Daily Notes: Ft. The Giancarlo Stanton of 1967

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

1. The Giancarlo Stanton of 1967
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League

The Giancarlo Stanton of 1967
On Thursday, managing editor Dave Cameron made note via Twitter of a select group to which Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton presently belongs — that is, batters with 1000-plus plate appearances and a 130-plus wRC+ through age 22.

As the following table (sorted by wRC+) demonstrates, only nine players besides Stanton have met those criteria since 1963:


Num Name Team G PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ WAR
1 Albert Pujols Cardinals 317 1351 .321 .399 .586 154 13.6
2 Boog Powell Orioles 274 1054 .277 .362 .533 149 10.2
3 Curt Blefary Orioles 275 1069 .258 .376 .469 145 8.8
4 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 373 1498 .270 .350 .553 140 13.1
5 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 576 2422 .301 .366 .494 134 21.5
6 Tony Conigliaro Red Sox 494 2047 .276 .339 .510 133 13.4
7 Alex Rodriguez Mariners 508 2271 .313 .364 .543 132 22.4
8 Cesar Cedeno Astros 529 2227 .301 .348 .480 132 19.9
9 Miguel Cabrera Marlins 405 1716 .300 .366 .523 132 9.7
10 Eddie Murray Orioles 321 1356 .284 .345 .475 130 7.9

And, as this second table demonstrates, Stanton’s predecessors in this regard have been almost uniformly excellent, more or less averaging a borderline Hall of Fame career (even including the three active players and Tony Conigliaro, whose career was cut short by a horrid hit-by-pitch). Here they are, again sorted by wRC+:


Num Name Team G PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ WAR
1 Albert Pujols - – - 1858 8103 .325 .414 .608 164 91.6
2 Miguel Cabrera - – - 1512 6474 .318 .395 .561 148 50.8
3 Alex Rodriguez - – - 2519 11163 .300 .384 .560 144 114.6
4 Boog Powell - – - 1907 7356 .268 .364 .467 137 53.4
5 Ken Griffey Jr. - – - 2668 11304 .284 .370 .538 132 83.9
6 Eddie Murray - – - 3021 12817 .287 .359 .476 127 78.8
7 Cesar Cedeno - – - 1999 8133 .285 .347 .443 122 55.1
8 Tony Conigliaro - – - 876 3591 .264 .327 .476 119 16.5
9 Curt Blefary - – - 974 3490 .237 .342 .400 117 16.9
- – - Avg - – - 1926 8048 .285 .367 .503 134 62.4

The names here are all familiar. Or, that is, eight of the nine are all familiar — and then the other one is Curt Blefary. “Who is Curt Blefary?” the author found himself wondering Thursday. And “Who is Curt Blefary?” the reader is likely asking himself at the moment.

Here are five answers to that sort of question, largely stolen from his very helpful SABR biography page and presented via bullet point:

• A native of Brooklyn who signed with the New York Yankees for $18,000 in 1962 (three years before the amateur draft was instituted).

• Rookie of the Year in 1965, when, as a 21-year-old, he posted a 5.0 WAR for Baltimore (by whom he’d been acquired in somewhat mysterious fashion via waivers).

• Nicknamed “Clank” by Frank Robinson, largely owing to his (i.e. Blefary’s) defensive abilities.

• A teammate of Boog Powell‘s, who’s also on this list, from 1965 to ’68.

• Maybe a little bit of a sonofabitch.

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 286 5.8% 14.7% 12.2% 163
Jesse Gutierrez IND 34 1B 284 6.8% 6.7% 12.3% 151
Japhet Amador MEX 25 1B 273 5.9% 12.8% 22.0% 139
Chris Colabello Twins 28 DH 228 6.4% 10.1% 20.6% 139
Jason Botts MEX 31 LF 258 6.1% 11.6% 22.1% 137
Sandy Madera N/A 31 1B 207 5.6% 10.1% 16.9% 137
Cory Aldridge MEX 33 DH 266 6.7% 15.8% 32.7% 136
Saul Soto MEX 33 C 252 4.5% 16.7% 22.6% 132
Marlon Byrd N/A 34 RF 246 5.9% 10.6% 23.2% 129
Jorge Cantu Angels 30 3B 217 5.1% 12.9% 22.6% 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-
Michael Benacka IND 29 30 0 36.0 145 37.3% 10.3% 50
Esmailin Caridad Cubs 28 37 1 42.0 177 27.7% 8.5% 71
Adrian C. Ramirez MEX 24 40 0 39.2 168 27.4% 8.3% 71
Oscar Villarreal Orioles 30 31 0 37.1 152 27.6% 8.5% 71
Oscar Verdugo MEX 22 37 0 44.1 182 26.3% 8.9% 76
Rafael Diaz MEX 41 22 5 41.2 180 25.6% 8.8% 78
Edwin Salas MEX 20 13 6 43.1 172 23.2% 8.2% 82
Francisco Rodriguez Angels 29 29 0 27.2 112 23.9% 9.0% 83
Mario Mendoza MEX 33 39 0 34.1 141 23.7% 9.1% 84
Ryan Brasier Angels 24 24 0 25.2 103 23.6% 9.0% 84

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 14 14 78.0 343 20.4% 9.3% 93
Anthony Ferrara Cardinals 22 4 3 14.2 65 20.8% 9.8% 94
Amauri Sanit MEX 32 13 13 67.0 268 19.8% 8.9% 94
Dennys Reyes N/A 35 11 11 55.2 253 21.0% 10.8% 96
Rolando Valdez MEX 26 14 14 70.1 319 18.2% 8.1% 96
Edgar Gonzalez Astros 29 9 9 46.1 202 18.3% 8.2% 96
Juan Delgadillo MEX 29 13 13 80.1 339 17.7% 7.9% 97
James Avery Tigers 28 9 8 48.0 201 17.9% 8.4% 98

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+
Adam Buschini IND 25 2B 121 3.9% 8.1% 15.2% 129
Ji-Man Choi Mariners 21 1B 108 3.0% 12.2% 16.3% 128
Mitch Dening IND 23 CF 130 2.5% 10.2% 10.7% 127
Kody Hightower N/A 26 SS 127 2.5% 10.3% 11.7% 126
Carlo Testa Royals 25 RF 137 2.4% 13.4% 17.1% 124
Chris Snelling N/A 30 RF 67 2.2% 14.1% 17.1% 123
Josh Roberts N/A 25 RF 129 2.5% 10.2% 13.5% 122
Trent D’Antonio N/A 26 3B 84 2.5% 11.3% 16.2% 119
Michael Ohlman Orioles 21 1B 119 3.2% 8.2% 16.1% 119
Nathan Melendres Mariners 22 CF 89 3.1% 9.1% 16.8% 119

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 9 9 50.2 194 33.6% 7.1% 49
Chris Oxspring N/A 35 9 9 59.2 249 27.8% 7.5% 68
Matthew Williams N/A 25 16 0 18.0 72 26.9% 8.7% 74
Anthony Claggett IND 27 9 9 53.1 224 25.0% 7.0% 75
Sean Toler IND 25 15 0 17.1 75 25.1% 8.7% 79
Tim Atherton Twins 22 6 5 28.0 106 23.8% 8.0% 81
Jack Frawley N/A 26 2 0 9.2 37 24.2% 8.8% 82
James Schult IND 22 4 4 18.2 83 24.8% 9.5% 83
Todd Van Steensel N/A 21 11 0 13.1 57 24.8% 9.5% 83
Dustin Loggins IND 21 14 0 14.2 62 24.9% 9.6% 83

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 9 9 50.2 194 33.6% 7.1% 49
Chris Oxspring N/A 35 9 9 59.2 249 27.8% 7.5% 68
Anthony Claggett IND 27 9 9 53.1 224 25.0% 7.0% 75
Tim Atherton Twins 22 6 5 28.0 106 23.8% 8.0% 81
James Schult IND 22 4 4 18.2 83 24.8% 9.5% 83
Brian Grening IND 27 9 9 60.1 242 21.9% 6.7% 83
Virgil Vasquez IND 30 9 9 61.2 254 21.7% 7.4% 86
Hirotaka Koishi NPB 25 7 7 35.1 158 24.0% 10.4% 88
Chuck Lofgren IND 26 8 7 43.1 183 21.3% 8.5% 91
Adam Bright IND 27 4 3 17.1 75 20.5% 9.0% 95




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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.


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  1. Mario Mendoza says:

    Please, for the love of GOD, fix these stupid fonts.

    Do we have to apply some kind of filter to see these articles in some kind of normal, readable font? If so please tell me!

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  2. TOLAXOR says:

    ZOMBIE MARIO MENDOZA SIGHTING!!!!

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  3. Mike D says:

    Conigliaro had two pretty good years after he came back. Did his eyesight suddenly deteriorate after 1970?

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  4. Choo says:

    After his baseball career ended, Blefary worked as a sheriff, bartender, truck driver, and night club owner. If that isn’t the textbook career arc of a sonofabitch, I don’t know what is.

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  5. Free Barbaro Canizares!

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  6. Steamed Hams says:

    “Clank” Blefary had a pretty memorable passage from Ball Four:

    I’m getting a big kick out of Blefary. He’s called Buff, short for ‘Buffalo,’ because he works so hard. If I had to be in a foxhole I’d like him in there with me. He’s the kind who picks up hand grenades and throws them back. He’s a perfect marine, yet he doesn’t seem to have the marine mentality. One winter he spent his time, not selling mutual funds, but working with retarded children.

    - Jim Bouton

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    • Balthazar says:

      Blefary was an interesting individual. The chip on his shoulder was perhaps the biggest thing in his way, but he was hustled out of MLB before his time for winning free agency for the serfs. That was back in the day when ballplayers were still sometimes their own person rather than marketing franchieses.

      Dave’s list is telling. I think, however, the best comparable for Stanton as a batter is Dick Allen, also from back in that day. Except Stanton is a plus defender while Allen couldn’t have been bothered. Dick Allen isn’t remembered and that’s a shame. He might have been the least liked player in baseball during his years, the owners hated him, and adding in his defensive liability he’s never gotten any traction for the Hall of Fame. If he came along later, he’d have been a natural DH, and that would keep him out too. But Allen was a MONSTER batter, and three true outcome guy.

      Stanton is a terrific package. If he’s available at a price within sanity, somebody will be much rewarded for making a deal happen.

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    • Balthazar says:

      More on Dick Allen. He definitely should be on Dave’s list because he meets the criteria. His first year full time was in 1964, and it was his age 21 season. wRC+ of 162. In fact that was Allen’s _average_ wRC+ his first three years. Looking at Allen’s age, defense, offense, and WAR:

      21s -2.0 162 8.7
      22s -7.0 143 7.2
      23s -8.0 178 8.2

      Wow. Allen wasn’t an terrible baserunner but a totally stone-handed firstbaseman. His defense only got much, much worse. But man the dude could hit even if the Phillies played in a hitters park.

      And Boog Powell; it’s easy to forget just how good a hitter the guy was. Any team in the game would _love_ to have Powell’s bat right now. . . . And Giancarlo Stanton is probably better than either of these guys. That’s something special.

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  7. Mac says:

    Hey, a Marlon Byrd sighting. Has he gotten any consideration from an MLB team? Maybe worth a minor league deal flyer? Maybe.

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  8. Baltar says:

    Yes, I remember all these players, including Blefary. I must really be getting old.

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  9. SAF says:

    #6 on the Australian Baseball League Hitters – DOYLE!

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  10. Dag Gummit says:

    Nice to see Chris Snelling still playing down under. If only the kid could have been able to stay on the field, I still think he could have become something special.

    I remember reading around on Mariner blogs and forums a few years ago about how he got his first cup of coffee while only 20 at Piniella’s insistence. I don’t and can never truly know how true that statement is, but he always just oozed pure hitting talent. Hopefully, he becomes nothing short of an Ambassador of Aussie baseball stateside.

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    • Choo says:

      Piniella openly loved Snelling to the point that you had to wonder if he might have been Lou’s illegitimate son. I am being totally serious. No M’s fan who witnessed it will ever forget . . .

      After Snelling rounded third and crumpled to the ground in a heap of ruin, Lou Piniella ran out of the dugout, wailing heart-shattered like an Italian woman who had just watched her favorite son gunned down by mobsters. Piniella scooped up the sad remains of Snelling in his arms, cheeks streaming with the sadness and fury of a 1,000 ejections, and disappeared into the locker room. I was convinced that was the last time we would ever see the Lou Piniella we had always known. Perhaps it was.

      THAT is how much Piniella loved Snelling.

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  11. Aaron says:

    It seems likely he’d be better remembered were his name Burt Clefairy instead.

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