Cincinnati Reds prospect Sebastian Elizalde extended his hitting streak for Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League last night to nine games. It was a big night for the outfielder, who went 4-5 with a steal and two runs scored.

During his 9-game hitting streak he has gone 17-42 (.405) and had five multi-hit games. A veteran of the Mexican Winter League, Sebastian Elizalde is having his best winter league season to date. He’s played in 30 games so far and is hitting .376/.460/.513 with 20 walks and 16 strikeouts. That has also come along with seven doubles, three home runs and seven stolen bases.

Sebastian Elizalde’s .376 average is third best in the league. His 20 walks are second in the league. The .460 on-base percentage is the top mark in the league. His .513 slugging percentage is ninth best in the league. The .973 OPS is the fifth best in the league.

Brennan Bernardino continued his outstanding Arizona Fall League season last night, too. Taking on Surprise, the lefty reliever tossed 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. The outing lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season, or down to 0.82 if you want to count his shutout inning in his shutout inning in the Fall Stars game.

Voting for Luis Castillo for Rookie of the Year

Dave Cameron of Fangraphs has an article up discussing his Rookie of the Year ballot. Cameron did not vote for Luis Castillo to win the award. He didn’t even vote him to be the runner up. What he did do, though, was vote for him as the third place finisher. Voters only get to vote for three players, unlike some other awards where you get many more spots to fill. Nine players in total received at least one vote. Cameron was the only voter to put Luis Castillo on his ballot.

Luis Castillo was dominant for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. But, his season only accounted for about 50% of the entire year. That worked against him, for sure. Cameron notes that for him, the final spot on his ballot came down to Rhys Hoskins and Castillo. His conclusion was rather interesting:

Setting a point distance from average underestimates how much more difficult it is to prevent runs over a half-season than it is to create them over a third of the season. So, in the end, I decided that Castillo’s quantity advantage slightly outweighed Hoskins’ production advantage, as both were similarly elite producers in their time in the Majors, but with Castillo doing it over a larger sample.

Essentially, Cameron notes that while compared to “league average”, Hoskins was better – the talent distribution from league average isn’t the same for pitchers and hitters. And that if we look at that distribution, what Luis Castillo did was much tougher to do than what Hoskins did.