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Daily Notes, Ft. The Top Performances of the AFL

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

1. Final SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
2. Video: St. Louis Prospect Boone Whiting’s Whole Repertoire
3. Audio: Polish People Pronouncing Szczur

Final SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
The Arizona Fall League ended this past weekend. Below are the final SCOUT leaderboards for said League’s 2012 season. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Hitters (Overall)
Below is the final SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.

Player MLB Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Nate Roberts Twins 23 85 2.2% 11.8% 13.3% 125
David Adams Yankees 25 98 2.2% 12.1% 15.6% 120
Christopher Mcguiness Rangers 24 108 2.4% 11.1% 16.3% 119
Matt Szczur Cubs 22 107 1.4% 11.7% 12.4% 117
Kent Matthes Rockies 25 97 2.8% 10.7% 19.7% 116
Trayce Thompson White Sox 21 67 2.0% 15.2% 22.4% 114
Logan Watkins Cubs 22 40 1.8% 12.0% 16.7% 114
Joe Panik Giants 21 88 1.6% 10.6% 12.9% 114
George Springer Astros 22 85 2.6% 12.3% 22.0% 113
Josh Prince Brewers 24 106 1.4% 12.2% 15.2% 113

SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League, but only populated with players who are 22 or under — i.e. something more like “prospect” age relative to the league.

Player MLB Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Matt Szczur Cubs 22 107 1.4% 11.7% 12.4% 117
Trayce Thompson White Sox 21 67 2.0% 15.2% 22.4% 114
Logan Watkins Cubs 22 40 1.8% 12.0% 16.7% 114
Joe Panik Giants 21 88 1.6% 10.6% 12.9% 114
George Springer Astros 22 85 2.6% 12.3% 22.0% 113
Jonathan Schoop Orioles 20 83 1.9% 13.9% 20.9% 112
Didi Gregorius Reds 22 84 1.6% 8.8% 11.5% 112
Cory Spangenberg Padres 21 38 1.8% 12.1% 18.3% 111
Matt Skole Nationals 22 74 2.3% 12.8% 22.1% 111
Jonathan Singleton Astros 20 110 2.1% 13.0% 21.3% 111

Notes
Nate Roberts, 23, was a fifth-round pick by Minnesota in 2010 out of High Point University. He’s demonstrated excellent control over the strike zone as a minor leaguer (93:114 BB:K in 788 PA), but (a) probably too little overall offensive production for a corner outfielder, while also (b) generally skewing old relative to his levels.
• Outfielder Matt Szczur (pronounced “Caesar”) was recently ranked eighth among all Cubs prospects by our Marc Hulet. He was also discussed in further depth during a very recent edition of FanGraphs Audio.
• Other Cubs prospect Logan Watkins, 23 at the end of August, made his way to the top of SCOUT batting leaderboard late in the AFL season, mostly on the strength of an 8:3 walk-to-strikeout ratio in his 40 plate appearances. He was not ranked among Chicago’s top-15 prospects by Marc Hulet. What Watkins has done is logged a considerable number of starts at shortstop, second base, and center field over the last couple seasons.

SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers (Overall)
Below is the final SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. SCOUT- is calculated using regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.

Player MLB Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Robbie Erlin Padres 21 7 7 23.2 91 28.5% 9.5% 81
Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 22 6 5 19.0 78 27.6% 9.7% 83
Boone Whiting Cardinals 22 7 7 25.1 110 27.3% 9.5% 83
Mark Montgomery Yankees 21 9 0 10.1 41 27.2% 10.2% 85
Kevin Quackenbush Padres 23 11 0 11.0 41 25.2% 9.8% 89
Kyle Gibson Twins 24 6 6 23.1 106 24.5% 9.6% 89
Kevin Rhoderick Cubs 23 9 0 9.1 35 24.7% 9.8% 90
Grant Dayton Marlins 24 10 0 12.0 51 25.2% 10.4% 90
Ryan Pressly Red Sox 23 10 0 14.0 61 23.9% 9.1% 90
Carson Smith Mariners 22 11 0 15.0 57 24.4% 9.7% 90

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

Player MLB Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Robbie Erlin Padres 21 7 7 23.2 91 28.5% 9.5% 81
Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 22 6 5 19.0 78 27.6% 9.7% 83
Boone Whiting Cardinals 22 7 7 25.1 110 27.3% 9.5% 83
Kyle Gibson Twins 24 6 6 23.1 106 24.5% 9.6% 89
Chase Anderson Diamondbacks 24 6 6 23.1 96 24.5% 9.9% 90
T.J. House Indians 22 6 6 27.0 107 23.1% 9.7% 93
Nicholas Bucci Brewers 21 6 6 18.0 92 23.1% 10.0% 93
James Paxton Mariners 23 5 5 12.2 57 23.1% 10.1% 94
Justin Marks Royals 24 7 7 24.1 102 21.1% 9.1% 96
Seth Blair Cardinals 23 6 6 20.0 89 22.8% 11.0% 96

Notes
• San Diego left-handed prospect Robbie Erlin, recently 22, is generally the best pitcher wherever he plays. Before dominating in Arizona this fall, he finished atop the SCOUT pitching leaderboard of the Double-A Texas League, despite throwing just ca. 50 innings there. He’s struck out ca. 28% of the minor-league batters he faced since being taken in the third round of the 2009 draft out of a California high school.
• After missing the first three-plus months of 2012, right-handed Cardinals prospect Boone Whiting returned to post a 34:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35.0 innings across three levels (Rookie, Class A, Double-A) in his age-22 season. Per Brooks Baseball, he sat at just 88 mph with his fastball during the AFL while relying heavily on his changeup (which you can see below) as an outpitch to batters on both sides of the plate.
• It was previously suggested in these pages that reports on left-hander Kevin Siegrist‘s fastball velocity have varied considerably over the past couple years — i.e. anywhere from the mid-80s to mid-90s. Here’s the most recent information on that front: according to Baseball America’s Pete Wardell, Siegrist sat at 91-93 mph in an AFL start at the end of October (it seems).

Video: St. Louis Prospect Boone Whiting’s Whole Repertoire
Below is a compilation of a Boone Whiting start from August of 2011. It requires spending more time than the reader might normally with post-grunge/hard rock quartet Saliva; however, it also features the most complete footage of Boone Whiting’s repertoire available.

The changeup appears to be Whiting’s strongest offering here. Notable examples of it occur at the following minute marks: 0:37, 2:20, and 3:09. All are followed by slow-motion replays.

Audio: Polish People Pronouncing Szczur
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