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Daily Notes: Live from the Winter Meetings, Day 1

Posted By Carson Cistulli On December 3, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Daily Notes | 8 Comments

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

1. Live from the Winter Meetings, Day 1
2. Sightings at the Winter Meetings
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League

Live from the Winter Meetings, Day 1
Baseball’s Winter Meetings begin in earnest today from Nashville’s giant Opryland Resort, at which Resort the author — along with several other members of Team FanGraphs — will be embedded to better network with people who might eventually help their careers cover the big, breaking stories as they happen.

Colleagues Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan — from which pair (among other assorted and notable personages) I will likely be publishing some audio today — both suggest that, among those deals that might be made this week, is the possible signing (by the Angels, Dodgers, or Rangers) of right-hander Zack Greinke. Said possible signing of Greinke would be significant not for its own sake, but also for the extent to which it would establish the market for other free agent pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster, etc.

Sightings at the Winter Meetings
As of Monday morning at ca. 10am ET the author has only seen one person — that is, FanGraphs contributor and RotoGraphs editor Eno Sarris coming out of the bathroom.

Here’s a haunting image of same:
 
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SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan 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: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter 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+
Carlos Maldonado Nationals 31 C 160 4.3% 14.9% 22.5% 134
Luis Jimenez Mariners 30 DH 130 2.8% 15.8% 15.7% 133
Luis Valbuena Cubs 26 2B 148 2.4% 16.5% 14.2% 132
Chris Nowak IND 29 3B 129 3.2% 12.9% 15.2% 129
C.J. Retherford Dodgers 26 3B 186 3.1% 11.2% 12.9% 128
Darwin Perez Angels 22 SS 161 2.3% 19.8% 23.0% 124
Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 169 3.9% 7.5% 14.8% 122
Justin Henry Tigers 27 OF 106 1.3% 14.4% 10.6% 121
Alex Romero MEX 28 OF 168 1.6% 11.5% 7.7% 121
Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 181 3.8% 9.4% 18.2% 120

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter 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+
Darwin Perez Angels 22 SS 161 2.3% 19.8% 23.0% 124
Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 169 3.9% 7.5% 14.8% 122
Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 181 3.8% 9.4% 18.2% 120
Yangervis Solarte Rangers 24 OF 108 2.0% 10.8% 12.4% 115
Wilmer Flores Mets 20 SS 150 2.4% 8.9% 12.7% 112
Salvador Perez Royals 22 C 68 2.9% 8.2% 15.2% 112
Darin Ruf Phillies 25 1B 137 4.5% 11.5% 29.6% 112
Henry Wrigley Rays 25 OF 166 4.3% 6.6% 21.7% 110
Ezequiel Carrera Indians 25 CF 72 1.9% 11.0% 15.3% 108
Rossmel Perez Diamondbacks 22 C 27 1.9% 10.7% 14.7% 108

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter 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-
Alex Torres Rays 24 10 10 42.1 183 34.4% 9.9% 57
Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 8 6 33.2 135 29.1% 7.8% 65
Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 25.0% 7.8% 76
Josh Schmidt Marlins 29 8 8 40.0 172 25.0% 9.0% 79
Deolis Guerra Twins 23 15 0 18.2 73 24.3% 8.4% 80
Danny Farquhar Mariners 25 17 0 18.0 75 24.7% 9.0% 80
Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 7 7 27.2 120 24.8% 9.7% 81
Enrique Gonzalez NPB 29 19 0 19.2 73 23.6% 8.4% 81
Cesar Jimenez Mariners 27 15 0 13.1 54 23.7% 8.8% 82
Jon Meloan Yankees 27 19 0 20.2 84 23.0% 8.6% 84

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter 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-
Alex Torres Rays 24 10 10 42.1 183 34.4% 9.9% 57
Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 8 6 33.2 135 29.1% 7.8% 65
Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 25.0% 7.8% 76
Josh Schmidt Marlins 29 8 8 40.0 172 25.0% 9.0% 79
Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 7 7 27.2 120 24.8% 9.7% 81
Eric Berger Indians 26 7 7 35.2 147 22.4% 8.1% 84
Thad Weber Tigers 27 4 4 18.1 82 20.5% 8.7% 90
Sergio Perez Astros 27 10 10 49.0 209 19.6% 8.0% 91
Donovan Hand Brewers 26 7 7 34.1 148 18.9% 8.1% 93
Renyel Pinto NPB 29 6 6 30.2 131 20.9% 10.4% 94


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