Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Assorted Headlines 2. Windy Footage of Hitter Chris Nowak 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League Assorted Headlines Every Team Buying Players from Independent American Association Six players from the independent American Association have been sold to major-league clubs over the last five days, reports the league’s official site. Right-handed reliever James Hoyt, who recently turned 26, is the latest to enter affiliated ball, signing a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Per Baseball Reference, Hoyt has posted a 104:46 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 78.1 innings with unaffiliated teams over the last two seasons. Hoyt was ranked ninth among all independent league prospects by Baseball America last month. Nowak Is the Living God of Magallanes, Maybe Chris Nowak, a 29-year-old corner-type who led the Atlantic League in overall regressed hitting by a pretty substantial margin, has become a deity in the Venezuelan Winter League, this game report in Spanish maybe says. Horrible Things Always Happening in Dallas For whatever reason, the author receives not only baseballing news as part of his Rangers RSS feed from the Dallas Morning News, but also every other article printed by that esteemed publication. What one realizes almost immediately is that horrible things are almost always happening in Dallas. Like, for example, it appears as though a man riding with his wife in some manner of shuttle bus yesterday had his arm severed off at the elbow after said shuttle bus was rear-ended and cascaded off the highway. This sort of things occurs with alarming frequency in and around the Dallas Metro area. Windy Footage of Hitter Chris Nowak Here’s some windy footage of hitter Chris Nowak, who played in the Atlantic League last year and is maybe a divinity of some sort in Venezuela: SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican 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 (Overall) 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+ Andy Gonzalez Brewers 30 SS 51 2.3% 12.0% 19.5% 116 Carlos Rivera MEX 34 1B 45 2.0% 9.8% 16.3% 113 Johnny Monell Giants 26 C 40 2.1% 10.5% 18.3% 111 Angel Sanchez Astros 28 SS 50 1.7% 10.6% 16.3% 111 Jesus Feliciano Rays 33 OF 46 1.4% 9.7% 13.5% 110 Edgardo Baez MEX 26 OF 46 2.0% 10.7% 19.5% 109 Michael Perez D-backs 19 C 12 2.2% 9.8% 19.3% 109 Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 1.9% 10.3% 18.6% 108 Cory Vaughn Mets 23 OF 45 1.7% 12.3% 21.0% 107 Daniel Ortiz* Twins 22 OF 36 1.8% 9.7% 17.5% 107 *Roberto Ortiz hit a home run in his only plate appearances — and for that we celebrate him. 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+ Michael Perez D-backs 19 C 12 2.2% 9.8% 19.3% 109 Brandon Snyder Rangers 25 1B 12 1.9% 10.3% 18.6% 108 Cory Vaughn Mets 23 OF 45 1.7% 12.3% 21.0% 107 Daniel Ortiz Twins 22 OF 36 1.8% 9.7% 17.5% 107 Jesmuel Valentin Dodgers 18 SS 12 1.6% 11.3% 19.9% 104 Roberto Ortiz Orioles 23 OF 1 1.9% 9.4% 19.4% 104 Juan Centeno Mets 22 C 23 1.8% 8.3% 17.2% 104 Benji Gonzalez Pirates 22 SS 13 1.6% 10.3% 18.5% 104 Christian Colon Royals 23 SS 53 1.3% 8.4% 14.6% 103 Jose Castro White Sox 25 2B 11 1.9% 8.9% 18.7% 103 SCOUT Leaderboard: Puerto Rican League Pitchers (Overall) 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 7 0 10.0 36 23.9% 8.7% 85 Kelvin Villa IND 26 4 3 16.1 64 23.0% 8.5% 87 Joe Colon Indians 22 3 2 8.0 33 23.0% 9.1% 89 Brian Moran Mariners 23 3 0 4.1 15 22.6% 9.0% 90 Josh Walter IND 27 5 1 11.2 46 22.7% 9.2% 90 Mark Cohoon Mets 24 3 3 14.1 64 21.6% 8.5% 91 Shinya Kayama NPB 22 3 3 17.2 73 21.9% 9.0% 92 Hector Santiago White Sox 24 3 3 16.0 67 22.0% 9.2% 92 Daniel Stange Padres 26 6 0 6.2 24 21.5% 9.2% 93 Rob Bryson Indians 24 6 0 7.1 30 22.0% 9.8% 94 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- Kelvin Villa IND 26 4 3 16.1 64 23.0% 8.5% 87 Joe Colon Indians 22 3 2 8.0 33 23.0% 9.1% 89 Mark Cohoon Mets 24 3 3 14.1 64 21.6% 8.5% 91 Shinya Kayama NPB 22 3 3 17.2 73 21.9% 9.0% 92 Hector Santiago White Sox 24 3 3 16.0 67 22.0% 9.2% 92 Ryan Tatusko Nationals 27 4 4 21.1 89 21.1% 9.4% 95 Scott Kazmir N/A 28 2 2 9.0 40 20.7% 9.5% 96 Shoki Kasahara NPB 21 3 3 14.0 59 19.6% 8.6% 97 Josh Romanski Yankees 25 3 3 12.2 52 19.9% 8.9% 97 Anthony Ranaudo Red Sox 22 3 3 8.2 34 19.6% 9.1% 98
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