Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Table: How 2012’s Best Relievers Were Acquired
On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox agreed to send youngish corner-type Jerry Sands, right-handed prospect Stolmy Pimentel, and (likely) two others to Pittsburgh in exchange for closer Joel Hanrahan and (likely) one other. It represents the third not-insubstantial trade — after last year’s deals for Andrew Bailey (which required conceding Josh Reddick and Miles Head) and Mark Melancon (which cost them Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland) — the third not-insubstantial trade the Red Sox have conducted over the last two seasons in search of quality, high-leverage relief.
It raises the question, of course: are quality, high-leverage relievers generally acquired by means of trade? And, if not by trade, then how are they acquired?
Below is a (sortable) table of 2012’s best relief pitchers, as measured by the differential between shutdowns (SD) and meltdowns (MD). For each pitcher, I’ve included how he was acquired by the team with which he concluded the 2012 season — either by draft (DR), free agency (FA), trade (TR), or waivers (WV).
Here are the results:
|Jonathan Broxton||– – –||58.0||60||89||33||9||24||TR|
• Of the 20 pitchers included here, seven (7) were acquired by free agency, six (6) by the draft, another six (6) by trade, and one (1, O’Flaherty) by means of waivers.
• Of the seven players acquired by free agency here, Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $50 million contract is the largest.
• Of the players acquired by trade, the one which sent Ryan Cook, Collin Cowgill, and Jarrod Parker from Arizona to the Oakland for Craig Breslow, Trevor Cahill, and cash was likely the most substantial — although one could argue with some ease that Cook wasn’t precisely the centerpiece of the deal.
• Craig Kimbrel, taken by Atlanta in the third round of the 2008 draft out of an Alabama community college, was signed for just $391 thousand and made only slightly more than that amount in 2012.
Of Note: Evan Gattis’s Past Week in Venezuela
On last Monday’s iteration of the SCOUT batting leaderboards for the Venezuelan Winter League, Atlanta Braves catching and outfielding prospect Evan Gattis had a 128 SCOUT+ in 182 plate appearances. Now, as one will note below, Gattis has a 147 SCOUT+ in 211 plate appearances — which is to say, Gattis has increased his regressed offensive production relative to the rest of the league by about 20 percentage points in 29 plate appearances.
Here’s what Gattis has done in those same 29 plate appearances:
• Hit five home runs.
• Walked four times.
• Only struck out four times.
• Stolen a base.
• Probably saved someone — like, either from danger or from their own self.
SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League
Below are the current SCOUT leaderboards for the Venezuelan Winter League. (Ages as of July 1st, 2012. Players listed with most recent team. Click here for more on what is SCOUT.)
SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter League. SCOUT+ is calculated using regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates, where 100 is average and above 100 is above average.
|Jose Lopez||White Sox||28||2B||188||2.5%||12.6%||12.2%||124|
SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Hitters (Prospects)
Here is the SCOUT batting leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter League, but only populated with players who are 25 or under — i.e. something more like “prospect” age relative to the league.
SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter League. SCOUT- is calculated using regressed strikeout and walk rates where 100 is average and below 100 is above average.
SCOUT Leaderboard: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers (Starters)
Here is the SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the Venezuelan Winter League, but only populated with pitchers who’ve made at least half of their appearances as starts.
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