Thursday, February 15, 2018

Season 27 Power Rankings #1

It's hard to believe it, but it's already time for the first power rankings of the regular season!  Let's get right into it!  No change in the top 2 spots from the preseason rankings, as Little Rock comes in at #1 and Atlanta at #2, both living up to the preseason hype.  At #3, it's Helena jumping up two spots from their #5 preseason ranking, tying Atlanta for the best record in Kenny Powers to this point.  Jumping up to #4 from outside the top 10 is Richmond, who always seems to be in the mix.  Rounding out the top 5 is Durham, who is up three spots, looking very solid so far.  There's always a lot of volatility between the preseason and 1st regular season rankings, and this season is no different.  Let's take a look at the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the preseason rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #8 Salt Lake City (+22), #14 Santa Fe (+15), #15 Burlington (+12), #4 Richmond (+9), #6 Buffalo (+9)

Biggest Falls: #23 Rochester (-13), #28 Norfolk (-12), #17 New Britain (-11)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all as Season 27 carries on!

Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 26 15 1 1 2
2 Atlanta 27 14 2 1 8
3 Helena 27 14 5 8 3
4 Richmond 26 15 13 4 11
5 Durham 25 16 8 7 4
6 Buffalo  24 17 15 5 12
7 New York 25 16 12 9 15
8 Salt Lake City 25 16 30 6 23
9 Boise 25 16 3 3 21
10 Charlotte 23 18 4 28 1
11 Nashville  21 20 14 18 8
12 Santa Cruz 22 19 19 13 17
13 Honolulu 22 19 7 14 24
14 Santa Fe 22 19 29 30 5
15 Burlington 20 21 27 11 22
16 Wichita 22 19 22 27 7
17 New Britain  23 18 6 23 13
18 Ottawa 22 19 9 16 19
19 Syracuse 20 21 21 15 20
20 Tampa Bay 17 24 11 18 16
21 Monterrey 16 25 23 22 6
22 Seattle 19 22 25 10 28
23 Rochester 17 24 10 24 14
24 Baltimore 16 25 20 32 10
25 Tacoma 15 26 17 12 28
26 New Orleans 20 21 28 29 25
27 St. Louis 13 28 18 24 18
28 Norfolk 16 25 16 17 31
29 Oakland 16 25 26 20 26
30 Sioux Falls 16 25 24 26 30
31 Omaha 15 26 31 21 32
32 Pittsburgh 13 28 32 31 27

Monday, January 29, 2018

Season 27 Preseason Power Rankings

Spring training is almost over, so it's a good time to jump in with the Preseason Power Rankings!  There's always a lot of volatility from the Preseason rankings to the first regular season rankings, as a good team on paper doesn't always translate to a good team on the field.  Additionally, if you're doing something funky with your roster, it can be tough to pinpoint a true rating for certain elements that are taken into account.  Still, these are fun to do, so we'll give it our best shot.  Enjoy and good luck in the regular season!

Starting Relief
Season 26 Pitching Pitching Offense Fielding 
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 120 42 7 29 1 2
2 Atlanta 88 74 2 4 7 12
3 Boise 96 66 5 2 6 26
4 Charlotte 83 79 1 25 5 20
5 Helena 101 61 12 1 2 12
6 New Britain  99 63 3 22 11 10
7 Honolulu 88 74 13 9 3 12
8 Durham 106 56 8 17 13 2
9 Ottawa 76 86 4 28 14 7
10 Rochester 94 68 15 5 9 1
11 Tampa Bay 68 94 11 14 12 20
12 New York 88 74 10 26 9 12
13 Richmond 102 60 15 18 8 20
14 Nashville  92 70 22 3 15 10
15 Buffalo  80 82 30 6 4 28
16 Norfolk 71 91 6 24 24 18
17 Tacoma 105 57 9 11 29 12
18 St. Louis 54 108 20 16 18 20
19 Santa Cruz 86 76 21 23 16 18
20 Baltimore 56 106 23 13 20 20
21 Syracuse 92 70 28 7 19 2
22 Wichita 79 83 15 30 17 7
23 Monterrey 78 84 14 10 26 20
24 Sioux Falls 86 76 18 8 28 5
25 Seattle 65 97 19 21 26 7
26 Oakland 49 113 27 12 22 30
27 Burlington 72 90 24 32 21 30
28 New Orleans 91 71 31 20 23 30
29 Santa Fe 62 100 29 27 25 27
30 Salt Lake City 72 90 26 15 30 5
31 Omaha 52 110 25 19 32 12
32 Pittsburgh 41 121 32 31 31 29

Friday, January 19, 2018

Season 27 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

The hot stove is firing once again in Kenny Powers, check back here to see where all the top Free Agents sign!


Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Luis Diaz 3B 28 HEL ATL $65.0 M 5
Comments: Excellent bat and a plus fielder and is only 28, which puts him on top
2 Ken Ingram CF 32 TAC BOI $36.5 M 5
Comments: 3-time former MVP still has great range and power that will help a lineup
3 Abraham O'Neill 3B 32 SCZ TB $37.5 M 5
Comments: Still a solid all-around player, but age-related decline is a concern
4 Nicholas Miller SP 36 NAS NOR $19.5 M 3
Comments: 2-time Cy Young winner has great stuff still, but stamina is declining
5 Jim Forbes SP 37 WIC ROC $15.0 M 2
Comments: Still should be a solid SP for a few seasons, good for a weak SP class
6 Paul Nielsen LF 30 NB ROC $9.8 M 2
Comments: Solid bat and a nice runner, although weak LH split is a slight concern
7 Nate White SP 32 PIT SLC $4.4 M 2
Comments: Ratings look a lot better than his numbers do, but could surprise
8 Harry Young C 27 NB MTY $4.6 M 1
Comments: Very nice bat, although not strong defensively behind the plate
9 J.R. Broadhurst RP 31 MTY BOI $1.6 M 1
Comments: Excellent lefty RP who can throw a lot of innings out of the pen
10 Shawon Buckley RP 29 SEA NOR $15.0 M 3
Comments: Another nice lefty RP control specialist who can throw a lot of innings
11 Izzy Loaiza SP 35 NY2 BAL $13.3 M 3
Comments: Just a solid lefty SP with nice pitches and control; splits just OK
12 Tex Logan RP 26 CHA RIC $4.2 M 3
Comments: Young, workhorse RP with decent stuff; splits a slight concern
13 Robb Gumbs RP 31 OAK NY2 $2.6 M 1
Comments: Another excellent RP with outstanding pitches and good control
14 Shane Curtis LF 35 ROC HEL $4.3 M 2
Comments: Still looks great at the plate, although age-related decline is inevitable
15 Patrick Grieve LF 33 SYR SCZ $32.5 M 4
Comments: Still an outstanding baserunner with plus-plus splits and eye
16 Nipsey Watkins C 28 CHA TB $4.0 M 1
Comments: Nice bat and serviceable behind the plate, but durability is low
17 Emmanuel Moya 3B 34 ATL SLC $10.8 M 2
Comments: Still outstanding baserunner and fielder and serviceable at the plate
18 Alberto Santana 1B 32 TAC
Comments: Excellent career numbers despite low RH split, other ratings are solid
19 Carmine Cashman SP 35 NAS NOR $5.4 M 1
Comments: Still very good ratings overall besides GB/FB, low stamina for an SP
20 Adrian Skinner LF 35 CHA HON $11.8 M 2
Comments: Still excellent at the plate, but age-related decline will accelerate
21 Endy Parker RP 33 ROC TB $9.6 M 2
Comments: Great career numbers, but mediocre control is a concern, still a nice RP
22 Randy Murphy SP 30 NY2 OAK $1.6 M 1
Comments: Not a bad SP with a decent track record; keeps the ball down well
23 Eugene Aardsma RP 34 NB STL $2.9 M 1
Comments: Very good ratings, but low stamina, could thrive as a closer somewhere
24 Sidney Ruffin RP 33 ROC ROC $22.4 M 4
Comments: Hard-throwing righty RP with good control, but lacks a dominant pitch
25 Omar Gomez RP 27 OAK
Comments: His splits aren't dominant, but all other ratings look good for this lefty RP

Friday, December 1, 2017

Season 26 Wrap Up - Durham Wins it All!

Durham
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Durham is your Season 26 Champion!

It was another eventful postseason in Kenny Powers that ended with Durham at the top of the heap, defeating Nashville in the World Series 4 games to 2.  Durham had an impressive run to end the regular season that shot them up to #2 in the Final Regular Season rankings.  That momentum carried on into the postseason as they took out Rochester in 4 games in the Divisional round and a tough Chicago team in the NLCS in just 5 games. Julio Park once again led the offense for Durham, posting a 1.025 postseason OPS, while a solid bullpen made up for the fact that their top Starting Pitcher had a less than stellar playoff run.

Nashville deserves a lot of credit as well for a solid postseason run, making it to the World Series as the 6 seed in the AL.  After two tough match-ups against New Britain and Helena, it was the battle of the underdogs in the ALCS as they faced Chicago, who knocked off defending champ and regular season powerhouse Little Rock, in which they prevailed in a back-and-forth 6-game series.  They pushed Durham hard in the World Series, but came up just short.  Still, hats off to them for a very nice playoff run.

This is Durham's and oakman310's first Kenny Powers title and for oakman310's 5th championship overall.  Congrats!

That's it for Season 26, hope to see you back for Season 27 soon!

Season 26 Awards Recap

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Jimmie Alou, New Britain - .290 AVG 44 HR 115 RBI 29 SB
The 22 year-old rookie right fielder came out of the gates swinging in his rookie campaign (Alou had not played a Major League game prior to this season), winning the AL MVP, garnering half of the votes in play.  The future is obviously bright for Alou, as very few players win the MVP their rookie season.  Alou was also an All-Star starter, won a Silver Slugger and led the AL in Slugging and OPS. It pretty much doesn't get any better than that.

National League - Jordan Lee, Las Vegas - .309 AVG 41 HR 117 RBI
It was an incredibly tight race for NL MVP, but in the end, the 31 year-old Las Vegas 1st Baseman took home the win.  It's an incredible comeback story, as Lee played sparingly last season, even spending some time in the minors.  It seems he finally found his way in Las Vegas, putting up career best numbers, and taking home a Silver Slugger award as well.  Very nice breakthrough for Lee in Season 26 indeed.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Guy Maybin, Helena - 20-3 1.90 ERA 161 K
The 27 year-old hard-throwing righty out of Helena was a runaway winner of the AL Cy Young, and looking as his numbers it's easy to see why.  Maybin led the AL in ERA and tied for the lead in Quality Starts.  He also made his 1st All-Star appearance in Season 26 and posted a career high 20 wins.  This is another nice breakthrough story, although taking a glance at his ratings, it's not really all that unexpected.  

National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 15-4 2.03 ERA 227 K
The votes for NL Cy Young were split among several candidates, allowing Blair to take the honors for the 3rd consecutive season and for the 4th time overall with just 10 votes.  Blair didn't post the impressive Win total he has the past two seasons, but did take home his 3rd straight ERA title and made his 7th All-Star appearance.  Blair is the 3rd ever pitcher in Kenny Powers history to win 4 Cy Young Awards, and the 2nd to win it in 3 consecutive seasons.  Blair, already cemented as an all-time Kenny Powers great, could reach legendary status if he is able to win yet again next season.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Jimmie Alou, New Britain - .290 AVG 44 HR 115 RBI 29 SB
Alou also won the AL Rookie of the Year, by one vote, over a candidate that was also nominated for MVP, who received 14 less votes than Alou in that race.  Bizarre voting patterns for sure!

National League - Nicholas Rothschild, Rochester - .300 AVG 18 HR 62 RBI
The 21 year-old catcher was named NL Rookie of the Year by a landslide vote.  Rothschild also won a Silver Slugger award this season.  He has impressive durability (started all 162 games behind the plate), is fairly solid defensively, and is an OBP machine at the plate, with an elite batting eye and great contact and splits.  He has some pop, but won't hit a ton of home runs.  That aside, he should be one of the best catchers in Kenny Powers for many seasons to come.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Butch Gray, New York - 2.29 ERA, 40 SV - 2nd Win
National League - Livan Marin, Rochester - 5.04 ERA, 40 SV - 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Nick Spence Helena 2nd
C Javier Martis Boise 1st
1B Jimmie Alou New Britain 1st
2B Nerio Skinner Louisville 1st
3B Albie Latos Nashville 2nd
SS Sean Lewis Helena 4th
LF Albert Mendoza Chicago 2nd
CF Addison Cortes Monterrey 1st
RF Ernest Hancock Little Rock 4th

National League
P Hector Montero Atlanta 1st
C Nicholas Rothschild Rochester 1st
1B Jordan Lee Las Vegas 1st
2B Abraham O'Neill Las Vegas 1st
3B Gary Castillo Rochester 1st
SS Edgardo Serra Chicago 1st
LF Patrick Grieve Syracuse 2nd
CF Ken Ingram Chicago 6th
RF Christopher Hamilton Rochester 2nd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Crash Prades Chicago 1st
C Darrin Lawson Seattle 1st
1B Felipe Fuentes Boise 1st
2B Weldon Kendrick Little Rock 1st
3B Willy Trammell Louisville 1st
SS Ross Moran New Britain 1st
LF David Molina Nashville 1st
CF Pablo Arredondo New Britain 1st
RF Brett Puckett Nashville 1st

National League
P Oswaldo Campos Burlington 1st
C Yoslan Moreno Salt Lake City 1st
1B B.C. Philips Salt Lake City 1st
2B Fausto Espinosa Atlanta 1st
3B Pep Saito Salt Lake City 2nd
SS Johnny Osborne Atlanta 1st
LF Brendan O'Neil Chicago 3rd
CF Ken Ingram Chicago 5th
RF Darryl Matthews New York 2nd

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Season 26 Minimum Win Requirement Update

Our minimum win rule in Kenny Powers is 55 wins in one season (50 if you are a first season owner) and 185 wins over 3 seasons. You get 2 "strikes" against the policy, and on the third strike, you're out. If you don't earn any strikes over 3 consecutive seasons, all previous strikes are wiped out.

Two strikes were earned this season, for each owner it is their first.  jnosek and hrrng_dnn each failed to meet the 55 win floor. ozzzball19's win total this season does not count against the 185 wins over 3 seasons requirement, as he took over the team mid-season.

For next season, owners needing to win more than 55 games in Season 26 to avoid a strike are jnosek (62 wins needed) and hrrng_dnn (85 wins needed).

Here's the complete summary through Season 26.

Wins
American League
3-Season
Needed in 
Team
Owner
S24
S25
S26
 Win Total
S27 for 185
Little Rock Little Necrophiliac Nine
ab90
112
127
120
359
Seattle SuperSonics
alogman1
86
76
65
227
Norfolk Tides
bjc30
78
71
Helena Bighorns
bluebaran
108
88
101
297
Boise Taters
bubbleboy
95
95
96
286
Louisville Thunder Frogs
crickett13
79
Washington D.C. Senators
douglasdao
56
Ottawa Code Blue
fireattack
86
80
76
242
Nashville Neutron Dance
Ghostrunner
86
101
92
279
Charlotte StarLords
goodtymes31
96
91
83
270
New York Yankees
grissom97
83
84
86
253
Detroit City Baseball Club
jdavidson1
54
Oakland Invaders
jnosek
68
74
49
191
62
New Britain Frothing Walruses
merott
59
88
99
246
Chicago Cubs
osbornlefty
88
Monterrey Charros
sethstorer
65
74
78
217
Wins
National League
3-Season
Needed in 
Team
Owner
S24
S25
S26
 Win Total
S27 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens
AceCards 
73
83
80
236
New Orleans Babycakes
AmCan 
91
Burlington Giant Pumpkins
breezee 
69
70
72
211
Honolulu Tiki Gods
dodgersrays 
88
92
88
268
Syracuse Blizzard
groth911 
89
93
92
274
Salt Lake City Stormin' Mormons
habslmets
102
72
Pittsburgh Diamondbacks
hrrng_dnn
66
59
41
166
85
Omaha Cornhuskers
jfuchs31
52
Rochester Garbage Plates
jimt14120
82
86
94
262
Durham Screwballs
oakman310 
104
104
106
314
Santa Fe Salad Forks
ozzzball19
62
Las Vegas Crap Shoot
pbsilver11
88
73
86
247
Chicago White Sox
slashtc
91
102
105
298
Atlanta Black Crackers
tenaciousdx 
68
New York Empire
tmfran 
64
83
88
235
Richmond Manamfasha
TXLnghrn
94
91
102
287

Strikes in S26Strike
jnosekFailure to win 55 games in S261st
hrrng_dnnFailure to win 55 games in S261st

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Season 26 League Leaders

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 26
Runs - Theo Reese, Little Rock - 144 - 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Oswaldo Campos, Burlington (NL) - 4 - Strikeouts, IP, CG, Shutouts
Jimmie Alou, New Britain (AL) - 2 - SLG, OPS
Elmer Miller, Honolulu (NL) - 2 - HR, RBI
Edinson Pescado, Burlington (NL) - 2 - SB, OBP
Julio Park, Durham (NL) - 2 - SLG, OPS
Nicholas Gil, Chicago (AL) - 2 - Strikeouts, CG
Guy Maybin, Helena (AL) - 2 - ERA, QS
David Alcantara, Chicago (AL) - 2 - WHIP, QS
Tim Blair, Syracuse (NL) - 2 - ERA, QS
Pedro Tovar, New York (NL) - 2 - CG, Shutouts

LEAGUE LEADERS
Offense
American League
Batting Average Ozzie Martin Chicago .323
Home Runs Nick Spence Helena 48
RBI Angel Perez Little Rock 141
Stolen Bases Ketel Hubbard Seattle 73
Hits Sean Lewis Helena 200
Runs Theo Reese Little Rock 144
OBP Yunesky Morlan New Britan .395
SLG Jimmie Alou New Britan .630
OPS Jimmie Alou New Britan 1.007
National League
Batting Average Patrick Grieve Syracuse .323
Home Runs Elmer Miller Honolulu 51
RBI Elmer Miller Honolulu 131
Stolen Bases Edinson Pescado Burlington 74
Hits Alfredo Ortiz Chicago 200
Runs Christopher Hamilton Rochester 128
OBP Edinson Pescado Burlington .414
SLG Julio Park Durham .603
OPS Julio Park Durham .989
Pitching
American League
ERA Guy Maybin Helena 1.90
Wins Dean Clarkson Little Rock 22
Strikeouts Nicholas Gil Chicago 212
Saves Howie Lockwood Nashville 42
WHIP David Alcantara Chicago 1.02
Innings Pitched Clyde Sandberg Detroit 259.0
Quality Starts Guy Maybin Helena 25
David Alcantara Chicago 25
Peter Chang New Britain 25
Complete Games Nicholas Gil Chicago 6
Shutouts Alvin Gonzales Seattle 3
National League
ERA Tim Blair  Syracuse 2.03
Wins Chipper Savage Honolulu 23
Strikeouts Oswaldo Campos Burlington 242
Saves Livan Marin Rochester 40
WHIP Boomer Lange Chicago 0.96
Innings Pitched Oswaldo Campos Burlington 257.2
Quality Starts Tim Blair Syracuse 30
Complete Games Oswaldo Campos Burlington 5
Pedro Tovar New York 5
Shutouts Floyd Glenn Durham 2
Oswaldo Campos Burlington 2
Pedro Tovar New York 2