Posts Tagged ‘Nelson Cruz’

Cruz Hits Eleven In First Round Of MLB Homerun Derby

As Extra P has noted in the past, we are a minor league blog, but it’s always nice to look back on the guys who left it all behind and made it to the major leagues.  Case in point: Texas’s Nelson Cruz, the 29-year-old outfielder who is making his first All-Star appearance this week.

The 2008 Pacific Coast League’s Most Valuable Player, Cruz hit 22 homeruns in the first half this year and was chosen to compete for the American League in the Homerun Derby.  After enduring more than his fair share of laughs at his selection (although at least one person gave him a puncher’s chance), Cruz got off to a sensational start, setting the tone with eleven homeruns to lead off the first round.

I think it’s safe to say that you can count the Bus Leagues crew among those who are rooting for the underdog Cruz in this competition.  He’s our type of player.

Update: Cruz advanced all the way to the finals.  He put up five in the last round, but Prince Fielder crushed six to overtake him and win the title.  I kinda feel bad for Cruz – he actually looked like he wanted to win.

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The Z-Meter: 8/26/2008

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)
Joe Koshansky, 1B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Rockies (MLB)
Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Iowa (AAA) to Chicago Cubs (MLB)
Nelson Cruz, CF, Oklahoma (AAA) to Rangers (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)
Wade Davis, RHP, Montgomery (AA) to Durham (AAA)
Kila Kaaihue, 1B, Northwest Arkansas (AA) to Omaha (AAA)
Travis Snider, DH, New Hampshire (AA) to Syracuse (AAA)
David Price, LHP, Montgomery Biscuits (AA) to Durham Bulls (AAA)
Mat Gamel, 3B, Huntsville Stars (AA) to Nashville Sounds (AAA)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading Phillies (AA)
David Price, LHP, Vero Beach (A) to Montgomery (AA)
Matt Weiters, C, Frederick Keys (A) to Bowie Baysox (AA)
Lars Anderson, 1B, Lancaster JetHawks (A) to Portland SeaDogs (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)

Huzzah! Over-the-hill power hitters rejoice! Our very own Crash Davis, Oklahoma slugger Nelson Cruz, has been called up to The Show. Let’s hope it’s the best damn 21 days of his life. I hear the ballparks are like cathedrals, you never handle your own luggage, and the women all have long legs and brains.

In his place, welcome 18-year-old Madison Bumgarner. He’s 14-3 for the Augusta Greenjackets. Which is nice. Oh, and one hundred and fifty five strikeouts. Which is bleedin’ phenomenal.

Mat Gamel got the bump up to the triple-A Nashville Sounds, so he’s technically advancing faster than the traded Matt, LaPorta. Then again, LaPorta was in the Olympics, so that’s a whole different kettle of fish heads.

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): .280 – 72R – 9HR – 46RBI – 31SB – 66BB – .391 SLG – .763 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .266 – 78R – 12HR – 67RBI – 47BB – 2SB – .434 SLG – .788 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF (rehab assignment) – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .249 – 56R – 11HR – 36RBI – 15SB – 49BB – .395 SLG – .741 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Columbus Clippers (Nationals): .242 – 15R – 2HR – 18RBI – 10BB – 0SB – .349 SLG – .638 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 7GS – 3W – 2L – 3.07 ERA – 19BB – 40K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals: .341 – 22R – 9HR – 17RBI – 16BB – 0SB – .671 SLG – 1.122 OPS

Travis Snyder, DH – Syracuse Chiefs (Blue Jays): .333 – 6R – 1HR – 14RBI – 3BB – 1SB – .463 SLG – .836 OPS

David Price, LHP – Durham Bulls: 3GS – 0W – 1L – 4.85 ERA – 6BB – 12K

Mat Gamel, 3B – Nashville Sounds (Brewers): .000 – 0R – 0HR – 0RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .000 SLG – .000 OPS


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

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .287 – 74R – 9HR – 68RBI – 55BB – 19SB – .425 SLG – .782 OPS

Dexter Fowler, OF (Olympics) – Tulsa Drillers (Rockies): .337 – 86R – 9HR – 61RBI – 61BB – 20SB – .514 SLG – .944 OPS

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .278 – 68R – 13HR – 46RBI – 56BB – 20SB – .465 SLG – .838 OPS

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .295 – 78R – 4HR – 63RBI – 35BB – 50SB – .374 SLG – .724 OPS

Trevor Cahill, RHP (Olympics) – Midland RockHounds (Oakland): 7GS – 6W – 1L – 2.19 ERA – 19BB – 33K

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 12GS – 2W – 4L – 3.43 ERA – 32BB – 49K

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): .357 – 35R – 11HR – 48RBI – 35BB – 0SB – .626 SLG – 1.081 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .307 – 25R – 5HR – 25RBI – 20BB – 1SB – .535 SLG – .942 OPS

Matt LaPorta, CF (Olympics) – Akron Aeros (Indians): .277 – 60R – 21HR – 73RBI – 48BB – 2SB – .534 SLG – .915 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .279 – 45R – 7HR – 37RBI – 23BB – 6SB – .412 SLG – .741 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .332 – 92R – 8HR – 74RBI – 30BB – 32SB – .440 SLG – .807 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): .264 – 26R – 11HR – 42RBI – 16BB – 0SB – .450 SLG – .770 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): 11GS – 8W – 2L – 2.35 ERA – 11BB – 57K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 23GS – 7W – 6L – 2.80 ERA – 32BB – 68K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .269 – 71R – 21HR – 67RBI – 38BB – 6SB – .466 SLG – .796 OPS

Madison Bumgarner, LHP – Augusta Greenjackets (Giants): 23GS – 14W – 3L – 20BB – 155 K


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

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.

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.