Posts Tagged ‘Trevor Cahill’

Now Pitching For The Oakland Athletics…

The Oakland A’s landed four pitching prospects on Baseball America’s Top 100 list this offseason.  One, Gio Gonzalez, appeared in ten games for the major league club last season; a second, Michael Inoa, won’t turn 17 until freakin’ September – he’s still young enough to be counting his age in half years – and shouldn’t sniff the majors until 2011 at the earliest.

The last two, Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill, both turned 21 over the winter (on February 1 and March 1, respectively) and, despite a paucity of experience above the lower minor league levels, earned spots in Oakland’s starting rotation out of spring training.

Both pitchers boast career minor league stats that shape up as those cool lines that I always enjoy, where the totals could easily be mistaken for a single outstanding campaign.  In Cahill’s case: 22-9, 2.68 ERA, 264 strikeouts in 238.2 innings, 1.089 WHIP.  Anderson: 22-12, 3.36 ERA, 243 strikeouts in 225.1 innings.  They be solid, yo.

Ready or not, here they come.  Cahill debuted on April 7 with a respectable outing against the Los Angeles Angels – three runs on five hits and five walks in five innings – before losing a 1-0 duel to Erik Bedard in his second appearance (one run, two hits, three walks, three strikeouts in seven innings).  Anderson made his own debut three days later, allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings of a 5-4 loss to the Mariners.  Like Cahill, his second game was much better – he limited the Red Sox to two runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out five – but, like Cahill, he was the tough-luck loser when the opposing pitcher (in this case, Tim Wakefield) worked a gem.

Two other guys on Baseball America’s list who deserved one of these posts but won’t get it because they’ve played a few games and I feel I’ve missed the boat: St. Louis’s Colby Rasmus, who has a great baseball name and was the number three overall prospect, and Toronto’s Travis Snider, who rolled from Dunedin to New Hampshire to Syracuse to Toronto without missing a beat in 2008 and was rewarded with the sixth spot on the list this year.  (Fun note: Snider was born the day after Anderson – February 2, 1988.)  Snider is also the first top prospect that I saw play in the minor leagues.

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The Z-Meter: 8/6/2008

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)

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)

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)

Not a lot to say this week, as Olympic rosters have depleted much of our meter. It’s worth noting that 28-year-old slugger Nelson Cruz has suffered a setback in his attempt to make the majors late in his pro career – he’s down with an injury just as the Rangers were starting to think he wasn’t just a fluke.

Some of our struggling promotees are starting to get back in the groove, however. Lars Anderson took his slugging percentage up 300+ points over the past week after having initial difficulty adjusting to AA. Royals prospect Kila Kaaihue has actually improved his numbers since moving to AAA Omaha, which lends some credence to the notion that AA might sometimes have the better prospects these days. David Price continues to pitch lights-out as he plows through the Rays’ farm, as well.

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 – 62R – 9HR – 40RBI – 28SB – 58BB – .402 SLG – .776 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .269 – 70R – 7HR – 58RBI – 40BB – 2SB – .412 SLG – .765 OPS

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

Nelson Cruz, RF (injured) – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .344 – 93R – 37HR – 98RBI – 24SB – 56BB – .710 SLG – 1.144 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Columbus Clippers (Nationals): .211 – 9R – 2HR – 14RBI – 7BB – 0SB – .326 SLG – .591 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 4GS – 3W – 0L – 2.25 ERA – 11BB – 23K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – .407 – 8R – 4HR – 7RBI – 3BB – 0SB – .852 SLG – 1.319 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): .294 – 68R – 9HR – 61RBI – 53BB – 15SB – .445 SLG – .814 OPS

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

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .273 – 62R – 13HR – 40RBI – 48BB – 18SB – .466 SLG – .834 OPS

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .291 – 65R – 3HR – 52RBI – 28BB – 44SB – .361 SLG – .706 OPS

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

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .262 – 65R – 17HR – 67RBI – 52BB – 1SB – .461 SLG – .818 OPS

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

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): .362 – 26R – 7HR – 32RBI – 25BB – 0SB – .606 SLG – 1.070 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .327 – 11R – 2HR – 11RBI – 7BB – 0SB – .531 SLG – .934 OPS

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

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .341 – 86R – 16HR – 84RBI – 49BB – 6SB – .554 SLG – .962 OPS

David Price, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 8GS – 6W – 0L – 2.08 ERA – 12BB – 48K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .287 – 38R – 5HR – 26RBI – 15BB – 5SB – .415 SLG – .744 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .335 – 80R – 8HR – 66RBI – 26BB – 28SB – .444 SLG – .813 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): .273 – 19R – 7HR – 25RBI – 13BB – 0SB – .462 SLG – .805 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): 7GS – 5W – 1L – 2.1823 ERA – 8BB – 41K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 21GS – 6W – 6L – 2.81 ERA – 29BB – 63K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .265 – 62R – 20HR – 58RBI – 33BB – 5SB – .470 SLG – .798 OPS


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

The Z-Meter: 7/30/2008

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)

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)

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)

Whew! Now we’re talking. Jeff Samardzija bought his first-class ticket out of the Z-meter by notching two saves (so far) for the NL-Central leading Chicago Cubs, who are trying to figure out who should close in the absence of Kerry Wood. I’m replacing him with Futures Game pitcher Trevor Cahill, who is 6-1 for the Midland, TX affiliate of the Oakland As. I also decided to replace Jacob McGee with Tulsa speed merchant Dexter Fowler so I didn’t have to pay royalties to Rays Index. We’ve still got plenty of their fantastic pitching prospects in the rotation.

The other promotion was hot-hitting Kila Kaaihue from Northwest Arkansas to Omaha. Think the Royals like the look of the Hawaiian’s 26 homers in double-A? I wouldn’t be surprised if KC doesn’t call him up for the annual push to get out of the AL Central basement.

In general, when a player gets called up to the bigs from now on, he’ll be replaced with someone in A or AA on the meter. That way, we can start getting a look at guys who might still be here for next year’s edition, instead of those who will be in the majors in September.

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): .276 – 56R – 9HR – 40RBI – 26SB – 50BB – .404 SLG – .769 OPS

Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners): .255 – 60R – 6HR – 52RBI – 37BB – 2SB – .398 SLG – .740 OPS

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

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .349 – 91R – 37HR – 96RBI – 24SB – 56BB – .729 SLG – 1.171 OPS

Luke Montz, C – Columbus Clippers (Nationals): .181 – 4R – 0HR – 10RBI – 4BB – 0SB – .236 SLG – .460 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Durham Bulls (Rays): 2GS – 2W – 0L – 2.08 ERA – 6BB – 12K

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Omaha Royals (Royals): stats reset with promotion


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): .295 – 64R – 9HR – 57RBI – 53BB – 15SB – .448 SLG – .823 OPS

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

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .262 – 56R – 12HR – 38RBI – 45BB – 17SB – .456 SLG – .814 OPS

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .291 – 60R – 2HR – 45RBI – 26BB – 41SB – .352 SLG – .700 OPS

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

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .258 – 57R – 16HR – 63RBI – 46BB – 1SB – .456 SLG – .808 OPS

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

Matt Wieters, C – Bowie Baysox (Orioles): .326 – 16R – 5HR – 21RBI – 18BB – 0SB – .547 SLG – .981 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox): .192 – 3R – 0HR – 1RBI – 3BB – 0SB – .231 SLG – .507 OPS

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

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .360 – 82R – 16HR – 84RBI – 40BB – 5SB – .588 SLG – 1.005 OPS

David Price, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 7GS – 5W – 0L – 2.20 ERA – 12BB – 38K

Fernando Martinez, CF – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .292 – 37R – 5HR – 25RBI – 14BB – 5SB – .420 SLG – .752 OPS

Alcides Escobar, SS – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .334 – 76R – 7HR – 61RBI – 22BB – 25SB – .437 SLG – .802 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): .291 – 15R – 6HR – 23RBI – 12BB – 0SB – .496 SLG – .866 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Modesto Nuts (Rockies): 6GS – 5W – 1L – 2.23 ERA – 7BB – 36K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 20GS – 6W – 6L – 2.83 ERA – 29BB – 60K

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .258 – 55R – 15HR – 49RBI – 32BB – 5SB – .435 SLG – .757 OPS


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