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!

OFFENSE

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

PITCHING

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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Season 15 All-Star Coverage

Season 15's All-Stars have been announced, so it's time to see who will be playing in this year's classic!

In the American League, the representation was pretty spread out with Detroit, Pawtucket and Seattle leading the way with 4 All-Stars each.  13 teams had players make the team.  Jay Borbon of Nashville has the most number of appearances in the AL, with this being his 9th All-Star game.  Others deserving mention include Sherman Perez (8th appearance), Matty Posada (8th appearance), and Clyde Hurst (7th appearance).

In the National League, two teams' players dominate the roster, with Buffalo having 8 All-Stars and Honolulu having 7 make the team.  Despite the domination of these two teams, 12 teams still had players make the team.  The big news on the NL side is that Che-Bang Kata of Oklahoma City has now hit double digits in All-Star appearances, with this being his 10th.  Fellow hurler Stewart Mouton also deserves a mention for making his 7th All-Star team.

Congrats to all who had players make the team!  Here are the complete All-Star rosters!

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters

Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Carlos Mercedes Pawtucket 2nd
1B Torey Guerrero Oakland 1st
2B Sherman Perez Pawtucket 8th
3B Andy Minor Jacksonville 1st
SS Delino Santana Little Rock 2nd
LF Jose Reyes Pawtucket 1st
CF Marshall Wood Pittsburgh 4th
RF Kyle Surtain Detroit 2nd
DH Achilles Sadler Detroit 2nd

Pitchers

Player  Franchise  Appearance
P Zachrey Coleman Toronto 2nd
P Douglas Schlereth Pawtucket 5th
P Matty Posada Nashville 8th
P Victor Diaz Detroit 1st
P Howie Ponson Nashville 1st
P Yorman Vincente Pittsburgh 2nd
P Jay Borbon Nashville 9th
P Nicholas Miller New Britain 1st
P George McCartin Seattle 1st
P Clyde Hurst Helena 7th
P Valerio Baez New Britain 2nd
P Jack Thompson Toronto 2nd
P Joshua Ramsay Detroit 1st

Reserves

Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Livan Espinoza Little Rock 4th
1B Alfredo Izquierdo Seattle 2nd
2B Marc Towers Durham 3rd
3B Orber Pena Little Rock 2nd
SS Emmanuel Scheffer Chicago 1st
LF Vasco Correa Oakland 1st
CF Rolando Camacho Seattle 1st
RF Otto Gibson Seattle 1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Detroit 4
Pawtucket 4
Seattle 4
Little Rock 3
Nashville 3
New Britain 2
Oakland 2
Pittsburgh 2
Toronto 2
Chicago 1
Durham 1
Helena 1
Jacksonville 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE 
Starters

Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 6th
1B Randall Holt Rochester 5th
2B Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 2nd
3B Tony Bonifacio St. Louis 3rd
SS Albert Uribe Buffalo 1st
LF Bip Waters Buffalo 1st
CF Norm Hodges St. Louis 1st
RF J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 3rd

Pitchers

Player  Franchise  Appearance
P Che-Bang Kata Oklahoma City 10th
P Jolbert Camacho Honolulu 1st
P Stewart Mouton Honolulu 7th
P Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 1st
P David Silva Buffalo 4th
P Russ Robinson Buffalo 4th
P Dwight Flynn Buffalo 3rd
P Nerio Morton Cincinnati 1st
P Jimmie Soto Buffalo 5th
P Timo Kida Burlington 1st
P Allan Blackley Cincinnati 1st
P Jim Forbes Burlington 1st
P Karim Calderone Honolulu 1st
P Dan Ohlendorf Honolulu 2nd

Reserves

Player  Franchise Appearance
C Trenidad Franco Honolulu 3rd
1B Richard Brohawn Honolulu 1st
2B Everett Barnes Indianapolis 1st
3B Destin Morandini Oklahoma City 5th
SS Emmanuel Amaro St. Louis 1st
LF Wandy Javier Tucson 6th
CF Felipe Miranda Salt Lake City 1st
RF Luke Romero Cleveland 2nd

NL All-Stars by Team
Buffalo 8
Honolulu 7
St. Louis 3
Burlington 2
Cincinnati 2
Oklahoma City 2
Cleveland 1
Indianapolis 1
Rochester 1
Salt Lake City 1
Tampa Bay 1
Tucson  1

Monday, June 9, 2014

Season 15 Power Rankings # 2

The regular season is half-way over for Season 15, so it is time to check in with a new edition of the power rankings.  Let's get right to it!  Fueled with motivation of being denied the top spot in the last edition, Buffalo played tremendous ball since the quarter-way mark, and is the new # 1 team.  An equally hot Detroit team comes in at #2, whose pitching improved while maintaining stellar offensive numbers.  Pitching-dominant Honolulu comes in at #3, the only team with a team ERA under 3.00.  #4 is Oklahoma City, dropping from #1, they actually didn't play that bad since the last rankings, there were just other teams that were more dominant.  Here's the complete rankings!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Buffalo  55 26 3 Felt they were #1 last time, this time they get the top nod
2 Detroit 54 27 6 Offense has been big, and pitching is stepping it up
3 Honolulu 52 29 2 League's top pitching staff, definitely amongst the elite
4 Oklahoma City 49 32 1 Fell off a little, but still a force to be reckoned with
5 Seattle 49 32 4 Offense is suprising so far, but pitching roughed up lately
6 Pawtucket  47 34 5 World's top offense, and getting good enough pitching 
7 Toronto 48 33 8 They're back in the mix, pitching improved a lot 
8 Nashville  44 37 7 Still playing well, with solid numbers across the board
9 Tampa Bay 43 38 14 Excellent since the last rankings, so a nice bump here
10 Cincinnati 44 37 9 Offense is struggling a bit, but pitching is getting it done
11 New Britain  43 38 11 Pitching has stepped it up, but offense fell off a bit 
12 Durham 43 38 18 Pitching has settled down, and still getting nice offense 
13 Cleveland 38 43 29 Have turned it around, with the bats producing big time
14 St. Louis 40 41 10 Good team started slow, capable of turning it around
15 Tucson 39 42 13 Fairly middle of the road on all the numbers, so we'll see
16 Pittsburgh 41 40 12 Pitching improved some, and they have decent offense
17 Helena 39 42 15 Could use a little more offense to get in the AL West mix
18 Rochester 39 42 17 Might be a bit unlucky, numbers say they're better 
19 Indianapolis 41 40 20 Still hanging in there, good pitching, but not much offense
20 Scranton 37 44 22 They have the offense, and pitching has improved some
21 New York  37 44 27 Playing better with a nice improvement across the board
22 Burlington 41 40 16 Hasn't gone well since the last rankings, but still over .500
23 San Francisco 38 43 21 Offense has been struggling, but hanging in there
24 Oakland 36 45 24 Pitching got roughed up some since last rankings 
25 Louisville 33 48 31 Improved since the last rankings, after rough start 
26 Chicago (AL) 33 48 32 Also trending upward with better all-around play 
27 Little Rock  33 48 19 The wheels have fallen off as of late, really struggling
28 Memphis  31 50 25 Offense is up some, but pitching has been rocked lately
29 Jacksonville 33 48 26 Showed some improvement pitching wise, a good sign
30 Chicago (NL) 34 47 30 Just not getting the offense to compete right now 
31 Vancouver 33 48 23 They're not playing well on any level currently 
32 Salt Lake City 29 52 28 Offensive numbers show some promise here