Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Even More Javier Vazquez Baseball Coverage, Crazy! 2. Action GIF: Javier Vazquez’s Curveball 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League Even More Javier Vazquez Baseball Coverage, Crazy! Since last week’s update of the Puerto Rican League leaderboards, former major-league pitcher and potentially-again major-league pitcher Javier Vazquez has made another start (his fifth) for the Leones of Ponce — in which start Vazquez posted the following line (box): 6.0 IP, 25 TBF 7 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 4:6 GO:AO. The performance further increased the right-hander’s lead over the league’s other starting pitchers, per the regressed pitching metric SCOUT- (below). According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Boston Red Sox will be actively scouting Vazquez’s next start, this Friday — for Caguas, actually — as part of the League’s playoff system. Also per Bradford, Vazquez has been throwing at 92-93 mph in workouts of late, which is consistent with — if not slightly harder than — the velocity at which he was sitting in his most recent major-league season. Action GIF: Javier Vazquez’s Curveball Here’s Javier Vazquez striking out Nick Evans on a curveball on August 30th of 2011 (box): And here’s that same pitch in slow motion, from a straight-on center-field camera: SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican Baseball League Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Puerto Rican League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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+ Pedro Valdes N/A 39 1B 146 1.5% 17.4% 11.2% 139 Carlos Rivera MEX 34 1B 138 3.2% 11.3% 14.8% 134 Andy Gonzalez Brewers 30 SS 161 2.4% 14.8% 18.6% 127 Johnny Monell Giants 26 C 121 3.3% 11.6% 20.9% 123 Luis Matos MEX 33 OF 124 1.3% 11.4% 10.6% 119 Angel Sanchez Astros 28 SS 133 1.6% 10.5% 11.4% 118 Ruben Gotay Braves 29 2B 156 0.8% 13.0% 10.9% 117 Irving Falu Royals 29 2B 156 1.1% 9.0% 7.1% 117 Jesus Feliciano Rays 33 OF 168 0.7% 9.4% 5.4% 117 Jeff Dominguez Marlins 25 3B 126 1.6% 14.3% 18.3% 116 SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Hitters (Prospects) Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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+ Jeff Dominguez Marlins 25 3B 126 1.6% 14.3% 18.3% 116 Jaime Ortiz Marlins 23 1B 52 2.4% 9.7% 16.9% 114 Enrique Hernandez Astros 20 2B 158 1.4% 7.4% 10.8% 109 Ivan De Jesus Red Sox 25 2B 156 1.8% 8.5% 14.7% 108 Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 1.9% 10.0% 17.8% 108 Michael Perez D-backs 19 C 15 2.2% 9.3% 19.5% 106 Anthony Garcia Cardinals 20 CF 118 2.0% 10.7% 20.6% 105 Roberto Perez Indians 23 C 70 1.3% 11.3% 17.3% 105 Juan Centeno Mets 22 C 101 1.4% 9.0% 14.8% 105 Christian Colon Royals 23 SS 166 1.1% 8.0% 11.4% 105 SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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- Jose De La Torre Red Sox 26 19 0 24.1 93 26.8% 7.9% 74 Javier Vazquez N/A 35 5 5 23.0 98 26.2% 8.2% 76 Jason Urquidez Red Sox 29 18 0 25.1 104 24.1% 7.6% 80 Julio Rodriguez Phillies 21 10 3 27.0 114 24.3% 9.0% 84 Scott Kazmir N/A 28 5 5 22.2 103 23.7% 8.5% 84 Ricardo Gomez IND 34 16 0 17.2 71 24.2% 9.0% 84 Randy Fontanez Mets 23 12 0 25.0 98 22.2% 7.5% 85 Rob Bryson Indians 24 15 0 15.1 57 23.8% 9.0% 85 Tyrelle Harris Cubs 25 5 2 12.2 51 23.2% 8.6% 85 Giovanni Soto Indians 21 11 0 15.1 57 23.8% 9.2% 86 SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers (Starters) Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Puerto Rican 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- Javier Vazquez N/A 35 5 5 23.0 98 26.2% 8.2% 76 Scott Kazmir N/A 28 5 5 22.2 103 23.7% 8.5% 84 Kelvin Villa IND 26 9 8 43.0 189 21.7% 7.9% 88 Shoki Kasahara NPB 21 7 7 31.0 137 21.6% 8.0% 88 Derek Blacksher IND 27 2 2 10.0 39 21.3% 8.0% 89 Tomas Santiago N/A 30 10 6 43.2 180 22.3% 9.1% 89 Dennis Suarez IND 28 12 6 35.2 150 22.7% 9.6% 89 Josh Romanski Yankees 25 7 7 35.0 144 20.1% 7.8% 92 Mark Cohoon Mets 24 7 7 31.1 140 18.5% 7.2% 94 Shinya Kayama NPB 22 7 7 37.1 168 20.2% 8.9% 95
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