Today’s edition of Offseason Notes contains the following:
An Announcement re: ZiPS Minor League Translations
What the Announcement Is, Specifically
The announcement regarding ZiPS Minor League Translations (zMLEs), specifically, is that they (i.e. zMLEs) are now available at Baseball Think Factory.
What zMLEs Are
ZiPS MLEs are the translations of minor-league stats to their major-league equivalents used by Dan Szymborski in his ZiPS projections.
Where zMLEs Are
ZiPS MLEs are located here.
A Thing You Need to Know
A think you need to know is that the file to which Szymborski links is an RAR file and you’ll need to unpack it — with WinRAR or some other similar program.
A Hastily Made zMLE Batting Leaderboard
Unnecessary Bold Heading
Below is a hastily made batting leaderboard using zMLEs. Note that I merely estimated wOBA — using (OBP * 1.75 + SLG) / 3 — and, therefore, Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA).
Name Org LV Age AB wOBA* wRAA* P. Goldschmidt ARI AA 23 391 .373 21.0 Taylor Green MIL AAA 24 435 .358 15.9 Bryan LaHair CHN AAA 28 474 .355 15.9 Ryan Lavarnway BOS AAA 23 236 .369 11.3 Devin Mesoraco CIN AAA 23 445 .348 12.2 C-H Chiang BOS AA 23 331 .355 10.9 James Darnell SD AA 24 301 .352 9.7 Brett Lawrie TOR AAA 21 301 .352 9.2 Yonder Alonso CIN AAA 24 366 .346 9.3 Wily Mo Pena ARI AAA 29 247 .355 8.2
The degree to which he’s capable of controlling the strike zone will likely determine the degree to which Pittsbirgh infield prospect Jarek Cunningham is able to succeed at the major-league level. With just four strikeouts (and four walks, too) in his 38 AFL plate appearances, Cunningham has looked sharp. This year at High-A Bradenton, however, the 21-year-old posted a 23.6% strikeout rate, versus only a 4.9% walk rate — almost identical to what he produced in 2010 at Low-A West Virginia. It’s very possible that Cunningham’s development was delayed from missing all of 2009 with an ACL tear. In any event, the power is interesting: Cunningham hit 15 homers this season in just 348 plate appearances while playing in a mostly neutral park.
SCOUT Pitching Leaderboard
Same verse, very similar to the first.
Even though he conceded three homers and seven total runs in just three innings Monday night, Dodger minor-leaguer Stephen Fife, 25, has managed the best SCOUT number so far among AFL starters. Consider, for example, that five of the six batted-balls outs he induced were by ground ball — a ratio consistent with his first two AFL starts. Consider, also, that he’s struck out 12 of the 49 batters he’s faced (i.e. 24.5%). John Sickels notes that the fastball is decent and of the sinking variety, but that the secondary stuff is unspectacular.