Stat-urday, 3/16/2019: Vlad, Jr.


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 Vladimir Guerrero, Jr, in 2018. Photo by Tricia Hall, via Wikipedia.

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., turns 20 today. The Blue Jays top prospect signed with Toronto in July 2015, and received a signing bonus of $3.9 million. He made his professional debut with the rookie league Bluefield Blue Jays on June 23 that same year. He spent 2016 with Bluefield before being promoted to the class A Lansing Lugnuts in 2017. After appearing in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game, he was promoted to the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.

Guerrero spent the 2017-18 off season the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League and then started 2018 with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, was promoted to the AAA Buffalo Bisons in July, and played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Unfortunately he recently suffered an injury, ending his time in spring training with the major leaguers

Check out his stats below to see why he’s considered a top prospect.

Year Age Tm Lev G AB R H HR RBI Avg.
2016 17 Bluefield Rk 62 236 32 64 8 46 0.271
2017 18 Dunedin A+ 48 168 31 56 6 31 0.333
2017 18 Lansing A 71 269 53 85 7 45 0.316
2017-18 18 Escogido Winter 26 90 7 19 0 6 0.211
2018 19 New Hampshire AA 61 234 48 94 14 60 0.402
2018 19 Blue Jays Rk 3 9 3 3 0 0 0.333
2018 19 Dunedin A+ 1 4 1 2 0 2 0.500
2018 19 Buffalo AAA 30 110 15 37 6 16 0.336
2018 19 Surprise Fall 19 77 8 27 0 17 0.351
All Levels (3 Seasons)   321 1197 198 387 41 223 0.323

Happy Stat-urday! And happy birthday, Vlad, Jr.!

~ baseballrebecca

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Stat-urday, 3/2/2019


As news broke of Bryce Harper signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, one Nats reporter noted:

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Bryce Harper in 2017, photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia)

That got me thinking: how many games have the Nats and Phillies played against each other? How have the Nats fared? How will the Nats do against the Phillies without Bryce?

Well, I have answers to the first two questions. Only time will tell the answer to the third question.

Baseball Reference provides stats for each team’s season. So, here’s how the Nats have fared against the Phillies since 2005 (when the Expos moved to Washington, DC, and became the Nats):

  • Games played: 260
  • Games won: 125
  • Games lost: 135
  • Runs Scored: 1,109
  • Runs Allowed: 1,143
  • Extra innings games played: 29 (14 10-inning games, 5 11-inning games, 5 12-inning games, 2 13-inning games, and 2 14-inning games)
  • Extra innings games won: 15
  • Double headers played: 5
  • Double header games won: 5
  • Double header games lost: 5
  • Games decided by walk-off: 29
  • Number of walk-off wins: 17

Basically, the Nats and Phillies have been pretty evenly matched, though the Nats have lost a few more than they have won (125 wins to 135 losses) and the Phillies have outscored them 1,143 to 1,109. The Nats have a few more wins determined by a walk-off (17) than the Phillies (12).

How have individual Nats pitchers done against the Phillies? Here are the records of a few current and former Nationals pitchers:

  • Tyler Clippard: 2-5
  • Ross Detwiler: 3-3
  • Erick Fedde: 2-1
  • Gio Gonzalez: 11-7
  • John Lannan: 3-13
  • Jason Marquis: 1-4
  • Tanner Roark: 6-9
  • Max Scherzer: 8-1
  • Stephen Strasburg: 10-2
  • Jordan Zimmermann: 6-8

So, three of the four guys with winning records against the Phillies (Fedde, Scherzer, and Strasburg) are still with the Nats. They should try get the fourth guy back (Gonzalez) – they’re gonna need all the help they can get against the Phillies now.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 2/23/2019


MLB lost another legend on Tuesday when Don Newcombe passed away. Here are his career stats, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:

Year Team W L W-L% ERA G GS IP
1944 Newark Eagles 1 3 0.250 4 24.0
1945 Newark Eagles 3 4 0.429 7 56.2
1946 Nashua Dodgers 14 4 0.778 2.21 26 19 155.0
1947 Nashua Dodgers 19 6 0.760 2.91 29 27 223.0
1948 Montreal Royals 17 6 0.739 3.14 37 27 189.0
1949 Montreal Royals 2 2 0.500 2.65 5 5 244.1
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 17 8 0.680 3.17 38 31 34.0
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers 19 11 0.633 3.7 40 35 267.1
1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 20 9 0.690 3.28 40 36 272.0
1952 Military Service – U.S. Army
1953
1954 Brooklyn Dodgers 9 8 0.529 4.55 29 25 144.1
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 20 5 0.800 3.2 34 31 233.2
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers 27 7 0.794 3.06 38 36 268.0
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers 11 12 0.478 3.49 28 28 198.2
1958 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 6 0.000 7.86 11 8 34.1
1958 Cincinnati Reds 7 7 0.500 3.85 20 18 133.1
1959 Cincinnati Reds 13 8 0.619 3.16 30 29 222.0
1960 Cincinnati Reds 4 6 0.400 4.57 16 15 82.2
1960 Cleveland Indians 2 3 0.400 4.33 20 2 54.0
1961 Spokane Indians (Dodgers AAA) 9 8 0.529 4.96 25 23 147.0
1962 Chunichi Dragons (Japanese League) 0 0 4.5 1 1 4.0
Totals: 17 Seasons 214 123 0.635 467 407 2987.1

Stat-urday, 2/16/2019


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Radhames Liz during Spring Training with the San Diego Padres in 2010. Photo by SD Dirk via Wikipedia.

As I pointed out previously, right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz appeared on the roster for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. He was signed by the Orioles in 2003, and was in the Orioles system from 2005 to 2009. I remember him best from his years with the Bowie Baysox (2006-07, and a few games in 2009).

In three partial seasons with Bowie, Liz won 18 games and lost 6. His overall record in double A ball (which includes 8 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats) was 20-8 with a 3.31 ERA. In 42 games in the majors – with Baltimore and Pittsburgh – he had a record of 7-12 with a 6.94 ERA.

In his three seasons in Korea (2011-2013), Liz won 26 games and lost 38; his ERA was .406.  In 2016 he played only 5 games with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, where he was 0 and 3 with a 6.94 ERA.

Liz seems to have fared better in winter ball – perhaps because he was playing in his own country. In 8 seasons with the Estrellas de Oriente, he’s 12-8 with an ERA of only 1.84. His playing career is summarized below:

Season Team(s)/Events
2005 Season Delmarva Shorebirds (A) and Aberdeen IronBirds (A-)
2006 Season Frederick Keys (A+) through 7/6; selected for All-Stars Futures game; Bowie Baysox; Estrellas de Oriente, Dominican Winter League (10/21-10/27)
2007 Season Bowie Baysox through 8/20, then made his Made MLB Debut with the Baltimore Orioles on 8/25; Estrellas de Oriente (11/12-12/16)
2008 Season Norfolk Tides (AAA); Baltimore Orioles; Estrellas de Oriente (11/28-12/13)
2009 Season Norfolk; Baltimore (4/15-4/20); Bowie (6/20-7/28); Estrellas de Oriente (11/7-12/9)
11/25/2009 Claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres
2010 Season Portland Beavers (AAA); Estrellas de Oriente (10/23 – 12/20)
1/4/2011 Released by the San Diego Padres.
2011 Season LG Twins (Korea)
2012 Season LG Twins
2013 Season LG Twins
3/1/2014 Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
2014 Season Started the season on the disabled list; New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) (5/25-7/12) and Buffalo Bisons (AAA) (6/4-7/28); Estrellas de Oriente (10/16 – 11/13)
11/4/2014 Granted Free Agency
12/12/2014 Signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2015 Season Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Indians (AAA) (6/13 – 8/30) (was designated for assignment on 5/25, assigned to Indianapolis, added to the MLB roster on 9/1, DFA’d again on 9/15)
11/5/2015 Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2016 Season Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan) (3/23 – 6/8)
2017 Season Estrellas de Oriente (10/15 – 12/2)
12/21/2017 Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
2018 Season Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) (4/7 – 5/23); released by the Brewers on 6/1; Estrellas de Oriente (10/13 – 12/15)
2019 Season Signed with the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on 2/1/2019

 

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

[Note: I originally planned to post this last week, but wanted to honor Frank Robinson. So, I decided to post this today instead.]

 

Stat-urday, 2/9/2019: Frank Robinson


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Frank Robinson with the Reds in 1961

Today, Stat-urday is dedicated to one of my favorites, Frank Robinson. There sure aren’t many like him any more:

 

  • At bats: 10,006
  • Hits: 2,943
  • Games played: 2,808
  • Strikeouts: 1,532
  • RBIs: 1,812
  • Walks: 1,420
  • Home runs: 586
  • Stolen bases: 161
  • Batting average: .294
  • Managerial winning percentage: .493
  • Years played in MLB: 21
  • Times an All-Star: 14
  • Years as a manager: 12
  • MLB teams played for: 5
  • Teams coached: 4
  • Teams managed: 4
  • Hall of Fame memberships: 4 (Reds, Orioles, Indians, MLB)
  • Teams that retired his number: 3
  • Statues in his likeness: 3
  • MVP Awards: 3 (1961 NL MVP, 1966 AL MVP, 1966 World Series MVP)
  • Manager of the Year Awards: 1 (1989, with the Orioles)
  • Presidential medals of freedom: 1
  • Black managers before him: 0
  • Black managers since: 33

You can find even more stats at Baseball-Reference.com.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Stat-urday, 1/19/2019


File:Flag of Mexico.svgIn the video I posted yesterday, the President of the Mexican Pacific League stated that attendance for the league has tripled – presumably in the nine years since he became league president. Specifically, he stated that attendance has increased from 1.4 million to 3 million fans. There are many different ways to count attendance (such as ticket sales or how many people go through the turnstiles), so I do not question his numbers. However, the stats posted by MiLB.com suggest that attendance has doubled – not tripled. Regardless, that’s not a bad increase in 9 years.

Below are the stats for the league for 2009 through 2018, as collected by MiLB. Note that Los Algondoneros de Guasave were moved to Jalisco and became Los Charros de Jalisco for the 2014 season.

Total Attendance:
Team 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Aguilas de Mexicali 393,900 450,238 436,262 392,564 346,236 307,730 241,999 214,238 185,051 177,224
Algondoneros de Guasave 144,677 133,263 174,388 179,982 109,612
Caneros de los Mochis 242,322 198,086 229,068 242,453 227,650 200,131 173,658 187,116 201,765 142,500
Charros de Jalisco 333,035 336,030 294,165 281,903 264,484
Mayos de Navojoa 172,603 203,688 222,478 162,582 173,961 159,535 158,590 93,480 38,960 104,631
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 408,513 405,889 425,514 360,324 373,357 396,068 305,890 233,886 219,180 236,970
Tomateros de Culiacan 503,535 502,356 554,737 579,500 345,024 322,420 295,263 276,007 232,739 218,975
Venados de Mazatlan 346,986 241,214 198,589 245,780 214,137 158,066 260,627 178,143 209,192 245,685
Yaquis de Obregon 271,227 246,827 265,301 259,263 249,650 130,642 162,358 164,398 189,819 203,538
Total: 2,672,121 2,584,328 2,626,114 2,524,369 2,194,499 1,819,269 1,731,648 1,521,656 1,456,688 1,439,135
Average Attendance:
Team 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Aguilas de Mexicali 11,936 13,242 12,831 11,546 10,492 9,051 7,118 6,492 5,443 5,212
Algondoneros de Guasave 4,667 3,920 5,129 5,294 3,425
Caneros de los Mochis 7,343 6,003 6,941 7,577 6,696 5,886 5,262 5,670 5,934 4,191
Charros de Jalisco 9,795 9,883 8,914 8,543 7,779
Mayos de Navojoa 5,077 5,991 6,543 5,245 5,436 5,318 4,956 3,015 1,181 3,270
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 12,015 12,300 12,894 10,598 10,981 11,649 8,997 6,879 6,642 6,970
Tomateros de Culiacan 14,810 14,775 16,316 17,044 10,455 9,770 9,227 8,118 6,845 6,636
Venados de Mazatlan 10,843 7,095 5,841 7,448 6,298 4,649 8,145 5,240 6,153 7,226
Yaquis de Obregon 8,219 7,260 8,039 7,625 7,343 3,842 4,775 4,835 5,583 5,986

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Stat-urday, 1/12/2019


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Henry Urrutia with the Orioles in 2013, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia

The Mexican Pacific League championship semifinals began yesterday with four teams: Cañeros de Los Mochis v. Yaquis de Obregón and Vendados de Mazatlán v. Charros de Jalisco. I am particularly interested in the Charros because two of my favorite former Baysox – and Cuban baseball defectors – Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez, are on the team.

Urrutia began his career with Las Tunas in Cuba, where he played from 2005 to 2010. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 after defecting to Haiti in 2011. He played in the Orioles system until they released him in 2017. Urrutia then signed with the Red Sox and was assigned to their double A team through the end of the season before being given free agency in November 2017.

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Dariel Alvarez with the Orioles in 2015, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia

Alvarez played for Camaguey in Cuba from 2006 to 2012 first as a pitcher, then as a first baseman. He defected to Mexico and played in the Mexican League before signing with the Orioles in 2013. Alvarez played in the O’s system through 2017. He elected free agency in November 2018.

Below are Henry and Dariel’s stats. The MPL semifinals continue tonight.

Happy weekend!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Henry’s stats:

League (Years) Games Runs Hits HR RBI Avg
Cuba (2005-10) 355 209 394 33 219 .350
AA (2013, 2015-16) 190 101 226 15 104 .321
AAA (2013-18) 335 166 381 26 171 .299
MLB (2013, 2015) 34 8 25 1 8 .272
Winter Lgs. 2015-18) 136 82 151 11 80 .304

 

Dariel’s stats:

League (Years) Games Runs Hits HR RBI Avg
Cuba (2006-12) 434 203 418 45 216 .292
A (2013, 2015) 15 7 22 2 8 .400
AA (2013-14) 100 54 117 15 69 .300
AAA (2014-16) 304 137 344 21 140 .285
MLB (2015-16) 14 3 8 1 1 .250
Winter Lgs. (2017-18) 102 60 124 18 71 .310