Wednesday, November 28, 2018

NL North Season 44 Preview

Wichita Tornadoes (Owner pinetaar-18th season)

Season 43/ 93-69 (Division Champ)

Owners thoughts/pinetaar's take- It's now or never...or deal with a retooled NL North that should all be above .500 soon, while my squad is peaking right now.   This is essentially the same team as last year, lateral moves made at CF and 5th starter.  Average offense with excellent speed, excellent starting pitching with reliable bullpen.  Average defense.  Minor leagues have some talent, not deep. 

Chicago Hawks (Owner awind-3rd season)

Season 43/ 75-87

Owners thoughts:  None provided.

pinetaar's take- Another rebuild year in Chicago.  Two free agent signings, veterans CF Steve Redmond & Pinch Hitter (?) Esmil Benitez won't do much to help improve from last year.   Offense is capable, but aging, decent speed still.  Starting pitching may have issues.  Solid bullpen.  Below average defense.  Minor leagues don’t show much promise.

Iowa City Hawkeyes (Owner tk21775-29th season)

Season 43/ 73-89

Owners thoughts:  I decided it was time to move my draft picks and guys I traded for the last two seasons up to the bigs and land a couple good FA’s.  Struck out on one and got the other pitcher I targeted.
pinetaar’s take- The rebuild has been released!  Major free agent signings and minors upcalls will bring Iowa in the Wild Card conversation this year, and perhaps the Division Title. 4 pitchers signed for $45M just this season shows tk’s serious about winning now.  Veteran CF Jack Westbrook a savvy signing at $3M.  Average offense with decent speed, Solid starting rotation with a very good bullpen.  Average defense.  Minor leagues stocked with talent.

Pawtucket Patriots (Owner bigronnie-8th season)

Season 43/ 68-94

Owners thoughts:  After all those seasons at the top, this team got old, without much upper minors talent.  The offense was weak last season, hopefully I have bolstered that a bit with the following players Darrin Atkins (2B), J.O. Leon (3B), Raul Roque (2B).  Pitching was OK last season, hopefully improved with additions of Ivan DeRojas (P) Dean Taylor (P) and Dennis Martin.  I don’t know if it’s enough to take down your team, but hopefully I can spank the other 2 guys in the division.

pinetaar’s take- After a lengthy time away, Pawtucket’s making some moves.  The FA signings ronnie mentioned may get this franchise out of the Division cellar where they’ve resided the last 4 seasons.  Playoff material?  Not likely…yet.  Good offense, slow as a turtle.  Below average starting pitching, with a marginal bullpen.  Poor defense.  Great minor league talent.

El Paso Walkers (owner sudbury1111-11th season)
Season 43/ 82-80

Owners Thoughts:  In El Paso, spring and summer are where hope blossoms and grows.  Fall is when it dies.  For several seasons now, El Paso has been expecting a contender and has been relying on its depth to make it happen.  It didn’t happen.  With only a few critical pieces remaining among the critical positions players, El Paso decided that this was the year t pick up a couple of affordable veteran clutch pitchers and try to reach that next tier.  They’ll be complimented by Wisler, a solid prospect coming out of AAA.  Time will tell if we pulled the trigger too soon.

pinetaar’s take- The AL sucks (Thanks for your contribution sudbury!)

Iowa City

Sunday, April 23, 2017

S38 DS Playoff Capsules

#1 Kansas City Yardbirds (93-69) vs. #4 Florida Freaks (84-78)
Season Series: Kansas City Won 6-4

Kansas City Florida
Owner: holleybard Owner: flyairbourne
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S37: no appearance S37: lost in AL Play-In (as Nashville)
S36: lost in World Series S36: lost in ALCS (as Nashville)
AL Team Rankings AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 813 (5th) Runs Scored: 850 (4th)
Team ERA: 4.45 (9th) Team ERA: 4.28 (5th)
Fielding %: .985 (9th) Fielding %: .981 (15th)
Award Nominees & All-Stars Award Nominees & All-Stars
LF - Felipe Osoria: MVP Finalist, Silver Slugger, All-Star P - Alex James: FOY Nominee, All-Star
P - Marcus Ledee: All-Star SS - Cristobal Izquierdo: Silver Slugger
P - Noel Lima: All-Star CF - Sidney Zagone: Silver Slugger
1B - Rickie Halama: All-Star LF - Daryle Swann: Gold Glove, ROY Finalist
3B - Hugh Patterson: All-Star RF - Eduardo Aguilar: ROY Finalist

#2 Omaha Oracles (90-72) vs. #6 Milwaukee Magnitude (87-75)
Season Series: Tied 5-5

Omaha Milwaukee
Owner: npbed Owner: horvie78
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S37: no appearance S37: lost in ALCS
S36: no appearance S36: lost in ALDS
AL Team Rankings AL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 732 (12th) Runs Scored: 781 (10th)
Team ERA: 3.59 (1st) Team ERA: 4.07 (3rd)
Fielding %: .987 (3rd) Fielding %: .986 (8th)
Award Nominees & All-Stars Award Nominees & All-Stars
P - Rondell Collins: All-Star P - Yoshinori Zhou: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star
P - Dillon Abbott: All-Star, FOY Finalist DH - Vince Tollberg: Silver Slugger
P - Renyel Gonzalez: All-Star LF - Cookie Tapia: Impact Player
P - Joely Hiller: ROY Finalist RF - Michael Chong: Impact Player
1B - Francisco Cervantes: Impact Player P - Alex Espinosa: Impact Player

#1 Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's (102-60) vs. #4 Albuquerque Komodo Dragons (75-87)
Season Series: Louisville Won 6-4

Louisville Albuquerque
Owner: Arfy Owner: csudak
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S37: lost in NLDS S37: lost in NLDS
S36: no appearance S36: lost in NLCS
NL Team Rankings NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 769 (1st) Runs Scored: 675 (8th)
Team ERA: 3.33 (3rd) Team ERA: 3.97 (10th)
Fielding %: .989 (1st) Fielding %: .986 (8th)
Award Nominees & All-Stars Award Nominees & All-Stars
P - Randall Hundley: All-Star RF - Harry Pizzaro: All-Star
P - Edgmer Bournigal: All-Star, ROY Finalist P - Rey Prior: Impact Player
C - Louie Seanez: All-Star, Silver Slugger P - Wilt Sizemore: Impact Player
2B - Jairo Cedeno: All-Star SS - Andres Oliva: Impact Player
P - Pasqual Feliz: ROY Finalist LF - Vicente Palmeiro: Impact Player

#2 Cincinnati Firestorm (99-63) vs. #3 Iowa City Hawkeyes (96-66)
Season Series: Iowa City Won 6-4

Cincinnati Iowa City
Owner: jbburner Owner: tk21775
Recent Playoff Appearances Recent Playoff Appearances
S37: lost in NL Play-In S37: no appearance
S36: lost in NL Play-In S36: no appearance
NL Team Rankings NL Team Rankings
Runs Scored: 763 (2nd) Runs Scored: 657 (10th)
Team ERA: 3.65 (5th) Team ERA: 3.02 (1st)
Fielding %: .983 (13th) Fielding %: .988 (2nd)
Award Nominees & All-Stars Award Nominees & All-Stars
3B - Sherm Springer: All-Star, Gold Glove 3B - Santo Herrera: MVP Finalist
C - Tomas Urena: All-Star P - Travis Morris: Cy Young Finalist, All-Star, SS
P - Rickey Percival: Impact Player 1B - Billy Long: ROY Finalist
P - Charles Punto: Impact Player LF - Stan Stroud: All-Star
1B - Harley Rose: Impact Player P - Omar Mercedes: Impact Player

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Season 38 All-Star Blog

Season 38 Midseason Classic
The Pine-Tar Season 38 All-Star Game took place a few weeks ago, where the American League was victorious over the National League by a score of 6-2.  23 year-old Ralph Rekar (Boston) earned the MVP honors thanks to his 2-run homer in the 2nd inning, which helped to give Boise pitcher Eddie Plant the win.  In other All-Star weekend festivities, Atlanta youngster Roy Wilson defeated Cincinnati's Sherm Springer in the finals of the Home Run Derby, and last season's highest paid International Free Agent Albert Ayala (San Francisco) was MVP of the Futures Game.

There was plenty of talent on show from the Midwest, as Kansas City and St. Louis tied for producing the most all-stars at 5 apiece.  The lists below highlight first time all-stars, youngest all-stars, veteran all-stars, highest paid all-stars, and the four "diamond in the rough" all-stars.

Teams with the most All-Star selections:
Kansas City Yardbirds - 5
St. Louis Miracles - 5
Syracuse Orange - 4
New York Sultans of Swat - 4
Philadelphia Moneymakers - 4
Louisville ARF ARF ARF ARF's - 4
Dover Dinklebergs - 3
Boston Screaming Babies - 3
Omaha Oracles - 3
Pawtucket Patriots - 3
Atlanta Apaches - 3

Teams with zero All-Star selections:
Chicago Black Sox
Tampa Bay Thunder
El Paso Walkers
Wichita Tornadoes
Houston Hot Dogs
Seattle Strikers

All-Stars by Division
AL East - 12
NL North - 10
NL East - 10
AL North - 9
AL West - 7
NL South - 6
NL West - 4
AL South - 2

*Links are posted - click on an individual player's name to open their HBD profile
First Time All-Stars – American League

First Time All-Stars – National League

All-Stars Making Their 5th Appearance or Greater
RF - Eugenio Canseco (Screaming Babies) - 10th Appearance
P - Yoshinori Zhou (Magnitude) - 9th
3B - Bartolo Ortiz (Journey) - 9th
P - Alex James (Freaks) - 8th
LF - Roger Byrne (Sultans of Swat) - 8th
SS - Lefty Twitchell (Volcanoes) - 7th
P - Moises Olmedo (Apaches) - 7th
CF - Fernando Espinosa (Orange) - 6th
P - Richard Huang (Sultans of Swat) - 5th
P - Benny Villano (Dinklebergs) - 5th
3B - Hugh Patterson (Yardbirds) - 5th
RF - Harry Pizzaro (Komodo Dragons) - 5th

All-Stars Who Are 24 Years Old or Younger
P - Noel Lima (Yardbirds) - 23
P - Renyel Gonzalez (Oracles) - 22
P - Ralph Wood (Moneymakers) - 22
P - Edgmer Bournigal (ARF ARF ARF ARF's) - 24
P - Andrew Allen (Flying Squirrels) - 23
1B - Victor Cortes (Moneymakers) - 24
2B - Ralph Rekar (Screaming Babies) - 23
2B - John Rivera (Orange) - 24
2B - Jairo Cedeno (ARF ARF ARF ARF's) - 23
3B - Bartolo James (Screaming Babies) - 22
LF - Roy Wilson (Apaches) - 24

Highest Paid All-Stars
RF - Eugenio Canseco (Screaming Babies) - $30,000,000
P - Yoshinori Zhou (Magnitude) - $20,000,000
P - Rondell Collins (Oracles) - $20,000,000
1B - Joe Montgomery (Dinklebergs) - $20,000,000
P - Randall Hundley (ARF ARF ARF ARF's) - $15,000,000
CF - Julio Fuentes (Dinklebergs) - $14,000,000
2B - Ricardo Sosa (Moneymakers) - $12,000,000
LF - Felipe Osoria (Yardbirds) - $10,000,000

"Diamond in the Rough" All-Stars
P - Tim Darnell (Sultans of Swat)
P - Stewart Cradle (Miracles)
C - Xander Merced (Orange)
C - Tomas Urena (Firestorm)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

American League All-Youth Team - Season 37

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.  I tried to put players in the position where they played the most games last season, but did move a few players around.  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.

It's always fun to look back...below are links to previous All-Youth teams:

Season 37 American League All-Youth Team

William Nakano (3B): This 25 year-old Chicago third baseman has a unique combination of speed and power, as he hit 34 homeruns and swiped 50 bases last season.  His outstanding performance during the past seasons earned him two All-Star selections and three Silver Slugger awards.  In the field, Nakano’s 91 glove rating makes it extremely difficult for groundballs to get past him.  He was acquired as an international free agent for the bargain price of $13 million by owner skuff730 during season 31.

Cookie Tapia (LF/1B): At 25 years-old, Tapia has become the top offensive weapon in the Milwaukee lineup.  His exceptional blend of hitting and power have allowed him to bat .300 with at-least 40 homeruns and 110 RBIs in each of the past two seasons.  Tapia’s performance helped lead Milwaukee to an AL North division title and first-round bye last season.  He was originally signed as an IFA by Wichita for $14.7 million in season 33 and dealt to Milwaukee for Ben Boyer and a prospect during the following season.

Richard Huang (Closer): This 24 year-old New York closer has already established himself as one of the best in the league.  His 138 saves over three seasons have earned him three All-Star appearances, two Fireman of the Year awards, and a share of the Pine Tar single season saves record (54).  Huang’s velocity, control, and great splits helped him dominate opposing hitters last season, as he allowed them to bat only .169 while he registered a 0.84 WHIP.  He has helped lead New York and owner bluenoser44 to three consecutive AL East division titles.  Huang was also acquired as a season 31 IFA for the price of $21.1 million.

The Team: 
(Click on a player’s name to view their HBD profile)
Yunel Brito (Omaha): .333 OBP, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 39% CS%
Diego Tocci (Colorado Springs): .286 OBP, 17 HR, 57 RBI, 80+ Arm & PC
C/DH- Akinori Kawakami (New York): .376 OBP, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 4.27 cERA

Alen Moore (Colorado Springs): .326 OBP, 35 HR, 117 RBI
Juan Caminero (Salem): .378 OBP, 15 HR, 58 RBI

Victor Lee (Omaha): .374 OBP, 13 HR, 88 RBI, 28 SB, .982 FP
Tyler Hood (Charlotte): .331 OBP, 24 HR, 73 RBI, .977 FP

Dustan Fletcher (El Paso): .296 OBP, 20 HR, 73 RBI, 21 Plus Plays, .976 FP
Karim Quintana (Milwaukee): .340 OBP, 12 HR, 73 RBI, .972 FP

*William Nakano (Chicago): .347 OBP, 34 HR, 96 RBI, 50 SB, 91 Glove
Ralph Rekar (Boston): .373 OBP, 11 HR, 54 RBI, 9 Plus Plays

Naoki Martin (Tampa Bay): Rookie - 95 Range, 90 Speed, 79 Contact, 71 Eye
Norman Sanford (Boston): .320 OBP, 22 HR, 70 RBI

*Cookie Tapia (Milwaukee): .380 OBP, 44 HR, 120 RBI
John Rivera (Syracuse): .337 OBP, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 18 SB (in 40 Games)
Rafael Valdes (Tampa Bay): Rookie – 79 Contact, 88 vR, 79 Eye, 92 Speed

Nolan Thompson (El Paso): .362 OBP, 20 HR, 82 RBI, 13 Plus Plays
Benny Reyes (Boise): .348 OBP, 38 HR, 103 RBI

Miguel Uribe (Chicago): .354 OBP, 45 HR, 116 RBI
Michael Seung (Tampa Bay): .407 OBP, 17 HR, 54 RBI, S36 ROY

Starting Pitchers:
Dale Gaudin (Dover): 13-13, 3.48 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .312 oOBP, 3 CG
Hub Winkler (Boston): 12-8, 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .324 oOBP, 99 GB/FB
Esmerling Crespo (El Paso): 10-15, 3.27 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .296 oOBP, 3 CG
Barry Rivers (Omaha): 7-8, 3.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .299 oOBP
B.C. Nunez (Charlotte): Rookie – 87 Stamina, 84 vR, 75 GB/FB, 77 P1/P2
Omar Franco (Kansas City): 10-7, 4.25 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .340 oOBP, S35 ROY
Jerry Corino (New York): 7-10, 4.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .314 oOBP

Relief Pitchers:
*Richard Huang (New York): 44 Saves, 2.75 ERA, .234 oOBP, 0.84 WHIP
Tomas Cora (Omaha): 73 Appearances, 6-3, 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .274 oOBP
John Carter (Milwaukee): 43 Appearances, 3.96 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .326 oOBP

* = captain

Honorable Mention:
C Adrian Grace (Salem), C Deven Beltre (Syracuse), 1B Ramon Inouoe (New York), 2B Wilking Peralta (Colorado Springs), 3B Daniel Mulholland (Milwaukee), 3B Leury Amador (Tampa Bay), SS Daniel Ratliff (Chicago), DH Rob Thomas (Durham), P Chone Waltman (Colorado Springs)