Daily Notes: Ft. A Javy Vazquez Status Update Update

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

1. Status Update: Javier Vazquez’s Status, Updated
2. Video: Javier Vazquez’s Most Recent Major League Start
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League

Status Update: Javier Vazquez’s Status, Updated
Right-hander Javier Vazquez, 36, has made four starts since joining Ponce of the Puerto Rican League at the beginning of the month — most recently on Dec. 19 at Mayaguez, when he posted this impressive line (box): 6.0 IP, 27 TBF, 11 K, 2 BB, 6:2 GO:AO.

Vazquez has now posted this other, more different line during those same four starts: 17.0 IP, 23 K, 3 BB, 1 HR. His performance has given him the league’s best regressed kwERA despite a relatively small sample — which, because of the way SCOUT- (discussed below) is calculated, it’s actually more difficult to produce excellent numbers in a small sample like that.

Apropos Vazquez, famous George Plimpton-impersonator Peter Gammons noted at the beginning of November that he (i.e. Vazquez) would use his experience in the Puerto Rican League as a means by which to assess the credibility of a major-league return. Given Vazquez’s performance hitherto, it doesn’t appear as though lack either of (a) interest or (b) ability will be what prevents him from pitching in 2013.

Video: Javier Vazquez’s Most Recent Major League Start
Here’s video from Javier Vazquez’s last and/or most recent major-league start, during which start he posted this line (box): 9.0 IP, 31 TBF, 9 K, 0 BB, 10 GB on 20 batted-balls (50.0% GB), 1.86 xFIP.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican Baseball League
Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Puerto Rican League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.

Player Team Age Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Pedro Valdes N/A 39 1B 131 1.6% 16.1% 12.4% 133
Carlos Rivera MEX 34 1B 122 3.0% 11.0% 14.8% 130
Andy Gonzalez Brewers 30 SS 145 2.5% 13.5% 18.6% 124
Johnny Monell Giants 26 C 105 3.4% 10.8% 20.9% 122
Angel Sanchez Astros 28 SS 133 1.6% 10.5% 11.4% 118
Irving Falu Royals 29 2B 136 1.2% 9.4% 8.4% 117
Ramon Vazquez IND 35 2B 103 1.4% 13.9% 16.5% 116
Luis Matos MEX 33 OF 112 1.4% 11.0% 12.0% 116
Ruben Gotay Braves 29 2B 139 0.9% 12.2% 11.4% 115
Jesus Feliciano Rays 33 OF 152 0.8% 8.7% 5.9% 114

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican League, but only populated with players who are 25 or under — i.e. something more like “prospect” age relative to the league.

Player Team Age Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Jaime Ortiz Marlins 23 1B 51 2.4% 9.7% 17.0% 114
Jeff Dominguez Marlins 25 3B 116 1.7% 12.8% 18.9% 111
Enrique Hernandez Astros 20 2B 142 1.5% 7.6% 10.3% 111
Juan Centeno Mets 22 C 90 1.5% 9.4% 14.1% 108
Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 1.9% 9.9% 17.8% 108
Michael Perez D-backs 19 C 15 2.2% 9.3% 19.4% 106
Martin Maldonado Brewers 25 C 93 1.8% 10.3% 19.1% 105
Jared Hoying Rangers 23 OF 49 1.4% 9.3% 15.2% 105
Sergio Miranda Braves 25 2B 134 1.6% 6.0% 12.0% 103
Eddie Rosario Twins 20 OF 122 2.3% 8.0% 19.5% 103

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican League. SCOUT- is calculated using regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.

Player Team Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Jose De La Torre Red Sox 26 17 0 21.0 81 26.2% 8.1% 76
Javier Vazquez N/A 35 4 4 17.0 73 24.5% 8.1% 80
Jason Urquidez Red Sox 29 15 0 22.0 86 23.6% 7.5% 81
Scott Kazmir N/A 28 5 5 22.2 103 23.7% 8.5% 84
Giovanni Soto Indians 21 11 0 15.1 57 23.7% 9.2% 86
Rob Bryson Indians 24 14 0 14.2 54 23.5% 9.1% 86
Randy Fontanez Mets 23 10 0 18.2 74 21.8% 7.9% 87
Shoki Kasahara NPB 21 7 7 31.0 137 21.6% 8.0% 88
Ricardo Gomez Indians 34 15 0 16.1 67 22.5% 9.1% 88
Xavier Cedeno Astros 25 3 0 3.2 13 21.7% 8.6% 89

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican League, but only populated with pitchers who’ve made at least half of their appearances as starts.

Player Team Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Javier Vazquez N/A 35 4 4 17.0 73 24.5% 8.1% 80
Scott Kazmir N/A 28 5 5 22.2 103 23.7% 8.5% 84
Shoki Kasahara NPB 21 7 7 31.0 137 21.6% 8.0% 88
Deinys Suarez IND 28 11 6 34.2 147 22.4% 9.6% 90
Tomas Santiago N/A 30 9 5 40.2 167 21.6% 9.3% 92
Kelvin Villa IND 26 8 7 37.0 162 20.4% 8.1% 92
Josh Romanski Yankees 25 7 7 35.0 144 20.1% 7.8% 92
Derek Blacksher IND 27 1 1 4.0 18 19.8% 8.4% 94
Mark Cohoon Mets 24 7 7 31.1 140 18.5% 7.2% 94
Shinya Kayama NPB 22 7 7 37.1 168 20.2% 8.9% 94



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Is there any real reason to believe that Ervin Santana will be a better pitcher in 2013 than Javier Vazquez? The Nats ought to go get him as insurance against Haren’s health and it would be cool to see another ex(po) back in the fold

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