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Daily Notes: Three Transactions That Just Happened

Posted By Carson Cistulli On November 8, 2012 @ 10:35 am In Daily Notes | 4 Comments

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

1. Three Transactions That Just Happened
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League
3. Double Video Situation: Domingo Santana Hitting Home Runs

Three Transactions That Just Happened
Here are three transactions that just happened — where, by just, we are understood to mean “last two or three days.”

Arizona Signs Garrett Mock
Right-handed reliever Garrett Mock had some success out of the bullpen with the Nationals in 2008, posting an 89 xFIP- in 91.1 innings 41.0 innings. He’s had no major-league success in the meantime, however. He did post a 68:28 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 61.2 innings between the Triple-A affiliates of Boston and Houston in 2012. Also, he’s been signed by Kevin Towers now, who has a reputation for identifying possible reclamation projects.

Milwaukee Signs Jairo Asencio
Right-hander Jairo Asencio was the most dominant reliever by a considerable margin in last year’s iteration of the Dominican Winter League. He proceeded, then, to pitch effectively (25.2 IP, 98 xFIP-) out of the Cleveland bullpen. He proceeded, then, to be waived and picked up by the Cubs and fall apart (14.2 IP, 152 xFIP-). He pitched well (13.1 IP, 25.5% K, 7.8% BB) in the minors for Chicago, however, following a demotion to Triple-A.

Pittsburgh Signs Darren Ford
Mere days after becoming a free agent, outfielder Darren Ford has signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates. Footspeed is the 27-year-old’s main asset. That’s manifested itself in excellent (like, +10 runs per season) defensive numbers in center field, per Brian Cartwright’s OLIVER projection system, although, as his stolen-base record of 26-for-40 suggests from Triple-A Tacoma this past season, not always in baserunning.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League
Below are the SCOUT leaderboards for the Dominican Winter League, current through Tuesday. (Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Hitters (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Dominican 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+
Felix Pie Braves 27 OF 71 2.3% 12.9% 15.7% 121
Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 OF 68 4.0% 8.0% 20.1% 118
Hector Luna Phillies 32 3B 72 2.7% 9.8% 16.3% 115
Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 41 2.5% 10.2% 17.0% 113
Donell Linares MEX 28 3B 21 2.7% 9.1% 17.0% 112
Nelson Perez Cubs 24 OF 26 2.7% 11.4% 20.3% 112
Wilkin Castillo Rockies 28 C 46 2.2% 10.5% 16.3% 111
Mike Olt Rangers 23 3B 37 2.2% 11.9% 19.5% 110
Francisco Pena Mets 22 C 55 2.4% 8.1% 15.8% 108
Leonys Martin Rangers 24 OF 66 2.4% 10.1% 18.4% 108

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Dominican Winter League, but only populated with players who are 24 or under — i.e. something more like “prospect” age relative to the league.


Player Team Age Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 OF 68 4.0% 8.0% 20.1% 118
Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 41 2.5% 10.2% 17.0% 113
Nelson Perez Cubs 24 OF 26 2.7% 11.4% 20.3% 112
Mike Olt Rangers 23 3B 37 2.2% 11.9% 19.5% 110
Francisco Pena Mets 22 C 55 2.4% 8.1% 15.8% 108
Leonys Martin Rangers 24 OF 66 2.4% 10.1% 18.4% 108
Domingo Santana Astros 19 OF 12 2.1% 10.5% 18.2% 106
Jean Segura Brewers 22 SS 62 2.1% 9.3% 16.2% 106
Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 OF 58 2.4% 8.9% 18.1% 106
Moises Sierra Blue Jays 23 OF 62 2.7% 7.8% 18.2% 106

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Pitchers (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Dominican 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-
Kyler Newby Orioles 27 3 3 14.0 52 24.8% 8.3% 83
Erick Abreu Astros 28 6 0 11.1 39 23.8% 8.4% 86
Johan Yan Rangers 27 8 0 6.1 26 24.1% 8.9% 87
Kelvin De La Cruz Tigers 23 4 0 6.1 22 24.0% 9.0% 87
Jose Diaz Pirates 28 9 0 8.2 33 23.3% 8.6% 88
Fabio Castro Athletics 27 4 3 14.1 57 22.8% 8.2% 89
Danny Salazar Indians 22 4 2 10.0 43 22.6% 8.8% 91
Scott Rice Dodgers 30 8 0 5.2 24 22.5% 9.2% 92
Winston Abreu MEX 35 6 0 3.2 15 22.3% 9.1% 92
Francisco Rondon Yankees 24 6 0 3.1 15 22.2% 9.1% 93

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Dominican 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-
Kyler Newby Orioles 27 3 3 14.0 52 24.8% 8.3% 83
Fabio Castro Athletics 27 4 3 14.1 57 22.8% 8.2% 89
Danny Salazar Indians 22 4 2 10.0 43 22.6% 8.8% 91
Bartolo Colon Athletics 39 2 2 9.1 37 21.4% 8.4% 93
Roman Colon Royals 32 3 3 11.1 51 21.5% 9.1% 95
Steven Wright Red Sox 27 1 1 6.0 24 21.1% 8.8% 95
Kevin Pucetas Nationals 27 4 4 16.1 73 20.7% 8.5% 96
Raul Valdes Phillies 34 1 1 3.0 10 20.9% 8.8% 96
Lorenzo Barcelo MEX 24 5 5 25.1 105 19.8% 7.8% 96
Derek Hankins Rangers 29 4 3 10.2 51 20.3% 8.9% 98

A Brief Introduction to Domingo Santana
Domingo Santana is the youngest player on any of the four lists here. “Who is that guy?” the curious reader might ask. Here’s who: an outfield prospect in the Astros system. Here’s who else: an international signing out of the Dominican Republic at age 16 by the Phillies. Here’s who furthermore: part of the package sent to Houston from Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2011. Santana demonstrates considerable power on contact, but also has posted strikeout rates in the 30% range at more than one minor-league level. He was the youngest qualified batter in the California League in 2012.

Double Video Situation: Domingo Santana Hitting Home Runs
Here’s video from August 2011 of Houston outfield prospect hitting a home run for Class A Lexington:

Here’s a second video which matches the precise same description as the first one:


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