Posts Tagged ‘Prospects’

The Zimmerman-o-meter: 4/10/08

Jay Bruce patiently awaits his turn.

The Zimmerman-o-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 just over one year.

OK, a week ago, I introduced this feature as the Zimmermeter. As our friends at Rays Index pointed out, this could be misconstrued to be directed at Don Zimmer. And we’re not planning on measuring anybody or anything relative to ol’ Zim any time soon. So now, it’s the Zimmerman-o-meter, in which we chart 25 prospects in their attempts to rise to The Show. If a prospect’s line is in red, he’s en fuego and bucking for a promotion.


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

Jay Bruce, CF – Louisville Bats (Reds): .250 – 4R – 1HR – 4RBI – 1SB – .464 SLG – .740 OPS

Evan Longoria, 3B – Durham Bulls (Rays): .136 – 2R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .136 SLG – .406 OPS

Homer Bailey, RHP – Louisville Bats (Reds): 2GS – 1W – 1L – .71 ERA – 2BB – 9K

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .214 – 6R – 2HR – 6RBI – 1SB – .464 SLG – .798 OPS

Carlos Gonzalez, RF – Sacramento River Cats (Athletics): .250 – 2R – 1HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .400 SLG – .650 OPS

Ian Stewart, 3B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .308 – 5R – 1HR – 4RBI – 2SB – .615 SLG – 1.015 OPS

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .304 – 4R – 1HR – 4RBI – 0SB – .652 SLG – 1.060 OPS

Colby Rasmus, OF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .258 – 5R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .387 SLG – .701 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.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP – Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers): 1GS – 0W – 1L – 3.00 ERA – 2BB – 4K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .192 – 5R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .385 SLG – .626 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 2GS – 0W – 1L – 2.25 ERA – 4BB – 11K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .474 – 4R – 2HR – 4RBI – 3SB – .895 SLG – 1.510 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .233 – 7R – 1HR – 4RBI – 0SB – .433 SLG – .715 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 7.20 ERA – 2BB – 1K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .333 – 2R – 0HR – 4RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .417 SLG – .777 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 1GS – 1W – 0L – 1.80 ERA – 2BB – 1K

Pedro Powell, CF – Altoona Curve (Pirates): .333 – 0R – 0HR – 0RBI – 0BB – 0SB – .333 SLG – .667 OPS


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

David Price, LHP – (Rays): No 2008 Stats

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Tigers (Detroit): 2GS – 1W – 1L – 0.00 ERA – 2BB – 7K

Travis Snider, RF – Dunedin Blue Jays (Blue Jays): .227 – 4R – 1HR – 2RBI – 1SB – .455 SLG – .775 OPS

Josh Vitters, 3B – Boise Hawks (Cubs): No 2008 Stats

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .500 – 6R – 2HR – 6RBI – 5BB – 0SB – 1.083 SLG – 1.694 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .185 – 0R – 0HR – 1RBI – 0SB – .185 SLG – .399 OPS


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

Where Can We Find Top Prospects In 2008?

One of Extra P’s stated goals for this season is to track some of baseball’s top prospects as they play minor league ball and try to get to The Show.  On that note, here are the Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America and their initial destinations for 2008:

1.  Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds – Louisville Bats (AAA)
2.  Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays – Durham Bulls (AAA)
3.  Joba Chamberlain, RHP, New York Yankees – New York Yankees (MLB)
4.  Clay Buchholz, RHP, Boston Red Sox – Boston Red Sox (MLB)
5.  Colby Rasmus, OF, St. Louis Cardinals – Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
6.  Cameron Maybin, OF, Florida Marlins – Carolina Mudcats (AA)
7.  Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers – Jacksonville Suns (AA)
8.  Franklin Morales, LHP, Colorado Rockies – Colorado Rockies (MLB)
9.  Homer Bailey, RHP, Cincinnati Reds – Louisville Bats (AAA)
10.  David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Vero Beach (Advanced A) – Price is also expected to miss the first six weeks of the season with a strained muscle in his forearm
11.  Travis Snider, OF, Toronto Blue Jays – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
12.  Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles – Frederick Keys (Advanced A)
13.  Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Boston Red Sox – Boston Red Sox (MLB)
14.  Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates – Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
15.  Jake McGee, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
16.  Brandon Wood, 3B/SS, Los Angeles Angels – Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
17.  Wade Davis, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays – Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
18.  Mike Moustakas, SS, Kansas City Royals – Burlington Royals (Rookie)
19.  Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers – Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
20.  Fernando Martinez, OF, New York Mets

I live in New Hampshire, so you can probably look forward to reading a post or two about Snider – unless he gets called up to the big club before I can see him, which seems unlikely.  He is battling a sore elbow, so we’ll see how that effects his early usage.

If you’re interested in the breakdown by level, that’s four major leaguers, six AAAs, six AAs, two Advanced As, one Rookie, and one undetermined (my assumption is that Fernando Martinez will start the season in Triple A, but there was no evidence to support that). 

Interesting to note, on the heels of the “Is Evan Longoria Ready For The Majors” debate, that three of the four major leaguers play for the Red Sox or Yankees.  The Rays, on the other hand, had four names listed in this particular Top 10 list…and all will start 2008 in the minors, three of them at AA or lower.