Daily Notes: Top Performers of the Pac-12 This Exact Moment

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

1. Informative Preamble Regarding What the People Want
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Pac-12 Hitters and Pitchers
3. Largely Unhelpful Video: Arizona State’s Trevor Williams

Informative Preamble Regarding What the People Want
“For what are the people clamoring?”: this is the precise question the author poses to himself each morning as he sits down at his finely crafted and foreign-made desk to compose these Notes. Only today, however, has the answer to that question revealed itself so immediately and so in red-colored Rockwell Extra Bold font, as follows:

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Indeed, the thing for which the people are clamoring is truly a record of the top performers of Pac-12 baseball. Nor are the people misguided in their desires. For one thing, five Pac-12 teams — Oregon State (No. 3), UCLA (No. 11), Arizona State (No. 14), Oregon (No. 16), and Arizona (No. 20) — occupy spots in Baseball America’s most recent iteration of its top-25 college rankings. (And a sixth team, Stanford, is littered with possible first-round major-league picks.) For two, the author — along with a not insignificant portion of Team FanGraphs — is currently situated in Phoenix, Arizona, and will likely be making Arizona State’s Friday night game against Washington State his business.

In consideration of these considerations, the author has sought to abide by the wishes of the people and has provided (below) leaderboards which reveal the top performers of the Pac-12 at this exact moment.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Pac-12 Hitters and Pitchers
SCOUT Leaderboard: Pac-12 Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Pac-12. 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 Pac-12 hitters) and above 100 is above average. xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.


Player Team PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Danny Hayes OSU 56 1.2% 13.0% 14.1% 118
Michael Conforto OSU 73 2.1% 12.2% 19.0% 117
Zach Gibbons ARIZ 58 0.8% 11.9% 11.9% 115
Max Gordon OSU 38 0.9% 11.8% 13.4% 112
Brandon Dixon ARIZ 86 1.7% 8.2% 12.9% 112
Trever Allen ASU 53 2.2% 9.2% 17.1% 112
Yale Rosen WSU 65 2.5% 7.1% 15.8% 112
Johnny Field ARIZ 88 1.1% 9.1% 10.7% 111
Michael Theofanopoulos CAL 21 1.3% 10.6% 14.6% 111
Justin Ringo STAN 46 1.2% 10.5% 13.9% 111

SCOUT Leaderboard: Pac-12 Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT leaderboard for the Pac-12. 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 Pac-12 pitchers) and below 100 is better than average. xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.


Player Team G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Mark Appel STAN 4 4 30.0 112 33.5% 7.9% 44
Mathew Troupe ARIZ 9 0 12.2 47 27.8% 8.6% 68
Austin Voth WASH 5 4 24.2 111 27.7% 8.5% 68
David Berg UCLA 11 0 16.0 62 27.3% 8.3% 69
Ryan Burr ASU 5 0 12.0 40 24.1% 8.5% 81
Trevor Williams ASU 4 4 30.0 107 22.8% 7.6% 83
Nigel Nootbaar USC 7 1 14.0 60 23.5% 8.7% 84
Jake Reed ORE 4 4 23.2 100 23.1% 8.3% 84
Jimmie Sherfy ORE 11 0 11.1 50 23.5% 8.9% 85
Matt Boyd OSU 4 4 27.0 107 22.2% 7.8% 86

Notes
• Oregon State senior Danny Hayes had posted a 13:6 walk-to-strikeout and one home run as of Wednesday in what appears to be 56 plate appearances. Hayes, who plays mostly first base, does not appear to be anything like a top draft prospect. Regardless, he’s controlled the strike zone excellently.

• Last year’s eighth-overall draft pick (by Pittsburgh), Stanford senior right-hander Mark Appel, has surpassed his 2012 strikeout-to-walk ratio (130:30) so far through four starts so far this season, having posted a 43:6 mark in four starts during a tough non-conference schedule.

• After posting rather a modest 59 strikeouts in 109.2 innings last year (4.8 K/9), Arizona State junior Trevor Williams has had considerably more success in that area through his first four starts of 2013, recording a 26:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30.0 innings (for a considerably higher 7.8 K/9). A search of the World Wide Web for Williams’ fastball velocity proved fruitless.

Largely Unhelpful Video: Arizona State’s Trevor Williams
Here’s video of Arizona State right-hander Trevor Williams’ (a) rather effortful delivery and (b) cat-like reflexes:



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Choo
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3 years 2 months ago

Go Cougs!

King of the Byelorussian Square Dancers
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If you’re in Arizona how is that you are writing on your Ikea desk?

That quibble aside, another thumbs up!!! (Like, up in the air, approvingly, with a smile and not up in Dayn, gruntingly, with a shout, back when you were (but, for avoidance of doubt are not anymore, Dayn’s favorite catamite.

rustyspatula
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rustyspatula
3 years 2 months ago

I’m surprised at how low the xHR% rates are in the Pac-12 — especially since the college game uses aluminum bats… is this lack of home-run power due to conditions in the league this year (i.e. this set of players), conditions in the Pac-12 (i.e. uh… ballpark factors, I guess?), or conditions in college baseball in general?

Damon Selman
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Damon Selman
3 years 2 months ago

College baseball started using the BBCOR standard of bats, which toned down the power a lot. They perform like wood bats. The previous aluminum bats were getting to dangerous (say comebackers to the mound). Nowadays, home run are unusually rare in college baseball, plus west coast baseball is extremely small-ball oriented. For example at Oregon, George Horton will have his clean-up hitter bunt. Think the opposite of the “Moneyball” strategy (according to Michael Lewis).

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
3 years 2 months ago

I would say its like that all over college ball. I attended Ole Miss vs Arkansas and both teams basically bunted themselves out of innings. Which meant a 4 hour ordeal in cold rain for me. Ole Miss bunted with runners on second and first with their DH at bat. Absolutely stupid.

Also, the Missouri State Bears coach did the same thing having Tate Matheny bunt with a runner on first and 1 outl. Tate is their lead off CF with good speed and contact ability.

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
3 years 2 months ago

Same thing as in, a stupid situation to bunt in.

DRock
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DRock
3 years 2 months ago

From http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2013/3/8/4009086/2013-mlb-draft-profile-trevor-williams-rhp-arizona-state on Trevor Williams.

” A fastball in the low-to-mid 90s that he locates as well as any pitcher in this draft class.”

Telly
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Telly
3 years 2 months ago

So the x rates are their expected rates for the rest of the college year, or in the future as pros?

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