Originally written on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/27/12
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. In Appreciation of Oscar Taveras, Briefly 2. Video: Oscar Taveras Doing Whatever He Wants 3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League In Appreciation of Oscar Taveras, Briefly It is not the case that the SCOUT batting and pitching leaderboards for the Dominican Winter League (below) ought to be regarded as entirely prophetic so far the respective futures of the players on those leaderboards are concerned. That said, they (i.e. those same leaderboards we’re talking about) do have some value insofar — and perhaps for other reasons — but insofar as they might help organize or reify our thoughts on certain players whose names appear within them. In today’s edition of the Dominican leaderboards, precocious offensive force and St. Louis outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has made his way to fourth place among all batters — and is now tied for first among all batters who’re 25 or younger. The distinction isn’t particularly surprising: Taveras was one of the very best hitters in the Double-A Texas League this summer as just a 20-year-old, posting a 42:56 strikeout-to-walk ratio while hitting 23 home runs in 531 plate appearances. Furthermore, Marc Hulet’s recent Cardinals top-15 prospect list suggests that it probably wouldn’t be unreasonable to see Taveras’s name atop other types of leaderboards in the not very distant future. Video: Oscar Taveras Doing Whatever He Wants Here’s video of St. Louis prospect Oscar Taveras just doing whatever he wants. In this case, “whatever he wants” appears to be “hitting three home runs in 2012.” From May 12th: Your browser does not support iframes. And from August 6th: Your browser does not support iframes. And also from August 29th: Your browser does not support iframes. SCOUT Leaderboards: Dominican Winter League Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Dominican Winter League. (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+ Hector Luna Phillies 32 3B 126 2.4% 12.6% 13.7% 126 Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 57 2.2% 11.9% 15.2% 118 Nelson Perez Cubs 24 OF 64 2.4% 14.1% 20.3% 118 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 OF 112 2.5% 9.3% 13.5% 118 Diory Hernandez Cubs 28 SS 123 1.4% 12.2% 12.1% 117 Rhyne Hughes Orioles 28 1B 90 2.3% 14.3% 21.7% 114 Leonys Martin Rangers 24 OF 136 2.3% 10.6% 17.1% 113 Donell Linares MEX 28 3B 43 2.2% 8.6% 13.7% 113 Jose Ramirez Indians 19 SS 87 1.3% 12.5% 14.0% 112 Todd Linden Giants 32 OF 103 3.2% 12.7% 26.7% 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+ Jordany Valdespin Mets 24 2B 57 2.2% 11.9% 15.2% 118 Nelson Perez Cubs 24 OF 64 2.4% 14.1% 20.3% 118 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 OF 112 2.5% 9.3% 13.5% 118 Leonys Martin Rangers 24 OF 136 2.3% 10.6% 17.1% 113 Jose Ramirez Indians 19 SS 87 1.3% 12.5% 14.0% 112 Carlos Peguero Mariners 25 OF 34 2.6% 11.1% 20.8% 110 Miguel Sano Twins 19 3B 29 2.3% 10.8% 18.8% 110 Moises Sierra Blue Jays 23 OF 104 2.2% 10.2% 17.2% 110 Jean Segura Brewers 22 SS 111 1.8% 8.8% 13.0% 109 Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 OF 120 3.8% 8.4% 24.5% 108 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 5 5 23.0 89 26.3% 8.8% 77 Erick Abreu Astros 28 13   18.1 68 25.5% 9.0% 80 Johan Yan Rangers 27 13   9.1 37 24.0% 9.2% 85 Kelvin De La Cruz Tigers 23 6 1 10.0 43 23.3% 9.5% 87 Dustin Richardson IND 28 11   9.0 35 23.0% 9.2% 88 Danny Salazar Indians 22 5 3 14.0 58 22.8% 9.2% 88 Fabio Castro Athletics 27 8 6 26.1 113 21.9% 8.8% 89 Tony Pena Jr. Red Sox 31 10   13.1 48 22.0% 9.0% 90 Bartolo Colon Athletics 39 3 3 11.1 45 21.7% 8.9% 90 Josh Outman Rockies 23 6 6 25.2 111 22.2% 9.6% 90 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 5 5 23.0 89 26.3% 8.8% 77 Danny Salazar Indians 22 5 3 14.0 58 22.8% 9.2% 88 Fabio Castro Athletics 27 8 6 26.1 113 21.9% 8.8% 89 Bartolo Colon Athletics 39 3 3 11.1 45 21.7% 8.9% 90 Josh Outman Rockies 23 6 6 25.2 111 22.2% 9.6% 90 Stolmy Pimentel Red Sox 22 7 5 20.0 90 21.5% 9.2% 92 Aneury Rodriguez Astros 24 7 7 29.0 122 20.8% 8.8% 92 Bruce Billings Athletics 26 6 6 21.0 95 20.8% 9.3% 94 Raul Valdes Phillies 34 4 4 11.0 46 20.9% 9.4% 94 Randall Delgado Braves 22 4 3 15.2 67 20.4% 9.4% 95
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