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The Z-Meter: 4/22/2009 – Another Z Makes the Nats

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)

Our first promotion of the season came pretty early, as the woeful Nats called phenom Jordan Zimmermann up to the bigs in an attempt to improve their rotation. He lost his first game, but that’s not unexpected. I’ll be replacing him with someone I should have added in the first place: OMDQ discovery Collin Cowgill. He’s in High-A, so that should help restore a little balance to our AAA-heavy early list. 

One major change from last year is that Antonio Bastardo seems to have made a move from the starting rotation to the bullpen at Reading. He’s appeared in three games with no starts and pitched 6.1 innings. Jhoulys Chacin is having a counterintuitive start to his season in Tulsa; his ERA in the one game he’s won was nearing 4.00, and he’s lost two games where his ERA is closer to 1.00. He struck out none in his most recent game, so that’s not a good trend.

In other news, we’re considering changing Shooter Hunt’s nickname to Walker Hunt. We may also have to start calling Stephen Strasburg a bully. The college returnee has eight wins and 121 Ks so far. Leave the poor college kids alone, Steve!


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): .273 AVG – 10R – 0HR – 1RBI – 4BB – 3SB – .500 SLG – .833 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 2 Games – 0W – 0L – 1.13 ERA – 5BB – 9K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – .200 – 7 R – 3 HR – 10 RBI – 12 BB – 0 SB – .444 SLG – .800 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .439 AVG – 12 R – 4 HR – 15 RBI – 7 BB – 8 SB – .878 SLG – 1.388 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF – Columbus Clippers (Indians): .325 – 10 R – 3 HR – 8 RBI – 1 BB – 0 SB – .675 SLG – 1.047 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .275 – 7 R – 1 HR – 5 RBI – 5 BB – 5 SB – .373 SLG – .712 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 2 Starts – 0 W – 0 L – 1.50 ERA – 0 BB – 10 K

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: .182 – 1 R – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 2 BB – 0 SB – .182 SLG – .490 OPS

Matt Wieters, C – Norfolk Tides (Orioles): .292 AVG – 2 R – 1 HR – 1 RBI – 5 BB – 0 SB – .417 SLG – .830 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Buffalo Bisons (Mets): .277 AVG – 5 R – 1 HR – 3 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .532 SLG – .865 OPS

Daniel Bard, RHP – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox): 5 Games – 3 SV – 1.13 ERA – 3 BB – 13 K

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .480 – 6 R – 0 HR – 6 RBI – 5 BB – 3 SB – .560 SLG – 1.123 OPS


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

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 1 Start – 1 W – 0 L – 0.00 ERA – 1 BB – 1 K

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .283 AVG – 6 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .413 SLG – .733 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 3 Starts – 1 W – 2 L – 2.3 ERA – 4 BB – 8 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .229 AVG – 7 R – 4 HR – 14 RBI – 7 BB – 0 SB – .600 SLG – .941 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .250 AVG – 4 R – 1 HR – 7 RBI – 10 BB – 0 SB – .364 SLG – .745 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): .167 AVG  – 3 R – 1 HR – 6 RBI – 4 BB – 0 SB – .306 SLG – .556 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .267 AVG – 11 R – 2 HR – 11 RBI – 3 BB – 0 SB – .467 SLG – .779 OPS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – San Jose Giants (Giants): 2 Starts – 2 W – 0 L – 0.00 ERA – 2 BB – 9 K

Michel Inoa, RHP – not assigned yet (Athletics): Still haven’t seen any news on where this kid will start his pro career. He’s only 16, so we have to figure he’ll be brought along slowly.

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .161 AVG – 4 R – 0 HR – 1 RBI – 4 BB – 2 SB – .226 SLG – .496 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .423 AVG – 5 R – 0 HR – 4 RBI – 0 BB – 0 SB – .538 SLG – 1.003 OPS

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 2 Start – 0 W – 0 L – 6.43 ERA – 11 BB – 6 K

Collin Cowgill, OF – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .293 AVG – 12 R – 3 HR – 10 RBI – 10 BB – 2 SB – .634 SLG – 1.097 OPS


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

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 8 Starts – 8W – 0L – 1.28 ERA – 12 BB – 121 K


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

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Collin Cowgill Is A Beast

A few days ago, I wrote a brief post about Collin Cowgill, outfielder for Arizona’s Low A affiliate in Yakima, who started his professional career by slugging homeruns at a pretty impressive pace: six in the Bears’ first eleven games.  At the time, I jokingly suggested that Cowgill’s early productivity should earn him a spot on the Diamondback’s major league roster.

This was before I realized that Cowgill is an absolute BEAST with a 33-inch piece of ash in his hands (I don’t know if he uses ash or maple, but I’ve always thought that ash sounds better; I think of maples, I think of the trees with the pretty leaves that changed colors in my back yard when I was a kid.  Ash trees didn’t have time for silly little things like “leaves”).

Wednesday night, Cowgill went 4-6 with four runs scored and five batted in, but that’s not the best part: he also hit three homeruns, bringing his season total to an unbelievable ten in fifteen games.  For a little perspective on that, consider this: three players are currently tied for second place with three homeruns for the entire season.  Cowgill has one more homer than the three guys behind him combined.

Last season’s leader, Ian Gac (GAC!), had 17 roundtrippers in 70 games; in 2005, Freddie Thon and Luis Valbuena tied for the lead with 12.  Twelve!  My man Collin (with two L’s) should top that by Monday.

If the slightly built righty (5’9″, 195 lbs, and he throws lefty, which is just weird) continues jacking longballs at this pace, he also has a chance at the all-time short-season record of 25, set by William Darkis way back in 1980.  That is a lot of homeruns in not a lot of games.  Cowgill is currently on pace for 50 (and I’m not even rounding up – it’s actually 50.667)! 

And after that, he’s goin’ to South Bend (Silver Hawks), and then he’s goin’ to Visalia (Oaks – say hi to Crash Davis), and Mobile (BayBears), and Tucson (Sidewinders – I hate snakes, Jacques, I hate ’em), and Arizona (Diamondbacks), heeeeeeeeyaaaaaaaaah! (/pointless and confusing Howard Dean reference)

I Say They Promote Him Now…Can’t Hurt, Can It?

It’s been a good weekend for guys named Collin.  The ones with two L’s, anyway.

Earlier, we learned that Washington Nationals prospect Collin Balester will make his major league debut on Tuesday (fact: he will be the first Collin in major league history, and only the third variant of the name Colin).  Today, MiLB.com points out the torrid start being enjoyed by Collin Cowgill, Arizona’s fifth round pick in this year’s draft. 

An All-American at Kentucky, Cowgill is hitting .267 with six homeruns and 18 runs batted in through his first eleven games with Yakima (Low A-Northwest League).  The latter two numbers lead the league, although his 1.100 OPS is only good for third, trailing Bobby Verbick (1.232) and the incredibly named Rebel Ridling (1.141), both of whom are hitting over .400 and thus have significantly higher on-base-percentages.

If this keeps up, we can expect to see Cowgill listed as one of Arizona’s top prospects next season.