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Daily Notes: Now Actually Pitching, Javier Vazquez

Posted By Carson Cistulli On December 5, 2012 @ 11:42 am In Daily Notes | 2 Comments

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

1. Three Notes Regarding the Puerto Rican League
2. Video: Johnny Monell Hitting Home Runs Enthusiastically
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League

Three Notes Regarding the Puerto Rican League
Javier Vazquez Debuts Again for First Time
As Peter Gammons reported last month would be the case, right-hander Javier Vazquez has started pitching for Ponce in the Puerto Rican League. As Peter Gammons likely didn’t report — because he’s not clairvoyant, I mean — is that Vazquez appears on this week’s edition of the SCOUT pitching leaderboards for the Puerto Rican League.

Starting Ponce’s December 1st game against a Manati lineup that featured, most notably probably, Kansas City infield prospect Christian Colon, Vazquez posted this line (box): 2.0 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 2 H. A search for velocity readings from the game reveals little — unless for what the reader is actually searching is gas mileage data on the 2002 Mitsubishi Nativa.

On Puerto Rican Batting Leader Johnny Monell
“Who is Johnny Monell?” is a question that a reasonable person might ask him- or herself (but, according to this demographic data I’ve got right here, probably himself) while looking at today’s edition of the SCOUT batting leaderboards for the Puerto Rican League. Here’s one sort of answer to that: a catcher who played this past season as a 26-year-old in the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. And another one: a 30th-round draftee by San Francisco in 2007 out of Seminole (Florida) Community College. According to Giants Nirvana, questions remained this past winter regarding Monell’s defensive abilities — although, power has been previously acknowledged to be among his skill set. Monell has five home runs in ca 60 plate appearances in Puerto Rico.

On Roberto Ortiz, How He Has Just One Plate Appearance
The attentive reader will note that outfielder Roberto Ortiz, who played in the Baltimore organization this past year, appears on the prospect-age SCOUT batting leaderboard despite having recorded just a single plate appearance. Because he hit a home run in the single plate appearances, is why.

Video: Johnny Monell Hitting Home Runs Enthusiastically
Here’s Giants minor-league catcher Johnny Monell hitting a home run with what is known as “a flourish”:

And here he is doing a very similar thing again:

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

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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+
Johnny Monell Giants 26 C 60 3.0% 12.0% 16.7% 128
Andy Gonzalez Brewers 30 SS 72 2.6% 11.4% 19.1% 117
Carlos Rivera MEX 34 1B 62 2.0% 10.4% 14.4% 116
Edgardo Baez MEX 26 OF 67 2.3% 11.7% 19.1% 114
Angel Sanchez Astros 28 SS 73 2.0% 10.4% 15.0% 114
Luis Matos MEX 33 OF 50 1.8% 11.0% 15.9% 112
Jesus Feliciano Rays 33 OF 76 1.3% 8.3% 10.0% 109
Irving Falu Royals 29 2B 67 1.7% 9.7% 14.4% 109
Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 2.0% 10.2% 18.0% 108
Ruben Gotay Braves 29 2B 70 1.3% 11.0% 15.4% 107

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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+
Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 2.0% 10.2% 18.0% 108
Enrique Hernandez Astros 20 2B 72 1.6% 8.9% 14.5% 107
Michael Perez D-backs 19 C 15 2.3% 9.6% 19.7% 106
Martin Maldonado Brewers 25 C 40 2.2% 9.4% 19.2% 105
Angelo Gumbs Yankees 19 SS 11 2.0% 9.3% 18.2% 105
Roberto Ortiz Orioles 23 OF 1 2.1% 9.2% 18.7% 104
Jesmuel Valentin Dodgers 18 SS 12 1.7% 11.2% 19.4% 104
Sergio Miranda Braves 25 2B 66 1.7% 8.7% 15.9% 104
Daniel Ortiz Twins 22 OF 61 1.7% 9.0% 16.5% 103
Juan Centeno Mets 22 C 39 1.8% 8.0% 16.0% 103

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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-
Jose De La Torre Red Sox 26 9 0 12.0 45 23.5% 8.3% 84
Kelvin Villa IND 26 5 4 22.1 89 22.1% 8.4% 88
Joe Colon Indians 22 5 4 18.0 76 22.4% 9.0% 89
Mark Cohoon Mets 24 4 4 19.1 86 21.1% 7.9% 89
Josh Walter IND 27 7 1 15.1 62 22.0% 8.9% 89
Scott Kazmir N/A 28 3 3 15.0 65 21.7% 9.0% 91
Sergio Espinosa IND 26 8 0 8.1 34 22.1% 9.5% 91
Rob Bryson Indians 24 8 0 9.2 38 21.7% 9.5% 92
Randy Fontanez Mets 23 5 0 9.1 38 20.9% 8.7% 92
Giovanni Soto Indians 21 6 0 7.2 32 21.8% 9.6% 92

SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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-
Kelvin Villa IND 26 5 4 22.1 89 22.1% 8.4% 88
Joe Colon Indians 22 5 4 18.0 76 22.4% 9.0% 89
Mark Cohoon Mets 24 4 4 19.1 86 21.1% 7.9% 89
Scott Kazmir N/A 28 3 3 15.0 65 21.7% 9.0% 91
Shoki Kasahara NPB 21 4 4 19.0 80 20.5% 8.6% 93
Shinya Kayama NPB 22 4 4 24.0 101 20.6% 8.8% 93
Josh Romanski Yankees 25 4 4 21.2 85 20.0% 8.7% 95
Javier Vazquez N/A 35 1 1 2.0 8 20.0% 8.9% 95
Fernando Hernandez Blue Jays 27 4 4 19.0 84 18.7% 8.3% 97
Gaby Hernandez D-backs 26 4 2 12.0 57 19.3% 9.2% 98


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