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The Z-Meter: 5/20/2009

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)

Madison Bumgarner: San Jose Giants (A) to Connecticut Defenders (AA)

No movement so far this week. But some players have turned around slow starts in a big way this week. Omaha Royals slugger Kila Ka’aihue busted his slump big-time, going 8 for 15 and pushing his OPS over 1.000. Mets prospect Fernando Martinez hit .400 over his last five games and scored seven times.

Josh Vitters, at the Cubs’ A affiliate in Peoria, probably had the best week of all. He started off with a ridiculous showing in a double header against Quad Cities – he hit .333 in the top half, then 1.000 in the second. He blasted a home run in each of four games at Beloit to follow up, cobbling together a nice little .647 average over a six-day span, along with 9 runs and 8 RBIs.

That’s hot.


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): .292 AVG – 32 R – 1 HR – 13 RBI – 14 BB – 9 SB – .479 SLG – .838 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 8 Games – 4W – 1L – 3.10 ERA – 21 BB – 28 K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals – .285 – 30 R – 7 HR – 23 RBI – 38 BB – 0 SB – .561 SLG – 1.006 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .273 – 29 R – 2 HR – 12 RBI – 11 BB – 18 SB – .360 SLG – .684 OPS

Carlos Carrasco, RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies): 8 Starts – 0 W – 5 L – 6.31 ERA – 11 BB – 44 K

Ramiro Pena, SS – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees: .263 – 7 R – 0 HR – 4 RBI – 4 BB – 1 SB – .333 SLG – .645 OPS

Matt Wieters, C – Norfolk Tides (Orioles): .282 AVG – 22 R – 4 HR – 21 RBI – 17 BB – 0 SB – .479 SLG – .849 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Buffalo Bisons (Mets): .287 AVG – 20 R – 7 HR – 23 RBI – 11 BB – 2 SB – .552 SLG – .892 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees): .344 – 20 R – 0 HR – 14 RBI – 17 BB – 8 SB – .430 SLG – .855 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): 9 Games – 5 Starts – 2 W – 2 L – 2 SV – 1.82 ERA – 7 BB – 39 K

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .229 AVG – 17 R – 4 HR – 19 RBI – 17 BB – 0 SB – .382 SLG – .697 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): 8 Starts – 3 W – 4 L – 3.77 ERA – 16 BB – 36 K

Carlos Santana, C – Akron Aeros (Indians): .294 AVG – 24 R – 6 HR – 24 RBI – 25 BB – 0 SB – .539 SLG – .970 OPS

Justin Smoak, 1B – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .338 AVG – 22 R – 6 HR – 24 RBI – 29 BB – 0 SB – .534 SLG – .994 OPS
Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Connecticut Defenders (Giants): 2 Start – 2 W – 0 L – .75 ERA – 3 BB – 11 K

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): .222 AVG – 8 R – 3 HR – 14 RBI – 8 BB – 0 SB – .378 SLG – .658 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals): .288 AVG – 25 R – 7 HR – 30 RBI – 7 BB – 2 SB – .496 SLG – .816 OPS

Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates): .224 AVG – 20 R – 8 HR – 33 RBI – 24 BB – 0 SB – .433 SLG – .766 OPS

Che-Hsuan Lin, OF – Salem Red Sox: .195 AVG – 18 R – 1 HR – 12 RBI – 16 BB – 5 SB – .265 SLG – .571 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Peoria Chiefs (Cubs): .371 AVG – 23 R – 7 HR – 21 RBI – 3 BB – 2 SB – .598 SLG – .998 OPS

Shooter Hunt, RHP – Beloit Snappers (Twins): 7 Games – 5 Starts – 0 W – 1 L – 10.70 ERA – 33 BB – 18 K

Collin Cowgill, OF – Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks): .299 AVG – 31 R – 5 HR – 26 RBI – 18 BB – 5 SB – .507 SLG – .897 OPS

Mauricio Robles, P – West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers): 7 Starts – 3 W – 1 L – 2.63 ERA – 14 BB – 52 K

Tim Beckham, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays): .277 AVG – 15 R – 2 HR – 23 RBI – 8 BB – 1 SB – .400 SLG – .717 OPS

Ezekiel Spruill, RHP – Rome Braves (Braves): 7 Games – 6 Starts – 6 W – 0 L – 1 SV – 1.91 ERA – 7 BB – 35 K


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

Stephen Strasburg, RHP – San Diego State: 12 Starts – 12W – 0L – 1.34 ERA – 18 BB – 174 K

Visit SDSU’s Strasburg Central for more.


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

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The Z-Meter 6/5/2008: Homer’s Odyssey

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)

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)

As OMDQ pointed out yesterday, Homer Bailey was just brought up to the big leagues for the second time in his career, though to less fanfare than his outfielder buddy Jay Bruce. With him gone, I’ll be looking for someone new to add, and I have a guy I like on two grounds – he plays for a Royals affiliate (my hometown club) and he has an awesome Hawaiian name. Kila Kaaihue, this is everyone. Everyone, this is Kila.

Colorado’s Joe Koshansky hit for the cycle a couple of days ago, so he’s hot again. June been berry, berry good to Cameron Maybin, as he has hit .616 since turning the page on his calendar. Jhoulys Chacin only had one K in his last start, but still notched his 9th win against only one loss.

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 – 41R – 10HR – 30RBI – 0SB – 22BB – .522 SLG – .891 OPS

Andrew McCutchen, CF (Reserve List) – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .282 – 36R – 7HR – 24RBI – 17SB – .441 SLG – .814 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .293 – 23R – 4HR – 25RBI – 14BB – 1SB – .439 SLG – .790 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .307 – 39R – 13HR – 22BB – 55RBI – 0SB – .615 SLG – .996 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .225 – 34R – 8HR – 24RBI – 7SB – .367 SLG – .690 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .335 – 48R – 18HR – 45RBI – 14SB – .708 SLG – 1.157 OPS

Justin Masterson, RHP – Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 1.50 ERA – 1BB – 4K


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): .292 – 21R – 11HR – 37RBI – 1SB – .555 SLG – .985 OPS

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

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 11GS – 5W – 3L – 3.77 ERA – 24BB – 58K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .267 – 41R – 10HR – 24RBI – 13SB – .481 SLG – .850 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 12GS – 6W – 3L – 3.15 ERA – 27BB – 52K

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

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 12GS – 3W – 5L – 5.34 ERA – 33BB – 37K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .353 – 25R – 11HR – 44RBI – 18BB – 0SB – .662 SLG – 1.085 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .235 – 24R – 8HR – 31RBI – 0SB – .425 SLG – .765 OPS

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

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .293 – 43R – 15HR – 50RBI – 1SB – .600 SLG – 1.002 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .384 – 56R – 13HR – 51RBI – 4SB – .671 SLG – 1.120 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): .328 – 42R – 16HR – 49RBI – 30BB – 1SB – .672 SLG – 1.114 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B (injured) – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .280 – 30R – 7HR – 26RBI – 0SB – .488 SLG – .872 OPS

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 12GS – 3W – 6L – 2.87 ERA – 17BB – 36K

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .324 – 37R – 12HR – 33RBI – 29BB – 1SB – .566 SLG -.987 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .241 – 25R – 8HR – 27RBI – 4SB – .410 SLG – .706 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Asheville Tourists (Rockies): 12 GS – 9W – 1L – 1.84 ERA – 23BB – 74K


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