For much the same reason that he recently published a final statistical report for the Arizona Fall League, the author is publishing here a combined statistical report for the various Caribbean winter leagues — again, not necessarily because such reports are of great utility for evaluating players, but because they provide a means by which to participate in those leagues which doesn’t also require a substantial investment in transportation and lodging.
In this case, what the author has done is to identify the regressed hitting and pitching leaders in the Dominican Winter, Mexican Pacific, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan Leagues separately. What he’s then done is to combine the hitting and pitching leaders of those leagues into a pair of top-10 lists, which one can find below. Note: all ages are as of July 1, 2014.
SCOUT Leaderboard for Caribbean League Hitters
Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for all Caribbean League hitters. SCOUT+ combines regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates in a FIP-like equation to produce a result not unlike wRC+, where 100 is league average and above 100 is above average. Note that xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively.
|#||Player||Lg||’14 Org||’14 Age||Pos||PA||HR||BB||K||xHR%||xBB%||xK%||SCOUT+|
|1||Dan Black||DOM||White Sox||26||1B||135||6||23||20||3.9%||17.0%||14.8%||163|
|8||Carlos Rivero||VEN||Red Sox||26||3B||152||10||15||34||6.1%||9.9%||22.4%||146|
SCOUT Leaderboard for Caribbean League Pitchers
Below is the current SCOUT leaderboard for Caribbean League pitchers who’ve made at least half their appearances in a starting capacity. SCOUT- combines regressed strikeout and walk rates in a kwERA-like equation to produce a number not unlike ERA-, where 100 is league average and below 100 is better than average. Note that xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively.
|#||Player||Lg||’14 Org||’14 Age||G||GS||IP||TBF||K||BB||xK%||xBB%||SCOUT-|
|2||Radhames Liz||DOM||Blue Jays||30||5||5||23.2||92||29||5||31.7%||6.8%||62|
|8||Jose De Leon||PUR||Dodgers||21||4||4||16.0||59||15||0||24.3%||5.5%||72|
Notes and Observations
• In 31 plate appearances since last week’s edition of this same thing, White Sox and Aguilas first baseman Dan Black has recorded a 2:4 walk-to-strikeout ratio and a home run. Relative to his own league (in this case, the Dominican one) Black has produced the best offensive line among all winter batters.
• Non-tendered by Seattle on Wednesday after having been claimed off waivers from Boston earlier in November, infieldier Carlos Rivero — currently eighth among all winter-league batters — has been excellent of late for Lara in Venezuela, having recorded three home runs in just his last 18 plate appearances. Rivero features the fourth-highest prorated WAR projection among all non-tendered hitters.
• Having entered minor-league free agency after spending all seven years of his career in the Baltimore system, right-hander Eddie Gamboa was re-signed by the Orioles on Wednesday to a major-league contract. Of note with regard to Gamboa: he’s a knuckleballer.
Here’s video of him striking out Tigers prospect Steven Moya with that same pitch this past August:
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