Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/31/12
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. White-Hot News: Vazquez Would Consider Joining Contender 2. Apropos of Little: Biggio and Vaughn at Seton Hall 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League White-Hot News: Vazquez Would Consider Joining Contender As noted recently in these pages, right-hander Javier Vazquez has proven to be among the most effective pitchers in the Puerto Rican League this winter since joining said league at the beginning of December. Noted even more recently — by Ralph Pagán Archeval in the pages of ESPN Deportes — is how Vazquez would consider returning to the majors. Said Vazquez (and translated Nick Colias): “Winning the World Series, quite simply, is the only thing (I’m interested in)… If I decide (to play), it doesn’t matter for what team, as long as they have a good possibility to get to the championship.” For a rough sketch of what teams might have a “good possibility” of getting to the championship, consider, by clicking on this hyperlinked text, a previous post in which the author translated very early World Series odds into projections. Apropos of Little: Biggio and Vaughn at Seton Hall It came as a surprise to the author, this weekend, to learn while browsing the entire internet that Craig Biggio and Mo Vaughn — and also infielder John Valentin, one finds — were all teammates at Seton Hall together in 1987. More notably, perhaps, is that none of those three — which triumvirate accounted for ca. 135 WAR at the major-league level — were the Seton Hall player who, that season, was named Collegiate Player of the Year. That distinction belonged to first baseman Marteese Robinson, who hit .529 for the Pirates that season while stealing bases on 58 of 65 attempts and shared the aforementioned award with Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura. Robinson’s professional career was less successful. He played for four years in the minor leagues with Oakland, slashing .266/.315/.369 in ca. 1600 plate appearances, before leaving baseball. As of 2010, he was a scout in the Blue Jays organization. Also, here’s his photograph: And here’s his photograph with the Crystalize effect applied to it: SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Venezuelan Winter League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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+ Luis Jimenez Mariners 30 DH 209 3.7% 18.7% 13.9% 153 Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 211 6.0% 7.6% 14.2% 147 Carlos Maldonado Nationals 31 C 207 4.7% 14.0% 21.7% 135 Luis Valbuena Cubs 26 2B 213 2.6% 16.0% 15.5% 129 Chris Nowak IND 29 3B 137 3.2% 13.0% 15.5% 127 C.J. Retherford Dodgers 26 3B 263 2.9% 11.4% 12.9% 124 Jose Lopez White Sox 28 2B 188 2.5% 12.6% 12.2% 123 Salvador Perez Royals 22 C 141 3.8% 7.3% 12.4% 123 Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 232 3.8% 11.6% 19.0% 123 Justin Henry Tigers 27 OF 106 1.4% 14.4% 10.4% 120 SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters (Prospects) Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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+ Evan Gattis Braves 25 C 211 6.0% 7.6% 14.2% 147 Salvador Perez Royals 22 C 141 3.8% 7.3% 12.4% 123 Carlos Rivero Nationals 24 3B 232 3.8% 11.6% 19.0% 123 Darwin Perez Angels 22 SS 179 2.2% 19.5% 24.6% 116 Ezequiel Carrera Indians 25 CF 129 1.9% 11.8% 13.1% 113 Darin Ruf Phillies 25 1B 137 4.5% 11.5% 29.5% 110 Dave Sappelt Cubs 25 CF 124 2.9% 7.6% 14.3% 110 Yangervis Solarte Rangers 24 OF 191 1.5% 9.9% 9.4% 109 Jairo Perez Twins 24 3B 119 2.6% 6.8% 12.2% 108 Rossmel Perez Diamondbacks 22 C 27 2.0% 10.6% 14.2% 108 SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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- Alex Torres Rays 24 14 14 60.1 264 32.5% 9.6% 60 Enrique Gonzalez NPB 29 27   27.2 108 27.4% 8.0% 69 Deolis Guerra Twins 23 20   26.0 107 25.4% 8.2% 75 Danny Farquhar Mariners 25 21   24.0 98 25.8% 8.5% 75 Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 12 10 53.2 226 25.3% 8.1% 75 Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 24.8% 7.7% 75 Anthony Ortega N/A 26 29   31.1 135 25.0% 9.0% 78 Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 7 7 27.2 120 24.7% 9.6% 80 Ryan Reid Rays 27 21   22.0 94 23.5% 8.8% 81 Cesar Jimenez Mariners 27 23   21.0 95 23.4% 8.7% 81 SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers (Starters) Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan 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- Alex Torres Rays 24 14 14 60.1 264 32.5% 9.6% 60 Austin Bibens-Dirkx Nationals 27 12 10 53.2 226 25.3% 8.1% 75 Seth Etherton N/A 35 6 6 27.1 112 24.8% 7.7% 75 Jarrett Grube Mariners 30 7 7 27.2 120 24.7% 9.6% 80 Josh Schmidt Marlins 29 11 11 59.2 249 22.9% 8.8% 83 Paolo Espino Indians 25 7 7 30.2 132 20.0% 8.0% 88 Eric Berger Indians 26 9 9 45.0 191 19.9% 7.9% 88 Sergio Perez Astros 27 14 14 72.0 302 19.5% 7.9% 89 Donovan Hand Brewers 26 7 7 34.1 148 18.9% 8.1% 91 Thad Weber Tigers 27 5 5 23.1 106 18.8% 8.4% 92
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