Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/13/12
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. GIF Explosion: Three of Trevor Bauer’s “Reverse Sliders” 2. Information: Top Mexican Pacific League Reliever, Mike Benacka 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League GIF Explosion: Three of Trevor Bauer’s “Reverse Sliders” Right-hander Trevor Bauer was traded from Arizona to Cleveland on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal that sent, among others, Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds and Drew Stubbs to the Indians. Among his repertoire is an excellent curveball — notable examples of which pitch the author examined yesterday in these pages. Also among Bauer’s repertoire is something known as a “reverse slider” — a pitch not entirely dissimilar to a changeup, except also different than a changeup. Below are three notable examples of that pitch (probably) from his (i.e. Bauer’s) first four major-league starts — where “notable” is determined by a combination of (a) result, (b) movement, (c) strength of opponent, (d) camera angle, and (e) the author’s infallible aesthetic judgment. All three of these pitches feature a velocity between 84.9 and 85.9 mph. They also feature armside run in the 3-to-5 inch range. 3. Against Bobby Abreu, July 8th 2. Against Everth Cabrera, July 3rd 1. Against Michael Bourn, June 28th Information: Top Mexican Pacific League Reliever, Mike Benacka Right-handed reliever Michael Benacka, who turned 30 in August, has posted the most impressive per-inning regressed line among all Mexican Pacific League (MPL) pitchers this fall, having recorded a 48:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just 31.2 innings. The walk totals, of course, merit concern; however, strikeout rates tend to become reliable in smaller samples and Benacka’s regressed 34.5% strikeout rate is the best in the MPL by about seven percentage points. “Who is Michael Benacka?” is the sort of question a reasonable American might ask. “An undrafted alumnus of Lindenwood University,” appears to be one answer. “A one-time farmhand in the Oakland system,” appears to be another. As of 2008 — when Baseball America profiled Benacka twice (here and here) over the span of a couple months — Benacka threw an 86-88 mph fastball with a plus change. PITCHf/x data at Brooks Baseball from an unspecified date bears this out: according to said data, Benacka threw the change 18 times out of 44 total pitches thrown and got swinging strikes on five of those (i.e. five of those changeups). SCOUT Leaderboards: Mexican Pacific League Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Mexican Pacific League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Hitters Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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+ Barbaro Canizares MEX 32 1B 215 5.8% 16.7% 11.6% 170 Jesse Gutierrez IND 34 1B 215 6.2% 6.5% 12.1% 142 Saul Soto MEX 33 C 202 4.6% 17.3% 22.3% 136 Chris Colabello Twins 28 1B 198 5.7% 11.1% 20.2% 134 Cory Aldridge MEX 33 OF 217 6.5% 15.2% 31.3% 134 Ramiro Pena NYA 26 SS 185 2.8% 16.2% 12.4% 130 Marlon Byrd N/A 34 CF 200 6.0% 10.5% 23.0% 130 Jose Amador MEX 32 2B 155 3.8% 11.6% 12.3% 128 Jesse Castillo MEX 29 3B 189 3.1% 11.5% 9.0% 127 Jorge Cantu Angels 30 1B 164 5.3% 11.7% 23.2% 126 SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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- Michael Benacka IND 29 27 0 31.2 129 34.5% 10.5% 58 Esmailin Caridad Cubs 28 29 1 33.0 140 27.2% 8.7% 73 Adrian Ramirez MEX 24 29 0 27.2 115 26.8% 8.7% 74 Rafael Diaz MEX 41 18 5 37.1 165 26.0% 8.8% 76 Esteban Haro MEX 26 19 0 25.1 104 25.4% 8.9% 78 Hassan Pena Nationals 27 22 0 21.1 90 24.3% 8.9% 81 Edwin Salas MEX 20 10 3 25.2 96 23.7% 8.5% 82 Mario Mendoza MEX 33 30 0 26.0 104 24.1% 9.1% 82 Marco Duarte Red Sox 25 11 10 49.2 225 24.0% 9.2% 83 Ryan Brasier Angels 24 24 0 25.2 103 23.6% 8.9% 83 SCOUT Leaderboard: Mexican Pacific League Pitchers (Starters) Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Mexican Pacific 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- Marco Duarte Red Sox 25 11 10 49.2 225 24.0% 9.2% 83 Nick Additon Cardinals 24 10 10 53.0 229 21.4% 9.2% 90 Rolando Valdez MEX 26 11 11 56.1 250 19.2% 8.1% 93 Javier Martinez MEX 29 10 10 55.1 245 21.2% 10.2% 93 Irwin Delgado MEX 23 10 9 41.2 185 20.6% 9.9% 94 Juan Delgadillo MEX 29 10 10 62.0 260 18.8% 8.5% 95 Arturo Lopez MEX 29 10 10 55.1 246 19.1% 8.9% 95 Edgar Osuna N/A 24 9 9 44.2 193 19.2% 9.0% 95 Bobby Cramer MEX 2012 7 7 35.0 155 19.4% 9.3% 96 Amauri Sanit MEX 32 10 10 57.2 226 19.1% 9.0% 96
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