Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
SCOUT Leaderboards for the Atlantic League
For four consecutive years between 2003 and -06, Atlanta third-base prospect Andy Marte appeared on Baseball America’s top-100 prospect list — three of those times, within the top-15 overall. He hit 21 home runs in the Class-A Sally League as just an 18-year-old. A few years later, at age 21, he recorded 20 more home runs and a very promising 64:83 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 460 Triple-A plate appearances.
There were few reasons — except those attendant to every prospect — to assume that Marte would be anything less than very good. Curiously, that didn’t happen. First, he was traded to Boston and then Cleveland in the same offseason. Then he largely struggled through six years of major-league baseball. Then, after some time in the Pittsburgh organization, he more or less disappeared. The last update concerning Marte at MLB Trade Rumors, one finds, is from March of 2011.
— Paul Braverman (@PaulBraverman) July 15, 2013
The discerning reader will recognize this tweet immediately as one which contains multitudes. One-time top prospect Andy Marte! Power-hitting corner-type and catcher Jake Fox! Someone named Cyle and also Hankerd at the same time!
With major-league baseball having deserted us like someone who deserts a whole group of people, Braverman’s announcement provides a pretense on which to build the present edition of the Notes, which the author has decided will feature a brief statistical investigation of the Atlantic League.
Below, the author has provided that precise thing, accompanied by edifying notes for the Greater Enjoyment of the reader.
SCOUT Leaderboard: Atlantic League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for all Atlantic League hitters. SCOUT+ combines regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates in a FIP-like equation to produce a result not unlike wRC+, where 100 is league average and above 100 is above average. Note that xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.
SCOUT Leaderboard: Atlantic League Starters
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for all Atlantic League pitchers who’ve made at least half their appearances as a starter. SCOUT- combines regressed strikeout and walk rates in a kwERA-like equation to produce a number not unlike ERA-, where 100 is league average and below 100 is better than average. Note that xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.
• After three years at Southern California, outfielder Cyle Hankerd was taken by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2006 draft. Despite that somewhat promising pedigree, he’s never produced adequately at Double-A — in part, perhaps, because of a wrist injury he suffered in 2007. This year marks the 28-year-old’s second spell with an independent league: in 2011 and -12, Hankerd played (and hit well) for Amarillo of the American Association.
• Outfielder Blake Gailen‘s name has appeared in these pages before — both in recognition of his very productive 2012 in the Atlantic League and also, just this past February, by way of reporting how he’d signed a minor-league deal with Colorado. Said deal appears to have been only temporary, though, as the 28-year-old Gailen has resurfaced in the Atlantic League — where, once again, he’s hitting excellently.
• Originally a first-round selection by Minnesota in the 2004 draft, right-hander Matt Fox has actually made his way back to affiliated baseball this season, having signed with the New York Mets in mid-May. Until that point, the 30-year-old had distinguished himself within the Atlantic League as one of the few starters to have recorded a strikeout rate above 9.0 K/9. Thus far with Triple-A Las Vegas, Fox has recorded a 38:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 60.2 innings.