Friday, January 13, 2017

Season 24 Preseason Power Rankings

With Spring Training in full swing, it's time for the preseason power rankings!  Perhaps the toughest rankings to do, they're probably best for bulletin board material, but we'll give it a shot any way!  On top, and I doubt we'll get much disagreement from their owner ;>, is Chicago, who won 106 games last season, ranks tops in pitching and very high in offense and fielding.  Surely using this as bulletin board material is the 2-time defending champion Helena squad, who comes in at #2.  Still an extremely strong squad, we just liked Chicago's roster a tiny bit better.  The team that won the last two titles before Helena's run, Richmond, comes in at #3, with Seattle (sure bet for biggest drop on the first rankings) and Wichita rounding out the top 5.

There's always a lot of volatility in the first rankings, but it's a fun exercise to do to look at rosters and make predictions.  Good luck to all in the regular season.  Here are the complete rankings!

Starting Relief
Season 23 Pitching Pitching Offense Fielding
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Chicago 106 56 1 1 3 7
2 Helena 107 55 3 3 13 7
3 Richmond 101 61 2 9 11 7
4 Seattle 93 69 8 10 10 5
5 Wichita 95 67 4 13 15 18
6 Louisville 87 75 7 30 1 29
7 Charlotte 82 80 5 26 8 28
8 Honolulu 84 78 13 19 4 11
9 Durham 96 66 11 22 11 15
10 Little Rock 108 54 15 21 2 18
11 Las Vegas 87 75 12 2 18 15
12 Boise 85 77 6 28 16 15
13 Syracuse 91 71 18 8 9 11
14 New York (NL) 81 81 14 31 6 2
15 Tampa Bay 89 73 9 17 19 27
16 Buffalo  78 84 25 4 6 22
17 Cleveland 55 107 26 11 14 22
18 Rochester 75 87 21 6 21 1
19 St. Louis 90 72 27 25 17 3
20 Nashville  88 74 20 18 24 4
21 Oklahoma City 86 76 32 5 5 18
22 Salem 79 83 28 7 25 7
23 New York (AL) 76 86 24 16 23 18
24 Houston 52 110 23 24 21 22
25 Boston 73 89 17 29 20 32
26 Madison 78 84 10 20 31 11
27 Oakland 58 104 22 23 28 25
28 New Britain  63 99 30 14 26 11
29 Burlington 60 102 16 15 30 31
30 Washington 56 106 19 32 27 25
31 Kansas City 70 92 29 27 29 30
32 Monterrey 63 99 31 12 32 5

Friday, January 6, 2017

Season 24 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

Season 24 is under way and it's hot stove season, so check back here to see where all the top free agents land this offseason!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Justin Jordan SP 35 SAL LOU $75.0 M 5
Comments: The 2-time Cy Young Winner still has some outstanding seasons in the tank
2 Brendan O'Neil 3B 31 RIC OK $65.0 M 5
Comments: His power bat with plus fielding will be a huge add to almost any lineup
3 Adrian Skinner 2B 32 NB NAS $29.4 M 3
Comments: Nice all-around player who crushes lefties, will be a solid get
4 Deven Fielder SP 33 WIC LOU $32.5 M 5
Comments: Former Cy Young winner, whose only weakness is an average LH split
5 Jim Forbes SP 34 LOU TB $24.0 M 3
Comments: Workhorse righty with elite control and velocity and nice career numbers
6 Emmanuel Moya 3B 31 WIC WIC $19.2 M 3
Comments: Excellent in the field with elite speed/baserunning and a decent bat
7 Aramis Martinez LF 29 SYR OK $29.2 M 4
Comments: Great bat with plus power and batting eye, yet his #s haven't impressed
8 Don Kojima SP 33 OK LV $31.0 M 5
Comments: Very solid lefty with nice ratings and a history of posting good #s
9 Duane Roundtree 3B 31 NB LV $37.0 M 5
Comments: Great career #s despite subpar batting eye, should still produce
10 Matty Klaus RP 30 CLE DUR $25.4 M 4
Comments: Innings eating RP with elite control and pitches and very nice splits
11 Bob Jenkins 2B 30 MAD NB $4.1 M 1
Comments: Solid, not spectacular ratings across the board, career #s are a concern
12 Markus Nelson RP 36 TB OK $25.2 M 4
Comments: Workhorse RP who should be able to produce quality innings even at 36 
13 Carlos Santos SP 29 WIC LOU $3.6 M 1
Comments: Bad career #s as an RP, nice ratings, so may be worth a shot as an SP
14 Izzy Loaiza SP 32 CLE NY2 $18.6 M 3
Comments: Low RH split seems to be his only weakness, career #s are solid
15 Rubby Perez 3B 31 ROC HOU $8.0 M 2
Comments: Has produced solid career #s thanks to elite splits and passable as a 3B
16 Kenneth Shave LF 28 CHA HEL $10.6 M 2
Comments: Very good hitting ratings, career #s seem low and is only 28
17 Edgar Olivares 3B 32 OK LOU $11.2 M 2
Comments: Solid in the field with a nice bat, but pretty weak vs. RHP
18 Benjamin Allen LF 34 HOU KC $14.7 M 3
Comments: Very nice bat who has produced consistently, but is an injury risk
19 Robinzon Felix RP 29 LR SYR $66.0 M 5
Comments:  Interesting RP type, lights out #s, but very low durability
20 Junior Won SP 31 CLE HOU $8.2 M 2
Comments: Nice arm who has posted good #s, low RH split is a minor concern
21 Marcell Franco 1B 26 DUR
Comments: Nice bat who has never been in the Majors, but seems useful
22 Russ Bixler 1B 32 STL SEA $35.2 M 4
Comments: Solid hitting ratings across the board, but career #s underwheling
23 Dan Ohlendorf RP 38 LR LOU $3.3 M 1
Comments: Excellent RP who has stood the test of time and will be good again
24 Ubaldo Merced SP 38 LR HOU $5.6 M 1
Comments: Still a solid SP at age 38 and should be able to help a team out
25 Bernie Jackson 1B 37 SEA KC $1.8 M 1
Comments: Outstanding hitter nearing the end of his career, but still useful

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Season 23 Wrap Up - Helena repeats!

Helena is once again your Champions in Season 23!

Helena was on a mission this postseason, and they could not be stopped, resulting in them become back-to-back champions in Kenny Powers.  After a tremendous regular season, their momentum carried on into the playoffs, defeating Wichita in 4 games, then steamrolling Seattle in 4 games in the ALCS, and finally taking out underdog St. Louis, who had defeated 2 100-win teams on their way to the World Series, in 5 games.  Helena crushed the ball in the postseason, posting a .335 team batting average with 24 Home Runs in 13 games.  While their pitching staff had a 4.50 team ERA in the playoffs, they always came up with big performances when needed and were there to support the incredibly hot offense.  It seems Helena was the team of destiny in Season 23, congrats to bluebaran on going back-to-back and earning a 4th Kenny Powers title overall.   And kudos to St. Louis on a tremendous postseason run, conquering the 2 NL powerhouse 100-win teams to get to the World Series.  A third such triumph was just too much of a task.

That's it for Season 23, see you back for Season 24 after a hopefully quick rollover!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Season 23 Awards Recap

Here's the recap of the Season 23 Award Winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sherman Dunston, Boise - .342 AVG 50 HR 131 RBI
After suffering a long-term injury in Season 22, Dunston bounced back in Season 23 to win his 6th MVP award, which is a new Kenny Powers record!  Dunston led the AL in Batting Average, Slugging and OPS, which was enough to sway voters to give him his record-breaking (in Kenny Powers anyway) 6th trophy.  He also won his 7th Silver Slugger award this season.  If he remains healthy, Dunston could push for the all-time Kenny Powers Home Run and RBI records, although he still has a bit of a way to go on both.

National League - Ken Ingram, Chicago - .300 AVG 65 HR 126 RBI
Ingram also accomplishes a feat that has never been done in Kenny Powers, winning back-to-back MVP's in different leagues.  Ingram won the AL MVP last season as a part of New Britain, and takes home this season's honors in the NL as part of Chicago.  His 65 Home Runs were tied for 4th most all-time in Kenny Powers, and he also led the NL in Slugging.  He won his 4th Silver Slugger and not only made his 5th All-Star team, he won the All-Star Game MVP.  What a season!  This marks Ingram's 3rd MVP win overall, as he also won AL MVP in Season 20.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Ellis Brock, Tampa Bay - 18-8 2.82 ERA 180 K
Brock joins a very small group of hurlers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, after coming out with the AL Cy Young Award in a very close race.  Brock also won NL honors in Season 16.  Coincidentally, that franchise was also located in Tampa Bay. Brock led the AL in Strikeouts, while putting up solid numbers across the board elsewhere to notch his 2nd career Cy Young Award.  He also made his 6th All-Star team this season.

National League - Boomer Lange, Chicago - 26-4 2.81 ERA 237 K
Our only first time winner of the major awards this season, Chicago's Lange won the NL Cy Young Award by a substantial margin.  His 26 wins tied for the 3rd most all-time in Kenny Powers history and he also led the NL in Innings Pitched and Quality Starts.  He made his 3rd All-Star team in Season 23 as well.  At just age 25, he is one of the most talented pitchers in Kenny Powers and playing on a very good Chicago squad, should have plenty of more shots to win the Cy Young again.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Sammy Bastardo, Little Rock - 17-1 2.74 ERA 98 K
Bastardo accumulated an impressive win total as a win vulture in the back-end of a tandem starter role.  Still, his team had to win those games, so hats off to him on a most impressive 17-1 mark.  Bastardo has very solid ratings, although isn't a workhorse stamina wise, so the tandem role fits him well.  It will be interesting to see his role in Little Rock going forward, although finishing as the #1 rated team in Kenny Powers at the end of the regular season, it would be a surprise to see a major altering in their strategy.

National League - Burke Gibson, St. Louis - 11-1 2.19 ERA 71 K
It's the year of the reliever in the Rookie of the Year races, as St. Louis setup man Gibson won a close race to take home the NL honors.  Gibson appeared to have a more conventional setup role for the World Series runners up and he was certainly lights out this season in performing those duties.  His outstanding season is a slight surprise, given his minor league totals, but he certainly found the recipe that put it altogether for a stellar season in his rookie campaign.  It will certainly be intriguing to see how he follows it up in his sophomore campaign.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Matty Prieto, Nashville - 3.39 ERA, 38 SV, 1st Win
National League - Rico Tejera, Salem - 4.67 ERA, 45 SV, 2nd Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Angel Perez Little Rock 1st
C Harry Young New Britain 1st
1B Sherman Dunston Boise 7th
2B Sean Lewis Helena 2nd
3B Walt Silva Boise 1st
SS Hiroyuki Masato Boise 1st
LF Albert Mendoza Wichita 1st
CF Brett Puckett Nashville 1st
RF Ernest Hancock Little Rock 1st

National League
P Don Kojima Oklahoma City 1st
C Deven Hernandez Honolulu 1st
1B Ryan Moore Louisville 1st
2B Ken Ingram White Sox 4th
3B Dingo Price White Sox 4th
SS Rodrigo Toregas Louisville 1st
LF Diego Marin White Sox 1st
CF Banana Alexander Richmond 2nd
RF Vic Hall Louisville 1st

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Ham Sampson Seattle 2nd
C Mo Ohka Boston 1st
1B Diego Sanchez Boston 2nd
2B Eli Guillen Nashville 1st
3B Marc Towers Seattle 1st
SS Noah Straily New York 1st
LF J.O. Seanez Charlotte 1st
CF Rex Kennedy Helena 4th
RF Greg Rivers Trenton 1st

National League
P Jimmie Soto Boston 2nd
C Alfonso Estrada Rochester 1st
1B Gary Simmons Syracuse 1st
2B Noe Ortiz New York 1st
3B Pep Saito Houston 1st
SS Joaquin Ugueto Honolulu 1st
LF Greg Gibbons Houston 2nd
CF Saul Santos New York 2nd
RF Rogers Scott Salem 1st

Season 23 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.

I'm pleased to report no strikes were earned in Season 23.  whodey17 only won 52; however, does not earn a strike as first season owners only need to win 50.  Also, hrrng_dnn's win total this season does not count against him, as he was a replacement owner in Season 23.

I'm also pleased to report that no current owner has any strikes against them at all.  Additionally, only one team needs to win more than 55 games in Season 24 to avoid a strike - breezee needs to win 58 games to reach 185 wins over three seasons.

Here is the summary through Season 23.  Good job all!

Wins
American League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S21 S22 S23  Win Total S24 for 185
Boise Taters bubbleboy 82 88 85 255
Boston SlamPigs themarlyman  79 74 70 223
Charlotte StarLords goodtymes31  72 78 82 232
Columbus Buckeyes horndogs2s 73
Detroit FC Dinamo lfkbibanul  94 82 55 231
Helena Bighorns bluebaran 90 98 107 295
Little Rock Little Necrophiliac Nine ab90 108
Mexico City Cerveceros heinzkill 63
Nashville Neutron Bombs Ghostrunner 78 75 88 241
New Britain Frothing Walruses merott 109 106 63 278
New York Yankees grissom97 73 81
Oakland Invaders jnosek 81 72 58 211
Seattle SuperSonics alogman1 87 88 93 268
Tampa Bay Sunherd Frozenherd * 85 82 89 256
Trenton Witch Burners themojoking 80 78
Wichita Wankers jamesp469 82 89 95 266
Wins
National League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S21 S22 S23  Win Total S24 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens AceCards 83 88 78 249
Burlington Giant Pumpkins breezee 69 67 60 196 58
Chicago White Sox slashtc 94 92 106 292
Durham Screwballs oakman310 83 79 96 258
Honolulu Tiki Gods dodgersrays 100 84 84 268
Houston Hornets whodey17 52
Las Vegas Crap Shoot pbsilver11 95 81 87 263
Louisville Sluggers yanks21 82 88 87 257
New York Empire tmfran 76
Oklahoma City Bombers tisi29 92 84 86 262
Richmond Manamfasha TXLnghrn 97 100 101 298
Rochester Garbage Plates jimt14120 74 78 75 227
Salem Ducks trimhunter99 72 79
St. Louis Gunners Er' Back cosborn 76 84 90 250
Syracuse Blizzard groth911  65 88 91 244
Washington D.C. Senators hrrng_dnn

Friday, December 2, 2016

Season 23 League Leaders

Here's a recap of the Season 23 League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 23
Stolen Bases - Manuel Paez, Trenton - 109 - 3rd All-Time
Wins - Boomer Lange, Chicago - 26 - Tied for 3rd All-Time
Home Runs - Ken Ingram, Chicago - 65 - 4th All-Time
WHIP - Justin Jordan, Salem - 0.89 - Tied for 4th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Boomer Lange, Chicago (NL) - 3 - W, IP, QS
Sherman Dunston, Boise (AL) - 3 - AVG, SLG, OPS
Ham Sampson, Seattle (AL) - 3 - IP, CG, Shutouts
Ken Ingram, Chicago (NL) - 2 - HR, SLG
Justin Jordan, Salem (NL) - 2 - ERA, WHIP
Deven Fielder, Wichita (AL) - 2 - ERA, WHIP
Ollie Keppel, Burlington (NL) - 2 - CG, Shutouts
George McCartin, Seattle (AL) - 2 - QS, Shutouts

LEAGUE LEADERS
Offense
American League
Batting Average Sherman Dunston Boise .342
Home Runs Brett Leach Seattle 55
RBI Sean Lewis Helena 140
Stolen Bases Manuel Paez Trenton 109
Hits Clint Champion Columbus 207
Runs Ernest Hancock Little Rock 131
OBP Luis Guerrero Little Rock .424
SLG Sherman Dunston Boise .655
OPS Sherman Dunston Boise 1.072
National League
Batting Average Sean Hollins Richmond .340
Home Runs Ken Ingram Chicago 65
RBI Rodrigo Toregas Louisville 145
Stolen Bases Howie Hooper Burlington 78
Hits J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 212
Runs Vic Hall Louisville 128
OBP Jimmy Fox Syracuse .412
SLG Ken Ingram Chicago .678
OPS Julio Park Durham 1.007
Pitching
American League
ERA Deven Fielder Wichita 2.59
Wins Everth Almanzar Helena 20
Strikeouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 180
Saves Gregg Clifton New York 40
WHIP Deven Fielder Wichita 1.01
Innings Pitched Ham Sampson Seattle 268.2
Quality Starts George McCartin Seattle 29
Complete Games Ham Sampson Seattle 6
Shutouts 7 Tied 1
National League
ERA Justin Jordan Salem 1.98
Wins Boomer Lange Chicago 26
Strikeouts Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 244
Saves Rijo Tejera Salem 45
WHIP Justin Jordan Salem 0.89
Innings Pitched Boomer Lange Chicago 265.2
Quality Starts Boomer Lange Chicago 30
Complete Games Ollie Keppel Burlington 8
Shutouts Ollie Keppel Burlington 3