Daily Notes for March 22nd

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

1. Select Televised Games
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Spring Training Batters
3. Crowdsourcing Radio Broadcasters: Ballot Totals by Team

Select Televised Games
Some notable games available on MLB.TV.

Chicago NL at Texas | 16:05 ET
Prospective Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair has a 0:14 BB:K in 37 at-bats this spring. What will he do today?!? It’s a mystery. Like a John le Carré novel. Which is to say, a lesser John le Carré novel.

Kansas City at Los Angeles AL | 16:05 ET
This is the daily free game on MLB.TV. Danny Duffy, 23, starts for the Royals (against Jered Weaver). Duffy posted just a 112 xFIP- last season and 0.6 WAR in 105.1 innings, but is a left-hander who sits at 93 mph as a starter. Lorenzo Cain, the Royals’ likely center fielder this season, has looked good, and is ranked 19th out of 193 batters with a 108 SCOUT+ (see below for more on what that means).

New York AL at Boston | 19:05 ET
Yankees right-hander David Phelps, who was originally scheduled to pitch in relief a couple days ago, gets the start for New York today instead. It’s possible, if not probable, that he could be a decent major-leaguer, despite the lack of real pedigree. In any case, he throws at around 92 mph and has generally only walked about 5% of batters faced in the minors.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Spring Training Batters
Batting Leaderboard
SCOUT is a metric designed to assess performance in those instances — like with baseball’s various fall and winter leagues, for example, or spring training — where smalls samples are the rule. Presented on the same scale as wRC+, SCOUT+ uses regressed home-run rate, walk rate, and strikeout rate as its inputs. Because it uses metrics that become reliable rather quickly, SCOUT+ represents a more stable alternative to batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, etc. (Click here for more on SCOUT+.)

Name Org PA* HR% BB% K% xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Delmon Young DET 38 13.2% 5.3% 13.2% 4.0% 6.7% 16.6% 117
Dan Uggla ATL 43 9.3% 14.0% 18.6% 3.6% 8.6% 18.0% 115
Mat Gamel MIL 34 8.8% 11.8% 8.8% 3.4% 7.9% 15.7% 114
Howie Kendrick LAA 32 9.4% 6.3% 3.1% 3.4% 7.0% 14.6% 114
Daniel Descalso STL 40 2.5% 25.0% 10.0% 2.7% 10.7% 15.7% 114
Albert Pujols LAA 34 8.8% 11.8% 11.8% 3.4% 7.9% 16.4% 113
Paul Goldschmidt ARI 44 4.5% 22.7% 18.2% 3.0% 10.5% 17.9% 113
J.P. Arencibia TOR 31 12.9% 3.2% 16.1% 3.7% 6.5% 17.4% 111
Eric Hosmer KC 46 4.3% 15.2% 13.0% 2.9% 9.0% 16.3% 111
Eric Sogard OAK 46 4.3% 10.9% 8.7% 2.9% 8.0% 15.0% 111

And here’s the laggardboard:

Name Org PA* HR% BB% K% xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Bryan LaHair CHC 37 0.0% 0.0% 37.8% 2.4% 5.8% 22.7% 84
Jai Miller BAL 35 2.9% 2.9% 48.6% 2.7% 6.3% 24.9% 85
Brandon Wood COL 31 0.0% 0.0% 38.7% 2.4% 6.0% 22.1% 86
Johnny Giavotella KC 36 0.0% 2.8% 27.8% 2.4% 6.3% 20.1% 90
Dayan Viciedo CWS 32 0.0% 6.3% 34.4% 2.4% 7.0% 21.3% 90
Freddie Freeman ATL 47 0.0% 2.1% 21.3% 2.3% 5.9% 18.8% 90
Ian Desmond WSH 43 0.0% 4.7% 25.6% 2.3% 6.6% 20.0% 90
Jon Jay STL 38 0.0% 7.9% 31.6% 2.3% 7.2% 21.2% 90
Danny Espinosa WSH 39 0.0% 7.7% 30.8% 2.3% 7.2% 21.1% 91
Chris Heisey CIN 36 0.0% 11.1% 36.1% 2.4% 7.8% 22.1% 91

Notes
• The sample from which these leaderboards were taken includes the 193 spring batters with at least 30 at-bats as of Wednesday afternoon.
• After placing second on last week’s batting leaderboards, Mat Gamel appears here, again — this time in third. He’s posted a 1:1 BB:K in ca. 12 plate appearances since then.
• Eric Sogard also appears on the leaderboard for a second consecutive week. He’s competing with Josh Donaldson for the Oakland third-base slot. In ca. 55 plate appearances, Donaldson has 94 SCOUT+, placing him 172nd out of 193 qualified batters.
• The Washington Nationals starting middle infield from 2011 — Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa — is having some trouble thus far. Meanwhile, Nats middle-infield prospect Steve Lombardozzi is 58th overall, with a 104 SCOUT+ in ca. 38 plate appearances.

Crowdsourcing Radio Broadcasters: Ballot Totals by Team
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)

So far, we’ve done seven teams. Here they are in order of votes received. (Click on a team name to go to the relevant ballot — especially if you’re from San Diego.)

Num Team Ballots
1 San Francisco 605
2 Toronto 205
3 Washington 85
4 Seattle 60
5 Texas 31
6 Tampa Bay 22
7 San Diego 10



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4 Responses to “Daily Notes for March 22nd”

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  1. KJ says:

    Really want to add Sogard in my deep league… will they actually make him the starter or will he just platoon w/ Donaldson?

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    • Delirium Nocturnum says:

      More than likely, Sogard has beat out Rosales for the utility infielder spot. That said, if he continues to hit and Donaldson doesn’t, I imagine the A’s will give him a shot – and why not? what’s to lose?

      Just my opinion as an A’s fan. If you can stash him on the bench, maybe go get him now, though personally, I think Donaldson is the better hitter.

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  2. TX Ball Scout says:

    Are these going to be done daily?

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  3. gordo says:

    Ha ha San Diego and the ten fans who listen to baseball there. Ten?!! That’s freaking hilarious.

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