Daily Notes: Top Performers of the Dominican Winter League

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

1. Top Performers of the Dominican Winter League
2. Totally Irrelevant Video: Rey Ordonez, Superstar Defender
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League

Top Performers of the Dominican Winter League
The playoffs for the Dominican Winter League (DWL) have begun — and, as such, the regular-season stats for the players in said League are final.

Here are the top performers of the DWL, per SCOUT (a metric explained below, but which, briefly stated, uses regressed inputs to help make sense of small samples).

Best Hitter (Overall): Hector Luna
Hector Luna, who turns 33 in February, isn’t a player about whom one is compelled to think very often — although, to his credit, he’s been slightly better than replacement level in 800-plus major-league plate appearances with five teams since 2004. Also to his credit, he was excellent in the DWL, posting a 29:30 walk-to-strikeout ratio while hitting seven home runs in ca. 200 plate appearances.

Best Hitter (Prospects): Nelson Perez
A Cubs prospect signed out of the Dominican Republic about six years ago now, it appears, Nelson Perez has struck out more than four times as often as he’s walked in 2,000-plus minor-league plate appearances. By that measure, the now 25-year-old’s DWL has been a success: Perez posted a 29:28 walk-to-strikeout ratio this winter in 113 plate appearances. Credit to St. Louis outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, too, who’s four years younger than Perez and finished third overall among prospect-age hitters.

Best Pitcher (Overall): Erick Abreu
Originally a member of the Yankees organization, Erick Abreu has pitched in the Astros minor leagues since 2008. Also, he’s apparently nicknamed “Tortuga,” which is Spanish for “turtle.” In the DWL, he threw 31.2 innings over 21 appearances, recording 28 strikeouts against just eight walks. Per Baseball America, the 29-year-old right-hander is currently a free agent.

Best Pitcher (Starters): Kyler Newby
Originally taken by Arizona as a draft-and-follow in 2004, Kyler Newby has pitched in the minors since then, striking out 10.1 batters every nine innings over that span — although, largely in relief and hardly ever at Triple-A. In this case, all seven of Newby’s DWL appearances were made in a starting capacity, over which seven starts he posted a 37:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31.0 innings. According to Orioles Nation, Newby throws mostly a fastball (at 87-90 mph) and slider (at 79-81 mph). He was signed by Oakland this offseason.

Totally Irrelevant Video: Rey Ordonez, Superstar Defender
Here’s video of former Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez — across which the author came while actually looking for footage of Hector Luna — video of Ordonez from 1999, during which season he was worth ca. 30 runs above average defensively :

And here’s a GIF of that play’s most relevant sequence — for use at parties or whatever:

Ordonez

SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League
Below are the final (!) SCOUT leaderboards for the Dominican Winter League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with last team played for. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Hitters
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+
Hector Luna Phillies 32 3B 204 2.9% 14.2% 14.7% 136
Mauro Gomez Red Sox 27 1B 212 3.2% 14.2% 20.8% 127
Nelson Perez Cubs 24 RF 113 2.5% 18.6% 23.4% 127
Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 111 2.2% 13.2% 14.9% 123
Ricardo Nanita Blue Jays 31 RF 135 1.3% 12.1% 9.2% 121
Donell Linares MEX 28 3B 102 2.2% 8.1% 8.8% 121
Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 RF 166 2.5% 8.6% 12.7% 118
Miguel Tejada Orioles 38 2B 150 2.3% 6.9% 8.7% 118
Todd Linden Giants 32 1B 108 3.5% 13.4% 26.0% 118
Moises Sierra Blue Jays 23 OF 176 2.8% 10.6% 18.2% 116

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 25 or under — i.e. something more like “prospect” age relative to the league.

Player Team Age Pos PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Nelson Perez Cubs 24 RF 113 2.5% 18.6% 23.4% 127
Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 111 2.2% 13.2% 14.9% 123
Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 RF 166 2.5% 8.6% 12.7% 118
Moises Sierra Blue Jays 23 OF 176 2.8% 10.6% 18.2% 116
Wilin Rosario Rockies 23 C 40 2.6% 11.1% 18.0% 116
Yan Gomes Blue Jays 24 3B 64 2.8% 8.9% 19.6% 109
Juan Francisco Braves 25 3B 139 4.0% 8.9% 26.7% 109
Arismendy Alcantara Cubs 20 SS 16 2.1% 10.7% 18.3% 108
Kole Calhoun Angels 24 LF 83 2.3% 11.0% 20.5% 108
Miguel Sano Twins 19 3B 57 2.8% 10.8% 23.1% 108

SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Pitchers
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-
Erick Abreu Astros 28 21 0 31.2 119 29.2% 8.7% 69
Kyler Newby Orioles 27 7 7 31.0 128 27.4% 9.1% 75
Tony Pena Jr. Red Sox 31 19 0 23.2 94 27.0% 8.9% 76
Samuel Deduno Twins 28 6 5 25.2 105 26.9% 10.0% 79
Johan Yan Rangers 27 21 0 17.2 73 25.6% 9.1% 80
Jose De Paula Padres 22 14 7 40.0 169 24.9% 8.4% 80
Dustin Richardson IND 28 18 2 21.0 84 24.8% 8.7% 81
Kelvin De La Cruz Tigers 23 11 1 15.1 68 24.1% 9.2% 85
Fabio Castro Athletics 27 12 10 41.2 182 23.1% 8.9% 87
Juan Cruz Pirates 33 3 0 6.2 24 23.0% 9.2% 88

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 7 7 31.0 128 27.4% 9.1% 75
Samuel Deduno Twins 28 6 5 25.2 105 26.9% 10.0% 79
Jose De Paula Padres 22 14 7 40.0 169 24.9% 8.4% 80
Fabio Castro Athletics 27 12 10 41.2 182 23.1% 8.9% 87
Danny Salazar Indians 22 5 3 14.0 58 22.7% 9.0% 88
Esmil Rogers Indians 26 3 3 13.0 53 22.0% 8.9% 90
Josh Outman Rockies 27 6 6 25.2 111 22.2% 9.4% 90
Aneury Rodriguez Astros 24 8 8 32.0 135 21.2% 8.4% 91
Randall Delgado Braves 22 7 6 26.2 115 21.7% 9.1% 91
Stolmy Pimentel Red Sox 22 8 6 23.0 101 21.4% 8.8% 91



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8 Responses to “Daily Notes: Top Performers of the Dominican Winter League”

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  1. James R says:

    Esmil Rogers is now part of the Toronto organization.

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    • Johnhavok says:

      And Yan Gomes is now in Cleveland, being that he was in the trade that brought Rogers to Toronto.

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    • rusty says:

      I think the leaderboards are usually “last organization played for” rather than “current roster on”. Given that clarification, I think both the leaderboard and your comment are correct.

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  2. jeromesdome says:

    I love the random clip of Ordonez. The guy behind him is so nonchalant that it almost looks more like fielding practice 2.5 hours before the game. “Hey 2B, here come some grounders…” SNOOCH! – Ordonez steals them all!

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  3. Saxon says:

    Love that gif of Ordonez but you know that second baseman is like:

    “Uh…Rey, WTF? You do know that’s Mike Lieberthal jogging down to first, right?”

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  4. Stolmy Pimentel says:

    Dear Mr. Cistulli:

    Did Joel Hanrahan fail his physical or something?

    Sincerely,
    Perplexed in Pittsburgh

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  5. Big Jgke says:

    Yan Gomes. Still not a Blue Jay.

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  6. Someanalyst says:

    Pimentel also changed teams.

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