Daily Notes: Top Performances of the Mexican League So Far

The author apologizes to the tens of this column’s readers for its tardiness. He (i.e. that same author) was on a Chicago-area tarmac.

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

1. Top Performances of the Mexican League So Far
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Top Performances of the Mexican League So Far
A Brief Introduction
Featured in this edition of the Notes are the SCOUT leaderboards for the Mexican League. Briefly stated, SCOUT represents an attempt to use our knowledge of certain metrics, and at what sample sizes they become reliable, to measure run production/prevention in instances where small samples are all that’s available. Stated less briefly, is the explanation available here.

Other recent editions: Triple-A / Double-A / High-A / Class A / Low-A.

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican League Hitters (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for Mexican League hitters. 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 and above 100 is above average. Note that xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.

Player Age PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Jorge Cantu 31 351 31 42 66 8.8% 12.0% 18.8% 182
Japhet Amador 26 361 30 34 49 8.3% 9.4% 13.6% 179
Juan Miranda 30 356 20 75 58 5.6% 21.1% 16.3% 176
Mendy Lopez 39 280 20 50 56 6.8% 17.9% 20.0% 174
Luis Terrero 33 319 27 30 60 8.5% 9.4% 18.8% 170
Luis Garcia 35 273 21 33 56 7.2% 12.1% 20.5% 160
Ruben Rivera 39 379 18 67 54 4.7% 17.7% 14.2% 159
Barbaro Canizares 33 400 21 50 39 5.3% 12.5% 9.8% 159
Willis Otanez 40 315 19 31 44 6.0% 9.8% 14.0% 152
Jose Castillo 32 378 24 21 40 6.3% 5.6% 10.6% 150

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican League Hitters (Age 27 and Under)
Here are the top-10 batters from the Mexican League who are most likely not to have reached their respective peaks — again, as determined by the methodology explained above.

Player Age PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Japhet Amador 26 361 30 34 49 8.3% 9.4% 13.6% 179
Nelson Perez 25 246 7 30 46 2.8% 12.2% 18.7% 111
Leonardo Heras 23 296 8 33 52 2.7% 11.1% 17.6% 109
Yancarlo Angulo 26 325 15 17 66 4.6% 5.2% 20.3% 108
Carlos Colmenares 27 123 5 8 18 3.2% 7.1% 14.9% 108
Jesus Valenzuela 24 307 4 42 41 1.3% 13.7% 13.4% 108
Roman Pena 26 31 1 6 6 2.7% 9.8% 16.9% 106
Edson Garcia 20 75 1 11 12 2.3% 10.5% 16.1% 105
Daniel Castro 20 221 7 11 28 3.0% 5.0% 12.7% 104
Heriberto Herrera 20 5 0 1 0 2.6% 8.3% 15.7% 103

SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican League Pitchers (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican 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 and below 100 is better than average. Note that xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.

Player Age G GS IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Luis Vizcaino 38 33 0 34.1 132 51 7 35.9% 7.4% 52
Ricardo Gomez 35 38 0 42.2 171 61 17 35.7% 8.6% 56
Gabriel Alfaro 30 42 0 49.1 212 68 19 32.1% 8.4% 64
Jesus Barraza 22 37 0 35.0 146 43 13 29.1% 8.3% 70
Miguel Aguilar 21 41 1 31.2 151 44 14 29.1% 8.4% 71
Nelson Payano 30 28 6 47.1 197 58 22 29.4% 9.2% 72
Ken Ray 38 12 12 72.1 303 80 22 26.4% 7.6% 75
Adrian Ramirez 29 43 0 36.1 143 37 5 25.4% 6.9% 76
Victor Garate 28 15 14 75.0 327 88 33 26.9% 9.3% 78
Fabio Castro 28 6 6 29.2 125 34 10 25.4% 8.0% 79

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

Player Age G GS IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Ken Ray 38 12 12 72.1 303 80 22 26.4% 7.6% 75
Victor Garate 28 15 14 75.0 327 88 33 26.9% 9.3% 78
Fabio Castro 28 6 6 29.2 125 34 10 25.4% 8.0% 79
Jose Oyervidez 31 16 16 85.1 383 90 21 23.5% 6.3% 79
Paul Oseguera 29 17 17 109.1 459 109 30 23.7% 6.8% 80
Marco Carrillo 26 18 14 79.2 347 73 18 21.0% 6.2% 85
Florencio Bustillos 24 9 8 45.1 196 42 12 21.4% 7.4% 86
Mario Gonzalez 28 18 18 100.2 421 81 22 19.2% 5.9% 88
Cesar Valdez 28 13 13 70.1 313 60 13 19.2% 5.8% 88
Marco Duarte 26 17 16 82.2 369 77 27 20.9% 7.6% 88

Three Notes
• As the reader will note, the Mexican League — or, at least this leaderboard of that league’s top hitters — nearly doubles as a list of the best corner infielders both to have (a) been born in Mexico and (b) played corner infield at some point in the majors. Jorge Cantu, Juan Miranda, Luis Terrero, Barbaro Canizares, Jose Castillo: all fit that description. Also, Ruben Rivera nearly fits that description, although he played outfield exclusively as a major leaguer. And Jose Castillo is actually Venezuelan, the author has just learned. And Juan Miranda is Cuban. And Terrero is Dominican. So mostly disregard the first statement, is the point, it seems.

• Slightly younger than any from the aforementioned group, but still a corner infielder and almost certainly Mexican, is now 26-year-old Japhet Amador. As mentioned in a previous edition of the notes, but worthy of repeating always and forever, Amador’s name means something not unlike “abundant lover.”

• Right-hander Ken Ray‘s name has appeared in this site’s electronic pages before, as well — specifically, during the most recent edition of the Caribbean Series, after Ray struck out nine of 24 batters faced (while walking none) against Puerto Rican champion Caguas.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
New York NL at San Francisco | 15:45 ET
Zack Wheeler (21.0 IP, 140 xFIP-, -0.3 WAR) faces Matt Cain (111.1 IP, 100 xFIP-, 0.6 WAR). The former, despite possessing one of the hardest fastballs among all pitchers to’ve made even one start this season, has struggled in almost every respect.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: All of Them, More or Less.

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 5.5.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Paul Maholm ATL 5 8 6 1 7 MIA Jacob Turner 12:40
Mike Leake CIN 6 3 5 4 4 MIL John Hellweg* 14:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 2 6 4 6 5 SF Matt Cain 15:45
Wade Davis KC 5 6 6 3 9 NYA Ivan Nova 19:05
Tommy Milone OAK 4 6 7 7 9 PIT Fran. Liriano 19:05
Josh Lindblom TEX 5 4 4 8 2 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Esmil Rogers TOR 4 6 6 8 8 CLE Just. Masterson 19:05
Gio Gonzalez WAS 7 2 6 1 9 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
Dylan Axelrod CHA 1 1 5 7 9 DET Rick Porcello 19:08
Kevin Correia MIN 2 3 4 10 5 TB Jer. Hellickson 19:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 6 6 5 9 CHN Jeff Samardzija 20:05
Jordan Lyles HOU 5 2 6 4 10 STL Shelby Miller 20:15
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 6 2 6 2 8 AZ Tyler Skaggs 21:40
Felix Doubront BOS 5 9 6 5 5 SEA Aaron Harang 22:10
Jorge de la Rosa COL 3 8 5 7 6 SD And. Cashner 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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BrianB
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BrianB
3 years 1 month ago

Juan Miranda and his big league deal in AAA was nice with the Yankees, but give me Kei Igawa’s contract all day long. $1.5M per start is 2015 Clayton Kershaw-ish.

Double J
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Double J
3 years 1 month ago

Amused that the best broadcast for the Mets vs. Giants is the Cardinals radio station.

Logan
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Logan
3 years 1 month ago

Carson, I too enjoy listening to St. Louis radio when New York and San Francisco play.

MLB Rainmaker
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MLB Rainmaker
3 years 1 month ago

Now does “abundant lover” mean that he is:
a) prolific as a lover
b) a lover of large/abundant women (i.e. much like a chocolate lover)
c) someone of large proportions that is also a lover

I’m confused by the spanish language…

mikhel
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mikhel
3 years 1 month ago

Bárbaro Cañizares is Cuban, and Jorge Cantú is Mexican born in the US (educated partially in México and in the US), his family lives near a border, so it was almost the same (in term of costs) back in the day to go to the US and have your child legally in a US clinic and with better care than in a Mexican clinic (after 1981 the parity dollar-peso went up a LOT, a dollar used to be less than 12 pesos, after a crisis in the early 1980s the dollar rised its value to more than a thousand pesos, nowadays: 12,000 pesos; though our Mexican government decided to create a “new peso” getting rid of three zeroes only to call it again “peso”… LOL).

mikhel
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mikhel
3 years 1 month ago

Come to think about it: Cantú is kinda like Michael Young, a guy whose mother is Mexican but was born in the US and most of his life he spent in both México (Baja California) and the US (also Adrián González, though he spent all his life in México until he attended high school).

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