The Z-Meter 8/11/2010

August 21, 2010
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The Z-meter is our way of tracking the prospects we like. We keep track of stats for 25 players at a time, compiled from Baseball America, reader votes, and our own irrational sense of whimsy. A couple of the players who made it onto the meter via reader voting ended up starting their seasons in the majors, so Jason Heyward and Jenrry Mejia have the honor of being the first players on our Promotions list. An asterisk designates a player who is injured. We tag names with red ink if the player is hot, and blue ink if he's cooling off. Regular old black ink means he's doing his job in a fairly standard way. Promotions Jason Heyward, started season with Atlanta Braves (MLB) Jennry Mejia, started season with New York Mets (MLB) Justin Smoak, 1B Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA) to Texas Rangers (MLB) Eric Young, Jr., 2B Colorado Springs (AAA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB) Stephen Strasburg, P Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) to Washington Nationals (MLB) Carlos Santana, C Columbus Clippers (AAA) to Cleveland Indians (MLB) Pedro Alvarez, 3B Indianapolis Indians (AAA) to Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) Travis Wood, LHP Louisville Bats (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB) Anthony Slama, RHP Rochester Red Wings (AAA) to Minnesota Twins (MLB) Ryan Kalish, OF Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) to Boston Red Sox (MLB) Chris Carter, 1B Sacramento River Cats (AAA) to Oakland As (MLB) Stephen Strasburg, P Harrisburg Senators (AA) to Syracuse Skychiefs (AAA) Lars Anderson, 1B Portland SeaDogs (AA) to Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) Ryan Kalish, LF Portland SeaDogs (AA) to Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) Zach Britton, LHP Bowie Baysox (AA) to Norfolk Tides (AAA) David Phelps, RHP Trenton Thunder (AA) to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) Dustin Ackley, 2B West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (AA) to Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
AAA Hitters
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) AVG R HR RBI BB SB SLG OPS
Dustin Ackley 2B Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) .299 24 3 14 13 1 0.474 0.838
Mike Moustakas 3B Omaha Royals (Royals) .270 20 7 21 4 2 0.467 0.654
Andrew Locke LF Round Rock Express (Astros) .288 68 16 72 31 3 0.500 0.836
Lars Anderson 1B Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox) .246 39 7 40 41 1 0.396 0.730
Pitchers
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) G W L ERA SV BB K
Aroldis Chapman LHP Louisville Bats (Reds) 36 8 6 3.69 7 52 118
Zach Britton LHP Norfolk Tides (Orioles) 9 2 3 3.08 0 18 39
David Phelps RHP Trenton Thunder (Yankees) 9 3 2 3.51 0 9 43
AAA Notes:
AA Hitters
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) AVG R HR RBI BB SB SLG OPS
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B Akron Aeros (Indians) .273 70 15 71 36 3 0.444 0.787
Conor Gillaspie 3B Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) .292 49 6 58 34 0 0.421 0.760
Collin Cowgill RF Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) .299 79 14 79 51 24 0.471 0.833
Pitchers
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) G W L ERA S BB K
Kyle Drabek RHP New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) 24 13 9 3.12 0 60 114
Bubbie Buzachero RHP Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston) 5 1 0 3.55 0 3 6
Brooks Brown RHP Erie SeaWolves (Tigers) 26 11 8 4.09 2 34 83
AA Notes: 
A Hitters
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) AVG R HR RBI BB SB SLG OPS
Aaron Hicks CF Beloit Snappers (Twins) .275 69 5 42 73 18 0.419 0.813
Ian Gac 1B Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) .284 59 19 85 41 3 0.485 0.833
*Tyler Kolodny 3B Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore) .207 8 1 4 7 4 0.379 0.779
Tim Beckham SS Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays) .250 62 5 53 55 20 0.351 0.692
Kentrail Davis LF Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) .357 34 2 34 23 2 0.533 0.977
Sequoyah Stonecipher OF Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) .218 11 1 10 4 3 0.273 0.531
Pitchers
Name Pos Team (Affiliation) G W L ERA S BB K
Zeke Spruill RHP Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves) 11 3 3 4.72 0 3 31
Keyvious Sampson RHP Eugene Emeralds (Padres) 10 3 3 3.56 0 17 58
Brad Brach RHP Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 56 5 1 2.34 40 9 63
Brandon Moore RHP St. Lucie Mets (Mets) 10 2 3 3.54 0 24 49
Jacob Turner RHP Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers) 10 4 2 3.88 0 11 32
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4 Responses to The Z-Meter 8/11/2010

  1. Brian on June 26, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Let me get this straight: Stephen “Lord Vishnu” Strasburg gestated through the minors in two months, but Mike Moustakas is still waiting for his call-up? WHY?!? /bitter Royals fan

    Kila Ka’aihue approves this message.

  2. eangevine on June 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Well, clearly the Royals have too many effective, long-term professional ballplayers at the MLB level to make room for these schlubs.

  3. Brian on July 13, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Rumor has it that Ackley has been promoted to Triple-A Tacoma. It hasn’t been reported anywhere, but I’ve got a source, so we’ll see what happens when the All-Star breaks for the Southern and Pacific Coast Leagues end later this week.

    I feel so…journalistic.

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