RBI – 3SB – .408 SLG – .721 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 12GS – 6W – 3L – 3.84 ERA – 27BB – 60K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .264 – 45R – 12HR – 29RBI – 13SB – .498 SLG – .864 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 13GS – 6W – 4L – 3.80 ERA – 28BB – 54K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .268 – 31R – 0HR – 19RBI – 12BB – 19SB – .316 SLG – .638 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 13GS – 3W – 5L – 5.32 ERA – 37BB – 41K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .314 – 26R – 12HR – 46RBI – 19BB – 0SB – .597 SLG – .981 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .273 – 30R – 8HR – 35RBI – 26BB – 0SB – .459 SLG – .832 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 8GS – 2W – 2L – 3.35 ERA – 25BB – 35K

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .298 – 46R – 18HR – 54RBI – 1SB – .617 SLG – 1.028 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .376 – 59R – 14HR – 59RBI – 5SB – .654 SLG – 1.097 OPS


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

Ian Gac, 1B – Clinton LumberKings (Rangers): .325 – 46R – 17HR – 52RBI – 32BB – 1SB – .641 SLG – 1.072 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .316 – 35R – 7HR – 33RBI – 0SB – .505 SLG – .914 OPS

David Price, LHP – Vero Beach Devil Rays (Rays): 4GS – 2W – 0L – 1.16 ERA – 3BB – 23K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 13GS – 3W – 6L – 2.94 ERA – 19BB – 41K

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .340 – 44R – 14HR – 37RBI – 34BB – 1SB – .588 SLG – 1.025 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .225 – 27R – 8HR – 29RBI – 4SB – .375 SLG – .656 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Asheville Tourists (Rockies): 13 GS – 10W – 1L – 1.96 ERA – 24BB – 80K


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

The Z-Meter: 5/29/2008 – Chasing Headley

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:

Evan Longoria, 3B, Durham (AAA) to Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Luke Hochevar, RHP, Omaha (AAA) to Kansas City Royals (MLB)

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tucson (AAA) to Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Jacksonville (AA) to Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Jay Bruce, OF, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)

Justin Masterson, RHP, Portland (AA) to Pawtucket (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)

Travis Snider, OF, Dunedin (A-Advanced) to New Hampshire (AA)

Josh Vitters, 3B, Boise (Short A) to Peoria (A)

Oh glorious day, caloo, callay! (Sorry, I have a five-year-old, must be too much Dr. Seuss) Both Jay Bruce and Clayton Kershaw cashed in their golden tickets this week, so we’re sending up the Z-meter a couple days early in celebration. Time to find someone new to fixate on – I plan to obsess over Ian Stewart now, personally.

I’m adding a couple of statistical marvels from the minor-league ranks to take the place of our two stalwarts who have gone on to their reward. Nelson Cruz has a ridiculous .705 slugging average for Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers), and Jhoulys Chacin is mowing down batters for the Asheville Tourists (Rockies), with eight wins and just one loss (check out his ridiculous strikeout numbers below). Welcome, fellas.

UPDATE: Reader Will, a minor-league road tripper extraordinaire, has been lobbying for the inclusion of Chase Headley, and he’s right, the Beav needs to be here. Added.

Let’s see who else is hot this week:


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

Chase Headley, LF – Portland Beavers (San Diego): .301 – 38R – 9HR – 27RBI – 0SB – 19BB – .524 SLG – .888 OPS

Homer Bailey, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 11GS – 4W – 4L – 4.05 ERA – 29BB – 54K

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .304 – 35R – 7HR – 24RBI – 17SB – .480 SLG – .869 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .292 – 20R – 4HR – 24RBI – 1SB – .435 SLG – .778 OPS

Ian Stewart, 3B (Reserve List) – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .281 – 43R – 12HR – 43RBI – 6SB – .614 SLG – .988 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .298 – 33R – 10HR – 44RBI – 0SB – .569 SLG – .948 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .197 – 31R – 7HR – 19RBI – 6SB – .332 SLG – .629 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .338 – 42R – 14HR – 40RBI – 14SB – .688 SLG – 1.142 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.

Justin Masterson, RHP – Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox): 8GS – 1W – 3L – 4.23 ERA – 16BB – 37K

Fernando Martinez, CF (injured) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .280 – 19R – 3HR – 16RBI – 3SB – .408 SLG – .721 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 10GS – 5W – 2L – 3.59 ERA – 23BB – 51K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .247 – 34R – 7HR – 17RBI – 13SB – .416 SLG – .775 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 11GS – 5W – 3L – 3.17 ERA – 25BB – 48K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .268 – 31R – 0HR – 19RBI – 12BB – 19SB – .316 SLG – .638 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 11GS – 3W – 5L – 5.76 ERA – 33BB – 32K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .347 – 19R – 9HR – 37RBI – 16BB – 0SB – .636 SLG – 1.055 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .248 – 21R – 8HR – 29RBI – 0SB – .473 SLG – .830 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 6GS – 2W – 2L – 4.09 ERA – 19BB – 26K

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .285 – 39R – 13HR – 46RBI – 1SB – .575 SLG – .967 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .383 – 49R – 11HR – 44RBI – 3SB – .659 SLG – 1.102 OPS


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

Ian Gac, 1B – Clinton LumberKings (Rangers): .329 – 36R – 14HR – 40RBI – 29BB – 1SB – .677 SLG – 1.131 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B (injured) – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .277 – 28R – 7HR – 23RBI – 0SB – .484 SLG – .867 OPS

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 11GS – 3W – 5L – 2.48 ERA – 14BB – 35K

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .346 – 35R – 12HR – 32RBI – 25BB – 1SB – .615 SLG – 1.051 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .254 – 21R – 7HR – 24RBI – 3SB – .429 SLG – .732 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Asheville Tourists (Rockies): 11 GS – 8W – 1L – 1.64 ERA – 21BB – 73K


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