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Daily Notes: First-Round Leaderboard Update Update

Posted By Carson Cistulli On August 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Daily Notes | 7 Comments

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

1. First-Round Leaderboard Update Update
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

First-Round Leaderboard Update Update
Regarding What This Is
Within the safe space that is these Daily Notes, it has become customary to publish, every so often, to publish a leaderboard of all the first-round picks from the 2012 draft (plus, because the author’s True Nature has dictated it, Astros shortstop prospect Nolan Fontana, Angels infielder Sherman Johnson, and Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo) to’ve made their professional debuts.

Regarding What This Is, Part II
What follows is an update of the first-rounders leaderboard, with five (!) players added, as follow:

Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore
Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami
Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington
Ty Hensley, RHP, New York AL
Brian Johnson, LHP/C, Boston

Hyperlink to the Leaderboard in Question
Click this hyperlinked text to view the updated version of the first-rounders batting leaderboard (sorted by weighted runs above average), and this other hyperlinked text for the pitching leaderboard (sorted by FIP).

A Note on Joey Gallo
The aforementioned Joey Gallo is (a) leading everyone with (as of Thursday night) +24.3 wRAA and (b) at 17, is one of the youngest players on the aforelinked batting leaderboard.

A Second Note on Joey Gallo
Per SB Nation Texas Rangers site Lone Star Ball — per that site’s midseason community prospect rankings — Joey Gallo is ranked eighth among Rangers prospects.

A Third Note, Tangentially Related to Joey Gallo
Per that same site (i.e. Lone Star Ball), here are the Rangers’ first seven prospects (with percent of vote received in parentheses):

1. Jurickson Profar, SS (96%)
2. Mike Olt, 3B (85%)
3. Martin Perez, LHP (71%)
4. Leonys Martin, OF (50%)
5. Cody Buckel, RHP (42%)
6. Jairo Beras, OF (50%)
7. Joey Gallo, 3B (37%)

Today’s Notable Games
Arizona at Houston | 20:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Shortstop Tyler Greene, since being traded from St. Louis to Houston: 20 PA, 1 HR, 0 BB, 8 K, .545 BABIP.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.

Tampa Bay at Los Angeles AL | 22:05 ET
The wild-card race, per Cool Standings, as of exactly midnight Central Time between Thursday and Friday:


American W L PCT GB RS RA EXPW EXPL DIV WC POFF
Baltimore 64 54 .542 - 496 540 83.1 78.9 2.0 20.1 22.1
Tampa Bay 63 54 .538 0.5 477 435 86.4 75.6 7.5 44.4 51.9
Detroit 63 55 .534 1 546 521 86.9 75.1 28.5 30.4 58.9
Oakland 62 55 .530 1.5 469 444 85.5 76.5 11.5 32.1 43.5
Los Angeles 62 56 .525 2 554 510 84.7 77.3 8.2 28.0 36.2
Boston 58 61 .487 6.5 583 547 79.8 82.2 0.5 6.3 6.7
Toronto 55 63 .466 9 554 570 75.1 86.9 <0.1 0.6 0.6
Seattle 55 64 .462 9.5 465 474 76.3 85.7 0.1 1.0 1.1
Cleveland 54 64 .458 10 501 612 71.7 90.3 <0.1 <0.1 0.1
Kansas City 51 66 .436 12.5 483 536 71.5 90.5 <0.1 <0.1 0.1
Minnesota 50 67 .427 13.5 524 608 70.1 91.9 <0.1 <0.1 <0.1

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay 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 4.1.

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.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Tommy Hunter BAL 4 1 6 4 10 DET Justin Verlander 19:05
Franklin Morales BOS 6 6 4 7 5 NYA Phil Hughes 19:05
Johan Santana NYN 6 2 3 6 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Yu Darvish TEX 7 6 4 6 5 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Travis Wood CHN 2 1 1 4 4 CIN Bronson Arroyo 19:10
Chris Capuano LAN 6 1 4 7 4 ATL Tommy Hanson 19:35
Wade Miley AZ 7 7 3 4 0 HOU Dallas Keuchel 20:05
Chris Sale CHA 10 4 5 8 3 KC Luis Mendoza 20:10
Vance Worley PHI 5 5 4 8 6 MIL Yovani Gallardo 20:10
James McDonald PIT 5 5 6 9 5 STL Jake Westbrook 20:15
Wade LeBlanc* MIA 6 3 3 8 4 COL Jeff Francis 20:40
Zach McAllister CLE 7 3 6 6 6 OAK Tommy Milone 22:05
Matt Cain SF 7 4 4 6 1 SD Ross Ohlendorf 22:05
James Shields TB 8 4 7 8 4 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Nick Blackburn MIN 1 4 1 4 5 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 22:10

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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