Daily Notes: The Top Prospect-Age Hitters by FIB*

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

1. The Top Prospect-Age Hitters by FIB*
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

The Top Prospect-Age Hitters by FIB*
Minor-league regular seasons everywhere have come to their respective conclusions. Last week, before the author had become a really big deal and moved to Europe, he published a leaderboard of the top-10 qualified minor-league pitchers by kwERA (i.e. an ERA estimator derived entirely from just strikeout and walk rates).

Today, despite the fact that he’s a really big deal now and lives in Europe, the author has condescended to publish a second leaderboard — in this case, of the top-10 qualified minor-league hitters by FIB*, or Fielding Independent Batting (Asterisk). What FIB* isn’t is the same metric introduced to readers by Bradley Woodrum about two years ago. That one, called Fielding Independent Batting, but without the very integral asterisk, accounts for xBABIP and is presented as an index stat, like wRC+. What FIB* is is a batting metric calculated almost precisely like FIP, except then placed on the same scale as wOBA*.

*The equation, in full: [(HR*12 + BB*3 - K*2) * .141] + .3267.

Leaderboard: The Top Prospect-Age Hitters by FIB*
FIB* is a wOBA estimator which accounts only for home runs, walks, and strikeouts and was popularized — to the degree that it’s popular, at all — by the author just, like, 30 seconds ago. Below are the top-10 qualified prospect-age minor-league hitters by FIB* this season. (Note: batters who made zero appearances above rookie-level ball have been excluded, as have all Mexican League hitters, because their numbers are super loco.)

Rank Name Team Level Age PA HR% BB% K% FIB*
1 Miguel Sano Twins A+, AA 20 519 6.7% 12.5% 27.4% .416
2 George Springer Astros AA, AAA 23 589 6.3% 14.1% 27.3% .416
3 Zachary Borenstein Angels A+ 22 465 6.0% 9.2% 18.9% .414
4 Ryan Rua Rangers A, AA 23 525 6.1% 10.7% 21.9% .413
5 Joey Gallo Rangers R, A 18 467 8.6% 10.7% 36.8% .413
6 Max Muncy Athletics A+, AA 22 625 4.0% 14.1% 16.3% .408
7 Jabari Blash Mariners A+, AA 23 452 5.5% 13.3% 25.0% .406
8 Mookie Betts Red Sox A, A+ 20 551 2.7% 14.7% 10.3% .406
9 Maikel Franco Phillies A+, AA 20 581 5.3% 5.2% 12.0% .405
10 Marcus Semien White Sox AA, AAA 22 625 3.0% 15.7% 14.4% .404

Three Notes
• Were he a year or two younger, San Diego minor-league first-baseman/catcher Robert Kral, 24, would actually appear atop this entire list, after having produced a .426 FIB* on the strength of a Cal League season during which he hit 13 home runs and recorded walk and strikeout rates of 18.5% and 15.0%, respectively.

• It’s entirely possible that Angels outfield prospect Zachary Borenstein, playing in his age-22 season, deserves more attention for his offensive skills. There’s also a non-zero change that he, like other hitters (including Robert Kral, above), benefited from the offensive environment of the California League.

• To that point, it should be noted that the calculation of FIB* in this instance makes no allowances either for park or league.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Detroit at Minnesota | 20:10 ET
Justin Verlander (206.1 IP, 95 xFIP-, 4.5 WAR) faces Mike Pelfrey (146.2 IP, 114 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire.

Note that these NERD scores are calculated using the methodology introduced recently and designed to account for the influence of playoff odds on the watchability of games. ***Unlike in recent iterations of this table, the author has adjusted the day’s NERD Game Scores such that, combined, they average 5.0.*** This allows said table to resemble more closely the Game Scores that have appeared here over the preceding four months.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Wei-Yin Chen BAL 4 0 6 3 6 TB Chris Archer 15:10
Marco Estrada MIL 7 0 4 0 7 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Aaron Harang NYN 4 0 6 2 8 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Roy Halladay PHI 2 0 3 0 7 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Jordan Lyles HOU 4 0 9 6 7 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Charlie Morton PIT 6 2 7 0 8 CHN Jeff Samardzija 20:05
Justin Verlander DET 7 0 3 0 1 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
J.A. Happ TOR 1 0 2 0 5 CHA Jose Quintana 20:10
Tanner Roark* WAS 7 0 9 4 9 STL Adam Wainwright 20:15
A.J. Griffin OAK 5 0 4 0 7 LAA Garrett Richards 22:05
Brandon McCarthy AZ 6 0 3 0 4 SD Eric Stults 22:10
Yordano Ventura* KC 9 0 5 0 5 SEA Brandon Maurer 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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10 Responses to “Daily Notes: The Top Prospect-Age Hitters by FIB*”

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  1. Ivan Grushenko says:

    What is the significance of FIB*?

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  2. Freedom Fries says:

    When can we expect the FIB rankings for Nicolas Dubaut, Yann Dal-Zotto, Pierrick Lemestre or Demitry Beauperthuy. (Note: These may all be pitchers for all I can google about French baseball).

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      Cool Name NERD Scores
      Nicolas Dubaut (7)
      Yann Dal-Zotto (10)
      Pierrick Lemestre (9)
      Demitry Beauperthuy (11)

      Conclusion: the MLB requires more Frenchmen.

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  3. Will H. says:

    Cistulli, as the author of “Daily Notes: Mostly Ambulant Nick Johnson Retires,” you may appreciate that my better half showed her undying devotion for me when we were at the final Nationals game last night by purchasing one of his broken bats for me; part of “giving back to the fans” meant allowing us to buy their old junk that no one wanted for still non-inconsiderable sums of money.

    At any rate, it is no surprise that the author of the Fringe Five would have also written about a guy who BP adjudged the #1 prospect in baseball at one time, who is 29th out of over 1,600 MLB players with 3,000 PA in BB%, but who is also among career leaders on days spent on the DL. And now I have a shattered piece of wood to remember such feats by…

    When one becomes a really big deal, does one get such presents bestowed upon him (in Europe or elsewhere)?

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  4. Spit Ball says:


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  5. newsense says:

    Tanner Roark has a good deal more than 20 IP!

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  6. Richard says:

    FIB? Was your week off really just an excuse to play 45 hours of GTA V?

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  7. Owen says:

    Problem: Your FIB list does not feature Mookie Betts at the very top, in extra-bold 72-point font, with either the or tag surrounding his name. Also, there are other names on the list besides Mookie Betts. Please fix both of these errors immediately.

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