Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
SCOUT Leaderboards for Both the Class-A Leagues
Regarding What This Is, First of All
What follows are the SCOUT Leaderboards for both the Class-A Leagues (the Midwest and South Atlantic ones, that is) 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 Class-A Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Class-A Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.
Top Batters of the Class-A Leagues (Aged 21 and Under)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Class-A Leagues who might still, because of their age relative to the level, be considered prospects — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.
Top Pitchers of the Class-A Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 pitchers of the Class-A Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.
|Matt Barnes||Red Sox||Sally||22||26.2||97||35.0%||8.2%||55|
Top Pitchers of the Class-A Leagues (Starters Only)
Here are the top-10 pitchers in the Class-A Leagues who made at least half of their appearances as starts — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.
|Matt Barnes||Red Sox||Sally||22||26.2||97||35.0%||8.2%||55|
|Noah Syndergaard||Blue Jays||Midwest||19||103.2||420||29.0%||7.7%||69|
|Justin Nicolino||Blue Jays||Midwest||20||124.1||495||24.0%||4.7%||75|
Three Notable Performances
• Matt Skole, a third baseman in the Nationals system, was pretty clearly the offensive leader of A-ball by this methodology. Both age (born in July of 1989, Skole was an old 22 this year) and defense (Brian Cartwright’s OLIVER projects Skole as almost a full win below average at third base) remain concerns regarding Skole’s status as a prospect, even as his offensive line provides a certain optimism.
• Houston’s Nolan Fontana is the only player both to (a) appear among the league’s prospect-age offensive leaders and (b) do so while playing the majority (and, in this case, roughly all) of his defensive innings at shortstop. Drafted in the second round out of Florida this summer, Fontana showed little in the way of power (hitting just two home runs in 222 plate appearances), but a great deal in the way of patience: Fontana’s regressed walk rate was eight percentage points higher than the next Class-A batter.
• There are a number of impressive and quite young pitchers on the SCOUT starting-pitcher leaderboard: of the five 19-year-olds toward the top of the list, three of them (Jose Fernandez, Dylan Bundy, and Noah Syndergaard) are widely hailed prospects. What follows are the most cursory possible notes on the other two. Kyle Smith is a right-hander and former fourth-round pick by the Royals (in 2011) who had little in the way of presence on preseason prospect lists entering the season. Reports from 2011 had his fastball in the 88-92 mph range, although there isn’t much coverage of him on the internet. Clayton Blackburn has a “heavy fastball,” according to Marc Hulet, who ranked the right-hander 12th among Giants prospects before the season. Blackburn was taken in the 16th round last year (i.e. 2011) out of a Oklahoma high school.
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)
New York-Penn and Northwest Leagues Combined (Low-A)
Appalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast, and Pioneer Leagues Combined (Rookie)
Today’s Notable Games
Oakland at Detroit | 19:05 ET
Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin (65.0 IP, 87 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR), whose curveball doesn’t stop to the tick-tock or any other manner of onomatopoeic expression, faces well-regarded man of letters Max Scherzer (176.2 IP, 76 xFIP-, 4.1 WAR).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland or Detroit Radio.
Chicago AL at Kansas City | 20:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Gavin Floyd‘s last start, against Detroit, was his best of the season on a per-batter basis. Line: 4.2 IP, 19 TBF, 7 K, 1 BB, 70.0% GB, 1.37 xFIP. He starts tonight for the White Sox.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Kansas City Radio, I Guess.
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 4.1.
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.
|Aaron Harang||LAN||1||1||3||7||8||WAS||J. Zimmermann||19:05|
|Yovani Gallardo||MIL||6||9||6||4||8||PIT||A.J. Burnett||19:05|
|P.J. Walters||MIN||2||4||2||2||6||CLE||David Huff*||19:05|
|A.J. Griffin||OAK||7||6||8||4||10||DET||Max Scherzer||19:05|
|Ricky Romero||TOR||2||5||4||6||10||NYA||Andy Pettitte||19:05|
|Paul Maholm||ATL||4||6||2||4||4||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Felix Doubront||BOS||7||5||4||5||3||TB||J. Hellickson||19:10|
|Tyler Cloyd||PHI||5||5||5||2||10||NYN||Matt Harvey||19:10|
|Homer Bailey||CIN||6||4||2||1||4||CHN||Justin Germano||20:05|
|Gavin Floyd||CHA||4||4||4||8||5||KC||Luke Hochevar||20:10|
|Fernando Abad*||HOU||3||3||4||9||5||STL||Kyle Lohse||20:15|
|Eric Stults||SD||3||7||3||6||5||AZ||Ian Kennedy||21:40|
|Ryan Dempster||TEX||6||7||5||8||4||LAA||Jered Weaver||22:05|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||5||2||5||4||9||SEA||Er. Ramirez||22:10|
|Jeff Francis||COL||6||6||4||4||7||SF||Tim Lincecum||22:15|