Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Venezuela Winter League Emergency Leaderboard Update
Emergency SCOUT Leaderboard Update
Below is an emergency update of the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuela Winter League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.
Emergency SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Batters
Here is the aforementioned VWL batting leaderboard. (Note, the teams in the VWL are as follows: Aguilas de Zulia, Cardenales de Lara, Caribes de Anzoategui, Leones del Caracas, Navegantes del Magallanes, Bravos de Margarita, Tiburones de La Guaira, and Tigres de Aragua.)
On SCOUT Batting Leader Carlos Rivero
One will notice that Nationals mostly third-base prospect Carlos Rivero — who’s hit four homers and posted an 8:8 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 45 at-bats — is now atop the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the VWL. One will likely also follow that observation with a question — a question very much like, “Who actually is Carlos Rivero?”
Here’s a very brief answer: Carlos Rivero was signed out of Venezuela for $100K as a 16-year-old in 2005 by Cleveland. He was claimed on waivers by Philadelphia in 2010. Then he was claimed again on waivers by Washington last winter. Originally a shortstop, now he’s more of a third baseman. He played all of 2012 in Triple-A as a 24-year-old, which is mostly age appropriate.
Video: Carlos Rivero
Here’s video of Carlos Rivero hitting a home run for Washington Triple-A affiliate Syracuse in August:
Contract Crowdsourcing: Three Left-Handed Relievers
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 the three most notable left-handed relievers (probably). (Click here for more on the contract crowdsourcing project.)
Player Page: Jeremy Affeldt
Player Page: Michael Gonzalez
Player Page: Darren Oliver
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