This edition of Offseason Notes has the good face. It’s a fact!
SCOUT Batting Leaderboard
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. (Click here for more on SCOUT, the metric that’s “sweeping” the “nation.”)
Nate Tenbrink, N/A to 9th. Tenbrink is, according to the Good Guys Sports Blog, “pretty similar to Alex Liddi in skills, but minus the Italian-ness” — which, that’s no fun. He’s in the Mariner organization.
SCOUT Pitching Leaderboard
Same verse, very similar to the first.
• Mike McClendon, N/A to 9th. McLendon, property of the Milwaukee Beer Makers, actually pitched for the parent club this season. Voila: 21.0 IP, 9.00 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, 46.4% GB, 3.38 xFIP. He’s most notable for featuring a quick pitch, an example of which you can see in the video below. (It’s the second pitch he throws.)
• Travis Banwart, N/A to 10th. An Oakland farmhand, Banwart is notable for being only one of four pitchers on the leaderboard to have pitched predominantly as a starter this fall. On the other hand, Prospect Maven Bryan Smith has written in these very pages that Banwart doesn’t so much profile a Major League pitcher.
Another Country Heard From, Literally (Dominican League)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Dominican Winter League.
• Matt Mcbridelikes his work behind the plate, so it’s possible he’s more catcher than DH. Also, he’s always posted K rates on the right side of 20% in the minors.
• Peter Bourjos ranks 33rd out of 41 batters by SCOUT. Of course, his real tool — i.e. defensive range — isn’t accounted for here, at all.
• Carlos Gomez ranks 40th out of 41 batters. The same disclaimer for Bourjos applies to Gomez, although 12 K in 45 PA in Dominican League isn’t encouraging.
Same as above, but for pitchers.
• Fabio Castro is (a) very clearly having a great fall and (b) a tiny little guy, just 5-7 and 183 by his player page. Per John Sickels, his fastball doesn’t much approach 90 mph.
• Yunesky Maya throws an aesthetically pleasing slider. That’s not, of course, to say that it’s effective.
• Charlie Morton last season: 79.2 IP, 7.57 ERA, 4.26 xFIP.
Projections: ZiPS for Oakland
Beloved Pole Dan Szymborski has published his ZiPS projections for Oakland. Here are some of the notable ones (all numbers assume major league competition):
• Daric Barton, 25, 1B: .258/.369/.400, 108 OPS+. He’s their best hitter — relative to position, at least.
• Michael Taylor, 25, RF: .256/.319/.395, 92 OPS+. Both Szymborski and his computer are worried about Taylor’s contact skills.
• Brett Anderson, 23, LHP: 23 G, 23 GS, 126.7 IP, 12 HR, 33 K, 101 K, 4.12 ERA, 100 ERA+.
• Dallas Braden, 27 , LHP: 29 G, 26 GS, 165.0 IP, 17 HR, 43 K, 103 K, 4.09 ERA, 101 ERA+. This one’s a little weird, as it looks not as good — the components, that is — they look not as good as Anderson’s.
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