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Daily Notes, Featuring Joey Gallo’s Powerful Power

Posted By Carson Cistulli On September 20, 2012 @ 10:21 am In Daily Notes | 3 Comments

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

1. SCOUT Leaderboards for All the Rookie-Level Leagues
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

SCOUT Leaderboards for All the Rookie-Level Leagues
Regarding What This Is, First of All
What follows are the SCOUT Leaderboards for all four of the domestic rookie-level minor leagues (the Appalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast, and Pioneer ones) combined.

Regarding a “SCOUT Leaderboard,” What That Is
SCOUT is metric designed to assess performance in those instances — like in a minor league, for example — where small samples are ubiquitous. A high SCOUT+ is good for a hitter; a low SCOUT- is good for a pitcher.

More on SCOUT, How It’s Calculated
SCOUT uses regressed, defense-independent inputs to calculate FIP-like stats for both pitchers and hitters. Click here to learn more about it.

Regarding SCOUT, One of Its Benefits
A benefit of SCOUT is, because both SCOUT+ and SCOUT- are presented relative to league, it allows one to compare the relative performances of players across multiple leagues — like in what follows, for example.

Regarding These Numbers
All the following numbers are final for 2012.

Top Batters of the Rookie-Level Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Rookie-Level Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.


Player Team League Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Joey Gallo Rangers Arizona 18 193 6.5% 18.8% 26.9% 177
Wade Hinkle Angels Pioneer 22 325 4.6% 13.2% 16.0% 157
Jonathan Walsh Angels Pioneer 21 283 3.1% 16.3% 16.3% 147
Patrick Leonard Royals Appy 19 268 4.8% 11.2% 20.5% 147
Max Kepler-Rozycki Twins Appy 19 269 3.5% 10.0% 12.3% 144
Robert Maddox Reds Pioneer 23 211 4.8% 9.5% 19.9% 141
Art Charles Blue Jays Appy 21 123 3.0% 19.9% 25.8% 140
Romy Trinidad Twins Appy 21 139 3.6% 12.2% 18.2% 139
Jesmuel Valentin Dodgers Arizona 18 197 1.1% 17.6% 12.2% 139
Sherman Johnson Angels Pioneer 21 240 1.3% 20.4% 16.7% 138

Top Batters of the Rookie-Level Leagues (Aged 19 and Under)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Rookie-Level Leagues who were young relative to their level — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.


Player Team League Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Joey Gallo Rangers Arizona 18 193 6.5% 18.8% 26.9% 177
Patrick Leonard Royals Appy 19 268 4.8% 11.2% 20.5% 147
Max Kepler-Rozycki Twins Appy 19 269 3.5% 10.0% 12.3% 144
Jesmuel Valentin Dodgers Arizona 18 197 1.1% 17.6% 12.2% 139
Daniel Vogelbach Cubs Arizona 19 115 3.1% 10.1% 14.2% 137
Clint Coulter Brewers Arizona 18 214 2.0% 17.3% 18.7% 136
Jesus Ustariz Tigers Gulf Coast 19 196 1.0% 13.2% 12.8% 132
Corey Seager Dodgers Pioneer 18 202 3.2% 10.4% 16.3% 131
Daniel Robertson Athletics Arizona 18 127 2.1% 11.5% 13.2% 130
John Silviano Blue Jays Gulf Coast 17 141 1.2% 13.5% 15.3% 130

Top Pitchers of the Rookie-Level Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 pitchers of the Rookie-Level Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.


Player Team League Age IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Nicholas Sawyer Rays Appy 20 24.1 92 41.6% 9.1% 43
Jordan Jankowski Astros Appy 23 32.1 135 37.5% 8.4% 53
Chase Stevens Diamondbacks Pioneer 21 33.2 143 40.3% 9.9% 55
Chuck Ghysels Blue Jays Gulf Coast 22 25.2 105 33.7% 8.2% 56
Josh Hader Orioles Gulf Coast 18 20.1 80 33.2% 8.4% 58
Carlos Perez Braves Appy 20 30.2 131 36.0% 9.4% 60
Keivi Rojas Phillies Gulf Coast 19 32.1 123 31.8% 7.7% 61
Andrew Leenhouts Giants Arizona 22 37.0 168 35.7% 9.4% 61
Sam Selman Royals Pioneer 21 60.1 245 36.3% 9.1% 63
Luis Merejo Braves Gulf Coast 17 41.0 172 30.8% 7.4% 63

Top Pitchers of the Rookie-Level Leagues (Starters Only)
Here are the top-10 pitchers in the Rookie-Level Leagues who made at least half of their appearances as starts — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.


Player Team League Age IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Sam Selman Royals Pioneer 21 60.1 245 36.3% 9.1% 63
Luis Merejo Braves Gulf Coast 17 41.0 172 30.8% 7.4% 63
Taylor Rogers Twins Appy 21 30.0 116 30.8% 7.8% 70
Spencer Patton Royals Pioneer 24 57.0 259 32.4% 8.7% 71
Bennett Parry Orioles Gulf Coast 20 19.1 73 28.2% 7.6% 73
Yeyfry Del Rosario Blue Jays Gulf Coast 18 44.2 184 28.3% 7.7% 73
Manaure Martinez Phillies Gulf Coast 20 37.0 140 28.7% 8.2% 73
Kevin Grendell Orioles Gulf Coast 18 17.1 79 29.3% 9.1% 74
Kayvon Bahramzadeh Athletics Arizona 22 37.0 164 29.3% 8.2% 75
Silfredo Garcia Cardinals Gulf Coast 20 23.1 86 27.0% 7.0% 75

Two Notable Performances
• Some uncertainty surrounds Rangers prospect Joey Gallo‘s future as a major leaguer. For one, there’s the matter of his defensive home: despite having a legitimately terrific arm, Gallo might lack the agility necessary to play even a passable third base. For two, his contact ability is poor: Gallo struck out in 30% of his 260 plate appearances this season between Rookie-level and Low-A. One thing, however, about which there appears to be very little debate is Gallo’s power. That was the case in basically every pre-draft scouting report on him, nor has his first season of professional baseball done much to dissuade anyone of the notion. Gallo led all four of the Rookie-level leagues both in regressed home-run rate (6.5%) and also total homers (with 18 in 193 PAs). There was likely no greater distance between any one minor-league level’s best and second-best prospect-age hitter than the one between Joey Gallo and Kansas City’s Patrick Leonard of the Appalachian League.
• Age relative to level is less significant for pitching than hitting prospects, but Atlanta left-hander Luis Merejo‘s presence at the top of the SCOUT pitching leaderboards in just his age-17 season is encouraging. According to a Baseball America report from early July, Merejo “commands a fastball that sits in the low-90s and backs it up with two potentially above-average secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup.”

Other SCOUT Leaderboards
International League (Triple-A)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Eastern League (Double-A)
Southern League (Double-A)
Texas League (Double-A)
California, Carolina, and Florida State Leagues Combined (High-A)
Midwest and Sally Leagues Combined (Class-A)
New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues Combined (Low-A)

Today’s Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at Washington | 19:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Following their unexpectedly narrow victory over the Nationals on Wednesday (box), the Dodgers — in tandem with a Cardinals victory — remain two games out of the National League’s second wild-card slot.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.

Texas at Los Angeles AL | 22:05 ET
Yu Darvish (176.2 IP, 87 xFIP-, 4.5 WAR) has posted the fifth-highest WAR (1.5) among all pitchers over the last month — in two fewer starts than four pitchers just ahead, and three behind, him. He’s now tied for sixth overall in the majors by that measure. He faces one of the pitchers with whom he’s tied: Angels right-hander Zack Greinke (192.0, 81 xFIP-, 4.5 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.

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 3.9.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Es. Vasquez* MIN 3 4 2 2 7 CLE Corey Kluber 12:05
Tommy Milone OAK 6 6 6 4 7 DET Anibal Sanchez 13:05
Bud Norris HOU 6 3 6 8 9 STL Jaime Garcia 13:45
Johnny Cueto CIN 7 4 3 1 5 CHN Jason Berken* 14:20
Clayton Richard SD 4 7 2 6 3 AZ Tyler Skaggs 15:40
Jorge de la Rosa* COL 10 7 3 4 0 SF Barry Zito 15:45
Mike Fiers MIL 6 9 4 4 4 PIT Wandy Rodriguez 16:05
Chris Capuano LAN 6 1 4 7 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Aaron Laffey TOR 1 5 2 6 5 NYA Phil Hughes 19:05
Clay Buchholz BOS 4 5 5 5 10 TB David Price 19:10
Tyler Cloyd PHI 5 5 3 2 5 NYN Jeremy Hefner 19:10
Francisco Liriano CHA 6 5 3 8 2 KC Jeremy Guthrie 20:10
Yu Darvish TEX 8 7 8 8 8 LAA Zack Greinke 22:05

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores 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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