Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. People Who Could Be or Definitely Are Monsters: Marcell Ozuna 2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League 3. Video Footage: Marcell Ozuna, Wreaking Considerable Havoc People Who Could Be or Definitely Are Monsters: Marcell Ozuna It has long been the concern of the author — in particular, within these Notes that are published Daily — it has long been the concern of this author to identify for the Betterment of Society those baseball players who either (a) could be or (b) definitely are monsters. As certain Japanese films — and their more expensive, less charming American remakes — have demonstrated, monsters are a threat to our urban centers and non-native English speakers who have some difficulty with the alveolar lateral approximant. We must, it goes without saying, guard ourselves against them perpetually. It’s with a view to that very important end that the author calls attention right now to Miami Marlins outfield prospect Marcell Ozuna. Owing to reports of Ozuna’s raw and in-game power, to his home-run record in the minor leagues (27 per every 650 PA in his age 17-21 seasons), and to his league-leading offensive performance in the Dominican right now — owing to all these things, it’s clear that Marcell Ozuna either (a) could be or (b) definitely is the sort of monster that we’re all, all of us, worried about. As either George S. Patton said, or perhaps noted poetess Emily Dickinson: “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.” SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League Below are the SCOUT leaderboards for the Dominican Winter League, current through Monday. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Hitters (Overall) Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Dominican Winter 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+ Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 OF 90 4.1% 8.7% 20.3% 120 Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 52 2.4% 12.0% 15.2% 119 Felix Pie Braves 27 OF 91 2.1% 13.2% 16.2% 117 Hector Luna Phillies 32 3B 81 2.5% 10.2% 16.1% 113 Donell Linares MEX 28 3B 26 2.6% 9.3% 15.8% 112 Jean Segura Brewers 22 SS 83 2.2% 9.6% 14.5% 110 Carlos Peguero Mariners 25 OF 34 2.8% 10.9% 20.8% 110 Miguel Sano Twins 19 3B 28 2.6% 10.7% 18.9% 110 Mike Olt Rangers 23 3B 45 2.1% 12.4% 18.7% 110 Diory Hernandez Cubs 28 SS 80 1.9% 11.2% 15.6% 110 SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Hitters (Prospects) Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Dominican Winter 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+ Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 OF 90 4.1% 8.7% 20.3% 120 Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 52 2.4% 12.0% 15.2% 119 Jean Segura Brewers 22 SS 83 2.2% 9.6% 14.5% 110 Carlos Peguero Mariners 25 OF 34 2.8% 10.9% 20.8% 110 Miguel Sano Twins 19 3B 28 2.6% 10.7% 18.9% 110 Mike Olt Rangers 23 3B 45 2.1% 12.4% 18.7% 110 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 OF 67 2.6% 8.8% 16.6% 109 Nelson Perez Cubs 24 OF 44 2.4% 11.4% 19.5% 109 Yan Gomes Blue Jays 24 OF 64 3.0% 9.0% 19.6% 108 Starling Marte Pirates 23 OF 49 2.4% 10.7% 19.5% 107 SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Pitchers (Overall) Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Dominican Winter 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- Kyler Newby Orioles 27 3 3 14.0 52 24.3% 8.7% 83 Erick Abreu Astros 28 8 0 13.2 48 24.2% 8.5% 83 Kelvin De La Cruz Tigers 23 5 1 9.1 36 24.3% 9.3% 85 Johan Yan Rangers 27 9 0 6.2 27 24.2% 9.3% 85 Jose Diaz Pirates 28 11 0 10.2 40 22.5% 8.9% 88 Fabio Castro Athletics 27 5 4 18.0 76 22.0% 8.8% 90 Dustin Richardson IND 28 8 0 6.2 26 22.3% 9.3% 90 Danny Salazar Indians 22 4 2 10.0 43 22.1% 9.2% 90 Francisco Rondon Yankees 24 7 0 4.1 20 22.3% 9.6% 91 Winston Abreu MEX 35 8 0 4.2 18 22.0% 9.4% 92 SCOUT Leaderboard: Dominican Winter League Pitchers (Starters) Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Dominican Winter 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- Kyler Newby Orioles 27 3 3 14.0 52 24.3% 8.7% 83 Fabio Castro Athletics 27 5 4 18.0 76 22.0% 8.8% 90 Danny Salazar Indians 22 4 2 10.0 43 22.1% 9.2% 90 Horacio Ramirez Cubs 32 4 4 14.2 62 21.1% 8.7% 92 Raul Valdes Phillies 34 2 2 6.0 22 21.4% 9.0% 92 Bartolo Colon Athletics 39 2 2 9.1 37 20.8% 8.7% 93 Randall Delgado Braves 22 2 1 7.2 31 21.0% 9.2% 94 Bruce Billings Athletics 26 6 6 21.0 95 20.9% 9.2% 94 Lorenzo Barcelo MEX 24 5 5 25.1 105 19.6% 8.1% 94 Steven Wright Red Sox 27 1 1 6.0 24 20.5% 9.1% 95 Video Footage: Marcell Ozuna, Wreaking Considerable Havoc Here’s video of Marlins outfield prospect Marcell Ozuna set (predictably!) to a song by the Blue Oyster Cult:
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