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Winter ball plunk update

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Arizona Fall League (finished play Nov. 21st)

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Daryl Jones (STL) Surprise Rafters 4 109 0.037
Nevin Ashley (TB) Phoenix Desert Dogs 4 83 0.048
Jose Tabata (PIT) Scottsdale Scorpions 3 138 0.022
Grant Desme (OAK) Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 134 0.022
Frederick Freeman Peoria Saguaros (ATL) 3 55 0.055
Brandon Hicks Peoria Saguaros 3 104 0.029

Dominican League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Carlos Gomez Leones del Escogido 5 55 0.091
Eugenio Velez Estrellas de Oriente 3 91 0.033
Matt Carson (OAK)
Aguilas Cibaenas 3 58 0.052
Hector Luna Aguilas Cibaenas 3 85 0.035
Luis Terrero Aguilas Cibaenas 3 63 0.048

Mexican League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Francisco Arias Mayos de Navojoa 12 234 0.051
Ruben Rivera Venados de Mazatlan 8 223 0.036
John Lindsey Venados de Mazatlan 7 223 0.031
Abel Martinez Mayos de Navojoa 6 171 0.035
Heber Gomez Venados de Mazatlan 6 189 0.032
Matt Young (ATL) Mayos de Navojoa 6 239 0.025
Carlos Sievers Aguilas de Mexicali 6 134 0.045

Puerto Rican League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Jorge Padilla Lobos de Arecibo 8 82 0.098
Reggie Abercrombie Leones de Ponce 4 78 0.051
Nate Schierholtz Gigantes de Carolina 3 66 0.045
Raul Gonzalez Leones de Ponce 3 74 0.041
Raul Casanova Leones de Ponce 3 57 0.053

Venezuelan League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Max Ramirez (TEX*)
Tiburones de La Guaira 9 225 0.04
Cesar Suarez Tiburones de La Guaira 7 190 0.037
Jon Jay (STL) Leones del Caracas 7 156 0.045
Andres Blanco (CHC)
Navegantes del Magallanes 6 166 0.036
Ezequiel Carrera (SEA) Navegantes del Magallanes 6 183 0.033
Dennys Abreu Bravos de Margarita 6 121 0.05
Daniel Dorn (CIN) Caribes de Anzoategui 5 65 0.077
Adam Heether (MIL) Leones del Caracas 5 90 0.056
Luis Gonzalez Caribes de Anzoategui 5 199 0.025
Brendan Katin (MIL) Aguilas de Zulia 5 80 0.063
Ernesto Mejia (KC) Aguilas de Zulia 5 181 0.028

*- Max Ramirez is rumored to be going to Boston in exchange for Mike Lowell. Clearly that whole deal is based on Ramirez’s impressive HBP performance in Venezuala.

Winter league update – plunks in warm weather

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Arizona Fall League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Daryl Jones (STL) Surprise Rafters 4 80 0.05
Grant Desme (OAK) Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 94 0.021
Jose Tabata (PIT) Scottsdale Scorpions 2 95 0.021
Nevin Ashley (TB) Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 48 0.042
Chris Heisey (CIN) Peoria Saguaros 2 76 0.026
Ruben Tejada (NYM) Surprise Rafters 2 53 0.038
Frederick Freeman (ATL) Peoria Saguaros 2 51 0.039

Dominican League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Eugenio Velez (SF)
Estrellas de Oriente 2 24 0.083
Elian Herrera Aguilas Cibaenas 2 28 0.071
Matt Carson (OAK)
Aguilas Cibaenas 2 38 0.053
Kevin Barker Aguilas Cibaenas 2 39 0.051
Pablo Ozuna Estrellas de Oriente 2 47 0.043

Mexican League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Heber Gomez Venados de Mazatlan 5 91 0.055
Abel Martinez Mayos de Navojoa 4 106 0.038
Francisco Arias Mayos de Navojoa 4 115 0.035
Ramon Orantes Caneros de los Mochis 4 92 0.043
Ruben Rivera Venados de Mazatlan 4 110 0.036
Brian Bixler (PIT)
Venados de Mazatlan 3 120 0.025
Javier Robles Mayos de Navojoa 3 100 0.03
Carlos Sievers Aguilas de Mexicali 3 83 0.036
Sergio Gastelum Tomateros de Culiacan 3 75 0.04
Coby Smith (LAA) Caneros de los Mochis 3 102 0.029
Said Gutierrez Yaquis de Obregon 3 88 0.034
Daniel Fornes Yaquis de Obregon 3 96 0.031
Flavio Romero Yaquis de Obregon 3 120 0.025

Venezualan League:

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Jon Jay (STL) Leones del Caracas 6 119 0.05
Brendan Katin (MIL) Aguilas de Zulia 5 73 0.068
Adam Heether (MIL) Leones del Caracas 5 90 0.056
Max Ramirez (TEX)
Tiburones de La Guaira 5 106 0.047
Daniel Dorn (CIN) Caribes de Anzoategui 5 65 0.077
Cesar Suarez n Tiburones de La Guaira 4 119 0.034
Ezequiel Carrera (SEA) Navegantes del Magallanes 4 99 0.04
Dennys Abreu n Bravos de Margarita 4 56 0.071
Jesus Merchan (CLE) Navegantes del Magallanes 3 100 0.03
Carlos Leon n Bravos de Margarita 3 40 0.075
Edwar Gonzalez (NYY) Cardenales de Lara 3 59 0.051
Luis Bolivar (CIN) Aguilas de Zulia 3 64 0.047
David Paisano (TEX) Tiburones de La Guaira 3 50 0.06
Manuel Pina (KC) Tiburones de La Guaira 3 15 0.2
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Navegantes del Magallanes 3 109 0.028
Luis Gonzalez Caribes de Anzoategui 3 113 0.027

Where the weather is still warm and the plunks are still flying

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

There have been 23 plunks in the Major League postseason so far this year, which isn’t bad – it’s actually the most plunks in the pre-world series rounds since 2005. But it’s hard to keep interested in major league postseason plunkings when it seems like they’re taking a week off between each game. But, there are alternatives. New seasons have already begun in the Arizona Fall League, the Venezuelan Winter League (Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional), the Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico), and the Dominican Winter League (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano). The Puerto Rican league starts up next month. 84 batters have already been plunked in the Venezuelan League, 59 in the Mexican League, 37 in the Arizona Fall League and 11 in the Dominican League.

So, here are some leaders in winter league plunkings. Some of these players may be the Major League HBP heros of the future for your favorite team. Annoyingly, the MLB.com stat pages for these leagues don’t list HBPs- but that’s why we have the internet.

Daryl Jones is tearing up the Arizona Fall league so far, having been hit by 4 pitches in 10 games for the Surprise Rafters. He’s a Cardinals minor leaguer, and he only got hit 6 times in AA level ball in 2009. But, in 2008 he’s had 3 double digit plunk seasons in the minors, and a total of 50 minor league plunks. There are only three other batters who have been hit more than once in the Arizona Fall League, and the player’s major league parent club is in parenthesis next to their names for the ones I bothered to look up.

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Daryl Jones (STL) Surprise Rafters 4 47 0.085
Jose Tabata (PIT) Scottsdale Scorpions 2 42 0.048
Nevin Ashley (TB) Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 31 0.065
Ruben Tejada (NYM) Surprise Rafters 2 36 0.056

The Dominican League is only a week and a half into there season, and Pablo Ozuna is the only player to be plunked twice so far. You may remember him from such teams as the Chicago White Sox from 2005 to mid-2008, but he spent 2009 hanging around the Phillies farm system, and is currently a free agent – perhaps hoping his Dominican league efforts at getting hit by pitches will land him an offer.

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Pablo Ozuna Estrellas de Oriente 2 22 0.091
Juan Richardson Estrellas de Oriente 1 21 0.048
Hector Luna
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Aguilas Cibaenas 1 18 0.056
Josh Pressley Estrellas de Oriente 1 11 0.091
Matt Tupman (KC)
Tigres del Licey 1 15 0.067
Matt Carson (OAK)
Aguilas Cibaenas 1 16 0.063
Jose Campusano Gigantes del Cibao 1 9 0.111
Elian Herrera Aguilas Cibaenas 1 10 0.1
Jamie Hoffmann Leones del Escogido 1 16 0.063
Tony Abreu (ARI)
Aguilas Cibaenas 1 18 0.056

In the Mexican League, Heber Gomez is leading with 4 HBPs, with Roman Orantes chasing him at 3 HBPs. Neither of them is currently affiliated with a Major League club.

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Heber Gomez Venados de Mazatlan 4 47 0.085
Ramon Orantes Caneros de los Mochis 3 47 0.064
Javier Robles Mayos de Navojoa 2 49 0.041
Refugio Cervantes Tomateros de Culiacan 2 53 0.038
Abel Martinez Mayos de Navojoa 2 58 0.034
John Mayberry (PHI) Yaquis de Obregon 2 38 0.053
Said Gutierrez Yaquis de Obregon 2 48 0.042
Daniel Fornes Yaquis de Obregon 2 48 0.042
Francisco Arias Mayos de Navojoa 2 60 0.033
Neil Sellers (PHI) Yaquis de Obregon 2 57 0.035
Sandy Madera Caneros de los Mochis 2 62 0.032

Lastly, we have the Venezuelan League – which so far has been the plunkiest league of all with a batter getting hit about once every 53.5 plate appearances. Adam Heether and Jon Jay have each been hit 5 times in Venezuala so far, and they play for the same team. No word yet on whether Hugo Chavez plans to cease those plunks for the government any time soon. Heether is a Brewers minor leaguer, and appears to have played at every level of their organization except the majors – and at every position. Jon Jay is a Cardinals minor leaguer who got hit 12 times for AAA Memphis in 2009. Also notable is Brendan Katin, with 3 plunks in just 31 plate appearances so far – he’s been hit 40 times at various minor league levels for the Brewers system.

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Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Adam Heether (MIL)
Leones del Caracas 5 68 0.074
Jon Jay (STL) Leones del Caracas 5 71 0.070
Ezequiel Carrera (SEA) Navegantes del Magallanes 4 70 0.057
Dennys Abreu Bravos de Margarita 3 33 0.091
Luis Gonzalez Caribes de Anzoategui 3 58 0.052
David Paisano (TEX) Tiburones de La Guaira 3 49 0.061
Brendan Katin (MIL) Aguilas de Zulia 31 0.097
Daniel Dorn (CIN) Caribes de Anzoategui 3 45 0.067

Pitchers and Catchers report – on what?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Pitchers and Catchers are beginning spring training, with the Red Sox and Indians starting camp yesterday, and the other 28 teams kicking things off between today and Sunday. This is a special time, when the pitching batteries get to do their sinister plotting before the regular position players (aka targets) have gotten to their spring training sites. You didn’t think it was just because pitchers and catchers need more work in the spring did you? No – they like to plan, and work on secret things that they don’t want the regular position players and hitters to know. In some cases they work on new and clever ways to hit batters without looking like they’re trying to. In other cases they have extensive meetings to review studies of whether or not it’s even possible to miss batters like Jason Kendall, Carlos Quentin and Chase Utley.

These are the subjects of many of the reports turned in by pitchers and catchers, but those are advanced topics. They all have to do a report, or so the headline leads me to believe when it says “pitchers and catchers report”, and while the veterans and leading minds tackle the tough and top secret topics like who to hit with pitches and how hard to hit them, the rest of the pitchers and catchers are left to their own discretion what to do for their reports. Unfortunately, I fear most of the pitchers and catchers have probably paid too much attention to major sports news outlets and they all be reporting on nothing but Brett Favre (wanting to avoid the more sensitive topics closer to their own sport). But, just to help them out with their reports, maybe we can think of some better topics here.

So, if you’re a pitcher or catcher and need help with your report, I give you full permission to use the following information about the final HBP totals in the various winter leagues. Maybe you can write it up as a study comparing the leagues, or maybe if you’re one of these people listed you can write it as the classic “what I did on my winter vacation” report. Or, you can make a diorama. That’s always fun too.


Arizona Fall League HBP Leaders (Batting):

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Casper Wells Mesa Solar Sox 8 96 0.083
Chris Pettit Scottsdale Scorpions 7 164 0.043
Kevin Frandsen Scottsdale Scorpions 7 152 0.046
Tyler Greene Peoria Saguaros 5 99 0.051
Eric Young Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 122 0.025
Brandon Snyder Surprise Rafters 3 72 0.042
Mike Baxter Peoria Saguaros 3 101 0.03
Emmanuel Burriss Scottsdale Scorpions 3 93 0.032
Michael McKenry Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 98 0.031
Kevin Russo Peoria Javelins 3 123 0.024
Brian McFall Surprise Rafters 3 73 0.041

Arizona Fall League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Sergio Perez Scottsdale Scorpions 6 106 0.057
Rowdy Hardy Surprise Rafters 5 103 0.049
Gaby Hernandez Peoria Javelins 4 136 0.029
Joe Woerman Peoria Javelins 3 62 0.048
Jeff Sues Scottsdale Scorpions 3 71 0.042
Dan Cortes Surprise Rafters 3 132 0.023
Jeff Manship Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 167 0.018
Kevin Pucetas Scottsdale Scorpions 3 146 0.021
Phil Hughes Peoria Javelins 3 124 0.024
Tommy Hanson Mesa Solar Sox 3 124 0.024
Shane Lindsay Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 96 0.031

Hawaii Winter League HBP Leaders (Batting):

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Darin Holcomb Honolulu Sharks 6 110 0.055
Tommy Giles Waikiki Beach Boys 4 84 0.048
Chris Carter North Shore Honu 4 101 0.04
Todd Frazier Waikiki Beach Boys 4 116 0.034
James Skelton West Oahu CaneFires 3 87 0.034
Gregory Burns West Oahu CaneFires 3 124 0.024
Adam Loewen West Oahu CaneFires 3 38 0.079
Matt McBride North Shore Honu 3 151 0.02
Cyle Hankerd West Oahu CaneFires 3 106 0.028
Mark Hallberg West Oahu CaneFires 3 136 0.022
Tony Thomas Waikiki Beach Boys 3 136 0.022

Hawaii Winter League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Chris Salberg West Oahu CaneFires 7 136 0.051
Steve Edlefsen Waikiki Beach Boys 6 72 0.083
Jason Godin North Shore Honu 5 137 0.036
Rob Harmon Waikiki Beach Boys 4 73 0.055
Scott Shaw Honolulu Sharks 4 124 0.032

Dominican Winter League HBP Leaders (Batting):

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Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Juan Francisco Gigantes del Cibao 7 210 0.033
Timo Perez Tigres del Licey 7 273 0.026
Aguilas Cibaenas 7 115 0.061
Esteban German Azucareros del Este 6 199 0.03
Angel Berroa Azucareros del Este 5 93 0.054
Dusty Brown Azucareros del Este 5 99 0.051

Dominican Winter League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Julio DePaula Gigantes del Cibao 7 128 0.055
Ramon Ortiz Tigres del Licey 5 196 0.026
Julian Tavarez Aguilas Cibaenas 4 194 0.021
Dustin Nippert Tigres del Licey 4 150 0.027
Matt Wright Tigres del Licey 4 151 0.026

Mexican Pacific League HBP Leaders (Batting)

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Jesse Gutierrez Caneros de los Mochis 7 300 0.023
Sergio Contreras Yaquis de Obregon 7 182 0.038
Jose Rodriguez Algodoneros de Guasave 7 347 0.02
Carlos Gastelum Naranjeros de Hermosillo 6 285 0.021
Oswaldo Morejon Aguilas de Mexicali 6 325 0.018
Todd Jennings Aguilas de Mexicali 6 175 0.034
Kit Pellow* Tomateros de Culiacan 6 96 0.063
Ruben Rivera Venados de Mazatlan 5 210 0.024
Geronimo Gil Naranjeros de Hermosillo 5 235 0.021
Brian Myrow Venados de Mazatlan 5 117 0.043
John Lindsey Venados de Mazatlan 5 187 0.027

* – Besides being hit 6 times for Tomateros de Culiacan, Kit Pellow was also plunked 4 times for Algodoneros de Guasave for a total of 10 plunks in 112 plate appearances in the Mexican Pacific League. He also managed to get 23 plate appearances for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League, but didn’t get plunked there.

Mexican Pacific League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Pablo Ortega Venados de Mazatlan 7 451 0.016
Alfredo Caudillo Aguilas de Mexicali 7 298 0.023
Edgar Gonzalez Naranjeros de Hermosillo 7 277 0.025
Oscar Villarreal Aguilas de Mexicali 6 252 0.024
Miguel Ramirez Naranjeros de Hermosillo 6 296 0.02

Puerto Rican Winter League HBP Leaders (Batting)

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Randy Ruiz Indios de Mayaguez 7 137 0.051
Joe Thurston Leones de Ponce 6 167 0.036
Jorge Padilla Lobos de Arecibo 6 214 0.028
John Rodriguez Cangrejeros de Santurce 6 108 0.056
Luis Matos Criollos de Caguas 5 184 0.027
Jose Leon Lobos de Arecibo 5 158 0.032

Puerto Rican Winter League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Josue Matos Gigantes de Carolina 6 220 0.027
Angel Garcia Cangrejeros de Santurce 5 112 0.045
Hector Mercado Leones de Ponce 5 312 0.016
Chris Kelly Lobos de Arecibo 5 160 0.031
Orlando Roman* Criollos de Caguas 5 225 0.022

* – Orlando Roman also hit 2 of the 24 batters he faces pitching for Indios de Mayaguez for a total of 7 hit batters and 249 batters faced. He also faced 27 batters in the Caribbean Series, but didn’t hit anyone.

Venezuelan Winter League HBP Leaders (Batting)

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Brendan Katin Aguilas de Zulia 11 221 0.05
Max Ramirez Tiburones de La Guaira 8 203 0.039
Luis Gonzalez* Caribes de Anzoategui 8 208 0.038
Jose Lopez Cardenales de Lara 7 187 0.037
Jesus Guzman Leones del Caracas 7 374 0.019

* – Luis Gonzalez also got hit once for Leones del Caracas, for a total of 9 HBPs in 276 plate appearances in the Venezuelan League.

Venezuelan Winter League HB Leaders (Pitching):

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Tracy Thorpe Cardenales de Lara 6 187 0.032
Tony Armas Leones del Caracas 6 109 0.055
Darwin Cubillan Leones del Caracas 5 132 0.038
Yorman Bazardo Tigres de Aragua 5 237 0.021
Harold Eckert Tiburones de La Guaira 5 173 0.029
Henry Bonilla Tiburones de La Guaira 5 357 0.014
Marcel Prado Aguilas de Zulia 5 68 0.074

Caribbean Series Plunks:
(In case your not familiar with the Caribbean Series, every year the winning teams from the Venezuelan, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Domincan winter leagues get together and play a round robin tournament called the Caribbean Series. Each team plays each other team twice.)

Team Venezuala won the Caribbean series this year, but it was Mexico who took the title for getting hit by the most pitches, with 3 plunks in their 6 series games. Christian Quintero got hit twice for Mexico, by Giancarlo Alvarado of Puerto Rico, and Oneli Perez from the Dominican team. Mexico’s 3rd HBP was recorded by Agustin Murillo against Edward Buzachero of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican team led the tournament in hitting batters, with 3 – two against the Mexican team, and one more against the Dominican Republic when Travis Minix hit Ronny Paulino. That was the only plunk taken on behalf of the Dominican team. Rounding out the Caribbean Series HBP list, Jose Cobos, representing Mexico, hit Luis Maza, of the Venezuelan team, and Andrew Lorraine, pitching for Venezuala, hit Jesus Feliciano of Team Puerto Rico.

Winter league update – pitchers

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

While many baseball fans have been busy enjoying freezing weather, snow, ice storms causing power failures, and other joys of winter, a lot of baseball players have been hanging around the various Caribbean leagues playing winter ball and getting hit by pitches. Which means it’s time to take a look at who’s been hitting the most batters in the winter leagues.

Arizona Fall League
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their season in November, with Braves prospect Tommy Hanson winning the league MVP. But, Hanson only hit 3 of the 124 batters he faced in AFL play, which was good for only 8th place on the hit batters list. Sergio Perez was the biggest threat to batters safety in the league, hitting 6 batters, and only not hitting 100. He works for the Astros and could be plunking opposing batters for them in spring training soon.

Arizona Fall League hit batter leaders

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Sergio Perez Scottsdale Scorpions 6 106 0.057
Rowdy Hardy Surprise Rafters 5 103 0.049
Gaby Hernandez Peoria Javelins 4 136 0.029
Joe Woerman Peoria Javelins 3 62 0.048
Jeff Sues Scottsdale Scorpions 3 71 0.042
Shane Lindsay Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 96 0.031
Phil Hughes Peoria Javelins 3 124 0.024
Tommy Hanson Mesa Solar Sox 3 124 0.024
Dan Cortes Surprise Rafters 3 132 0.023
Kevin Pucetas Scottsdale Scorpions 3 146 0.021
Jeff Manship Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 167 0.018

Hawaii Winter League
The Hawaii Winter League also finished play in November, despite the name, and their leader in throwing baseballs at opposing hitters was Chris Salberg of the Orioles farm system. He hit 7 of the 136 batters he faced. But, right behind him was Steve Edlefson of the Giants system. He drilled 6 batters, but only needed 72 attempts, meaning he hit one out of every 12 batters.

Hawaii Winter League hit batter leaders

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Chris Salberg West Oahu CaneFires 7 136 0.051
Steve Edlefsen Waikiki Beach Boys 6 72 0.083
Jason Godin North Shore Honu 5 137 0.036
Rob Harmon Waikiki Beach Boys 4 73 0.055
Scott Shaw Honolulu Sharks 4 124 0.032
Austin Chambliss Honolulu Sharks 3 45 0.067
Cody Scarpetta West Oahu CaneFires 3 71 0.042
Josh Stinson Honolulu Sharks 3 99 0.03
Johnny Venters Honolulu Sharks 3 136 0.022
Daiki Kiyohara West Oahu CaneFires 2 64 0.031
Moises Robles West Oahu CaneFires 2 81 0.025
Matt Meyer North Shore Honu 2 86 0.023
Christopher Kissock Honolulu Sharks 2 87 0.023
Timothy Bascom West Oahu CaneFires 2 91 0.022
Shawn Nottingham North Shore Honu 2 97 0.021
Roy Merritt Honolulu Sharks 2 98 0.02
Jose Capellan North Shore Honu 2 109 0.018
Fumikazu Kimura West Oahu CaneFires 2 131 0.015
Jun Hyeok Heo North Shore Honu 2 136 0.015
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Waikiki Beach Boys 2 161 0.012

Dominican Winter League
In the Dominican Winter League, there are some big names in the field of hitting batters. The 2008 MLB leader in plunks, Daniel Cabrera, is pitching there this winter, along with Reds pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto, who tied for 3rd in the majors. But, it’s Julio Depaula who is showing them all how it’s done – or how not to do it, with 7 hit batters out of 110 batters faced. It looks like the Rays were impressed enough to sign him.

Dominican Winter League hit batter leaders:

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Julio DePaula Gigantes del Cibao 7 110 0.064
Ramon Ortiz Tigres del Licey 5 154 0.032
Dustin Nippert Tigres del Licey 4 150 0.027
Matt Wright Tigres del Licey 4 151 0.026
Julian Tavarez Aguilas Cibaenas 4 194 0.021
Carlos Marmol Tigres del Licey 3 32 0.094
Jose Acevedo Tigres del Licey 3 36 0.083
Anderson Garcia Estrellas de Oriente 3 51 0.059
Samuel Gervacio Tigres del Licey 3 52 0.058
Elizardo Ramirez Leones del Escogido 3 59 0.051
Juan Feliciano Aguilas Cibaenas 3 100 0.03
Omar Beltre Azucareros del Este 3 184 0.016
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Mexican Pacific League
In the Mexican League, major league veteran Oscar Villarreal has hit 6 batters in 252 attempts, but Rays farm hand Pablo Ortega and someone named Alfredo Caudillo have hit 7 each. Meanwhile, 41 year old former all-star Scott Erickson has hit 5 batters in 81 attempts, for a rate one plunk per 16.2 batters faced. Don’t call it a comeback – he’s been here for years. Game 4 of the Mexican League semi-finals is today.

Mexican Pacific League hit batter leaders

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Alfredo Caudillo Aguilas de Mexicali 7 298 0.023
Pablo Ortega Venados de Mazatlan 7 400 0.018
Oscar Villarreal Aguilas de Mexicali 6 252 0.024
Miguel Ramirez Naranjeros de Hermosillo 6 296 0.02
Scott Erickson Aguilas de Mexicali 5 81 0.062
Hugo Castellanos Yaquis de Obregon 5 175 0.029
Hansel Izquierdo Mayos de Navojoa 4 181 0.022
Sergio Valenzuela Venados de Mazatlan 4 201 0.02
Mauricio Lara Mayos de Navojoa 4 228 0.018
Edgar Gonzalez Naranjeros de Hermosillo 4 244 0.016
Mario Mendoza Mayos de Navojoa 4 252 0.016
Humberto Montemayor Aguilas de Mexicali 4 334 0.012
Francisco Campos Naranjeros de Hermosillo 4 389 0.01

Puerto Rican Winter League
The Puerto Rican Winter league has reached its postseason, and you can read all about it here if you can read spanish. I can’t. But I can tell you that Josue Matos has led the league in hitting batters, so far, with 6, but Angel Garcia has only needed to face 112 batters to hit 5. Garcia is in the Royals farm system, and Matos has played in the farm systems for Seattle, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Puerto Rican Winter League hit batter leaders

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Josue Matos Gigantes de Carolina 6 220 0.027
Angel Garcia Cangrejeros de Santurce 5 112 0.045
Chris Kelly Lobos de Arecibo 5 147 0.034
Orlando Roman Criollos de Caguas 5 225 0.022
Hector Mercado Leones de Ponce 5 263 0.019
Roy Merritt Indios de Mayaguez 4 56 0.071
P.J. Walters Gigantes de Carolina 4 161 0.025
Tomas Santiago Indios de Mayaguez 4 165 0.024
Josh Rainwater Leones de Ponce 4 173 0.023
Dillon Gee Leones de Ponce 4 215 0.019

Venezuelan Winter League
In the Venezuelan League, Major League Free Agent Tony Armas Jr. is showcasing himself to potential employers by leading the league in hit batters. He’s hit 6, tied for the league lead with Tracy Thorpe, who has been invited to Mariners training camp. Meanwhile, Felix Arellan only faced 32 batters, but at the rate he was going, he’d have hit 10.7 batters if he’d faced 100.

Venezualan Winter League hit batter leaders

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Tony Armas Leones del Caracas 6 109 0.055
Tracy Thorpe Cardenales de Lara 6 187 0.032
Marcel Prado Aguilas de Zulia 5 68 0.074
Darwin Cubillan Leones del Caracas 5 105 0.048
Harold Eckert Tiburones de La Guaira 5 173 0.029
Kasey Olenberger Bravos de Margarita 4 93 0.043
Yorman Bazardo Tigres de Aragua 4 189 0.021
Mike Romano Cardenales de Lara 4 279 0.014
Henry Bonilla Tiburones de La Guaira 4 313 0.013
Felix Arellan Leones del Caracas 3 32 0.094
Luis Torres Tiburones de La Guaira 3 42 0.071
Justin Berg Tigres de Aragua 3 60 0.050
Carmen Cali Tigres de Aragua 3 69 0.043
Eduardo Perez Aguilas de Zulia 3 101 0.030
Elio Serrano Navegantes del Magallanes 3 109 0.028
Rich Hill Tigres de Aragua 3 109 0.028
B.J. LaMura Aguilas de Zulia 3 119 0.025
Ivan Blanco Cardenales de Lara 3 122 0.025
Francisco Butto Tigres de Aragua 3 127 0.024
Rosman Garcia Tigres de Aragua 3 128 0.023
Yusmeiro Petit Navegantes del Magallanes 3 152 0.020
Jesus Delgado Tigres de Aragua 3 189 0.016
Horacio Estrada Tigres de Aragua 3 212 0.014
Heath Totten Aguilas de Zulia 3 314 0.010
Chris Jakubauskas Cardenales de Lara 3 330 0.009

Winter League HBP update

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

It’s about time to take another look at who’s getting hit by a lot of pitches in winter ball. Some of these players may be the HBP stars of the future.

Arizona Fall League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Casper Wells Mesa Solar Sox 8 96 0.083
Chris Pettit Scottsdale Scorpions 7 164 0.043
Kevin Frandsen Scottsdale Scorpions 7 152 0.046
Tyler Greene Peoria Saguaros 5 99 0.051
Brian McFall Surprise Rafters 3 73 0.041
Eric Young Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 122 0.025
Emmanuel Burriss Scottsdale Scorpions 3 93 0.032
Kevin Russo Peoria Javelins 3 123 0.024
Michael McKenry Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 98 0.031
Brandon Snyder Surprise Rafters 3 72 0.042
Mike Baxter Peoria Saguaros 3 101 0.03

Dominican Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Luis Terrero Aguilas Cibaenas 6 78 0.077
Timo Perez Tigres del Licey 5 142 0.035
Dusty Brown Azucareros del Este 4 90 0.044
Jake Fox Tigres del Licey 4 119 0.034
Amaury Cazana Tigres del Licey 4 155 0.026
Erick Aybar Tigres del Licey 3 127 0.024
Esteban German Azucareros del Este 3 84 0.036

Hawaii Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Darin Holcomb Honolulu Sharks 6 110 0.055
Chris Carter North Shore Honu 4 101 0.040
Tommy Giles Waikiki Beach Boys 4 84 0.048
Todd Frazier Waikiki Beach Boys 4 116 0.034
James Skelton West Oahu CaneFires 3 87 0.034
Cyle Hankerd West Oahu CaneFires 3 106 0.028
Matt McBride North Shore Honu 3 151 0.020
Mark Hallberg West Oahu CaneFires 3 136 0.022
Tony Thomas Waikiki Beach Boys 3 136 0.022
Gregory Burns West Oahu CaneFires 3 124 0.024
Adam Loewen West Oahu CaneFires 3 38 0.079

Mexican Pacific League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Carlos Gastelum Naranjeros de Hermosillo 6 166 0.036
Todd Jennings Aguilas de Mexicali 6 151 0.040
Brian Myrow Venados de Mazatlan 5 117 0.043
John Lindsey Venados de Mazatlan 4 103 0.039
Jonathan Aceves Tomateros de Culiacan 4 113 0.035
Kit Pellow Algodoneros de Guasave 4 116 0.034
Tike Redman Algodoneros de Guasave 4 166 0.024
Sergio Contreras Yaquis de Obregon 4 119 0.034
Luis Cruz Yaquis de Obregon 4 158 0.025
Cristhian Presichi Algodoneros de Guasave 4 172 0.023

Puerto Rican Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
John Rodriguez Cangrejeros de Santurce 5 58 0.086
Joe Thurston Leones de Ponce 3 68 0.044
Jose Leon Lobos de Arecibo 3 62 0.048
Luis Matos Criollos de Caguas 2 68 0.029
Jorge Padilla Lobos de Arecibo 2 66 0.030
Wilfredo Quintana Indios de Mayaguez 2 24 0.083
Bryan Anderson Gigantes de Carolina 2 34 0.059
Adam Rosales Lobos de Arecibo 2 64 0.031

Venezuelan Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances HBP per PA
Brendan Katin Aguilas de Zulia 7 100 0.070
Jackson Melian Leones del Caracas 6 116 0.052
Luis Gonzalez Caribes de Anzoategui 5 139 0.036
Luis Hernandez Tiburones de La Guaira 3 111 0.027
Richard Hidalgo Navegantes del Magallanes 3 142 0.021
Jose Castillo Leones del Caracas 3 109 0.028
Eliezer Alfonzo Caribes de Anzoategui 3 126 0.024
Gorkys Hernandez Caribes de Anzoategui 3 61 0.049
Luis Bolivar Aguilas de Zulia 3 70 0.043
Jesus Merchan Navegantes del Magallanes 3 29 0.103
Jesus Guzman Leones del Caracas 3 159 0.019

Winter League leaders in hitting batters

Monday, November 10th, 2008

You’re absolutely right. It is very strange that mlb.com has stats pages for the winter leagues, but doesn’t include HBPs for batter or Hit Batters for pitchers, and it is completely unclear why they would leave out such an important stat. It’s like they know I’ve got them covered or something.

Here are the Hit Batters leaders among pitchers in the various winter leagues:

Arizona Fall League

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Rowdy Hardy Surprise Rafters 5 77 0.065
Gaby Hernandez Peoria Javelins 4 79 0.051
Sergio Perez Scottsdale Scorpions 4 81 0.049
Jeff Sues Scottsdale Scorpions 3 52 0.058
Tommy Hanson Mesa Solar Sox 3 68 0.044
Dan Cortes Surprise Rafters 3 101 0.03
David Patton Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 44 0.045
Joe Woerman Peoria Javelins 2 50 0.04
Zechry Zinicola Peoria Saguaros 2 52 0.038
Doug Fister Peoria Javelins 2 53 0.038
Kelvin Pichardo Scottsdale Scorpions 2 55 0.036
T.J. Large Scottsdale Scorpions 2 57 0.035
Kris Medlen Mesa Solar Sox 2 57 0.035
Andrew Laughter Surprise Rafters 2 57 0.035
Eddie Kunz Peoria Saguaros 2 62 0.032
Carlos Torres Peoria Saguaros 2 62 0.032
Shane Lindsay Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 63 0.032
Bud Norris Scottsdale Scorpions 2 63 0.032
Jared Hughes Scottsdale Scorpions 2 76 0.026
Cory VanAllen Peoria Saguaros 2 78 0.026
Nick Green Scottsdale Scorpions 2 81 0.025
Brooks Brown Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 81 0.025
Phil Hughes Peoria Javelins 2 89 0.022
Kevin Pucetas Scottsdale Scorpions 2 94 0.021
Jeff Manship Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 112 0.018

Dominican Winter League

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Jose Acevedo Tigres del Licey 3 32 0.094
Anderson Garcia Estrellas de Oriente 2 18 0.111
Juan Feliciano Aguilas Cibaenas 2 24 0.083
Anastacio Martinez Estrellas de Oriente 2 25 0.08
Randy Choate Aguilas Cibaenas 2 34 0.059
Rafael Garcia Azucareros del Este 2 48 0.042
Matt Wright Tigres del Licey 2 65 0.031
Dustin Nippert Tigres del Licey 2 85 0.024

Hawaii Winter League

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Steve Edlefsen Waikiki Beach Boys 6 69 0.087
Chris Salberg West Oahu CaneFires 5 114 0.044
Jason Godin North Shore Honu 5 119 0.042
Rob Harmon Waikiki Beach Boys 4 66 0.061
Scott Shaw Honolulu Sharks 4 108 0.037
Austin Chambliss Honolulu Sharks 3 40 0.075
Johnny Venters Honolulu Sharks 3 114 0.026
Cody Scarpetta West Oahu CaneFires 2 42 0.048
Daiki Kiyohara West Oahu CaneFires 2 64 0.031
Matt Meyer North Shore Honu 2 74 0.027
Moises Robles West Oahu CaneFires 2 77 0.026
Roy Merritt Honolulu Sharks 2 85 0.024
Christopher Kissock Honolulu Sharks 2 85 0.024
Shawn Nottingham North Shore Honu 2 89 0.022
Timothy Bascom West Oahu CaneFires 2 91 0.022
Josh Stinson Honolulu Sharks 2 93 0.022
Fumikazu Kimura West Oahu CaneFires 2 103 0.019
Jose Capellan North Shore Honu 2 109 0.018
Mitsuo Yoshikawa Waikiki Beach Boys 2 120 0.017

Mexican Pacific League

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Allan Ramirez Yaquis de Obregon 3 50 0.06
Hugo Castellanos Yaquis de Obregon 3 51 0.059
Federico Castaneda Tomateros de Culiacan 3 59 0.051
Scott Chiasson Mayos de Navojoa 3 76 0.039
Ignacio Montano Algodoneros de Guasave 3 94 0.032
Juan Acevedo Aguilas de Mexicali 3 131 0.023
Pablo Ortega Venados de Mazatlan 3 156 0.019
Miguel Duarte Aguilas de Mexicali 2 24 0.083
Nelson Cruz Tomateros de Culiacan 2 40 0.05
Isidro Marquez Yaquis de Obregon 2 43 0.047
Alan Guerrero Algodoneros de Guasave 2 47 0.043
Jorge Vasquez Caneros de los Mochis 2 59 0.034
Adrian Ramirez Yaquis de Obregon 2 60 0.033
Alejandro Rios Tomateros de Culiacan 2 62 0.032
Sergio Valenzuela Venados de Mazatlan 2 67 0.03
Miguel Ramirez Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2 89 0.022
Hansel Izquierdo Mayos de Navojoa 2 99 0.02
Leonardo Gonzalez Mayos de Navojoa 2 111 0.018
Sergio Lizarraga Tomateros de Culiacan 2 115 0.017
Humberto Montemayor Aguilas de Mexicali 2 135 0.015
Ismael Castillo d> Caneros de los Mochis 2 136 0.015
Brian Mazone Yaquis de Obregon 2 145 0.014

Venezuelan Winter League

Name Team HB Batters Faced HB per BF
Harold Eckert Tiburones de La Guaira 4 75 0.053
Kasey Olenberger Bravos de Margarita 3 62 0.048
Felix Arellan Leones del Caracas 2 13 0.154
Josmir Romero Cardenales de Lara 2 18 0.111
Randy Newsom Leones del Caracas 2 19 0.105
Edgar Gutierrez Bravos de Margarita 2 26 0.077
Darwin Cubillan Leones del Caracas 2 37 0.054
Elio Serrano Navegantes del Magallanes 2 39 0.051
Yorman Bazardo Tigres de Aragua 2 42 0.048
Rosman Garcia Tigres de Aragua 2 50 0.04
Brian Gordon Tiburones de La Guaira 2 56 0.036
Tracy Thorpe Cardenales de Lara 2 80 0.025
Michael Tejera Caribes de Anzoategui 2 85 0.024
J.R. Mathes Leones del Caracas 2 86 0.023
Mike Romano Cardenales de Lara 2 90 0.022

Winter League HBP leaders

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Just in case any of you thought writing a blog about Major Leaguers getting hit by pitches was too obscure, here’s the leaders in the various Winter Leagues. If you’re looking to travel to see some HBP action, it looks like the Dominican Winter League is the place to be – they’re averaging 1.52 plunks per game. The Arizona Fall League is the next best choice, where they hit batters 1.2 times per game. Behind them are the Venezuelan and Hawaii Winter Leagues, averaging 1.02 and 1 plunk per game, and the Mexican Pacific League where batters have been plunked 0.93 times per game so far this year.

Anyway, here are the HBP leaders (batting) through 10/30/2008, by league:

Arizona Fall League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances
Kevin Frandsen Scottsdale Scorpions 7 66
Casper Wells Mesa Solar Sox 7 55
Chris Pettit Scottsdale Scorpions 3 83
Emmanuel Burriss Scottsdale Scorpions 3 65
Eric Young Phoenix Desert Dogs 3 76
Tyler Greene Peoria Saguaros 3 52
Nolan Reimold Surprise Rafters 2 55
Nate Spears Mesa Solar Sox 2 54
Brian McFall Surprise Rafters 2 39
Leonard Davis Peoria Saguaros 2 47
Drew Stubbs Peoria Javelins 2 53
Sean Kazmar Peoria Saguaros 2 49
Shelby Ford Scottsdale Scorpions 2 75
Mike Baxter Peoria Saguaros 2 42
Brandon Snyder Surprise Rafters 2 36
Michael McKenry Phoenix Desert Dogs 2 35
Juan Miranda Peoria Javelins 2 49

Dominican Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances
Amaury Cazana Tigres del Licey 3 58
Timo Perez Tigres del Licey 3 52
Luis Terrero Aguilas Cibaenas 3 32
Juan Richardson Leones del Escogido 2 17
Danilo Sanchez Leones del Escogido 2 16
Adam Pavkovich Tigres del Licey 2 24
Diory Hernandez Leones del Escogido 2 27
Bradley Coon Estrellas de Oriente 2 19


Hawaii Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances
Tommy Giles Waikiki Beach Boys 4 66
Tony Thomas Waikiki Beach Boys 3 83
Darin Holcomb Honolulu Sharks 3 77
Todd Frazier Waikiki Beach Boys 3 97
Cyle Hankerd West Oahu CaneFires 3 74
Buster Posey Waikiki Beach Boys 2 47
James Skelton West Oahu CaneFires 2 56
Marquez Smith Waikiki Beach Boys 2 90
Lars Davis Honolulu Sharks 2 42
Gregory Burns West Oahu CaneFires 2 85
Mark Hallberg West Oahu CaneFires 2 83
Chris Carter North Shore Honu 2 82
Bradley Emaus Honolulu Sharks 2 63
Matt McBride North Shore Honu 2 105


Mexican Pacific League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances
Carlos Gastelum Naranjeros de Hermosillo 4 66
Brian Myrow Venados de Mazatlan 4 63
Luis Cruz Yaquis de Obregon 3 40
Pedro Diaz Caneros de los Mochis 3 45
Cristhian Presichi Algodoneros de Guasave 3 73
Javier Robles Mayos de Navojoa 2 66
Xavier Paul Aguilas de Mexicali 2 63
Todd Jennings Aguilas de Mexicali 2 66
Fernando Rios Mayos de Navojoa 2 40
Jason Dubois Aguilas de Mexicali 2 64
Kit Pellow Algodoneros de Guasave 2 75
Erubiel Durazo Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2 75
Tike Redman Algodoneros de Guasave 2 65
Jason Phillips Yaquis de Obregon 2 52

Venezuelan Winter League

Name Team HBP Plate Appearances
Luis Gonzalez Caribes de Anzoategui 5 55
Brendan Katin Aguilas de Zulia 3 43
Luis Oliveros Aguilas de Zulia 2 44
Rajai Davis Caribes de Anzoategui 2 44
Jackson Melian Leones del Caracas 2 45
Eliezer Alfonzo Caribes de Anzoategui 2 53
Jesus Guzman Leones del Caracas 2 62
Gorkys Hernandez Caribes de Anzoategui 2 15

If Kevin Frandsen’s name sounds familiar, he’s the guy who got hit by a pitch in his first three major league games, back in 2006. He’s still with the Giants organization. Casper Wells is a prospect for the Detroit Tigers, and looks like he might be ready to add some valuable HBPs to their offense.