Tuesday, July 21, 2015

S32 American League All-Youth Team

Below is my top team of 30 American League players currently on MLB rosters who are 25 years-old or younger.  These are based on my opinion.  Some positions were more competitive than others.  Although statistics are listed, ratings were a major factor in determining the team.  If you think somebody got snubbed, feel free to discuss on the message board.


Season 32 American League All-Youth Team
(Click on a player’s name to view their HBD profile)

C:
Cesar Durazo (Salem): .341 OBP, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 39% CS, 3.35 cERA
Cesar Santos (Boston): .321 OBP, 18 HR, 67 RBI, 26% CS, 4.18 cERA

1B:
Angel De La Rosa (Nashville): .340 OBP, 43 HR, 114 RBI
Felipe Osoria (Kansas City): .329 OBP, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 13 SB, 17 Plus Plays
Francisco Cervantes (Omaha): .312 OBP, 31 HR, 87 RBI

2B:
Abraham Logan (Nashville): .288 BA, 27 HR, 92 RBI, 12 SB, .985 F%
Nate Harrison (St. Louis): .276 BA, 16 HR, 50 RBI, 21 SB, .986 F%, 11 Plus Plays

SS:
Jesus Esposito (Tampa Bay): .257 BA, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 15 SB, 15 Plus Plays
John Nix (Dover): .267 BA, 41 RBI, 36 SB

3B:
Wendell Werth (Nashville): S30 & S31 All-Star, .327 BA, 45 HR, 119 RBI, 20 SB, 18 Plus Plays
Andres Rivera (Omaha): .275 BA, 20 HR, 59 RBI, 23 SB

CF:
Fernando Espinosa (Rochester): .383 OBP, 32 RBI, 31 SB, .987 F%, 7 Plus Plays
Willie Johnson (Chicago): Rookie – 91 Range, 86 R-Split, 94 Speed

LF:
Stone Bennett (Chicago): .385 OBP, 36 HR, 110 RBI, 15 SB
Ernest Grimsley (Nashville): .314 OBP, 20 HR, 56 RBI, 6 Plus Plays

RF:
Michael Chong (Milwaukee): .260 BA, 39 HR, 119 RBI
Arismendy DeRojas (Anaheim): .284 BA, 18 HR, 54 RBI

DH:
Ron Atkins (Tampa Bay): .355 OBP, 36 HR, 112 RBI
Vince Tollberg (Milwaukee): Rookie – 94 L-Split, 84 R-Split, 77 Power

Starting Pitchers:
Lonny Gonzalez (Salem): S31 Cy Young, 22-6, 3.66 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .250 OAV
Esteban Mujica (Chicago): S31 ROY, 15-6, 2.26 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .195 OAV
Lariel Osuna (Nashville): 18-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .252 OAV
Rymer Tavarez (Salem): 18-7, 2.96 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .242 OAV
Alberto Rivas (Anaheim): 16-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .268 OAV
Brace Cota (Salem): 15-5, 3.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .205 OAV
Michael Boyer (Chicago): 11-11, 4.39 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .251 OAV

Relief Pitchers:
Alex James (Nashville): 3 time All-Star, 43 Saves, 2.04 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .217 OAV
J.A. Burke (Chicago): 22 Saves, 3.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .268 OAV
Dillon Abbott (Omaha): 26 Saves, 3.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .253 OAV
Pedro Ontiveros (St. Louis): 4.75 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, .264 OAV

Honorable Mention:
C Tom Volstad (El Paso), C Edgar James (Rochester), 1B Kolten Doster (Durham), 2B Frank Starling (Chicago), 2B Phillip Bruske (Kansas City), SS Santo Herrera (New York), 3B Ricardo Sosa (Chicago), CF Sidney Zagone (Nashville), LF Harley Rose (Durham), LF Peter Komatsu (Huntington), LF J.D. Sele (El Paso), RF Russell Castillo (Anaheim), DH Vin Chavez (Boston), DH Brett Hiller (Chicago), SP Gio Esposito (Tampa Bay), SP Jamie Snow (St. Louis), RP Casper Corbin (Tampa Bay), RP Orval Jungmann (New York)

S32 PRESEASON PREVIEW NL WEST

Last season season won the division by 15 games, winning 106 games.  They eventually went on to win the World Series title for the second time in franchise history.  It also marked the fourth straight division title, and the fourth straight 100+ win season.  Albuquerque took second last season winning 91 games and then collecting the wildcard spot.   The won their first series, but eventually lost to Seattle in the DCS.   That was their second straight winning season.  Oklahoma City took third last season and grabbed the last wildcard spot.  They lost to Texas in the wildcard round.  They seem to be having troubles getting over the hump as they have placed 3rd or 4th place for 6 straight seasons in a very tough division.  Colorado Springs brought up the bottom of the division, placing fourth.  That franchise has 3 straight losing seasons, only one of them under the management of FF.

I ranked all teams in each category.  The AL teams are ranked separately from the NL teams.  16 teams obviously in each league.

Seattle Strikers
Owner: Ghutton9(26 seasons)

Offense-5th

Pitching-3rd
Starters-3rd
Relief-5th

Defense-3rd

Oklahoma City Prairie Dogs
Owner: brentcnb(20th season)

Offense-15th

Pitching-15th
Starters-15th
Relief-14th

Defense-6th

Albuquerque Komodo Dragons
Owner:Csudak(13 seasons)

Offense-2nd

Pitching-10th
Starters-6th
Relief-13th

Defense-12th

Press release- Some thoughts on the team:

-Hartzell looks like a real ML stud and we've moved him to 3B as his def numbers were just too low for SS. 
-Love my OF as a combination of power and def, no weak players there.
-Concerned this could be the year Holmes and Heiserman finally start to decline, but I've thought that for the last 2 seasons and they keep proving me wrong. I'm loyal to a fault for those 2 and they are probably the reason I have the next issue.
-Pitching just isn't there to make a serious run in the playoffs. Have some good arms, but no #1. Made runs in FA, but struck out. 


Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Owner: Fantasy Frea(11 seasons)

Offense-13th

Pitching-13th
Starters-12th
Relief-10th

Defense-9th

Predictions

I think Seattle should be able to take this division fairly easily again.  I don't think they'll be good enough to win the WS again, but I certainly think they will be in the thick of things and should get a win total in the high 90's.  The AQ has some awesome hitters and some decent starters.  However, their bullpen is going to kill them.  They should be wildcard contenders,.  Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs should have a good battle for their place.  Although I don't believe neither team has enough to string any serious wins together.  I'd look  for them for a win total in the high 60's.

1. Seattle
2. Albuquerque
3. Colorado Springs
4. Oklahoma City

Saturday, July 18, 2015

S32 PRESEASON PREVIEW NL SOUTH


Last season Texas had a great season.  They won 96 games and took the division by 12 games.  They squeaked by Oklahoma City in the Wildcard round, but then got swept by Scranton in the DCS.  That was Texas 5th straight winning season.  Louisville finished second last season with 84 wins, just missing out on the playoffs.  They have finished with a winning record for 12 of the last 13 seasons.  Houston finished third place, just missing out on a missing season by one game.  They have not had a winning season in the last 6.  Jackson finished at the bottom of the division for the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons.

I ranked all teams in each category.  The AL teams are ranked separately from the NL teams.  16 teams obviously in each league.

Jackson Juggernauts
Owner: Bobbyj7(20th season)

Offense-6th

Pitching-12th
Starters-11th
Relief-9th

Defense-7th

Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's
Owner: Arfy(17th season)

Offense-8th

Pitching-7th
Starters-9th
Relief-7th

Defense-14th

Press Release-  Louisville is officially in "Rebuilding mode".  However, we are dedicated to winning in Louisville still.  We have cut the team budget, but we still spent plenty of money in free agency.  The plan is to re tool through International signings.  We have many veterans available for trade on the trade block if the offers are fair.

This team lacks power.  We have maybe 2 power hitters and that's about it.  But we are going to get on base- A LOT this season!  The plan is to take many pitchers deep in the count and wear them down.

For pitching, we have two pretty good starters.  One mediocre starter, and two starters that aren't very good.  The bullpen we have Banks, which will put in many innings 120-150.  He will get a lot of hitters out.  And then we have a bullpen of solid pitchers.  No one great, but no one horrible either.  We're  expecting about 84 wins this season.

Houston Roughnecks
Owner:Bagwellbluff(11th season)

Offense-9th

Pitching-4th
Starters-2nd
Relief-8th

Defense- 4th

Press release: The Roughnecks are still a work in progress. We are in full "contending" mode. We have question marks. Our starting pitching should be good, but will our bullpen be worthy of a contender? We should hit well for power, but do we have enough people to hit for average? We should have a winning  record. I predict 85-77. It may not be enough for a wildcard, but we hope to in this season in a good position to address further needs next preseason, and I hope to bring the patient fans of Houston another title contending team in Minute Maid Park.


Texas Galveston Wave
Owner: Erichanville(8th season)

Offense-4th

Pitching-5th
Starters-8th
Relief-4th

Defense-5th

Press release- Okay well I am not too sure what to think of my team overall. The big question mark will be the pitching. Lost two starters due to old age and did not pick up any starting pitchers in free agency. This is definitely the weakest part of this team.

Relief pitching is average with one new key addition of Rickie Metcalf who will act as a setup man with the old existing crew. I feel like they will not be dominant but just good enough to get my starting pitching out of a few jams.

Offensively I think this team is great. Especially with the new key addition of Keith Williamson. I feel like this team is like a three headed snake, with Williamson, Dicky Stanley, and Bubbles Conger. Not too mention Alan Wilson with some gas still left in his tank as well.

Defensively my team has gotten better with the additions of Nick Erickson at CF who can cover a lot of ground which my team was lacking last season and Hank Herndon at SS, who is easily an upgrade over the prior SS for the Wave.

I am guessing my team will be .500 and if the pitching can come away with some surprising games we can easily get into the 90's in wins again. Will be curious to see how it all plays out.


Predictions

Texas is a solid B+ team.  A lot of this season will depend on how their starting pitching staff holds up.  Regardless, their hitting should be able to carry the team to another division title and into the playoffs.    Houston has a pretty good rotation, one of the best.  Unfortunately I don't think their hitting isn't going to be enough to carry them very far.  I think they'll the make the wildcard though.  Louisville is about average, but their defense is really lacking.  They might be lucky to hit the .500  mark this season.  Jackson should bring up the rear.  I don't think they'll be too far behind Louisville.    I would put them at 72-75 wins.

1. Texas
2. Houston
3. Louisville
4. Jackson

S32 PRESEASON PREVIEW NL EAST

The longstanding pride of Pinetar(three original Pinetar owners from season 1), the NL EAST was won last season  by Wichita.  They won 87 games and got swept in the wildcard round to the Breaking Bad team of the NL West, Albuquerque.  That was their third straight winning season.  They have recently relocated to Sunny San Juan.  So the U.S. no longer has to be ashamed., because they are not a real state. (he he).  Philadelphia placed second in the division winning 74 games.  It was their fourth straight losing season.    Cincinnati finished 3rd with 68 wins.  It was their second fewest win amount in any season in franchise history.  And Jacksonville finished the season with only 58 wins.  It ALSO, was their second fewest win total in franchise history.

I ranked all teams in each category.  The AL teams are ranked separately from the NL teams.  16 teams obviously in each league.

Philadelphia Moneymakers
Owner: Phillies26(32nd Season)

Offense-12th

Pitching-9th
Starters-14th
Relief-6th

Defense-8th

Cincinnati Firestorm
Owner: jbburner(32nd Season)

Offense-11th

Pitching-11th
Starters-10th
Relief-11th

Defense-15th

Press Release- I see the Firestorm as a .500 team at best. There has been a lack of hitting here which hasn't been improved and pitching which is average. Win/Loss prediction: 76-86


Jacksonville Juice
Owner:greygoose123(32nd Season)

Offense-7th

Pitching-8th
Starters-4th
Relief-12th

Defense-13th

Press Release- I am predicting a .500 season for my team. I signed some decent free agents, but my best young players are still very young. Next season, I fully expect to be competing for a playoff spot.



Wichita DwArf'y Mojados
Owner: Jibe(9th Season)

Offense-1st

Pitching-1st
Starters-1st
Relief-2nd

Defense- 2nd

Press Release- We have very high hopes going into season 32. I believe the change in ball park from Wichita to San Juan will lead to great things. I also believe that a great number of my players will be having comeback years. Headed by Rickie Halama and Tony Caballero. Also Jeimer Parra and Eli Duran who needs to show more than just promise this season. One guy who I expect to continue on the path of greatness is Eli Cruz who has HOF written all over his future. The new park should only help him.Pitching should be better as well. Headed by Geronimo Estrada and Rondell Collins. We could use better years by Eddie Plant and Javier Beltran. The pen should be good again with Dave Coleman and Juan Sierra. My big FA splash was getting Moises Olmedo and Roberto Lopez to come to San Juan. They better do well with all of the money I spent on them. I just hope that they don't spend all of their time in the hot tub recovering from injuries. The negative of this team is D, specifically a lack of a true CFer. We will need to out score the opposition and pitch our butts off because the D is suspect. SS should be very good with Raphael Santana leading the charge, but his bat is not the best.

So my prediction is a first place finish in my division and a 96-66 W/L record. 96 wins would set a franchise record. 

There are some very good teams in the NL but I believe that this one is also among the best so I have a WS appearance in the back of my mind for season 32.

Predictions

On paper, San Juan has one of the fiercest looking teams I've seen.  They are loaded from top to bottom.  Impressively they didn't sacrifice defense to get hitters. Should be a serious World Series contender.  I think Jacksonville will toy with the .500 mark and take second.    Their impressive starting rotation should carry them a little bit.  Philadelphia should win about 70 games, they are carried by their bullpen.  And Cincinnati should bring up the rear with wins in the 60's in another rebuilding season.  

1. San Juan
2. Jacksonville
3. Philadelphia
4. Cincinnati