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. Three Notable Minor-League Free Agents of Note 2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League 3. Unhelpful Video: Marquez Smith Hits a Home Run in 2010 Three Notable Minor-League Free Agents of Note On Tuesday, Baseball America released a list of 549 minor-league free agents. Below are three of the players from said list likely to appeal to the reader’s sophisticated tastes. (All ages are from 2012.) Name: Cedric Hunter, 24, OF 2012 Org: St. Louis 2012 Stats: 412 PA. .268/.355/.375 (.289 BABIP), 92 wRC+ (Triple-A) Notes: A third-round pick out of a Georgia high school in 2006, Hunter was traded to St. Louis this past April after spending six seasons in the Padres organization. His contact skills are fantastic: he’s posted a 9.0% strikeout rate in over 3,000 career minor-league plate appearances. He he only marginal power, however, which has limited his offensive game. Most reports suggest that, defensively, he can handle center, but isn’t major-league average, probably. He does seem like an interesting option as an inexpensive fourth outfielder. Name: Darwin Perez, 22, MI 2012 Org: Los Angeles AL 2012 Stats: 460 PA, .214/.293/.307 (.265 BABIP), 70 wRC+ (Double-A) Notes: Perez has been in the Angels system since age 16, giving him six years of minor-league service time already. He won the minor-league Gold Glove at shortstop in 2011, although that honor appears to recognize fielding percentage (almost?) exclusively. Of Perez, prospect analyst John Sickels wrote in his 2012 annual: “[H]is best position is second base although he’s spent most of his time at shortstop. He is very reliable… but his range and arm fit better at second.” Perez was among the names on the most recent iteration of the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter League. Name: Marquez Smith, 27, 3B 2012 Org: Boston 2012 Stats: 314 PA, .293/.350/.464 (.330 BABIP), 124 wRC+ (Double-A) Notes: Smith has slashed .294/.365/.507 in 687 Triple-A plate appearances. That line is definitely not park-adjusted and definitely does benefit from Smith having mostly played at the level with Chicago’s Pacific Coast League affiliate. It also seems like enough of a reason to give him (i.e. Smith) one major-league plate appearance ever. Also of note: Smith has received generally excellent (like in the +10-run range) defensive marks at third base from Brian Cartwright’s OLIVER system. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League Below are the SCOUT leaderboards for the Arizona Fall League, current through Monday. (Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.) SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Hitters (Overall) Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average. Player MLB Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+ Kent Matthes Rockies 25 71 2.6% 11.4% 17.3% 121 Christopher Mcguiness Rangers 24 74 2.3% 11.2% 16.9% 118 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 20 66 2.0% 13.1% 19.3% 115 Jonathan Singleton Astros 20 90 2.2% 13.4% 21.4% 114 Joe Panik Giants 21 64 1.7% 10.7% 14.2% 114 Josh Prince Brewers 24 78 1.6% 11.5% 15.7% 113 Adalberto Santos Pirates 24 60 1.7% 11.4% 16.7% 111 Matt Szczur Cubs 22 82 1.6% 10.8% 15.1% 111 Nick Franklin Mariners 21 57 2.0% 11.6% 19.1% 111 Trayce Thompson White Sox 21 50 2.1% 12.9% 21.4% 111 SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Hitters (Prospects) Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League, but only populated with players who were 22 or under in 2012 — i.e. more distinctly of “prospect” age relative to the league. Player MLB Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+ Jonathan Schoop Orioles 20 66 2.0% 13.1% 19.3% 115 Jonathan Singleton Astros 20 90 2.2% 13.4% 21.4% 114 Joe Panik Giants 21 64 1.7% 10.7% 14.2% 114 Matt Szczur Cubs 22 82 1.6% 10.8% 15.1% 111 Nick Franklin Mariners 21 57 2.0% 11.6% 19.1% 111 Trayce Thompson White Sox 21 50 2.1% 12.9% 21.4% 111 Cory Spangenberg Padres 21 34 1.8% 11.2% 18.9% 108 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 21 43 1.8% 11.8% 20.4% 106 Ricky Oropesa Giants 22 42 1.8% 12.8% 22.5% 105 Nick Ahmed Braves 22 52 1.7% 9.8% 17.8% 105 SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers (Overall) Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. SCOUT- is calculated using regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average. Player MLB Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT- Mark Montgomery Yankees 21 7 0 8.1 31 26.0% 10.1% 88 Chase Anderson Diamondbacks 24 4 4 13.2 55 25.4% 9.8% 89 Nicholas Bucci Brewers 21 4 4 13.2 61 24.6% 9.3% 89 Grant Dayton Marlins 24 7 0 8.1 35 25.4% 10.2% 89 Kyle Gibson Twins 24 4 4 15.0 67 24.5% 9.2% 89 Kevin Quackenbush Padres 23 8 0 8.1 29 24.9% 9.7% 89 Kevin Rhoderick Cubs 23 9 0 9.1 35 24.8% 9.6% 90 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 22 4 3 12.0 46 23.9% 9.4% 91 Nick Tropeano Astros 21 8 1 11.0 42 23.8% 9.7% 92 Robbie Erlin Padres 21 5 5 14.2 57 23.8% 9.8% 92 SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers (Starters) Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League, but only populated with pitchers who’ve made at least half of their appearances as starts. Player MLB Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT- Chase Anderson Diamondbacks 24 4 4 13.2 55 25.4% 9.8% 89 Nicholas Bucci Brewers 21 4 4 13.2 61 24.6% 9.3% 89 Kyle Gibson Twins 24 4 4 15.0 67 24.5% 9.2% 89 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 22 4 3 12.0 46 23.9% 9.4% 91 Robbie Erlin Padres 21 5 5 14.2 57 23.8% 9.8% 92 T.J. House Indians 22 4 4 17.0 63 23.7% 9.9% 92 Seth Blair Cardinals 23 5 5 17.1 72 23.8% 10.2% 93 James Paxton Mariners 23 5 5 12.2 57 23.1% 10.0% 94 Boone Whiting Cardinals 22 5 5 17.1 72 22.5% 9.7% 95 James Nelson Brewers 23 5 4 14.2 61 22.6% 10.2% 95 Unhelpful Video: Marquez Smith Hits a Home Run in 2010 This is minor-league free agent Marquez Smith, about whom the author has a strong feeling (if not strong feelings, plural), hitting a home run in the Dominican Winter League in 2010.
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