Thursday, October 19, 2017

Season 26 Power Rankings #2

The halfway mark of the regular season has come and gone for Season 26 of Kenny Powers, so it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings!  There was significant movement from the first power rankings; however, it's the same team at the top, as Little Rock remains #1, continuing their great start to the season.  The rest of the top 5 is new teams moving in, Richmond claims the #2 spot with significant improvement all around.  Durham climbs 4 spots to #3, with their pitching stepping up.  New Orleans climbs an incredible 15 spots to land at #4, tying for the best record since the last rankings!  And it's Helena, up from #9, rounding out the top 5.  Now for the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #4 New Orleans (+15), #8 Honolulu (+10), #11 Syracuse (+10), #20 Monterrey (+10), #2 Richmond (+9)

Biggest Falls: #16 New York (AL) (-14), #15 Buffalo (-12), #24 Burlington (-10), #25 Salt Lake City (-9), #29 Detroit (-7)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in the second half!

Pitching Offense LAST 41
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Little Rock 59 23 1 2 -1 3 -1 28 13
2 Richmond 54 28 11 3 9 9 8 29 12
3 Durham 51 31 7 6 5 4 1 27 14
4 New Orlears 50 32 19 9 5 8 12 29 12
5 Helena 47 35 9 15 -8 2 4 24 17
6 New York (NL) 48 34 4 1 3 21 -11 24 17
7 Nashville  49 33 15 21 5 7 4 27 14
8 Honolulu 46 36 18 3 13 16 3 25 16
9 Chicago (NL) 48 34 6 5 -2 15 -7 24 17
10 Chicago (AL) 45 37 5 13 -3 1 0 22 19
11 Syracuse 41 41 21 10 7 12 3 26 15
12 Boise 47 35 8 18 -12 5 8 22 19
13 Las Vegas 45 37 10 7 -5 13 1 22 19
14 New Britain  47 35 13 12 7 20 -4 23 18
15 Buffalo  45 37 3 14 -9 10 -2 18 23
16 New York (AL) 48 34 2 16 -4 17 -14 19 22
17 Rochester 42 40 12 20 0 6 -2 20 21
18 Ottawa 38 44 25 11 6 22 5 22 19
19 Charlotte 40 42 20 22 5 14 -7 19 22
20 Monterrey 35 47 30 24 6 19 6 23 18
21 Santa Fe 36 46 24 30 -1 10 2 18 23
22 Norfolk 39 43 17 17 -9 30 -1 17 24
23 Louisville 36 46 23 27 -3 18 0 18 23
24 Burlington 38 44 14 19 -10 25 -4 17 24
25 Salt Lake City 39 43 16 26 -12 23 3 15 26
26 Seattle 31 51 27 8 13 32 -1 15 26
27 Atlanta 31 51 26 22 3 24 0 14 27
28 Washington 32 50 28 27 1 26 -3 17 24
29 Detroit 33 49 22 29 -6 27 -5 12 29
30 Oakland 27 55 31 31 0 28 0 17 24
31 Omaha 27 55 29 25 -3 31 -1 12 29
32 Pittsburgh 18 64 32 32 0 29 3 11 30

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Season 26 Power Rankings #1

A quarter of the regular season is in the books in Season 26, so it's time to check in with the power rankings!  Always a lot of shuffling in the first rankings, so let's get to it.  On top, motivated by a low preseason ranking, Little Rock, the defending champion, jumps five spots to #1.  They have the top ranked pitching staff and #2 offense.  Jumping an amazing 21 spots up to #2, is the red hot New York Yankees.  Their pitching has been good and their offense has been great!  Buffalo is up 15 spots to #3, and the NL New Yorkers and AL Chicago team round out the top 5.  A lot of shuffling indeed, so let's check out the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the preseason rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #2 New York (AL) (+21), #13 New Britain (+18), #3 Buffalo (+15), #14 Burlington (+13), #17 Norfolk (+12)

Biggest Falls: #20 Charlotte (-19), #23 Louisville (-13), #25 Ottawa (-11), #27 Seattle (-11), #21 Syracuse (-9)

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all as the season rolls on!


Pitching Offense
Team  W L PREV Rank Rank
1 Little Rock 31 10 6 1 2
2 New York (AL) 29 12 23 12 3
3 Buffalo  27 14 18 5 8
4 New York (NL) 24 17 7 4 10
5 Chicago (AL) 23 18 2 10 1
6 Chicago (NL) 24 17 9 3 8
7 Durham 24 17 8 11 5
8 Boise 25 16 3 6 13
9 Helena 23 18 5 7 6
10 Las Vegas 23 18 13 2 14
11 Richmond 25 16 4 12 17
12 Rochester 22 19 15 20 4
13 New Britain  24 17 31 19 16
14 Burlington 21 20 27 9 21
15 Nashville  22 19 17 26 11
16 Salt Lake City 24 17 21 14 26
17 Norfolk 22 19 29 8 29
18 Honolulu 21 20 11 16 19
19 New Orlears 21 20 22 14 20
20 Charlotte 21 20 1 27 7
21 Syracuse 15 26 12 17 15
22 Detroit 21 20 19 23 22
23 Louisville 18 23 10 24 18
24 Santa Fe 18 23 30 29 12
25 Ottawa 16 25 14 17 27
26 Atlanta 17 24 20 25 24
27 Seattle 16 25 16 21 31
28 Washington 15 26 24 28 23
29 Omaha 15 26 32 22 30
30 Monterrey 12 29 25 30 25
31 Oakland 10 31 26 31 28
32 Pittsburgh 7 34 28 32 32

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Season 26 Preseason Power Rankings

A new season is upon us and spring training has just concluded, so it's time for the preseason power rankings!  The preseason rankings are toughest to complete, as when the rosters are grabbed for analysis, sometimes they aren't fully complete.  But nonetheless, we bring you these rankings.  The winner of the preseason #1 honors is none other than Charlotte, who went 91-71 last season, and who ranked out #2 in starting pitching and #1 in hitting.  Where do the rest fall?  Check out the below. Good luck to all in Season 26!

Starting Relief
Season 25 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding 
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Charlotte 91 71 2 26 1 11
2 Chicago (AL) 79 83 3 3 9 15
3 Boise 95 67 1 7 12 18
4 Richmond 91 71 4 2 13 15
5 Helena 88 74 5 10 4 8
6 Little Rock 127 35 12 25 2 8
7 New York (NL) 83 79 6 22 5 4
8 Durham 104 58 8 16 14 18
9 Chicago (NL) 102 60 14 6 10 11
10 Louisville 46 116 9 18 11 21
11 Honolulu 92 70 10 21 6 11
12 Syracuse 93 69 18 4 8 5
13 Las Vegas 73 89 16 12 15 18
14 Ottawa 80 82 7 27 18 11
15 Rochester 86 76 29 8 3 1
16 Seattle 76 86 11 19 20 5
17 Nashville  101 61 15 1 24 8
18 Buffalo  83 79 28 5 7 24
19 Detroit 77 85 17 15 21 25
20 Atlanta 64 98 22 24 16 5
21 Salt Lake City 102 60 27 13 19 2
22 New Orlears 91 71 23 28 17 30
23 New York (AL) 84 78 20 13 27 2
24 Washington 46 116 25 20 25 30
25 Monterrey 74 88 24 11 29 15
26 Oakland 74 88 26 16 28 25
27 Burlington 70 92 21 32 22 28
28 Pittsburgh 59 103 19 29 30 25
29 Norfolk 78 84 31 23 26 22
30 Santa Fe 55 107 30 31 23 28
31 New Britain  88 74 13 9 32 32
32 Omaha 40 122 32 30 31 22

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Season 26 Offseason Free Agency Tracker

It's hot stove season in Kenny Powers, check back here to see where all of the top Free Agents sign!

Old New Contract
Rank Player Pos Age Team Team Amount Years
1 Hector Iglesias  SP 30 CH1 LOU $67.5 M 5
Comments: In a not-so-great SP FA class, he is the cream of the crop
2 John Greer  LF 31 NOR OTT $28.0 M 3
Comments: Our top rated hitter has raked to the tune of a .900 career OPS
3 Jarrod King  RF 30 DUR CH1 $37.0 M 4
Comments: Great all-around hitter and pretty good on the basepaths too
4 Al Hughes  LF 30 HEL HEL $40.0 M 5
Comments: Solid hitter who crushes lefties and is serviceable in a pinch at 2B
5 Harry Pujols SP 30 BUF LOU $20.8 M 4
Comments: A nice SP with just good, not great splits being only weak point
6 Ollie Keppel  SP 33 NB NOR $3.9 M 3
Comments: Another solid SP, but may be slightly vulnerable against RH batters
7 Patrick Grieve 2B 32 NB SYR $11.0 M 2
Comments: Can get on base and excellent speed/baserunning, age is a slight concern
8 Kenneth Shave DH 30 HEL NOR $4.2 M 3
Comments: Solid across the board hitting, yet not spectacular, probably ok at 1B or LF
9 Alex Bonilla SP 29 ROC MTY $21.6 M 4
Comments: Excellent ratings all around, but low stamina will limit his innings
10 Junior Won  SP 33 NB DUR $13.8 M 3
Comments: Solid lefty hurler, despite average RH split, but can eat some innings
11 Norm Hodges CF 33 SLC RIC $26.6 M 4
Comments: Great glove in CF, can get on base and run, but range declining with age
12 Miguel Armas 3B 32 SYR SYR $5.1 M 3
Comments: Speedy 3B with plus fielding attributes who has put up some nice numbers
13 Pablo Perez  SP 29 DET DUR $30.6 M 5
Comments: Nice ratings, but low stamina and gives up fly balls, solid otherwise 
14 Alex Lawrence  RP 29 HON NO $4.6 M 1
Comments: The top RP on the board, age is a plus, and pretty solid ratings overall
15 Carlos Santos  SP 31 NO SFE $5.2 M 2
Comments: Stamina is slightly low, and splits are average, but everything else is good
16 Yoshinori Chang  SP 36 CH1 NOR $2.2 M 2
Comments: Solid lefty with a nice track record, but age is a concern with him
17 Bo Edmonds RP 37 CH2 BOI $10.0 M 2
Comments: Still an excellent RP at age 37, should still have a few nice seasons left
18 Carmine Cashman SP 34 HON NAS $5.2 M 1
Comments: Great track record, despite fly ball tendency, but low stamina for an SP
19 Mandy Mahler CF 36 SEA LOU $4.4 M 2
Comments: Looks to still be solid hitting and running, but age is bound to set in
20 Gerardo Guerrero 2B 30 CHA BUR $1.0 M 1
Comments: Decent hitter with plus speed/baserunning, but low contact will result in K's
21 Julio Mairena RP 35 HON DUR $8.8 M 2
Comments: Very good RP with nice ratings, could be decent in Setup A or closer role
22 Steve Miller CF 32 LR OTT  $20.8 M 3
Comments: Excellent batting eye and runs the bases well, he can be useful
23 Yorrick Stilson 1B 26 CHA ATL $8.4 M 3
Comments: Solid hitter who could find a role, but limited in the field, which curbs his value
24 Barry Aspromonte DH 29 HEL
Comments: His power bat could help someone, but he can't play the field at all
25 Deivi Perez  2B 29 ROC ROC $15.3 M 3
Comments: Nice hitter with a solid track record, but RH split and eye are low

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Season 25 Wrap Up - Little Rock Claims the Title

Little Rock
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Little Rock is the Season 25 Kenny Powers Champion!

After a tremendous regular season that saw them win 127 games, Little Rock capped off their season with a decisive 4-0 sweep of Richmond, who was going for back-to-back titles and their 4th in 6 seasons, to take the World Series crown.  This is the first Kenny Powers championship for ab90 and Little Rock.  The champs only lost 2 games during the entire playoffs to rival Boise in the ALCS, who edged them out in the Season 24 Divisional Series.  The Little Rock bats were firing on all cylinders throughout the postseason, putting up an .863 team OPS with 29 home runs in 13 games.  That was good enough to support the pitching staff that posted a 4.03 team playoff ERA, resulting in a successful postseason run.  It was a season for the ages in Little Rock.  It will be interesting to see what teams will step up to challenge them in Season 26, there are certainly some very capable teams.

That's it for Season 25, see you back when we fill up and are set to go for Season 26!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Season 25 Awards Recap

Here's your recap of the Season 25 Award Winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Albie Latos, Nashville - .318 AVG 38 HR 143 RBI 53 SB
The 22 year-old Nashville 3rd Baseman followed up a solid rookie campaign by exploding on to the scene with an MVP season.  Latos led the AL in Hits and RBI, made his 1st All-Star appearance and won his first Silver Slugger Award in Season 25.  Latos can do it all, hit for average, power, run the bases and is an excellent fielder.  He should be in the conversation for future MVP awards without a doubt.

National League - Julio Park, Durham - .293 AVG 48 HR 145 RBI 20 SB
The 27 year-old went back-to-back, picking up his second MVP in a row, leading the offense for one of the NL's best teams, Durham.  He made his 5th All-Star appearance this season, and made it a season of back-to-back's by also winning the Home Run Derby for the second straight season.  He was also the NL RBI leader.  He'll look to three-peat in Season 26 by keeping up his streak of 5 straight seasons with at least 48 HR and 135 RBI, which he certainly appears capable of doing.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Jamey Spiers, Charlotte - 21-4 2.43 ERA 155 K
The 26 year-old righty had a breakout campaign in Season 25, exceeding the 20-win mark with an impressive ERA.  He led the AL in Wins, ERA and Quality Starts and made his 1st All-Star appearance as well.   The former #7 overall draft pick (Season 19) is a true talent, with very few weaknesses in his makeup and should be in the Cy Young conversation in future seasons, no doubt.

National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 23-3 1.63 ERA 229 K
It was another epic season for Blair, yet again posting phenomenal numbers, in route to his 3rd Cy Young Award, also having earned the honors in Seasons 19 and 24.  His ERA in Season 25 was 3rd best all-time in Kenny Powers and his WHIP was 2nd best in world history.  He also led the NL in Wins and Quality Starts and made his 6th All-Star team.  Blair is putting together a resume that will rank him among the all-team great hurlers in Kenny Powers.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Theo Reese, Little Rock - .292 AVG 35 HR 102 RBI 21 SB
The 23 year-old rookie for the world's leader in regular season wins brings an exciting combination of power, hitting ability and speed to the lineup.  He was used at 1B this past season, a position he is more than capable of excelling at, which resulted in him winning a gold glove.  Reese started the season in the minors, so it will be compelling to see what he can do when he gets in a full season in the bigs.  The results should be excellent.

National League - Justin Penny, Honolulu - .289 AVG 32 HR 83 RBI
The 22 year-old hitting specialist provided a nice boost to the Honolulu lineup this season, and in the process he earned NL Rookie of the Year honors.  Like his AL counterpart, he started the season in the minors, so expect some upside from his Season 25 numbers.  This is confirmed by taking a glance at his ratings, which show he has potential to be one of the great hitters in Kenny Powers.  Pretty good return for a player who has selected with 31st pick in the Season 22 draft.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Howie Lockwood, Nashville - 2.58 ERA, 50 SV - 1st Win
National League - Matty Prieto, Durham - 3.19 ERA, 50 SV - 2nd Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Wendell Myatt Oakland 3rd
C Harry Young New Britain 2nd
1B Sherman Dunston Boise 8th
2B David Messmer Boise 1st
3B Albie Latos Nashville 1st
SS Deven Uribe Pawtucket 1st
LF Patrick Grieve New Britain 1st
CF Charles Gang Oakland 1st
RF Ernest Hancock Little Rock 3rd

National League
P Hector Conti Atlanta 1st
C Kazuhiro Ryu Burlington 1st
1B Ryan Moore Louisville 2nd
2B Trey Dawkins Burlington 1st
3B Dingo Price Chicago 5th
SS Chi-Chi Villa Durham 1st
LF Turner Lincoln Buffalo 1st
CF Ken Ingram Chicago 5th
RF Christopher Hamilton Rochester 1st

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Cy Sanders Little Rock 2nd
C Robinzon Ramirez Ottawa 1st
1B Theo Reese Little Rock 1st
2B Jeremy Adams Pawtucket 1st
3B Marc Towers Seattle 2nd
SS Leon Wiltse Ottawa 1st
LF Adrian Skinner Charlotte 2nd
CF Rex Kennedy Helena 5th
RF Kennie Owen Boise 1st

National League
P Floyd Glenn Durham 2nd
C Ron Bailey New York 1st
1B Quilvio Limon Atlanta 1st
2B Tim Howard Durham 2nd
3B Jason Douglas New York 2nd
SS Burch Fontenot Syracuse 1st
LF Brendan O'Neil Chicago 2nd
CF Ken Ingram Chicago 4th
RF Willy Lester Salt Lake City 1st

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Season 25 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.  kujhawker failed to win 50 games as a first season owner and spcaesar failed to meet the 55 win floor.  dhanson32 does not receive a strike, as he took over the team midseason, nor would this season's win total count against the 185 wins over 3 seasons requirement.

For next season, owners needing to win more than 55 games in Season 26 to avoid a strike are spcaesar (68 wins needed) and hrrng_dnn (60 wins needed)

Here's the complete summary through Season 25.

Wins
American League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S23 S24 S25  Win Total S26 for 185
Little Rock Little Necrophiliac Nine ab90 108 112 127 347
Seattle SuperSonics alogman1 93 86 76 255
Norfolk Tides bjc30 78
Helena Bighorns bluebaran 107 108 88 303
Boise Taters bubbleboy 85 95 95 275
Ottawa Code Blue fireattack 86 80
Nashville Neutron Dance Ghostrunner 88 86 101 275
Charlotte StarLords goodtymes31 82 96 91 269
New York Yankees grissom97 81 83 84 248
Pawtucket Pats jamesp469 95 85 79 259
Oakland Invaders jnosek 58 68 74 200
Oklahoma City Redhawks kujhawker 46
New Britain Frothing Walruses merott 63 59 88 210
Cleveland Rocks scotsmet 76 77
Monterrey Charros sethstorer 65 74
Kansas City Monarchs spcaesar 71 46 68
Wins
National League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S23 S24 S25  Win Total S26 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens AceCards 78 73 83 234
Burlington Giant Pumpkins breezee 60 69 70 199
Albuquerque Isotopes dhanson32
Honolulu Tiki Gods dodgersrays 84 88 92 264
Atlanta Waffle Houses drzachary 64
Syracuse Blizzard groth911 91 89 93 273
Salt Lake City Stormin' Mormons habslmets 102
Washington D.C. Senators hrrng_dnn 66 59 60
Rochester Garbage Plates jimt14120 75 82 86 243
Santa Fe Salad Forks nhaller 55
Durham Screwballs oakman310 96 104 104 304
Las Vegas Crap Shoot pbsilver11 87 88 73 248
Chicago White Sox slashtc 106 91 102 299
Louisville Oaks t22u 91
New York Empire tmfran 76 64 83 223
Richmond Manamfasha TXLnghrn 101 94 91 286

Strikes in S25 Strike
kujhawker Failure to win 50 games in S25 (new owner) 1st
spcaesar Failure to win 55 games in S25 1st