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The Z-Meter: 7/1/2008

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)
Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP, Albuquerque (AAA) to Marlins (MLB)
Joe Koshansky, 1B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Rockies (MLB)

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

Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Tennessee (AA) to Iowa (AAA)
Luke Montz, C, Harrisburg (AA) to Columbus (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)
David Price, LHP, Vero Beach (A) to Montgomery (AA)
Matt Weiters, C, Frederick Keys (A) to Bowie Baysox (AA)

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

Ian Gac, 1B, Clinton (A) to Bakersfield (Advanced A)
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Asheville (A) to Modesto (Advanced A)

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

Since we’ll all be traveling and BBQing during the upcoming long weekend, I’m just going to go ahead and post the Z-meter early, and hopefully just take the time to update it on Saturday or Sunday to keep us all current.

The dam broke this week. Several players who had been playing well for long stretches got their marching orders. Jeff Samardzija moved up from AA to AAA, as did Catcher Luke Montz. Matt Weiters and David Price made the move from A to double-A. Ian Gac and Jhoulys Chacin parlayed hot first halves in low A into second seasons in high A.

Samardzija is the strangest mover of all. He has lost far more games than he has won. He doesn’t strike a lot of guys out. And yet he advances easily. If anyone has a theory or, better yet, inside info on the improbable rise of The Shark, let me know.

**Update** Here’s an exchange that took place in Paul Sullivan’s Mailbag regarding Shark:

Paul, why did the Cubs promote Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A rather than Donald Veal? Veal has much better numbers at Double-A. Is it the large contract given to Samardzija, or do the Cubs think he has a higher MLB upside? –Randy, Denver

The Cubs say Samardzija earned the promotion due to his recent success in Double-A, and he’s pitched well at Iowa in his first couple of starts. I would imagine they’re getting him ready to come up as a right-handed reliever for the stretch run, and since they gave him a $10 million contract, they probably figure they need to start getting their money’s worth, starting this year. Lots of pressure on Samardzija? Of course. But I think he dealt with a little bit of that on Saturday afternoons in South Bend, so he should be able to handle it.

[ChicagoSports.com]

So, you know… he might not be ready, but we paid him a lot of money, so here goes!

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): .281 – 47R – 8HR – 33RBI – 21SB – 35BB – .415 SLG – .777 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .252 – 41R – 5HR – 36 RBI – 24BB – 1SB – .395 SLG – .730 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .253 – 53R – 11HR – 36RBI – 12SB – 48BB – .410 SLG – .765 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .352 – 71R – 24HR – 69RBI – 18SB – 47BB – .705 SLG – 1.157 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, RHP – Iowa Cubs (Cubs): 2GS – 1W – 1L – 3.00 – 8BB – 9K

Luke Montz, C – Columbus Clippers (Nationals): .000 – 1R – 0HR – 0RBI – 1BB – 0SB – .000 SLG – .125 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): .281 – 36R – 18HR – 48RBI – 54BB – 3SB – .567 SLG – .999 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .2874 – 47R – 7HR – 46RBI – 41BB – 13SB – .428 SLG – .783 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP (injured) – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 15GS – 6W – 4L – 3.94 ERA – 37BB – 65K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .266 – 54R – 12HR – 36RBI – 42BB – 16SB – .472 SLG – .833 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 17GS – 7W – 6L – 4.14 ERA – 39BB – 69K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .279 – 45R – 1HR – 31RBI – 19BB – 26SB – .337 SLG – .676 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .273 – 40R – 11HR – 45RBI – 30BB – 1SB – .458 SLG – .816 OPS

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

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): .214 – 4R – 0HR – 2RBI – 2BB – 0SB – .286 SLG – .598 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .294 – 52R – 19HR – 63RBI – 41BB – 2SB – .592 SLG – .999 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .379 – 69R – 15HR – 70RBI – 37BB – 5SB – .636 SLG – 1.078 OPS

David Price, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 3.00 ERA – 4BB – 7K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .299 – 23R – 4HR – 19RBI – 8BB – 0SB – .443 SLG – .778 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): .438 – 4R – 1HR – 4RBI – 0BB – 1SB – .750 SLG – 1.152 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .304 – 45R – 8HR – 37RBI – 41BB – 0SB – .474 SLG – .877 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 0.00 ERA – 1BB – 8K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 15GS – 4W – 6L – 2.73 ERA – 20BB – 46K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .242 – 39R – 12HR – 41RBI – 21BB – 4SB – .414 SLG – .712 OPS


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

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The Z-Meter: 6/26/2008

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)
Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP, Albuquerque (AAA) to Marlins (MLB)

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

Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Tennessee (AA) to Iowa (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)
David Price, LHP, Vero Beach (A) to Montgomery (AA)
Matt Weiters, C, Frederick Keys (A) to Bowie Baysox (AA)

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

Ian Gac, 1B, Clinton (A) to Bakersfield (Advanced A)
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Ashevills (A) to Modesto (Advanced A)

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

Not a huge amount of movement this week. In the “What’s a guy gotta do?” category, we have Nelson Cruz, tearin’ it UP in Oklahoma, but being completely ignored by the droopy Rangers. Wonder why they don’t win much? Catchers Luke Montz and Matt Wieters are showing pop all over the place, but haven’t budged a rung yet. Jhoulys Chacin is closing in on one-damn-hundred strikeouts in A-is-for-Asheville, and seems to be destined to stay there for a while.

OMDQ informs me that one of my guys, De La Cruz, has been sent back to the Marlins, so I’m adding in Matt Tuiasosopo. This is one of those “irrational sense of whimsy” picks, made simply because his father was an NFL defensive lineman, his brother Marques made the pros as a backup QB for the Raiders and Jets, and his brother Zach is an NFL fullback. Full props to Matt for being the black sheep of the family.

Breaking news! Jeff Samardzija is up in triple-A, despite a poor BB/K ratio. Guess the Cubs see something they like. Or else the Notre Dame Mafia is greasing the wheels. I don’t know.

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): .283 – 45R – 8HR – 31RBI – 21SB – 33BB – .423 SLG – .786 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .252 – 38R – 4HR – 32 RBI – 21BB – 1SB – .387 SLG – .719 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .297 – 49R – 18HR – 33BB – 76RBI – 1SB – .616 SLG – .989 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .249 – 49R – 11HR – 35RBI – 10SB – 45BB – .411 SLG – .761 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .357 – 67R – 23HR – 67RBI – 17SB – 45BB – .714 SLG – 1.172 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, RHP – Iowa Cubs (Cubs): 1GS – 0W – 1L – 4.50 – 2BB – 5K


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): .284 – 35R – 17HR – 47RBI – 50BB – 3SB – .567 SLG – .998 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .280 – 45R – 7HR – 45RBI – 40BB – 12SB – .439 SLG – .805 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 15GS – 6W – 4L – 3.94 ERA – 37BB – 65K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .270 – 51R – 12HR – 35RBI – 39BB – 14SB – .485 SLG – .849 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 16GS – 7W – 5L – 3.96 ERA – 38BB – 62K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .277 – 40R – 1HR – 29RBI – 17BB – 24SB – .335 SLG – .669 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .304 – 30R – 14HR – 53RBI – 29BB – 0SB – .578 SLG – .966 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .273 – 36R – 10HR – 42RBI – 28BB – 0SB – .463 SLG – .823 OPS

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

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): reset stats with promotion

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .294 – 50R – 19HR – 59RBI – 39BB – 1SB – .603 SLG – 1.011 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .371 – 65R – 15HR – 66RBI – 33BB – 5SB – .632 SLG – 1.064 OPS

David Price, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): Reset stats with promotion

Fernando Martinez, CF (on rehab assignment) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .400 – 0R – 0HR – 0RBI – 0SB – .400 SLG – .900 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): reset stats following promotion.

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .304 – 40R – 8HR – 37RBI – 35BB – 0SB – .479 SLG – .871 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): Reset stats with promotion

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 14GS – 3W – 6L – 2.96 ERA – 20BB – 44K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .239 – 36R – 10HR – 37RBI – 18BB – 4SB – .401 SLG – .694 OPS


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

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 Price Is Right

We’ve tried hard to ignore the facts here at Bus Leagues, but it can’t be overlooked anymore: Jay Bruce, our first blog-crush, is gone for good, never to return.  And while we couldn’t be happier to observe his early success in The Show from afar, his career growth has left an obvious void in our lives. 

Who will we discuss in hushed tones over Gmail Chat?  Whose name will grow exponentially in the tag cloud as we pen seven posts a week about his most recent exploits?  Which top prospect will become our new blog-crush?

I’ve thought about it for a couple days now, and while I can’t speak for my man Extra P, I think I’ve found the new object of my blogging affection: Rays lefthander David Price.

Price missed the first several weeks of the season while recovering from a muscle strain in his left elbow, but has dominated since, striking out 19 and walking only two in 18 innings for Vero Beach (High A – Florida State League).  In his second start, he squared off against Pedro Martinez, in town for a rehab assignment before heading back to the Mets.  And after the game, Petey – a guy who never got enough credit for the mental side of his pitching – had the highest praise for the 23-year-old Price:

“That kid did a hell of a job of throwing first-pitch strikes and pounding the strike zone and jamming hitters…I was watching that. He did it like a big leaguer. He had such a command. Right there, I’m challenging you. I’m going to do what I gotta do without any fear. That’s the kind of talent you love to see.”

Oddly enough, one of the knocks on Price has been that he doesn’t command his pitches well in the strike zone.  Obviously, Martinez saw something different, which either means he doesn’t have a future as a scout or he looks from things from a perspective no one else can see.

Though Price should receive a promotion at some point – as a college-tested pitcher, he was probably too good for High A ball without the elbow injury – I never expected him to make an appearance in Tampa Bay in 2008…until this item at the top of an MiLB.com mailbag on Tuesday:

Now that [Rays prospect] David Price has finally pitched for the first time in almost a year, how long do you think it will take him to reach the Majors? Do you think the Rays will let him develop? Does he even need that much developing?
— Curtis S., Lake Placid, Fla.

Based on what I saw during Spring Training — including his stuff and composure — and how he’s pitched thus far, I think he has a good chance to be with the team in the second half of the season. He came to the Rays well-polished, so I think the Rays are receptive to the idea that he doesn’t need a lot of seasoning before putting on a Major League uniform.

I’m not a trained professional sportswriter, but my gut tells me that the Rays won’t rush Price along if they don’t feel it is necessary.  Barring injury, the current rotation is solid, featuring James Shields, Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson, Andy Sonnanstine, and Matt Garza (none of whom is older than 26).  Of course, they could always throw him in the bullpen, a la Jonathan Papelbon or Joba Chamberlain, especially if the Rays stick around in the race and make a run at the East divsion title.  Still seems a bit early to make predictions like that, though, considering he has three career professional games under his belt.

It is so totally NOT early, however, to begin following the big guy’s progress through the minor leagues.  I think 18 consecutive scoreless innings at the start of a career is reason enough.