Daily Notes: Contract Crowdsourcing, Center Fielders

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Contract Crowdsourcing: Center Fielders
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
3. Video: Jonathan Singleton’s Almost Identical Home Runs

Contract Crowdsourcing: Center Fielders
Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. FanGraphs is asking readers to estimate the years and average annual dollar values likely to be received by certain notable free agents. We continue today with corner outfielders. (Click here for more on the contract crowdsourcing project.)

Other positions: Catchers / First Basemen / Second Basemen / Third Basemen / Shortstops / Corner Outfielders.

Player Page: Michael Bourn

Player Page: Josh Hamilton

Player Page: Angel Pagan

Player Page: B.J. Upton

Player Page: Shane Victorino

SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
Batting Leaderboard
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Arizona Fall League. SCOUT represents an attempt to derive something meaningful from small samples and is calculated using regressed defense-indepedent numbers (home runs, walks, strikeouts for hitters). The offensive version is SCOUT+, where 100 is league average and above 100 is above average. (Click here for more on SCOUT.)

Player Team Age PA xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+
Jonathan Singleton HOU 20 45 2.5% 11.1% 20.7% 113
Christopher Mcguiness TEX 24 37 2.6% 10.0% 19.8% 112
Brock Kjeldgaard MIL 26 19 3.0% 9.4% 22.3% 111
Whit Merrifield KC 23 31 1.6% 11.3% 18.0% 108
Kent Matthes COL 25 30 2.0% 10.3% 18.8% 108
Nate Roberts MIN 23 21 1.7% 10.8% 18.0% 107
Kevin Pillar TOR 23 18 2.0% 9.9% 19.1% 107
Matt Skole WAS 22 28 2.0% 11.4% 21.1% 107
Ricky Oropesa SF 22 24 2.0% 12.1% 22.3% 107
Christian Vazquez BOS 21 21 1.7% 11.8% 20.0% 106

Pitching Leaderboard
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the AFL. SCOUT for pitchers is calculated using regressed defense-indepedent numbers (in this case, strikeouts and walks). The pitching version is SCOUT-, where 100 is league average and below 100 represents above-average run prevention. (Click here for more on SCOUT.)

Player Team Age IP GS TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Kyle Gibson MIN 24 10.0 100.0% 38 26.3% 9.1% 87
Kevin Siegrist STL 22 6.0 50.0% 18 24.4% 9.5% 92
James Paxton SEA 23 7.2 100.0% 34 24.9% 9.9% 92
Heath Hembree SF 23 4.0 0.0% 16 24.1% 9.5% 93
Robbie Erlin SD 21 4.2 100.0% 18 23.8% 9.5% 93
Mark Montgomery NYA 21 5.0 0.0% 20 24.2% 10.0% 93
Tyler Chatwood COL 22 11.2 100.0% 49 24.1% 10.0% 94
Seth Blair STL 23 6.1 100.0% 25 24.1% 10.1% 94
Andre Rienzo CHA 24 7.0 100.0% 27 23.9% 9.8% 94
Kevin Rhoderick CHN 23 4.2 0.0% 17 23.3% 9.5% 94

• Houston first-base prospect Jonathan Singleton is the youngest player on either leaderboard (i.e. the hitting or the pitching type) and, in fact, leads all hitters through a couple weeks’ worth of games. He was also among the top hitters per SCOUT in the Double-A Texas League this summer, finishing behind only the notably talented pair of Mike Olt and Oscar Taveras among the league’s top prospect-age batters.
• Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, who turns 25 literally today, spent most of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. His first 10 AFL innings have been ideal: Gibson has struck out 16 of the 38 batters he’s faced in two starts while walking none of them. According to Baseball America’s Peter Wardell, Gibson has been sitting around 92-94 mph with his fastball with a “legitimate put-away slider.”
Kevin Siegrist is a left-handed pitcher in the Cardinals system. The internet has wildly different reports on his velocity (everything from mid-80s to mid-90s). He was actually more impressive following an early August promotion to Double-A Springfield, increasing his strikeout rate and lowering his walk rate.

Video: Jonathan Singleton’s Almost Identical Home Runs
Here are two almost identical home runs courtesy talented Houston first-base prospect Jonathan Singleton.

First, this one from August 31st:

And second, this other one from September 5th:

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evil kevin towers
evil kevin towers

a little disappointed that the headline option didn’t come up for players besides bourn. gonna put these terrible puns back on the shelf now…