Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Here are the top performers of the MPL, per SCOUT (a metric explained below, but which, briefly stated, uses regressed inputs to help make sense of small samples).
Best Hitter (Overall): Barbaro Canizares
A native of Cuba, first baseman Barbaro Canizares defected in February of 2004 and was signed eventually by Atlanta in 2006. He left affiliated baseball after the 2010 season, having accrued 21 major-league plate appearances, and has played in Mexico and with the independent American Association since. While a number of top hitters in the MPL approximated Canizares’ home-run rate this season, his control of the plate (he posted a 42:35 BB:K) is what set him apart.
“Who is Michael Benacka?” is the sort of question a reasonable American might ask. “An undrafted alumnus of Lindenwood University,” appears to be one answer. “A one-time farmhand in the Oakland system,” appears to be another.
As of 2008 — when Baseball America profiled Benacka twice (here and here) over the span of a couple months — Benacka threw an 86-88 mph fastball with a plus change. PITCHf/x data at Brooks Baseball from an unspecified date bears this out: according to said data, Benacka threw the change 18 times out of 44 total pitches thrown and got swinging strikes on five of those (i.e. five of those changeups).
The internet — and specifically Paul Braverman of Blog to Blog Champs — reveals that Toronto signed Benacka to a minor-league deal in December.
Best Pitcher (Starters): Marco Duarte
Originally a member of the Colorado organization, right-hander Marco Duarte was acquired by Boston in 2011 as part of a Rule 5 draft-and-trade situation — if that makes sense. Per Sox Prospects, the 26-year-old throws a fastball at 90-94 mph, a curve, and change. He posted a 35:17 strikeout to walk ratio in 42.0 relief innings between High- and Double-A in 2012. As noted here, however, he was deployed almost exclusively as a starter in the MPL.
Final SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League
Below are the final SCOUT leaderboards for the Mexican Pacific League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with last actual team played for. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)
SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Hitters
Below is the final SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.
SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific League. SCOUT- is calculated using regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.
|Adrian C. Ramirez||MEX||24||40||39.2||168||27.4%||8.3%||71|
SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific League, but only populated with pitchers who’ve made at least half of their appearances as starts.
|Marco Duarte||Red Sox||25||14||13||67.1||301||22.6%||9.3%||87|