Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
SCOUT Leaderboards for Both the Low-A Leagues
Regarding What This Is, First of All
What follows are the SCOUT Leaderboards for both the Low-A Leagues (the New York-Penn and Northwest 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 Low-A Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Low-A Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.
|David Chester||Red Sox||NY-Penn||23||188||3.4%||11.5%||19.7%||138|
Top Batters of the Low-A Leagues (Aged 20 and Under)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Low-A Leagues who were young relative to the level — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.
|Kellen Sweeney||Blue Jays||Northwest||20||288||1.7%||12.2%||16.3%||121|
Top Pitchers of the Low-A Leagues (Overall)
Here are the top-10 pitchers of the Low-A Leagues, as determined by the methodology explained above.
Top Pitchers of the Low-A Leagues (Starters Only)
Here are the top-10 pitchers in the Low-A Leagues who made at least half of their appearances as starts — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.
|Javier Avendano||Blue Jays||Northwest||21||78.0||302||30.1%||8.7%||67|
|Mike Augliera||Red Sox||NY-Penn||22||38.2||157||27.4%||6.6%||69|
Three Notable Performances
• Like Nolan Fontana, who finished near the top of the Class-A SCOUT batting leaderboard, outfielder Preston Tucker was both (a) part of the University of Florida’s very strong 2012 team and (b) drafted by the Houston Astros. He finished with the second-best walk-to-strikeout ratio on the Gators and continued demonstrating that sort of patience in professional baseball, posting an 18:16 figure in 187 plate appearances.
• Michael Zunino was another member, along with Fontana and Tucker, of that University of Florida team — and, at third overall, the first college player selected in the 2012 draft. Zunino’s minor-league season extended beyond Low-A, as well: after hitting extraordinarily well in the Northwest League, the catcher proceeded to post a 8.8% strikeout rate, 12.3% walk rate, and 166 wRC+ in 57 plate appearances with the Double-A Jackson Generals.
• Middle infielder Maxx Tissenbaum‘s control over the strike zone at Eugene in the Northwest League was apparent in college. Before being selected by Toronto in the 11th round of this most recent draft, Tissenbaum posted a team-best 23:9 walk-to-strikeout ratio at College World Series participants Stony Brook University.
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)
Appalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast, and Pioneer Leagues Combined (Rookie)
Today’s Notable Games
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
This game represents the first major-league start for Pirates right-hander Kyle McPherson, who’s already posted rather excellent numbers (11.2 IP, 23.4% K, 4.3% BB, 51.6 % GB) in seven major-league relief appearances after putting together the best regressed line among all starting pitchers in the Double-A Eastern League. With the Brewers’ 6-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday (box), the former passed the latter in the NL Wild Card standings.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.
Oakland at Detroit | 19:05 ET
For as excellent as Justin Verlander (217.1 IP, 81 xFIP-, 6.0 WAR) has been this season, Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (32.2 IP, 67 xFIP-, 1.1 WAR) has been better — on a per-batter basis, at least — in his five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. The pair face each other tonight in a game effing fraught with Playoff Implications™.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland or Detroit 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 4.7.
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.
|Hend. Alvarez||TOR||4||5||5||7||10||NYA||Andy Pettitte||13:05|
|Aaron Harang||LAN||1||1||3||7||8||WAS||J. Zimmermann||16:05|
|Josh Beckett||LAN||5||1||3||7||3||WAS||John Lannan*||TBD|
|Marco Estrada||MIL||8||9||9||4||13||PIT||Kyle McPherson*||19:05|
|Liam Hendriks||MIN||3||4||2||2||6||CLE||Zach McAllister||19:05|
|Brett Anderson||OAK||10||6||8||4||9||DET||Justin Verlander||19:05|
|Ricky Romero||TOR||2||5||2||7||5||NYA||David Phelps||19:05|
|Kris Medlen||ATL||10||6||6||4||7||MIA||Josh Johnson||19:10|
|D. Matsuzaka||BOS||3||5||5||5||10||TB||Chris Archer*||19:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||5||6||2||10||NYN||Matt Harvey||19:10|
|Mike Leake||CIN||7||4||4||1||6||CHN||Chris Rusin*||20:05|
|Chris Sale||CHA||10||5||5||8||4||KC||Bruce Chen||20:10|
|Lucas Harrell||HOU||5||3||5||9||7||STL||Lance Lynn||20:15|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||5||7||4||6||6||AZ||Trevor Cahill||21:40|
|Derek Holland||TEX||6||7||5||8||4||LAA||C.J. Wilson||22:05|
|Joe Saunders||BAL||3||2||4||4||9||SEA||Felix Hernandez||22:10|
|Tyler Chatwood||COL||3||6||3||4||6||SF||Matt Cain||22:15|
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