Daily Notes: Ft. Foreign Leaderboards, Exclusively

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

1. On Foreign Leaderboards, One of Their Virtues
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League

On Foreign Leaderboards, One of Their Virtues
When the author was younger than he is now — but not so young as he was before that — he made a practice of watching Italian soccer games on his home television. The primary objective was to watch the Beautiful Game played in the anxious and too-deliberate Italian style. A secondary one, however, was to participate in a sort of sporting-type of tourism — which, I’ll explain.

Because the midfield camera shots at Catania (in Sicily) and Siena (the one with the famous horse race), for example — because they afforded the subscriber to GolTV a view not merely of the relevant pitch, but also of the city beyond that, the spectator was allowed to feel as though he was not merely watching a soccer game but participating in the life of whatever city the game was taking place.

For some readers, this will sound like a poor surrogate for the Real Thing — with the very delicious Mediterranean cuisine and very animated Mediterranean people — but for those who, for example, are living off a TA’s stipend, it isn’t the worst substitute. One is, at least, given a view of an old and important city — and from a perspective that is something more like authentic than any of the ones featured on a typical postcard.

Poring over the leaderboards of a foreign baseball league, I’ll submit, provides a similar pleasure for the reader-spectator as watching those Italian soccer games. There is, of course, no actual view to be appreciated in the way that there is for a televised sporting event; however, the view is only part of the experience. The foreign leaderboard — such as those supplied below for the Mexican Pacific and then Australian Leagues — allows one, for a minute, to turn his attention elsewhere, to acquaint himself with some unfamiliar names, and to consider under what conditions and among what other sorts of spectators the games of that league might be played. There’s a sort of romanticism inherent in such an activity. And a pleasure.

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

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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+
Barbaro Canizares MEX 32 1B 266 5.3% 15.0% 12.8% 157
Jesse Gutierrez IND 34 1B 268 6.6% 7.1% 12.7% 149
Chris Colabello Twins 28 1B 228 6.4% 10.1% 20.6% 139
Jason Botts MEX 31 OF 255 6.1% 11.4% 22.0% 137
Cory Aldridge MEX 33 OF 262 6.7% 16.0% 32.8% 137
Sandy Madera N/A 31 1B 195 5.4% 10.7% 17.9% 134
Saul Soto MEX 33 C 241 4.2% 17.0% 22.8% 130
Marlon Byrd N/A 34 CF 243 5.9% 10.7% 23.5% 129
Japhet Amador MEX 25 1B 256 5.4% 12.1% 23.0% 129
Jorge Cantu Angels 30 1B 202 5.3% 13.4% 24.3% 129

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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-
Mike Benacka IND 29 29  0 35.0 141 37.7% 10.3% 49
Adrian C. Ramirez MEX 24 37 0 35.2 149 28.8% 8.6% 68
Esmailin Caridad Cubs 28 35 1 39.0 165 27.3% 8.5% 72
Oscar Villarreal Orioles 30 29 0 35.0 144 26.7% 8.6% 74
Rafael Diaz MEX 41 20 5 39.2 173 26.1% 8.7% 76
Edwin Salas MEX 20 12 5 38.1 148 24.2% 8.0% 79
Oscar Verdugo MEX 22 35 0 40.2 169 24.9% 9.1% 81
Mario Mendoza MEX 33 37 0 32.1 129 24.5% 9.1% 82
Esteban Haro MEX 26 24 0 30.2 128 24.0% 8.7% 82
Hassan Pena Nationals 27 29 0 27.2 119 24.4% 9.3% 82

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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-
Marco Duarte Red Sox 25 14 13 67.1 301 22.6% 9.3% 87
Nick Additon Cardinals 24 10 10 53.0 229 21.4% 9.2% 90
Javier Martinez MEX 29 13 13 75.1 326 20.8% 9.6% 93
Irwin Delgado MEX 23 13 12 57.0 251 21.5% 10.5% 94
Anthony Ferrara Cardinals 22 4 3 14.2 65 20.8% 9.8% 94
Rolando Valdez MEX 26 13 13 65.1 295 18.3% 7.9% 95
Dennys Reyes N/A 35 10 10 48.2 225 20.9% 10.6% 95
Jose Pina N/A 26 1 1 6.0 25 19.5% 9.2% 96
Edgar Gonzalez Astros 29 9 9 46.1 202 18.3% 8.2% 96
James Avery Tigers 28 8 8 45.0 190 18.4% 8.4% 96

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

SCOUT Leaderboard: Australian Baseball League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Australian Baseball 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+
Ji-Man Choi Mariners 21 1B 87 2.9% 11.7% 16.4% 129
Carlo Testa Royals 25 OF 115 2.1% 13.9% 17.4% 123
Adam Buschini IND 25 2B 87 2.9% 9.2% 15.8% 122
Angus Roeger N/A 22 OF 95 3.6% 12.3% 24.7% 121
Mitch Dening IND 23 RF 109 2.5% 8.7% 12.8% 121
Chris Snelling N/A 30 OF 59 1.8% 13.9% 16.9% 121
Nathan Melendres Mariners 22 OF 67 2.7% 9.6% 16.4% 120
Josh Roberts N/A 25 OF 110 2.5% 9.1% 14.7% 119
Kody Hightower N/A 26 SS 95 1.9% 10.8% 14.0% 118
Trent D’Antonio N/A 26 C 73 2.4% 10.8% 17.0% 118

SCOUT Leaderboard: Australian Baseball League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Australian Baseball 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-
Chris Smith IND 23 7 7 40.2 158 31.7% 7.7% 59
Chris Oxspring N/A 35 8 8 53.2 220 29.1% 7.2% 65
Anthony Claggett IND 27 7 7 41.2 173 24.3% 7.6% 82
Matthew Williams N/A 25 13 0 15.0 60 25.2% 8.6% 82
Virgil Vasquez IND 30 7 7 49.1 196 23.4% 8.0% 86
Dustin Loggins IND 21 11 0 12.0 49 24.6% 9.3% 86
Brian Grening IND 27 7 7 46.1 187 21.9% 7.0% 87
Todd Van Steensel N/A 21 9 0 11.0 50 24.5% 9.6% 88
Sean Toler IND 25 12 0 14.1 62 23.5% 8.7% 88
Chuck Lofgren IND 26 7 6 37.2 156 23.1% 8.5% 88

SCOUT Leaderboard: Australian Baseball League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Australian Baseball 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-
Chris Smith IND 23 7 7 40.2 158 31.7% 7.7% 59
Chris Oxspring N/A 35 8 8 53.2 220 29.1% 7.2% 65
Anthony Claggett IND 27 7 7 41.2 173 24.3% 7.6% 82
Virgil Vasquez IND 30 7 7 49.1 196 23.4% 8.0% 86
Brian Grening IND 27 7 7 46.1 187 21.9% 7.0% 87
Chuck Lofgren IND 26 7 6 37.2 156 23.1% 8.5% 88
Hirotaka Koishi NPB 25 7 7 35.1 158 24.0% 10.4% 91
Tim Atherton Twins 22 5 4 21.0 82 20.9% 8.4% 95
Kevin Reese IND 27 7 7 33.2 159 20.8% 8.4% 95
James Schult IND 22 3 3 12.2 57 21.6% 9.7% 97



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3 years 5 months ago

Chris Snelling!

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maqman
3 years 5 months ago

Ji-Man Choi will have a hard time finding playing time at 1B with the M’s but he’s still young and the current crush there should be sorted out a bit by the time he gets there, if he does.

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3 years 5 months ago

Jason Botts!

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3 years 5 months ago

I agree. Love NPB baseball. Etc.

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