Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Season 18 League Leaders

With the regular season in the rear view mirror, let's pause and look back at the Season 18 league leaders!

OFFENSE
In the AL, it was another dominant season for Sherman Dunston of San Francisco who led the AL in Slugging and OPS.  Bernie Jackson of New York took the batting tied and led the AL in on-base percentage, while Boston's David Frias led the AL in hits and runs.

In the NL, powerful, young slugger Alex Sanchez of Tucson led the NL led the league in home runs, hits, and runs, quite the impressive feat, but perhaps outdone by Buffalo's Jeremy Randall, who won the batting title, and led the league in slugging, on-base percentage, and OPS.  That's not all, his OPS of 1.145 is the third highest in world history, while his .509 OBP is a new Kenny Powers single season record!

Here are the complete offensive league leaders!

American League


Batting Average Bernie Jackson New York .357
Home Runs Jose Reyes Pawtucket 54
RBI Albert Aardsma Toronto 142
Stolen Bases Weldon Rando Toronto 87
Hits David Frias Boston 202
Runs David Frias Boston 129
OBP Bernie Jackson New York .449
SLG Sherman Dunston San Francisco .654
OPS Sherman Dunston San Francisco 1.098




National League


Batting Average Jeremy Randall Buffalo .354
Home Runs Alex Sanchez Tucson 60
RBI Richard Brohawn Honolulu 140
Stolen Bases Patrick Grieve Louisviile 69
Hits Alex Sanchez Tucson 206
Runs Alex Sanchez Tucson 134
OBP Jeremy Randall Buffalo .509
SLG Jeremy Randall Buffalo .636
OPS Jeremy Randall Buffalo 1.145

PITCHING
In the AL, Matty Posada of Nashville grabbed headlines by leading the league in ERA, WHIP and tying for the lead in quality starts. Valerio Baez of New Britain led the AL in innings pitched, complete games and tied for the lead in wins. Atlanta's Ubaldo Merced tied for the league in wins and quality starts, while Pawtucket's Ted Wagner led the league in strikeouts and shutouts.  Looks like it will be quite the race for the AL Cy Young, with no one dominant contender!  Surprisingly, of the above only Baez is listed on the ballot.

On the NL side, a number of hurlers broke top 5 single season marks. Jim Forbes of Burlington had the 5th most innings pitched in Kenny Powers history and tied the record for shutouts with 6! Syracuse's Alberto Campos posted the 4th lowest ERA of all-time with a microscopic 1.76 mark, while posting the 3rd lowest WHIP, but was topped by teammate Tim Blair who posted the 2nd lowest! Leading the league in wins was Jimmie Soto of Buffalo, who also tied for 5th all-time in Quality Starts. Tampa Bay's Ellis Brock tied for 4th most Complete Games with 11 and led the league in strikeouts. Finally, all-time saves leader Jamie Mancuso put together another gem of a season, tying for 2nd most Saves in Kenny Powers history with 56. What a season for pitching in the NL!

Here are the complete Pitching leaders!

American League


ERA Matty Posada Nashville 2.37
Wins Valerio Baez New Britain 20

Ubaldo Merced Atlanta 20
Strikeouts Ted Wagner Pawtucket 200
Saves Mitch Cooper Pawtucket 39
WHIP Matty Posada Nashville 1.10
Innings Pitched Valerio Baez New Britain 255.2
Quality Starts Matty Posada Nashville 24

Ubaldo Merced Atlanta 24

Tony Gwynn New Britain 24
Complete Games Valerio Baez New Britain 8
Shutouts Ted Wagner Pawtucket 3




National League


ERA Alberto Campos Syracuse 1.76
Wins Jimmie Soto Buffalo 21
Strikeouts Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 238
Saves Jamie Mancuso Memphis 56
WHIP Tim Blair Syracuse 0.88
Innings Pitched Jim Forbes Burlington 270.0
Quality Starts Jimmie Soto Buffalo 30
Complete Games Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 11
Shutouts Jim Forbes Burlington 6

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Season 18 Final Power Rankings

The regular season is in the books for Season 18, and the playoffs are about to get under way!  But first, let's check in with the final power rankings of Season 18.  New Britain maintained their grip on the top spot, as they finished extremely strong down the stretch.  Buffalo held on to the #2 spot with another impressive season under their belt.  Honolulu, Syracuse and Tucson round out the top 5.   The best record over the last 40 games goes to #10 Memphis, however, going 28-12 over that span!

Biggest climbers: #22 Detroit (+5), #10 Memphis (+4), #16 Nashville (+4), #4 Syracuse (+3), #8 Pawtucket (+3), #19 Boston (+3)

Biggest falls:  #24 Rochester (-7), #18 New York (-6), #25 San Francisco (-6), #30 Chicago (-5), #14 Richmond (-4)

It will be an interesting postseason to see if the teams at the top will prevail, or if another team will emerge to go on a run and take it all.  Good luck to the playoff teams, here are the complete rankings!






Offense
Pitching 
Last 40

Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 New Britain  113 49 1 1 2 3 0 27 13
2 Buffalo  107 55 2 3 -1 5 -1 23 17
3 Honolulu 95 67 4 2 -1 5 7 23 17
4 Syracuse 100 62 7 10 -2 4 7 26 14
5 Tucson 92 70 6 6 0 10 -4 23 17
6 Little Rock  97 65 3 5 -1 17 -2 22 18
7 Oklahoma City 94 68 5 18 -4 2 0 22 18
8 Pawtucket  88 74 11 4 1 14 3 24 16
9 Salt Lake City 89 73 9 7 2 12 -6 22 18
10 Memphis  97 65 14 30 -1 8 4 28 12
11 Atlanta 91 71 8 8 2 13 1 20 20
12 Toronto 89 73 13 16 -6 18 3 20 20
13 Tampa Bay 85 77 15 29 0 1 0 20 20
14 Richmond 88 74 10 22 -3 7 -2 19 21
15 Seattle 81 81 16 14 1 10 -4 20 20
16 Nashville  83 79 20 12 3 22 -3 23 17
17 Oakland 84 78 18 9 -2 24 0 22 18
18 New York 83 79 12 10 2 20 -2 18 22
19 Boston 82 80 22 15 2 25 0 21 19
20 Santa Cruz 79 83 21 25 1 15 1 17 23
21 Burlington 79 83 23 31 0 9 -3 17 23
22 Detroit 72 90 27 27 1 21 1 22 18
23 Louisville 73 89 24 24 1 19 1 18 22
24 Rochester 73 89 17 21 1 16 -10 15 25
25 San Francisco 72 90 19 18 -5 23 0 16 24
26 Cleveland 62 100 28 13 7 31 -1 20 20
27 Helena 65 97 29 20 0 27 0 19 21
28 Charlotte 72 90 26 17 1 29 0 18 22
29 Vancouver 61 101 30 27 -4 26 2 16 24
30 Chicago  61 101 25 23 0 28 -2 12 28
31 New Orleans 52 110 31 26 1 30 1 16 24
32 San Juan 33 129 32 32 0 32 0 11 29

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Season 18 Power Rankings #3

Season 18 is moving to the home stretch, but first, it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings!  New Britain hangs on to the top spot in the rankings, posting a league best 30-10 since the last rankings.  Buffalo stays as a strong #2, continuing to post strong numbers and win games.  Defending champion Little Rock has surged up 8 spots to #3, as their pitching has improved significantly since the last rankings.  Honolulu drops one spot to #4, while Oklahoma City holds steady at #5.  

5 biggest climbers:  #12 New York (+10), #3 Little Rock (+8), #11 Pawtucket (+8), #19 San Francisco (+7), #17 Rochester (+6)

5 biggest falls: #23 Burlington (-10), #15 Tampa Bay (-9), #22 Boston (-7), #29 Helena (-5), #24 Louisville (-4), #13 Toronto (-4)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck down the stretch!






Offense
Pitching 
Last 40

Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 New Britain  86 36 1 3 1 3 0 30 10
2 Buffalo  84 38 2 2 0 4 1 28 12
3 Little Rock  75 47 11 4 2 15 3 26 14
4 Honolulu 72 50 3 1 0 12 -2 22 18
5 Oklahoma City 72 50 5 14 3 2 0 23 17
6 Tucson 69 53 10 6 3 6 7 24 16
7 Syracuse 74 48 4 8 -5 11 0 22 18
8 Atlanta 71 51 7 10 -4 14 -5 23 17
9 Salt Lake City 67 55 8 9 1 6 0 21 19
10 Richmond 69 53 12 19 0 5 -1 22 18
11 Pawtucket  64 58 19 5 7 17 7 25 15
12 New York 65 57 22 12 3 18 5 27 13
13 Toronto 69 53 9 10 -5 21 1 22 18
14 Memphis  69 53 17 29 1 12 3 24 16
15 Tampa Bay 65 57 6 29 -6 1 0 17 23
16 Seattle 61 61 14 15 2 6 1 19 21
17 Rochester 58 64 23 22 0 6 8 24 16
18 Oakland 62 60 16 7 1 24 -4 20 20
19 San Francisco 56 66 26 13 7 23 -2 21 19
20 Nashville  60 62 18 15 -1 19 0 20 20
21 Santa Cruz 62 60 21 26 2 16 -5 20 20
22 Boston 61 61 15 17 -6 25 2 17 23
23 Burlington 62 60 13 31 0 6 2 16 24
24 Louisville 55 67 20 25 -4 20 -3 16 24
25 Chicago  49 73 28 23 5 26 2 18 22
26 Charlotte 54 68 25 18 -5 29 0 15 25
27 Detroit 50 72 27 28 -3 22 -6 16 24
28 Cleveland 42 80 31 20 4 30 1 20 20
29 Helena 46 76 24 20 -4 27 -1 11 29
30 Vancouver 45 77 29 23 4 28 -3 16 24
31 New Orleans 36 86 30 27 -1 31 -1 10 30
32 San Juan 22 100 32 32 0 32 0 5 35

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Season 18 All-Star Coverage

The All-Star teams for Season 18 have been finalized, and we're here to bring you all of the coverage!

In the American League, the All-Star team is highlighted by Jay Borbon making his 10th appearance and Stewart Mouton making his 9th.  The AL has 10 first-time All-Stars as well.  9 teams had All-Stars with 8 of them having at least 2, with New Britain leading the way with 6. 

In the National League, six players are making at least their 7th appearance on the All-Star team, led by all-time Saves leader Jamie Mancuso, making his 11th appearance, and Jeremy Randall making his 9th.  There were only 5 first-time All-Stars on the NL squad.  12 teams had All-Stars in the NL, with 7 of them sending one player.  Buffalo had the most All-Stars with 8, followed by Honolulu with 5.

Here are the complete rosters!

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters


Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Livan Espinoza Little Rock 6th
1B Albert Aardsma Toronto 3rd
2B Mo Ferguson Little Rock 3rd
3B Emmanuel Moya New York 1st
SS Delino Santana Little Rock 4th
LF Jose Reyes Pawtucket 3rd
CF Clay Neal Nashville 1st
RF Donaldo Borbon Boston 1st
DH Bernie Jackson New York 2nd




Pitchers


Player  Franchise  Appearance
P Tony Gwynn New Britain 4th
P Ubaldo Merced Atlanta 2nd
P Bobby Valent Atlanta 1st
P Herbert Davis Seattle 3rd
P Zachrey Coleman Toronto 5th
P Valerio Baez New Britain 4th
P Jay Borbon Nashville 10th
P Ham Sampson Seattle 1st
P Stewart Mouton Pawtucket 9th
P Darron Lamb Atlanta 1st
P Tito Fox Pawtucket 3rd
P Walt DeWitt Seattle 1st
P Wilfredo Torres Atlanta 2nd




Reserves


Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Richard Tateyama New Britain 1st
1B Luis Guerrero New Britain 1st
2B Kyle Surtain Atlanta 3rd
3B Orber Pena Little Rock 3rd
SS Edgar Olivares Toronto 2nd
LF Geraldo Perez New Britain 3rd
CF Sidney Forbes New Britain 4th
RF Andres Veras Toronto 1st

AL All-Stars by Team
New Britain 6
Atlanta 5
Little Rock 4
Toronto 4
Pawtucket 3
Seattle 3
Nashville 2
New York 2
Boston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Starters


Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 9th
1B Alex Sanchez Tucson 3rd
2B Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 4th
3B Cesar Perez Tucson 3rd
SS Shaggy Keefe Salt Lake City 3rd
LF Butch Borland Syracuse 4th
CF Brendan O'Neil Honolulu 2nd
RF J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 6th




Pitchers


Player  Franchise  Appearance
P David Silva Buffalo 7th
P Jamie Mancuso Memphis 11th
P Jimmie Soto Buffalo 8th
P Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 3rd
P Markus Nelson Rochester 5th
P Tommy Stoddard Syracuse 2nd
P Norberto Morales Richmond 1st
P Jim Forbes Burlington 1st
P Alberto Campos Syracuse 8th
P Justin Jordan Tucson 4th
P Tim Blair Syracuse 1st
P Rock Hubbard Richmond 1st
P Enrique Navarre Buffalo 3rd
P Rafael Acosta Buffalo 2nd




Reserves


Player  Franchise  Appearance
C Carlos Mercedes Honolulu 3rd
1B Luis Navarro Oklahoma City 2nd
2B Adrian Skinner Honolulu 3rd
3B Ernie Hines Buffalo 6th
SS Rubby Bolivar Tucson 1st
LF Ivy Mench Honolulu 8th
CF Norm Hodges Santa Cruz 3rd
RF Davy Kendrick Buffalo 2nd

NL All-Stars by Team
Buffalo 8
Honolulu 5
Syracuse 4
Tucson  4
Richmond 2
Burlington 1
Memphis 1
Oklahoma City 1
Rochester 1
Salt Lake City 1
Santa Cruz 1
Tampa Bay 1