Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/21/12
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Three Very Recent Transactions 2. GIFs of Enthusiasm: Yoshi Tateyama’s Screwball 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League Three Very Recent Transactions Tateyama Re-Signs with Texas The Texas Rangers have re-signed right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama to a minor-league contract, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Over two major-league seasons, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Tateyama pitched 61.0 innings, posting this precise line: 23.7% K, 6.6% BB, 37.5% GB, 3.01 SIERA, 88 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR. Also, he throws a screwball ca. 6% of the time last season — an example of which spectacle one can see below. Miami Signs Polanco, Polanco Signs with Miami Did the Miami Marlins sign Placido Polanco to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, or did Polanco consent to sign a deal for that same amount with Miami? One might never know. In either case, however, Polanco will play for the Marlins this season — and will likely do so as that club’s starting third baseman. McGehee Signs with Rakuten, Also Only about a week after Andruw Jones did the same thing, infielder Casey McGehee has signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan — or so pretends Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. Also according to Newman — around whom, again, one must always remain vigilant — McGehee’s deal is for a year and $1.3 million. GIFs of Enthusiasm: Yoshi Tateyama’s Screwball The author is plagiarizing himself when he presents these two GIFs of Yoshi Tateyama’s screwball from late September. First, for a called strike to Yoenis Cespedes: And, second, to induce a swinging third strike from Brandon Moss: SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Australian Baseball League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Australian Baseball League Hitters Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Australian Baseball 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+ Angus Roeger N/A 22 OF 75 3.6% 11.7% 23.4% 124 Chris Snelling N/A 30 OF 48 1.7% 13.4% 16.4% 121 Nathan Melendres Mariners 22 OF 62 2.7% 9.8% 16.5% 121 Carlo Testa Royals 25 OF 98 1.8% 13.6% 18.3% 119 Brad Harman N/A 26 2B 85 2.9% 9.7% 19.4% 118 Mitch Dening IND 23 RF 91 2.2% 8.0% 13.3% 116 Adam Buschini IND 25 2B 75 2.3% 8.7% 16.1% 114 Kohei Shibata NPB 25 OF 53 1.4% 12.2% 16.4% 113 Kody Hightower N/A 26 SS 81 1.9% 9.4% 15.3% 113 Ji-Man Choi Mariners 21 1B 68 1.6% 11.5% 17.0% 113 SCOUT Leaderboard: Australian Baseball League Pitchers Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Australian Baseball 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- Chris Smith IND 23 6 6 33.2 130 33.4% 8.2% 55 Chris Oxspring N/A 35 6 6 44.2 174 25.3% 7.3% 78 Anthony Claggett IND 27 6 6 35.2 149 25.5% 8.0% 80 Matthew Williams N/A 25 11 0 13.0 53 25.5% 8.7% 82 Virgil Vasquez IND 30 6 6 42.1 171 23.9% 8.2% 86 Sean Toler IND 25 10 0 12.1 52 24.3% 8.9% 87 Dustin Loggins IND 21 9 0 9.2 38 24.2% 9.1% 88 Chuck Lofgren IND 26 6 5 29.2 124 23.5% 8.6% 88 Brian Grening IND 27 7 7 46.1 187 21.9% 7.0% 88 Todd Van Steensel N/A 21 7 0 8.1 37 24.2% 9.5% 89
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