1. Jorge Arangure writes at Baseball Prospectus about the low walk rates for Latin American ballplayers, and how Carlos Santana became the exception. Arangure also points out the disparate paths taken by young Venezuelan ballplayers who play more games versus their Dominican counterparts.
For reference, the National League average is right around 8%. So, what about some of the Mets' high-profile international prospects?
3B Wilmer Flores (Valencia, VZ)- 7.3% at AA, 6.9% in 2012 between advanced-A and AA.
OF Juan Lagares (Constanza, DR) - 6.8% in AA in 2012
3B Jefry Marte (La Romana, DR)- 8.4% in AA in 2012
OF Cesar Puello (La Romana, DR)- 2.8% in A+ in 2012
3B Aderlin Rodriguez (Santo Domingo, DR) - 7.2% total in 2012, 8.2% in the SAL, 4.9% in A+
2B/OF Jordany Valdespin (San Pedro de Macoris, DR) - 4.9% in MLB, 6.1% in AAA
Walks. More are better.
2. Mike Ashmore, the beat writer for the Trenton Thunder takes a look at how little money minor league baseball players actually make.