Daily Notes: Contract Crowdsourcing, Starters (Part 2)

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

1. Contract Crowdsourcing: Starting Pitchers (2 of 3)
2. SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers
3. Assorted Remarks Concerning Arizona Prospect Chase Anderson

Contract Crowdsourcing: Starting Pitchers (2 of 3)
Free agency begins this coming Saturday. 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 second third of this free-agent class’s notable starting pitchers. (Click here for more on the contract crowdsourcing project.)

Other positions: Catchers / First Basemen / Second Basemen / Third Basemen / Shortstops / Corner Outfielders / Center Fielders / Designated Hitters / Right-Handed Relievers / Left-Handed Relievers / Starting Pitchers (Part 1).

Player Page: Edwin Jackson

Player Page: Hiroki Kuroda

Player Page: Francisco Liriano

Player Page: Kyle Lohse

Player Page: Paul Maholm

Player Page: Shaun Marcum

Player Page: Daisuke Matsuzaka

SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers
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. Click here for the most recent hitting leaderboard. (Click here for more on SCOUT.)

Player Team Age G GS IP TBF xK% xBB% SCOUT-
Chase Anderson D-backs 24 4 4 13.2 55 25.5% 9.8% 89
Kyle Gibson Twins 24 4 4 15.0 67 24.6% 9.3% 89
Mark Montgomery Yankees 21 6 0 7.1 28 25.2% 10.1% 90
Kevin Rhoderick Cubs 23 7 0 7.2 29 24.4% 9.8% 91
Pete Ruiz Red Sox 24 6 0 8.2 38 24.5% 10.0% 91
Kevin Quackenbush Padres 23 7 0 7.0 25 24.2% 9.8% 91
Seth Blair Cardinals 23 4 4 13.1 57 24.6% 10.3% 92
Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 22 3 2 8.0 31 23.4% 9.5% 92
Nicholas Bucci Brewers 21 3 3 10.0 43 23.1% 9.3% 93
Heath Hembree Giants 23 6 0 6.0 25 23.6% 9.8% 93

Assorted Remarks Concerning Arizona Prospect Chase Anderson
Diamondbacks pitching prospect Chase Anderson is currently leading the Arizona Fall League in pitching (per SCOUT-). Here are three learned remarks concerning Anderson and his repertoire.

Dan Strittmatter of AZ SnakePit, last November: Even with a fastball that teeters on the edge of the upper-80’s and low-90’s in long outings, the wicked dive and fading action on his change-up gives Anderson an out pitch, and his ability to change speeds allows his velocity to play up a little, giving him two pitches worth of a starter’s arsenal. If he can develop his curveball into an average big-league offering and build up innings counts, Anderson can make a quality big-league starting pitcher.

Double-A manager Turner Ward, this July (courtesy Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic): His change-up is big league. His change-up off his fastball is his No.1 pitch. He’s capable of throwing three pitches at any time. That’s what makes him so effective. I see him as a starter all the way through (to the majors). He’s got the pitches to be able to do it and the stamina. He’s an athlete out there. There are a lot of plus things that he can do.

Baseball America’s Peter Wardell, earlier this week: On Monday, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander turned in his best outing thus far, tossing four shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out five. This fall, Anderson has sat 90-92 mph with his fastball, mixing in a plus changeup at 80-82 with excellent fade that ranked tops in Diamondbacks’ system in 2010 and 2011. The development of his breaking balls has been notable this fall as well, with some scouts believing Anderson has the potential for four average or better offerings.

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