Daily Notes: Best Performances of the 2013 Cape Cod League

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

1. Best Performances of the Cape Cod League
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Best Performances of the Cape Cod League
Introduction
The 2013 iteration of the Cape Cod League — the collegiate, wood-bat summer league responsible for approximately a third of the most recent draft’s first-round picks (and a similar percentage of the first ten rounds’ picks) — concluded last Thursday. This most recent Tuesday, the author found that last year’s top Cape League batters have posted a collective 125 wRC+ in their first exposure to professional ball; the top pitchers, a collective 2.93 FIP.

Below are the final SCOUT leaderboards for this year’s top Cape League hitters and pitchers — and notes concerning same. (All data courtesy Pointstreak.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Cape League Hitters
Here’s the final SCOUT batting leaderboard for all Cape League hitters. SCOUT+ combines regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates in a FIP-like equation to produce a result not unlike wRC+, where 100 is league average and above 100 is above average. Note that xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.

Player Team Pos PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Mike Ford COT 1B 103 5 16 13 2.3% 12.0% 14.8% 137
Max Pentecost BOU C 151 6 16 22 2.5% 10.0% 14.6% 133
Dylan Davis FAL OF 121 6 12 16 2.6% 9.2% 14.4% 132
Casey Gillaspie FAL 1B 189 8 22 39 3.0% 11.5% 20.6% 132
Derek Fisher HAR OF 150 0 25 19 0.5% 14.6% 12.7% 127
Jimmy Pickens CHA OF 142 7 13 27 2.9% 8.9% 19.0% 125
Rhys Hoskins FAL RF 198 7 13 31 2.7% 6.6% 15.7% 123
J.D. Davis CHA P/DH 129 3 18 25 1.6% 11.9% 19.4% 118
Jeff Schalk HYA 1B 99 4 11 18 2.0% 9.7% 18.6% 118
Landon Lassiter CHA IF 99 0 23 20 0.7% 15.7% 19.9% 117

SCOUT Leaderboard: Cape League Starters
Below is the final SCOUT pitching leaderboard for all Cape League pitchers who made at least half their appearances as a starter. SCOUT- combines regressed strikeout and walk rates in a kwERA-like equation to produce a number not unlike ERA-, where 100 is league average and below 100 is better than average. Note that xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.

Player Team G GS IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Kyle Freeland HYA 9 6 40.0 163 48 4 29.4% 6.6% 61
Jeffrey Hoffman HYA 4 4 24.1 97 33 5 28.9% 7.7% 67
James Kaprielian YD 5 3 20.0 77 28 4 28.2% 7.9% 70
Ben Smith COT 7 7 28.2 121 35 11 27.2% 8.5% 75
Alex Haines COT 7 5 19.1 83 26 8 26.0% 8.5% 79
Justin Kamplain BRE 8 6 38.0 160 41 18 25.6% 9.1% 83
Sean Newcomb WAR 6 3 22.1 102 28 13 24.9% 9.1% 85
Dillon Peters HAR 5 4 22.0 79 21 3 23.3% 7.6% 86
John Means FAL 7 7 40.2 154 35 8 22.8% 7.4% 86
Nick Howard HAR 5 5 24.2 106 25 4 22.5% 7.4% 87

Notes
• Almost simultaneous to the midseason examination of the Cape Cod League in July, Cotuit (and Princeton) first baseman/pitcher Mike Ford was signed to a minor-league deal by the New York Yankees. In 83 plate appearances with Low-A Staten Island, Ford (presently in his age-20 season) has recorded walk and strikeout rates of 18.1% and 19.3%, respectively, and also three home runs, while playing predominantly first base.

• Among players likely capable of playing on the more challenging side of the defensive spectrum, Chatham’s Landon Lassiter produced the most impressive regressed and defense-independent offensive line, recording a 23:20 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 99 plate appearances. The infielder exhibited a similar skill set as a sophomore with a very competitive UNC club this past season, posting a 58:44 walk-to-strikeout ratio in ca. 330 plate appearances. Another rising junior, middle infielder Cole Peragine (of Yarmouth-Dennis and Stony Brook), finished just off the top-10 batting list.

• Six-foot-four left-hander Kyle Freeland finished atop the Cape League pitching leaderboard, recording a 48:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 40.0 innings. A junior this past season at the University of Evansville, Freeland sat at 90-93 mph with his fastball during the Cape League all-star game, according to Keith Law, who referred to Freeland as the “best prospect of the day.”

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at Cincinnati | 12:35 ET
Trevor Cahill (101.2 IP, 104 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Mat Latos (161. IP, 89 xFIP-, 3.8 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Arizona Radio or Television, Maybe?

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 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Trevor Cahill AZ 5 3 6 3 8 CIN Mat Latos 12:35
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 3 7 1 6 MIA Henderson Alvarez 12:40
J.A. Happ TOR 0 6 3 3 5 NYA Andy Pettitte 13:05
Andrew Albers MIN 3 3 5 7 7 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
Stephen Strasburg WAS 10 2 6 5 3 CHN Travis Wood 14:20
Chad Bettis* COL 6 7 4 0 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
Jose Quintana CHA 5 2 5 7 4 KC James Shields 20:10
Paul Maholm ATL 5 8 5 3 4 STL Joe Kelly 20:15
Jeff Locke PIT 3 7 5 5 5 SF Matt Cain 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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Jaack
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Jaack
2 years 11 months ago

Derek Fisher appears to be taking the Michael Jordan retirement plan.

Ben
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Ben
2 years 11 months ago

I fully expect the Cardinals to have Mike Ford, Max Pentecost, and Derek Fisher near the top of their draft board, then…

Ben
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Ben
2 years 11 months ago

Whoops – looked at the charts and didn’t read before posting. Maybe not to Mike Ford. However, I’ll add that I hope they have the top three pitchers on the board as well.

Matthew Provenzano
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2 years 11 months ago

I saw Mike Ford play in April–I cover Cornell baseball and we saw a four game set between Cornell and Princeton. In Game 3, Mike Ford not only hit an extra-inning grand slam to win the game, but also pitched 10 innings (approx. 140 pitches), allowing only 7 hits and 1 earned run (Source: http://cornellbigred.com/documents/2013/4/28/042813_princeton1_box.pdf?id=5407). So not only was he the Ivy League’s best offensive player, but also one of the best pitchers. Needless to say, I was surprised it took until July for him to be signed.

Matthew Yaspan
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Matthew Yaspan
2 years 11 months ago

Mike Ford is a good ballplayer but doesn’t seem like a big leaguer. He’s worth the flyer but we’ll see

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