Daily Notes: A Leaderboard of 2013’s First-Rounders, Already

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. A Leaderboard of 2013’s First-Rounders, Already
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

A Leaderboard of 2013’s First-Rounders, Already
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post, mostly, is to alert the readership to how — with the recent commencement of certain Low-A and Rookie-level leagues — how a small collection of 2013 first-round picks have begun their professional baseball careers.

What the Author Has Done
What the author has done in light of the above is to create a custom leaderboard here at the site of 2013’s first-round picks — which leaderboard will better help the readership monitor the performance of those same players.

Hyperlink to the Leaderboard in Question
Click this hyperlinked text to view the first edition of the first-rounders batting leaderboard (sorted by weighted runs above average). As no first-round pitchers have thrown an inning yet — or, at least not so as they’ve appeared within the present site’s database — there is no corresponding leaderboard for pitchers as of yet.

Screenshot of the Leaderboard in Question
Below is a screenshot of the aforementioned leaderboard. (For the purposes of embiggening, one would do well to click.)

Leaders MILB

What the Author Resolves
The author resolves to update the leaderboard in question periodically as more draftees make their professional debuts.

Also, Last Year’s First-Round Picks
Click this hyperlinked text to view this season’s minor-league stats of last year’s first-round batters (sorted by weighted runs above average), and this other hyperlinked text for the pitching leaderboard of that same group (sorted by FIP).

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Baltimore at Toronto | 19:07 ET
Jason Hammel (80.2 IP, 118 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces R.A. Dickey (93.2 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.5 WAR). Of note regarding the Orioles, presently: they’re a full standard deviation among the league’s 30 teams by park-adjusted home-run rate*, defensive runs saved, and average batter age (i.e. they’re younger).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Baltimore Radio, Maybe**.

*By the author’s likely flawed methodology.
**Composition of Toronto Radio crew has changed since crowdsourcing project.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Dallas Keuchel HOU 5 3 4 5 3 CHN Matt Garza 14:20
Tyler Chatwood COL 8 9 8 2 10 WAS St. Strasburg 19:05
Samuel Deduno MIN 1 3 4 7 5 CLE Scott Kazmir 19:05
Cole Hamels PHI 8 1 5 6 4 NYN Jeremy Hefner 19:05
Rob. Hernandez TB 6 9 5 4 4 NYA David Phelps 19:05
Jason Hammel BAL 2 9 6 6 8 TOR R.A. Dickey 19:07
Jon Lester BOS 5 8 6 7 7 DET Doug Fister 19:08
Julio Teheran ATL 7 8 6 4 6 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Hector Santiago CHA 5 1 3 4 1 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Derek Holland TEX 9 4 7 3 7 STL Tyler Lyons 20:15
Johnny Cueto CIN 8 5 6 3 6 AZ Wade Miley 21:40
Gerrit Cole* PIT 8 6 5 7 2 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 2 6 9 2 SD Clayton Richard 22:10
Bartolo Colon OAK 5 6 6 4 8 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10
Ricky Nolasco MIA 4 0 5 6 6 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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2 years 11 months ago

Deduno deserves a higher nerd score

2 years 11 months ago

Is there any way you could talk the fangraphs higher-ups into including SCOUT+/- as a custom leaderboard option for the minors?

I think it’s great that this feature isn’t solely a rotation of different MiLB leaderboards each day, but they are nice to see at times, and with the recent start-up of short-season leagues, I am eager to begin drawing overly-hasty conclusions about recent draft picks based on This Author’s Esteemed Contribution to the Sabermetrics Field.