Daily Notes: Early Returns on More First-Round Picks by Carson Cistulli June 26, 2012 Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Early Returns on More First-Round Picks 2. Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Early Returns on More First-Round Picks What Happened Yesterday In yesterday’s edition of the Notes, we looked at first-round picks from the recent draft who had not only (a) already signed with the organizations by which they were selected, but also (b) been assigned to, and started playing for, minor-league teams within those organizations. Regarding the Public, Their Reaction to That Post Yesterday The public reacted to yesterday’s post with praise, mostly. Effusive praise, one might say. Overwhelming praise, another one might say. What’s Happening Today What’s happening today is that same thing as yesterday — except, whereas yesterday we looked at picks from the top half of the first round, today we look at picks from the bottom half. What the Public’s Reaction Is Likely to Be More praise, one imagines. Fawning praise, perhaps. Unending praise, also perhaps. Some Resources In compiling both yesterday and today’s lists, the following sites have been helpful: Baseball America, Minor League Central, and Baseball Reference — and, of course, the present one. More Notes on Signed Players Below are more notes on signed players — in this case, from the bottom half of the first-round of the 2012 draft. Player: D.J. Davis, TOR, 17th Overall Team, League: GCL Blue Jays (Dunedin, FL), Gulf Coast League (Rookie) Line: 26 PA, .250/.308/.250 (.462 BABIP), 3.8% BB, 42.3% K, 1-2 SB Player: Deven Marrero, BOS, 24th Overall Team, League: Lowell (MA) Spinners, New York-Penn League (Short-Season A) Line: 5 PA, .500/.600/.500 (.667 BABIP), 20.0% BB, 20.0% K, 0-0 SB Player: Stryker Trahan, ARI, 26th Overall Team, League: AZL (Scottsdale, AZ) Diamondbacks, Arizona League (Rookie) Line: 20 PA, .538/.650/1.077 (.556 BABIP), 30.0% BB, 15.0% K, 1-1 SB Player: Clint Coulter, MIL, 27th Overall Team, League: AZL Brewers (Phoenix, AZ), Arizona League (Rookie) Line: 10 PA, .000/.000/.000 (.000 BABIP), 0.0% BB, 30.0% K, 0-0 SB Player: Lewis Brinson, TEX, 29th Overall Team, League: AZL Rangers (Surprise, AZ), Arizona League (Rookie) Line: 20 PA, .294/.400/.529 (.500 BABIP), 15.0% BB, 35.0%, 0-0 SB Notable MLB Games Note: as of last night, the identity of today’s MLB.TV Free Game had not been revealed. Click here for would-be updates. Arizona at Atlanta | 19:10 ET Arizona right-hander Daniel Hudson (43.2 IP, 103 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson (65.0 IP, 94 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR), creating the perfect excuse you’ve been waiting for to read British explorer Henry Hudson’s Wikipedia entry. Spoiler: he did not find a Northwest Passage. He did, however, die via mutiny. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio. Toronto at Boston | 19:10 ET Think in your head about what percent of opposing batters Daisuke Matsuzaka, who starts tonight for the Red Sox, has probably walked so far this season. Did you think of a number yet? No? You walked to your refrigerator instead to grab a Shasta? That’s weird. Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio. Today’s Complete Schedule Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.9. Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable. Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time C.J. Wilson LAA 4 4 5 3 3 BAL Brian Matusz 19:05 Justin Masterson CLE 4 4 5 6 6 NYA Phil Hughes 19:05 Erik Bedard PIT 4 2 5 5 6 PHI Vance Worley 19:05 Daniel Hudson AZ 7 6 8 7 5 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10 Marco Estrada MIL 6 6 5 4 4 CIN Bronson Arroyo 19:10 Kyle Lohse STL 4 10 3 2 2 MIA Carlos Zambrano 19:10 Aaron Laffey* TOR 4 6 7 6 6 BOS D. Matsuzaka* 19:10 Drew Smyly DET 6 4 6 10 6 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05 Dillon Gee NYN 8 1 5 3 4 CHN Randy Wells* 20:05 Kip Wells* SD 3 5 2 5 3 HOU Jordan Lyles 20:05 Gavin Floyd CHA 5 5 3 3 4 MIN Liam Hendriks 20:10 Chris Archer* TB 10 4 6 5 3 KC Bruce Chen 20:10 Gio Gonzalez WAS 9 4 6 10 6 COL Chris. Friedrich 20:40 Travis Blackley OAK 4 4 2 5 2 SEA Jason Vargas 22:10 Clayton Kershaw LAN 9 3 5 4 2 SF Ryan Vogelsong 22:15 To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here. To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here. * = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.