Monday, September 8, 2014

Season 16 Power Rankings # 1

Season 16 has kicked off, and we're now about a quarter of the way through, which means it's time to check in with the power rankings!  No changes in the top 2 as Oklahoma City remains on top, with Buffalo right behind them at #2.  Detroit moves up 1 to #3 with solid play all around thus far.  After that 4 new teams cracked the top 10 and others are off to good starts as well.  Looks like its going to be a very competitive race with a lot of new teams in the mix.  Good luck, and here's the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 28 13 1 Strong as ever, so they hang on to the top spot for now
2 Buffalo  27 14 2 Showing they are a formidable #2 with a great start
3 Detroit 25 16 4 The offense is rolling and they are getting nice pitching too
4 Tucson 27 14 14 Out of the gates fast with strong numbers across the board
5 Seattle 24 17 8 Nothing spectacular here, but they are getting it done
6 Nashville  25 16 11 Despite pitching getting rocked, they are winning so far
7 Little Rock  24 17 17 Outstanding numbers so far vaults them back into top 10 
8 Indianapolis 23 18 12 Leading their division, albeit with not the greatest numbers
9 Honolulu 21 20 3 Offense isn't where it was last season, but still good team
10 Pawtucket  21 20 5 Offense rolling as usual, but it hasn't translated to W's yet
11 Scranton 22 19 16 Number one offense, but pitching has been getting lit up 
12 Cleveland 22 19 15 Pretty solid numbers so far, we'll see if they can keep it up
13 Richmond 22 19 18 Solid offense so far, but pitching isn't quite top level yet 
14 San Juan 22 19 24 Solid pitching and good enough offense, looking good 
15 New Britain  21 20 6 Numbers underwhelming to date, but they can turn it up
16 Tampa Bay 21 20 9 Great pitching, but offense isn't rolling, so they fall some 
17 St. Louis 20 21 10 Numbers almost identical to Tampa, so same story here
18 Toronto 21 20 13 Getting the offense, but pitching has been a bit shaky
19 San Francisco 21 20 21 Looks like some of their FA signings have helped them 
20 Rochester 19 22 7 They can bounce back if bats get going, nice pitching here
21 Oakland 20 21 19 Pitching has been an issue, but offense is pretty good
22 Salt Lake City 18 23 23 Pretty good numbers, so sound like a little bad luck so far
23 Kansas City 20 21 28 Pitching has been inconsistent, but bats have been there
24 Syracuse 19 22 30 Great pitching with little offense, where did the owner go?
25 Chicago  17 24 25 Middle of the pack numbers wise, so not yet at next level
26 Pittsburgh 17 24 20 Struggling with pitching, but nice offensive numbers so far
27 Burlington 17 24 26 Usual Burlington pitcher's park numbers so far, so we'll see
28 Memphis  19 22 29 Offense not producing much, pitching has been decent
29 Florida 13 28 22 Offense has been almost non-existent, leading to some woes
30 Vancouver 15 26 32 Pitching has been flat out shelled and not much offense
31 Helena 15 26 27 Clearly in rebuild mode, so numbers aren't surprising
32 Louisville 10 31 31 Worst pitching and 2nd worse offense usually doesn't work

Friday, August 22, 2014

Season 16 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 16 is on the horizon as spring training winds down, so it's time for the preseason power rankings before the regular season kicks off.  The teams at the top are familiar names, as back-to-back champion Oklahoma City takes the top spot.  They seem to get a key Free Agent each season, and this season it was Sherman Perez.  #2 Buffalo and #3 Honolulu, both coming off 100 win seasons, will again try to dethrone OKC as kings of the NL, and have the talent to potentially do it.  Detroit comes in at #4 as the top AL team, and will certainly face challenges from #5 Pawtucket and #6 New Britain.  Will these teams rule their leagues or will other teams surprise and crack the top echelon of the Kenny Powers World?  It will be interesting to see!   Good luck to all in the regular season and here are the complete rankings!

Season 15

Team  W L    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 102 60 Poised for another great year and added Sherman Perez
2 Buffalo  108 54 Gunning for Oklahoma City as always and looking strong
3 Honolulu 106 56 Had league's top pitching last season, will make a run too
4 Detroit 98 64 Well balanced team that could take next step this season
5 Pawtucket  91 71 Wagner will help the pitching staff, have great offense too
6 New Britain  98 64 They should be in the thick of it in the AL, nice all around
7 Rochester 80 82 Numbers were much better than 80-82 record last season 
8 Seattle 101 61 Lost a couple of guys, but still have a solid core group 
9 Tampa Bay 83 79 Tough being in OKC's division, but they have the talent 
10 St. Louis 90 72 If they get a little more from the bats, they will move up 
11 Nashville  82 80 Mediocre record last season, but numbers looked good 
12 Indianapolis 85 77 Could build on their division title from last season for sure
13 Toronto 88 74 Losing Wagner hurts, we'll have to see if they can adjust
14 Tucson 82 80 Pitching needs to improve this year for them to move up
15 Cleveland 69 93 Made some nice free agent adds, so should be better 
16 Scranton 79 83 Great offense, but pitching hurt them a bit last season 
17 Little Rock  80 82 Numbers are about in the middle of the pack, so we'll see
18 Richmond 80 82 We'll see if the new owner can reign in the pitching staff
19 Oakland 73 89 Pitching was an issue here too, but offense is very solid
20 Pittsburgh 74 88 Had a couple of nice signings, which should help them out
21 San Francisco 63 99 Very active in FA, signing 3 of top 10, so it's looking up
22 Florida 77 85 They've been improving last few season, and could step up
23 Salt Lake City 68 94 Added a huge bat in Franco, we'll see if they step it up
24 San Juan 84 78 May be an adjustment period with transition to new owner
25 Chicago  72 90 Pretty off season for the offense, but could rebound there
26 Burlington 72 90 Tough park for hitters, but they've improved last few seasons
27 Helena 76 86 Rebuilding, as 4-time Cy Young winner Hurst was traded
28 Kansas City 71 91 Offense is not bad, can new owner get pitching in shape?
29 Memphis  65 97 Rough going last season, their ranking is always volatile
30 Syracuse 68 94 Offense was bad last season, new owner may rebuild here
31 Louisville 65 97 They've been rebuilding, the offense was up last year though
32 Vancouver 62 100 They were bad all-around last season and rebuilding as well

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Season 16 Free Agency Preview

Ted Wagner
Age: 30B/T: R/R
Born: East Hanover, NJ
Position(s): P (P)
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Richard Ma
Age: 32B/T: R/R
Born: Uwajima, JP
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Who will land these 2-time former Cy Young winners this offseason? 

Season 16 is kicking off in Kenny Powers and we're on to Offseason Free Agency!   This Free Agent Class is highlighted by a couple of two-time former Cy Young winners and a handful of excellent bats.  Let's see who made this season's top ten Free Agent list!

1. Ted Wagner, 30, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 3.64 career ERA, 2 Cy Young awards
Salary Over/Under: 5 years, $95 million

Possible Destinations: Chicago (AL), Pawtucket, Cleveland, Oakland

Signed with Pawtucket - 5 years, $95 million

Wagner is the prize of this free agent class, it appears.  Although his career ERA isn't microscopic, his last three years have been front-line starter quality, and he has taken home 2 Cy Young awards in his career.  On top of that, he's only 30, meaning he should be solid throughout the entire contract if signed to a five year deal.  If he has a weakneess, it's pitch quality, but he makes up for that with tremendous effectiveness vs. RH hitters and very good control. 
2. Antonio Liang, 28, 2B
Type  Free Agent
Key Stat: 39 HR 117 RBI average last 4 seasons
Salary Over/Under: 5 years, $75 million

Possible Destinations:  Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Memphis, Burlington

Signed with San Francisco - 5 years, $36.5 million

Liang has plus power that has seen him hit many long balls since his rookie campaign.  He also has good, but not great, splits, batting eye and contact.  He can probably be a serviceable, but below average 2B or CF fielding wise, but his bat should make up for any fielding woes.  The major plus for Liang is that he is only 28, which means he shouldn't deteriorate too much, if at all the next five seasons.

3. Sherman Perez, 33, 3B
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 32 HR 105 RBI average last 4 seasons
Salary Over/Under: 3 years, $42 million

Possible Destinations:  Oklahoma City, Memphis, Rochester, Pawtucket

Signed with Oklahoma City - 5 years, $44.2 million

Perez was our #1 Free Agent of Season 11, the very first season of blog coverage, and five seasons later he's still got gas left in the tank at age 33, making him a quality add.  His hitting skills are still plus across the board and he can still handle the hot corner in the field.  But age is a factor with him, as a decline upcoming is inevitable, but he still has at least a few very good seasons left in him. 

4. Richard Ma, 32, SP
Type B Free Agent
Key Stat: 2.64 career ERA, 2 Cy Young awards
Salary Over/Under: 4 years, $44 million

Possible Destinations: Oklahoma City, Chicago (AL), Scranton, San Juan

Signed with San Francisco - 5 years, $55 million

The two-time Cy Young winner with a microscopic career ERA hits the market this offseason.  Unfortunately, a major elbow injury in Season 14 zapped some of his skills, stamina and durability.  If not for that, he'd be by far and away the #1 player on this list, practically guaranteed a max contract.  Still, he has a solid arsenal that would help just about any rotation, granted only for about 175 innings compared to what he could do in the past.

5. Robb Ross, 33, LF
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: .892 OPS average over last 4 seasons
Salary Over/Under: 3 years, $33 million

Possible Destinations: Tucson, San Juan, Chicago (AL), Vancouver

Signed with Cleveland - 4 years, $29.2 million

Ross, a former MVP from Season 11, is getting up there in age as well, but is still a quality hitter, and is capable of playing a solid Left Field with his defensive skills.  At this point, he isn't a star you build your team around, but he can still be a great piece for a contender to help lift the offense a notch., given his outstanding splits and contact and plus power and batting eye. 

6. Evan Richardson, 32, RF
Type B Free Agent
Key Stat: .863 career OPS
Salary Over/Under: 3 years, $30 million

Possible Destinations: Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Rochester, Tucson

Signed with Toronto - 3 years, $17.6 million

Richardson is another solid hitter who could contribute good production.  His fielding skills a bit iffy for Right Field, but he's probably passable there.  His main asset is his bat, with very good contact, batting eye, power, and effectiveness vs. LHP.   His .863 career OPS shows he can produce, despite some shaky seasons recently. 
7. Trenidad Franco, 31, DH
Type B Free Agent
Key Stat: .931 career OPS
Salary Over/Under: 4 years, $36 million

Possible Destinations:  Toronto, Oakland, Detroit, Pittsburgh

Signed with Salt Lake City - 4 years, $26.8 million

Franco is the most powerful bat on this list, and he also has outstanding splits and contact.  His career .931 OPS is the best of any of the players on the top 10 list.  He's probably more suited to be a DH in the AL at this point, but could probably play catcher in a pinch (pretty badly though).  His low durability may limit him to about 450 AB's, but those will be quality AB's with a bunch of homers mixed in.

8. Randy Gonzales, 32, 3B
No Designation
Key Stat: .832 career OPS
Salary Over/Under: 3 years, $26 million

Possible Destinations: San Francisco, Burlington, Memphis, Pawtucket

Signed with Indianapolis - 4 years, $23.8 million

Gonzales is an excellent bat with very good splits, plus power, but only a decent batting eye and contact.  His biggest asset is the fact that he is a capable 3rd baseman.  Having a strong bat like his at the hot corner would be a boost to most lineups.  Age and durability may be a slight concern, but he should be an above average performer for at least the next couple of seasons.  

9. Lawrence Crabtree, 34, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 3.98 career ERA
Salary Over/Under: 3 years, $24 million

Possible Destinations: Oklahoma City, Tampa Bay, Seattle, San Francisco

Signed with San Francisco - 5 years, $40 million

Crabtree's career 3.98 ERA is a bit surprising, given he's played in Seattle, a park highly geared for pitchers, but he is still a quality arm.  He's got nice control and a good arsenal of pitches, and knows how to keep the ball down.  His effectiveness vs. LH hitters is mediocre, however, which may be a reason for the higher career ERA.  Still, he's a solid #3 type, at least, for a contending team.

10. Harry Shiell, 32, RP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 3.70 career ERA
Salary Over/Under: 4 years, $36 million

Possible Destinations:  Pawtucket, Oklahoma City, Scranton, Seattle

Signed with Pittsburgh - 3 years, $17.6 million

Shiell gets the nod as the top reliever in this year's class.  His excellent durability-stamina combo makes him a practical lock for 120+ IP per season.  On top of that, he throws with excellent velocity, has outstanding control, and is solid against RH hitters.  His LH split is a bit down, but that is about his only weakness.  He'll make someone's bullpen a lot better.

That's it for the Free Agency Preview, good luck getting the players you're after!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Season 15 Wrap Up

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Oklahoma City goes back-to-back and takes the Season 15 crown!

The Season 15 playoffs have concluded, and Oklahoma City has broken the mold of only winning titles in even-numbered seasons to win back-to-back titles for the first the team.  In an unusual spot for them as the #3 seed, they beat Cincinnati in the Play In Series, and then outlasted Honolulu in tough a 5 game series in the DCS.  Facing St. Louis, an upset winner over Buffalo, in the NLCS, just about every game was very tight and Oklahoma City won in 6 games.  In the World Series, they faced a tough New Britain team that took them to six games, but Oklahoma City came out on top.  It was the toughest road of any of Oklahoma City's titles, but they still won it all.  It will be interesting to see what this means for their streak of even-numbered season championships next season.  There are certainly some strong contenders in both leagues that could challenge them.

Meanwhile, regular season awards were also handed out.  Here's a recap of the winners.

Most Valuable Player
American League - Vasco Correa, Oakland - .271 AVG 57 HR 144 RBI
The young 23 year-old slugger took home the AL MVP award in his first full season of Major League play.  Correa led the AL in Home Runs, RBI and runs, made the All-Star team, and won a Silver Slugger this season.  Correa looks to have many good seasons to come, as he is one of the most powerful bats in the league.

National League - Richard Brohawn, Honolulu - .288 AVG 62 HR 154 RBI
Brohawn, the offensive force leading the way for one of the best teams in the NL, Honolulu, took home his first MVP award at age 25.  Brohawn led the NL in Slugging, tied for the lead in Home Runs and RBI, made the All-Star team, and won a Silver Slugger award.  Like his AL counterpart, Brohawn has several more stellar seasons ahead of him. 

Cy Young Award
American League - Valerio Baez, New Britain - 19-10 3.14 ERA 191 K
In a season where there really wasn't a single dominant pitcher in the AL, the 23 year-old hurler from the AL Champion New Britain squad took home the Cy Young.  Baez led the league in Innings Pitched and Quality Starts, while tying for the league lead in wins.  He also made the All-Star team.  It wouldn't surprise us at all if he was back in this spot one day, as he is one of the best young hurlers in the AL. 

National League - Che-Bang Kata, Oklahoma City - 22-5 2.61 ERA 161 K
Breaking the trend of winners in their early 20's is an all-time great, perhaps the greatest pitcher in Kenny Powers history.   Kata took home his 4th Cy Young award leading the way for another Oklahoma City title.  He may not have the velocity anymore that led to him accumulating the top 5 seasons in strikeouts in Kenny Powers history, but is still an extremely efficient pitcher at Age 38.

Rookie of the Year
American League - Duane Roundtree, New Britain - .290 AVG 34 HR 87 RBI
Roundtree was a runaway winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award putting up strong numbers at the hot corner for the AL Champions.  Roundtree has very good power and tremendous splits that should make him a valuable asset for seasons to come, especially since he can play 3rd base at a decent, albeit not spectacular, level. 

National League
Miguel Casilla, St. Louis - .245 AVG 18 HR 76 RBI 23 SB
Livan Cordero, Tucson - .300 AVG 21 HR 56 RBI 20 SB
The Rookie of the Year race in the NL was a lot closer, in fact it ended up being a tie!  Probably because the co-winners are very similar players, both have nice power and good speed, as shown by their season 15 output.  As far as upside goes, Casilla's ceiling is probably a little bit higher, but Cordero will be a nice player as well, and is also a lot better in the field. 

Fireman of the Year
American League - Zachrey Coleman, Toronto - 1.82 ERA, 39 SV - 2nd win
National League - Jolbert Camacho, Honolulu - 1.05 ERA, 36 SV, 1st win

That concludes the Season 15 Wrap Up, thanks to everyone for making it a great one, hope to see everyone back for Season 16!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Season 15 League Leaders

With the playoffs in full swing, it's time to take a look at the League Leaders for Season 15.  Here we go!


American League
In the American League, Achilles Sadler won the batting title and also led the league in OBP (.411).  Vasco Correa won the Home Run (57) and RBI (144) titles and also led the league in runs (122).  San Francisco's Sherman Dunston led the league in both Slugging and OPS.  Torey Guerrero of Oakland had the third most hits in Kenny Powers history with 220, while Marshall Wood and perennial stolen base king Weldon Rando swiped 100 bags each, tying for 5th all-time. Here are the complete AL Offensive leaders!

Batting Average Achilles Sadler Detroit .327
Home Runs Vasco Correa Oakland 57
RBI Vasco Correa Oakland 144
Stolen Bases Marshall Wood Pittsburgh 100

Weldon Rando Toronto 100
Hits Torey Guerrero Oakland 220
Runs Vasco Correa Oakland 122
OBP Achilles Sadler Detroit .411
SLG Sherman Dunston San Francisco .616
OPS Sherman Dunston San Francisco .997

National League
In the NL, Randall Holt took the batting title and led the league in hits (202).  Alex Sanchez and Richard Brohawn both finished with 62 Home Runs (3rd all-time) and 154 RBI to lead the league in both categories, how about that.  Brohawn also led the league in Slugging.  Jeremy Randall led the league in both OBP and OPS. Here are the NL offensive leaders!

Batting Average Randall Holt Rochester .338
Home Runs Alex Sanchez Tucson 62

Richard Browhawn Honolulu 62
RBI Alex Sanchez Tucson 154

Richard Browhawn Honolulu 154
Stolen Bases Jerry Jenner Burlington 91
Hits Randall Holt Rochester 202
Runs Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 124
OBP Jeremy Randall Buffalo .443
SLG Richard Browhawn Honolulu .642
OPS Jeremy Randall Buffalo 1.051


American League 
In the AL, Valerio Baez led the league in Innings Pitched and Quality Starts, while getting in on a 4-way tie for the lead in wins at 19.  Lawrence Crabtree also got in on the share of the league lead for wins, and led the league in WHIP.   Matty Posada led the league in strikeouts and shutouts, and yes, also had 19 wins. Here's the full AL pitching leaders!

ERA Tito Fox Pawtucket 2.74
Wins Lawrence Crabtree Seattle 19

Matty Posada Nashville 19

Nicholas Miller New Britain 19

Valerio Baez New Britain 19
Strikeouts Matty Posada Nashville 209
Saves Yorman Vincente Pittsburgh 42
WHIP Lawrence Crabtree Seattle 1.06
Innings Pitched Valerio Baez New Britain 263.2
Quality Starts Valerio Baez New Britain 27
Complete Games Calvin Yoshii Little Rock 7

Ted Wagner Toronto 7
Shutouts Matty Posada Nashville 3

National League
On the NL side, Tampa Bay's Ellis Brock led the league in strikeouts (235), complete games (10) and shutouts (3).   Charles Mazzaro of Honolulu took the ERA title and led the league in WHIP and the legendary Che-Bang Kata led the league in wins with 22 in his first season for Oklahoma City. Here are the rest of the NL Pitching leaders!

ERA Charles Mazzaro Honolulu 2.40
Wins Che-Bang Kata Oklahoma City 22
Strikeouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 235
Saves Marcus Nelson Rochester 41
WHIP Charles Mazzaro Honolulu 1.03
Innings Pitched Jim Forbes Burlington 246.2
Quality Starts Cy Sanders Rochester 27

Jimmie Soto Buffalo 27

Russ Robinson Buffalo 27
Complete Games Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 10
Shutouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 3

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Season 15 Final Power Rankings

Season 15's Regular Season is in the books and it's time for the final rankings before the playoffs begin.  At the top of the rankings, we decided to make Honolulu the #1 squad by a very close margin over Buffalo.  They had a better finish and better offensive and pitching numbers.  But really, you could make a solid argument for either team.  3-8 remained the same from the previous rankings, so there wasn't much movement, but the playoffs will be interesting with 3 strong teams in each league, and some other teams capable of making a run as well.  Here are the complete final rankings, good luck to all in the playoffs!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Honolulu 106 56 2 A little bit better than Buffalo numbers wise, very solid team
2 Buffalo  108 54 1 Great season, and certainly a World Series contender
3 Oklahoma City 102 60 3 Another solid season, better offensively than the top 2
4 Seattle 101 61 4 Finished up strong, earning the AL's top seed
5 New Britain  98 64 5 Edged out Detroit for division, with numbers up the last 40
6 Detroit 98 64 6 Barely lost division, but pitching was better over last 40 
7 Pawtucket  91 71 7 World's top offense, how will pitching hold up in playoffs?
8 St. Louis 90 72 8 Didn't put up a ton of offense, but very solid pitching 
9 Tampa Bay 83 79 17 Nice finish for them, just missing out on the wildcard
10 Indianapolis 85 77 12 Winning the division is a huge step forward for them
11 Toronto 88 74 9 Not great down the stretch, but earned a wildcard
12 Rochester 80 82 11 Tough break for them, their record should have been better
13 Scranton 79 83 16 Over .500 down the stretch, and had a great offense 
14 Tucson 82 80 10 Pretty solid team, although the pitching struggled a bit 
15 Nashville  82 80 13 Finished with pretty solid numbers, and won division
16 Little Rock  80 82 14 Pretty middle of the road numbers wise this season
17 Cincinnati 84 78 15 Solid enough pitching to earn wild card, but bats struggled
18 Durham 80 82 19 Typical Durham numbers, top offense, very high ERA
19 Oakland 73 89 23 Nice finish, they have a great offense, pitching was rough
20 New York  77 85 21 Over .500 finish, showing improvement overall the last 40
21 Helena 76 86 22 Pretty mediocre numbers wise, will be looking to rebound
22 Cleveland 69 93 25 Very nice offense, and the pitching improved the last 40 
23 Chicago (AL) 72 90 27 .500 since last rankings, with numbers improving overall
24 Memphis  65 97 30 Finished strong, but the first three quarters were rough
25 Salt Lake City 68 94 24 Pitching was a problem for them, but bats are good 
26 Burlington 72 90 26 Pitching is good, but not enough to overcome bad offense
27 Pittsburgh 74 88 18 Really struggled down the stretch with not much to play for
28 Jacksonville 71 91 20 Pitching got a bit roughed up, but offense is promising
29 Chicago (NL) 68 94 29 Still need to improve the offense some to compete 
30 Louisville 65 97 28 The rebuild continues as they look to get back in it 
31 San Francisco 63 99 31 A little bitter pitching wise, but they still have a ways to go
32 Vancouver 62 100 32 Pitching improved the last 40, but a rough season overall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Season 15 Power Rankings # 3

We're three-quarters of the way through Season 15, so it's time to check in with the power rankings before we hit the stretch run.  After being ranking #1 at the mid-way point last season, Buffalo fell off a bit, unable to maintain their momentum.  This season is a different story, as Buffalo has kept it rolling and is a pretty clear #1 once again at this point.  They have 2 tough challengers in the NL, in #2 Honolulu, whose numbers don't look that different from Buffalo, and #3 Oklahoma City who saw improved numbers all around since the last ranking.  Seattle comes in at #4, with their good offensive numbers continuing, and a red hot New Britain comes in at #5.  Honorable mention goes to St. Louis, who cracks the top 10 at #8 after posting the 2nd best record since the last rankings, overcoming a mediocre start.  Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all down the stretch!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Buffalo  85 37 1 No letdown after the halfway mark this year, rolling along
2 Honolulu 79 43 3 Putting up similar numbers to Buffalo, so looking strong 
3 Oklahoma City 76 46 4 They've improved across the board, so look out
4 Seattle 74 48 5 Getting better offense this season, and pitching is solid
5 New Britain  71 51 11 Excellent since last rankings, numbers up overall 
6 Detroit 75 47 2 Mediocre as of late, but still a very strong team 
7 Pawtucket  69 53 6 Offensive powerhouse is certainly a contender in the AL
8 St. Louis 69 53 14 On fire since last rankings, thanks to great pitching 
9 Toronto 70 52 7 Hanging in there, pitching improved a lot, but offense down
10 Tucson 63 59 15 Been playing better, thanks to a major boost in offense
11 Rochester 60 62 18 Numbers look better than their record indicates
12 Indianapolis 65 57 19 Nice season, I think this is the highest they've ever been
13 Nashville  63 59 8 Have faltered a bit, the offense has been down lately 
14 Little Rock  60 62 27 Made major strides since last rankings, with pitching impoved
15 Cincinnati 65 57 10 Still doing good with pitching, but not getting much offense
16 Scranton 58 64 20 Took a step forward with their pitching, and offense is great
17 Tampa Bay 59 63 9 Struggling a bit as of late, but pitching still very good 
18 Pittsburgh 62 60 16 Pitching has stepped it up, but offense is down some 
19 Durham 61 61 12 It's all offense for them, which is consistent with their park
20 Jacksonville 55 67 29 Major improvement across the board, which is a good sign
21 New York  56 66 21 Pitching roughed up a bit, but the offense is improving 
22 Helena 57 65 17 Playing ok as of late, with the offense picking up steam 
23 Oakland 52 70 24 Pitching took a step back, but they have great offense
24 Salt Lake City 50 72 32 They're improving, with a winning record since last rankings
25 Cleveland 50 72 13 Offense cooled off a bit, which resulted in taking a step back
26 Burlington 55 67 22 The offense is down a bit here, but still getting good pitching
27 Chicago (AL) 52 70 26 Offense improved, but pitching has been a problem for them
28 Louisville 51 71 25 Decent hitting, and the pitching made some strides forward
29 Chicago (NL) 51 71 30 Pitching improving, but the offense hasn't been there 
30 Memphis  44 78 28 Offense took a major step back since the last rankings
31 San Francisco 48 74 23 Pitching roughed up lately, which has resulted in some L's
32 Vancouver 47 75 31 Look to be rebuilding, as the pitching seems just awful