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Daily Notes: Top Performances of the Eastern League, Mostly

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

1. Three Notable Eastern League Performances
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Double-A Eastern League
3. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
4. Today’s Complete Schedule

Three Notable Eastern League Performances
The leaderboards for the Double-A Eastern League are below. Here are brief notes on three players from those leaderboards.

J.R. Murphy and Christian Vazquez are both (a) among the Eastern League’s top prospect-age hitters per SCOUT, and (b) 22-year-old catching prospects. The former is in the Yankees system; the latter, in the Red Sox system. They’ve both posted walk-to-strikeout ratios above 1.0 so far, while also showing above-average power relative to the league. Sox Prospects refers to Vazquez as an “excellent defensive catcher.” Murphy split time between catching and third base in the low minors, which could potentially stall his development, although reports suggest that he’s improving constantly.

• Right-handed Cleveland prospect Danny Salazar has recorded 30 strikeouts (and just four walks) against just 56 batters faced in his last three starts for Double-A Akron. Signed out of the Dominican in 2006, recent reports indicate that Salazar is now touching 98 mph with his fastball — which pitch he complements with a changeup that was named best in the Cleveland system this past offseason by Baseball America.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Double-A Eastern League
Previously considered: Triple-A International League (April 25) / Triple-A Pacific Coast League (April 26) / Double-A Southern League (April 16) / Double-A Texas League (April 17) / High-A Carolina League (April 22) / High-A California League (April 23) / High-A Florida State League (April 24).

Below are the present SCOUT hitting and pitching leaderboards for the Double-A Eastern League.

“What is a SCOUT leaderboard?” a reader might reasonably ask. In brief, it’s this: an attempt to use our knowledge of certain metrics, and at what sample sizes they become reliable, to measure run production and prevention in instances where small samples prevail. (A longer explanation is available here.)

Below, as notes, are those leaderboards for the Double-A Eastern League. (Note: statistics current as of Sunday night.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Eastern League Hitters (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Double-A Eastern League. 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 (in this case, for all Eastern League hitters) and above 100 is above average. xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.

Player Team Age PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
John Murphy Yankees (AA) 22 99 4 14 11 2.4% 11.9% 14.4% 129
Ryan Schimpf Blue Jays (AA) 25 115 6 21 28 3.0% 14.6% 23.5% 126
Christian Vazquez Red Sox (AA) 22 74 2 13 6 1.9% 12.6% 14.5% 124
Tyler Collins Tigers (AA) 23 94 7 7 16 3.5% 8.6% 18.4% 123
Jose Pirela Yankees (AA) 23 123 2 17 15 1.6% 12.2% 13.7% 122
Clint Robinson Blue Jays (AA) 28 117 3 18 19 2.0% 13.0% 17.2% 121
Anthony Rendon Nationals (AA) 23 69 2 15 11 1.9% 13.8% 18.6% 120
Joe Panik Giants (AA) 22 129 0 16 10 0.9% 11.4% 9.6% 119
Tyler Kelly Orioles (AA) 24 133 1 22 20 1.2% 14.2% 15.7% 119
Ricardo Nanita Blue Jays (AA) 32 99 3 11 12 2.1% 10.4% 15.1% 119

SCOUT Leaderboard: Eastern League Hitters (Age 23 and Under)
Here are the top-10 batters of the Double-A Eastern League who might still, because of their age, be considered prospects — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.

Player Team Age PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
John Murphy Yankees (AA) 22 99 4 14 11 2.4% 11.9% 14.4% 129
Christian Vazquez Red Sox (AA) 22 74 2 13 6 1.9% 12.6% 14.5% 124
Tyler Collins Tigers (AA) 23 94 7 7 16 3.5% 8.6% 18.4% 123
Jose Pirela Yankees (AA) 23 123 2 17 15 1.6% 12.2% 13.7% 122
Anthony Rendon Nationals (AA) 23 69 2 15 11 1.9% 13.8% 18.6% 120
Joe Panik Giants (AA) 22 129 0 16 10 0.9% 11.4% 9.6% 119
Michael Almanzar Red Sox (AA) 22 114 5 11 21 2.7% 9.7% 19.0% 116
Travis Shaw Red Sox (AA) 23 116 0 25 22 1.0% 16.6% 19.4% 116
Ramon Cabrera Tigers (AA) 23 107 0 12 7 1.1% 10.5% 10.6% 116
Jose Ramirez Indians (AA) 20 127 1 13 13 1.3% 10.0% 11.9% 115

SCOUT Leaderboard: Eastern League Pitchers (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Double-A Eastern League. SCOUT- combines regressed strikeout and walk rates in a kwERA-like equation to produce a number not unlike ERA-, where 100 is league average (in this case, for all Eastern League pitchers) and below 100 is better than average. xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.

Player Team Age G GS IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Danny Salazar Indians (AA) 23 6 6 28.2 113 43 9 33.8% 9.3% 62
Joel Carreno Blue Jays (AA) 26 12 0 13.1 47 24 2 30.3% 9.2% 71
Rafael Montero Mets (AA) 22 6 6 34.1 137 40 4 28.5% 8.0% 73
Brandon Workman Red Sox (AA) 24 5 4 29.2 106 34 6 28.8% 8.9% 75
Jesse Biddle Phillies (AA) 21 6 6 31.2 125 40 16 30.1% 10.4% 75
Pete Ruiz Red Sox (AA) 25 7 0 11.2 50 24 8 29.9% 10.3% 76
Justin Fitzgerald Giants (AA) 27 5 5 26.0 112 35 8 28.6% 9.2% 76
Anthony Ranaudo Red Sox (AA) 23 5 5 27.0 97 30 6 27.3% 9.1% 79
T.J. House Indians (AA) 23 4 4 22.1 88 27 3 26.6% 8.7% 80
Mauricio Robles Phillies (AA) 24 10 0 18.0 70 25 8 27.8% 9.9% 81

SCOUT Leaderboard: Eastern League Pitchers (Starters Only)
Here are the top-10 pitchers in the Double-A Eastern League who have made at least half of their appearances as starts — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.

Player Team Age G GS IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Danny Salazar Indians (AA) 23 6 6 28.2 113 43 9 33.8% 9.3% 62
Rafael Montero Mets (AA) 22 6 6 34.1 137 40 4 28.5% 8.0% 73
Brandon Workman Red Sox (AA) 24 5 4 29.2 106 34 6 28.8% 8.9% 75
Jesse Biddle Phillies (AA) 21 6 6 31.2 125 40 16 30.1% 10.4% 75
Justin Fitzgerald Giants (AA) 27 5 5 26.0 112 35 8 28.6% 9.2% 76
Anthony Ranaudo Red Sox (AA) 23 5 5 27.0 97 30 6 27.3% 9.1% 79
T.J. House Indians (AA) 23 4 4 22.1 88 27 3 26.6% 8.7% 80
Alex Meyer Twins (AA) 23 5 5 28.0 118 34 11 27.1% 9.6% 82
Nathan Karns Nationals (AA) 25 5 5 27.2 112 32 11 26.6% 9.7% 83
Matt Barnes Red Sox (AA) 23 5 5 20.0 93 27 8 25.9% 9.5% 85

Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
Oakland at Cleveland | 19:05 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Cleveland enters the week leading the majors both in park-adjusted batting (122 wRC+) and WAR among field players (7.1). The club currently features four players who’ve crossed the one-win threshold: Carlos Santana (102 PA, 1.8 WAR), Ryan Raburn (68 PA, 1.1 WAR), Nick Swisher (109 PA, 1.0 WAR), and Mark Reynolds (113 PA, 1.0 WAR).

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Cleveland Radio.

Philadelphia at San Francisco | 22:15 ET
Are Cliff Lee and Madison Bumgarner the best left-handers in the National League not named Kerhsaw? In fact, “No” is the answer. A lot of people don’t know this, but both Bumgarner and Lee were born with the surname Kershaw, but changed to their present respective surnames for personal reasons.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

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. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.9.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Chris Sale CHA 7 1 6 7 7 KC J. Shields 14:10
Jarrod Parker OAK 2 6 4 10 4 CLE U. Jimenez 19:05
Paul Maholm ATL 5 8 5 3 4 CIN B. Arroyo 19:10
Vance Worley MIN 4 3 6 9 7 BOS C. Buchholz 19:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 1 2 4 9 6 TB J. Hellickson 19:10
Nick Tepesch TEX 6 4 4 5 2 CHN S. Feldman 20:05
Trevor Cahill AZ 5 5 5 2 5 LAN C. Capuano* 22:10
Wade LeBlanc MIA 3 0 4 4 7 SD A. Cashner* 22:10
Cliff Lee PHI 6 2 6 6 8 SF M. Bum’ner 22:15

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.