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

1. Assorted Headlines
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League
3. Largely Unhelpful Videos: Free Agent Infielder Darwin Perez

Assorted Headlines
Frazier Likely to Become Third-Base Starter for Cincinnati in 2013
Scott Rolen‘s status for the 2013 season is still unclear, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Todd Frazier‘s is less so, it seems. “Right now,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty appears to have declared somewhere in the vicinity of Sheldon, “Frazier would be penciled in as our third baseman next year.” Frazier posted a 120 wRC+ (.316 BABIP) and 2.8 WAR in 465 plate appearances this past season.

McGuiness Named Arizona Fall League MVP
Texas first-base prospect Christopher McGuiness was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, reports MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, who’s the sort to know such a thing. McGuiness finished third (behind Minnesota’s Nate Roberts and New York Yankeeses’ David Adams) on the infallible SCOUT batting leaderboard for the AFL.

Hunter and Smith Sign Minor-League Deals
Recently, in these Notes, the author suggested that Cedric Hunter and Marquez Smith were (for not various reasons that needn’t be repeated here) among the more notable of the 500-plus minor-league free agents available this offseason. The pair, in the meantime, now appear to have signed with Cleveland (link above) and Cincinnati (link), respectively.

SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League
Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Venezuelan Winter League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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+
C.J. Retherford Dodgers 26 3B 143 3.0% 11.7% 12.2% 132
Darwin Perez Angels 22 SS 105 2.3% 18.0% 18.9% 129
Alex Romero MEX 28 OF 132 1.4% 11.7% 6.9% 124
Justin Henry Tigers 27 OF 106 1.3% 14.4% 10.7% 122
Henry Wrigley Rays 25 OF 129 4.1% 7.4% 18.6% 119
Josh Kroeger Braves 29 OF 68 1.8% 14.2% 15.4% 119
Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 136 3.1% 10.0% 17.1% 118
Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 118 3.2% 7.9% 14.6% 118
Luis Valbuena Cubs 26 2B 95 2.0% 13.5% 16.1% 117
Carlos Maldonado Nationals 31 C 112 3.9% 10.7% 23.3% 117

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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+
Darwin Perez Angels 22 SS 105 2.3% 18.0% 18.9% 129
Henry Wrigley Rays 25 OF 129 4.1% 7.4% 18.6% 119
Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 136 3.1% 10.0% 17.1% 118
Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 118 3.2% 7.9% 14.6% 118
Darin Ruf Phillies 25 1B 137 4.4% 11.5% 29.6% 113
Wilmer Flores Mets 20 SS 112 2.2% 9.7% 14.7% 111
Rossmel Perez D-backs 22 C 27 1.8% 10.7% 15.1% 108
Yangervis Solarte Rangers 24 OF 67 1.8% 10.8% 16.2% 107
Scott Van Slyke Dodgers 25 1B 100 3.6% 9.2% 25.5% 105
Marwin Gonzalez Astros 23 SS 22 1.8% 10.9% 17.0% 105

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers (Overall)
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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-
Alex Torres Rays 24 8 8 33.0 145 35.3% 10.0% 55
Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 25.1% 7.8% 77
Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 5 4 21.0 84 24.5% 8.3% 80
Cesar Jimenez Mariners 27 11 0 10.1 40 24.3% 8.8% 81
Juan Rincon Angels 33 13 0 15.2 66 23.3% 8.8% 84
Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 6 6 22.2 99 24.1% 9.9% 85
Marcos Tabata N/A 26 13 0 17.1 66 23.2% 9.1% 85
Danny Farquhar Mariners 25 15 0 15.1 62 23.1% 9.2% 86
Jon Meloan Yankees 27 14 0 15.0 62 21.8% 8.5% 87
Vidal Nuno Yankees 24 9 0 16.0 56 21.8% 8.6% 88

SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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-
Alex Torres Rays 24 8 8 33.0 145 35.3% 10.0% 55
Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 25.1% 7.8% 77
Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 5 4 21.0 84 24.5% 8.3% 80
Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 6 6 22.2 99 24.1% 9.9% 85
Josh Schmidt Marlins 29 6 6 30.0 127 22.1% 9.2% 89
Eric Berger Indians 26 5 5 24.2 102 19.7% 8.2% 92
Donovan Hand Brewers 26 7 7 34.1 148 18.9% 8.1% 94
Victor Garate Brewers 27 7 7 28.0 130 20.4% 9.7% 95
Luis Chirinos IND 22 7 4 26.1 117 18.5% 8.6% 97
Matt Shoemaker Angels 25 7 7 33.2 138 18.1% 8.3% 97

Largely Unhelpful Videos: Free Agent Infielder Darwin Perez
These videos are unlikely to reveal much about minor-league and middle-infielding free agent Darwin Perez, currently among the Venezuelan Winter League’s top batters, according to SCOUT (see above).

Here’s Perez hitting a home run in August for Double-A Arkansas:

And making a diving play at shortstop, also in August:

And here’s an interview with Perez (courtesy MiLB’s Ben Hill), who seems like an entirely amiable sort: