Friday, May 26, 2017

Season 25 Preseason Power Rankings

OK, we're a little bit into Season 25, so these are late; however, these rankings were based on Opening Day rosters, the results just weren't tallied until now.  So, here we go!

Coming in on top is a bold choice, a first time #1, and it's Boise!  The 95 game winners last season have always had a great offense and it appears their Starting Pitching looks very good, so they earn the top spot in our rankings.  At #2, we have the top rated hitting squad, Charlotte, who also has very good pitching.  The top rated team in Starting Pitching, Pawtucket comes in at #3.  Rounding out the top 5 are Helena and Chicago.  At 6 and 7 are last season's top regular season team, Little Rock and the World Series champs, Richmond.

For those that have higher than expected rankings, good luck living up to the hype, and for those that are pinning these up as bulletin board material, I hope you prove me wrong!

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in Season 25!

Starting Relief
Season 24 Pitching Pitching Hitting Fielding
Team  W L Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Boise 95 67 2 12 4 23
2 Charlotte 96 66 3 25 1 12
3 Pawtucket 85 77 1 6 9 25
4 Helena 108 54 4 9 12 12
5 Chicago 91 71 14 2 3 10
6 Little Rock 112 50 11 22 1 7
7 Richmond 94 68 5 5 9 18
8 Seattle 86 76 9 10 7 1
9 Durham 104 58 10 16 5 7
10 New York (NL) 64 98 6 24 8 4
11 Buffalo  73 89 23 3 6 25
12 Las Vegas 88 74 12 4 20 16
13 Honolulu 88 74 8 21 20 10
14 Rochester 82 80 20 8 14 1
15 Syracuse 89 73 18 6 17 6
16 Salt Lake City 78 84 19 13 18 1
17 Cleveland 76 86 16 18 19 18
18 Louisville 92 70 15 29 11 25
19 Oklahoma City 68 94 22 19 13 31
20 Ottawa 86 76 7 23 28 12
21 Nashville  86 76 25 1 25 4
22 Kansas City 71 91 27 20 15 30
23 New York (AL) 83 79 21 15 26 12
24 Norfolk 51 111 28 26 16 18
25 Atlanta 74 88 24 28 23 7
26 New Britain  59 103 13 27 31 28
27 Washington 66 96 17 31 27 23
28 Burlington 69 93 26 32 22 31
29 Albuquerque 76 86 30 14 29 18
30 Oakland 68 94 31 16 30 18
31 Santa Fe 69 93 32 30 24 28
32 Monterrey 65 97 29 11 32 17

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Season 25 Free Agency Recap

It's time to kick off blog coverage for Season 25 with a recap of the top free agent signings this offseason!

1. Howie Lockwood, 28, RP
Previous Team: Burlington
Signed with Nashville - 5 Years, $63.8 Million

Relievers getting paid was a big theme this offseason, and Lockwood tops the list.  Looking at his ratings, it's not hard to see why, as it's tough to find any weaknesses.  He boasts a career 2.82 ERA, showing it translates to on-the-field success.  He's also just 28 years old.  Nice pickup for Nashville.

2. Gio Navarro, 28, SP
Previous Team: Albuquerque
Signed with Nashville - 5 Years, $55.8 Million

Navarro has elite ratings across the board as well.  If it weren't for one key rating, his durability, he would be a sure fire max contract player.  His extremely low durability will greatly limit his innings compared to your conventional starter (126.1 is his career high), but a 3.16 career ERA indicates those innings should be highly effective.

3. Allan Blackley, 36, SP
Previous Team: Chicago
Signed with Pawtucket - 5 Years, $54 Million

It's not often you see a 36 year-old get a 5 year deal, but if anyone deserves it, it's Blackley.  His ratings remain outstanding, Cy Young caliber even, and will be a huge boost to the Pawtucket rotation. Age-related decline may be a concern for the later years of the deal, but it may well be worth it for what he'll do the next couple of seasons.

4. Raul Alburquerque, 26, RP
Previous Team: Burlington
Signed with Syracuse - 5 Years, $54 Million

Alburquerque is the other RP to really cash in this offseason, and you can't really blame Syracuse for offering him such a lucrative deal.  He has pretty amazing ratings with no real weaknesses, and is only 26 years old.  Looks like Syracuse has found their bullpen anchor for the next several seasons.

5. Jesus Johnson, 28, SP
Previous Team: Burlington
Signed with Cleveland - 4 Years, $37.2 Million

Johnson has worked out of the bullpen most of his career, but is certainly a capable starter.  It looks like he will get that opportunity in his new home, Cleveland.   His durability is a touch low, but high stamina should make up for it, and he did go 185 innings last season.  With his excellent ratings elsewhere, there's no reason to think he won't succeed.

6. Omir Kelly, 32, SP
Previous Team: Oakland
Signed with Boise - 5 Years, $40 Million

Kelly is nice SP, with a ceiling a bit better than his 4.59 career ERA may indicate.  His RH split and mediocre out pitch seems to be his weaknesses.  Still, he should put forth solid numbers and is capable of eating a ton of innings with an excellent durability-stamina combination.

7. Juan Cervantes, 32, LF
Previous Team: Cleveland
Re-Signed with Cleveland - 3 Years, $23 Million

And a non-pitcher finally appears on the list!  Cervantes is a nice lead-off type with very nice contact and batting eye ratings with nice speed.  He's a plus LF and passable at CF.  Cleveland re-upped this solid contributor for three more seasons.

8. Hiroyuki Masato, 29, 3B
Previous Team: Boise
Signed with Durham - 4 Years, $29 Million

Masato is a plus defensive 3B, with an average bat and some nice speed.  Playing in Durham may boost the offensive stats a bit.  Overall, this appears to be a nice signing.

9. Darrel Atkins, 31, 1B
Previous Team: New York
Signed with Syracuse - 5 Years, $35.8 Million

At the plate, Atkins has a great contact/batting eye combo and a strong RH split that should lead to some nice AVG and OBP numbers.  He has a little bit of pop too.  Catcher seems to be his natural position and he's a decent one at that.  He is a bit of an injury risk.

10. Ellis Brock, 35, SP
Previous Team: Oklahoma City
Signed with Salt Lake City - 2 Years, $13.5 Million

The 35 year-old righty sports phenomenal career numbers, but there are some questions whether or not he is losing some of his effectiveness with age.  He should still be very solid, and a 2 year deal seems about right for him at this point.

11. Max Acevedo, 31, 1B
Previous Team: Helena
Signed with New York - 4 Years, $26.8 Million

Coming off an outstanding run with Helena, which saw him break the World's RBI record last season and pound 62 Home Runs, Acevedo, a pure power hitter, heads to New York.  He also has great splits, but low contact and batting eye, which means a lot of strikeouts, but when he connects, look out.

12. Anthony Wilkinson, 34, SP
Previous Team: Durham
Signed with Little Rock - 3 Years, $19.9 Million

Wilkinson goes from an NL powerhouse to an AL powerhouse this offseason, as the 34 year-old righty signed with Little Rock.  He's coming off a very nice season in Durham, and his ratings are very good, so it wouldn't be surprised to continue his good fortunes in Little Rock.

13. Willy Lester, 32, 3B
Previous Team: Pawtucket
Signed with Salt Lake City - 3 Years, $18.9 Million

Lester is still a very solid defensive 3B at this point in his career, although he's been playing mostly in RF for SLC.  Nice Batting Eye, Contact and Splits, with some speed but low power.  Still a nice player to have for sure.

14. Patrick Grieve, 31, 2B
Previous Team: Louisville
Signed with New Britain - 1 Year, $6.1 million

Grieve is a terror on the basepaths with a nice batting eye and splits.  He doesn't have much power and his contact is average, but with a .371 career OBP and his baserunning and speed, he definitely adds value.

15. Sal Nelson, 36, SP
Previous Team: Honolulu
Signed with New Britain - 1 Year, $6 Million

Nelson is a nice SP, who's still going strong at age 36.  His splits are only good, not great, but other than that, the rest of his ratings are outstanding.  He's definitely capable of putting up some good number this season for New Britain.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Season 24 Wrap Up - Richmond Comes Out on Top!

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Richmond Wins Their Third Title in Five Seasons!

The Season 24 Playoffs were a battle yet again, and it's Richmond, ranked #7 in the final power rankings, that came out of it with their 3rd Kenny Powers title in 5 seasons.  Richmond defeated Boise in the World Series in 5 games.  Perhaps Boise didn't have much left in the tank after defeating the top 2 teams in the final power rankings, Helena and Little Rock, in the previous 2 rounds.  The Richmond bats stepped it up in the postseason, clubbing 24 Home Runs in 14 games and finishing with an OPS 77 points higher than their regular season totals.  When the bats get going for the world's top ranked pitching team, they are going to be tough to beat, which was the case during the playoffs, as Richmond's #1 staff continued their excellence with 3.06 playoff ERA.  It was an impressive run for Boise as well, as their pitching staff also majorly stepped it up in the playoffs, which allowed them to topple two 108+ win teams on their way to the World Series.  They couldn't get over that final hump, but congratulations to bubbleboy and Boise on a great run.

That does it for Season 24.  See you back soon for Season 25!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Season 24 Award Winners

Here is your Awards recap for Season 24!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - 
Sherman Dunston, Boise - .335 AVG 52 HR 165 RBI
It's just another MVP trophy for Dunston, his 7th.  He did win a batting title in Season 24, the only category he led, and put up very impressive numbers; however, it seems there may have been more deserving candidates this season.  Some must auto-vote for him any time they see him on the ballot. Dunston did not earn any other honors this past season, but he was MVP nonetheless.

National League - Julio Park, Durham - .298 AVG 51 HR 151 RBI
Park, one of the elite power bats in Kenny Powers, put up stellar numbers in leading Durham to their best record in franchise history.  This resulted in him winning his 1st MVP award in Season 24.  Park led the NL in RBI, Slugging and OPS.  He made the All-Star Team, won the Home Run Derby, won a Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove.  What a season!  He truly did it all in Season 24.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Shawn Olson, Helena - 21-3 2.48 ERA 162 K
The 26 year-old lefty earned his first Cy Young award in Season 24 leading a stellar Helena staff that accumulated an impressive 108 wins.  Olson, the AL's leader in ERA and WHIP, also made his 1st All-Star team in Season 24.  It wouldn't be a surprise to see Olson compete for future Cy Young awards given his impressive ratings, age and the fact that he is on a very strong Helena team.

National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 20-2 1.76 ERA 215 K
It's Cy Young award #2 for Blair, who also took the honors in Season 19.  The NL ERA leader tied for the 5th lowest ERA in Kenny Powers history in Season 24, also posting healthy strikeout total.  He also made his 5th All-Star team this past season.  What's even more impressive is that Blair is the career leader in both ERA and WHIP in Kenny Powers, a feat that probably better describes how stellar his career has been.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Hiram Freeman, Madison - .297 AVG 51 HR 145 RBI
It was quite the season for the Madison rookie Right Fielder, showing that the impressive power he demonstrated in the minors translates over to the big leagues.  The #2 pick in the Season 21 draft, Freeman was up for a short stint in Season 23 before getting to play the full year for Madison in Season 24.  Going forward, he's going to get a lot of K's, as he doesn't have the best batting eye, but when he connects it's a good bet the ball could be leaving the yard.

National League - Shooter Perkins, Durham - 12-4 2.67 ERA 91 K
The Durham righty earned his way into the rotation for a very good Durham team in Season 24 and he did not disappoint, taking home Rookie of the Year honors in the NL with 12 wins and a very good ERA, particularly in the hitter-friendly confines of Durham.  Perkins was the #12 pick in the Season 21 draft.  His ratings indicate he should be solid going forward.  If you were to nitpick, his LH split is average, and doesn't have that one great out pitch, but everything else looks great.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League -  Butch Gray, New York - 2.12 ERA 41 SV, 1st win
National League - Gene Bonilla, Chicago - 4.30 ERA 43 SV, 1st win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH Wendell Myatt Oakland 2nd
C Richard Tateyama Little Rock 3rd
1B John Greer Boston 2nd
2B Sean Lewis Helena 3rd
3B Geovany Batista New Britain 1st
SS Delino Santana Charlotte 5th
LF Al Hughes Helena 1st
CF Brett Puckett Nashville 2nd
RF Ernest Hancock Little Rock 2nd

National League
P Nate White Washington 1st
C Deven Hernandez Honolulu 2nd
1B Julio Park Durham 2nd
2B Albert Valenzuela Buffalo 7th
3B Elmer Miller Honolulu 1st
SS Brendan O'Neil Oklahoma City 3rd
LF Damon Duran Honolulu 2nd
CF Norm Hodges St. Louis 4th
RF Vic Hall Louisville 2nd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Che-Bang Uchida Charlotte 1st
C Mule Raymond Seattle 1st
1B Manuel Paez Madison 1st
2B David Meng Little Rock 3rd
3B Armando Vincente Cleveland 2nd
SS Noah Straily New York 2nd
LF Charles Gang Oakland 1st
CF Miguel Cruz Monterrey 1st
RF Walt Silva Boise 3rd

National League
P Floyd Glenn Durham 1st
C Alfonso Estrada Rochester 2nd
1B Julio Park Durham 1st
2B Tim Howard Durham 1st
3B Dingo Price Chicago 2nd
SS Joaquin Ugueto Honolulu 2nd
LF Bert Crosby Durham 1st
CF Saul Santos New York 3rd
RF Darryl Matthews New York 1st

Friday, March 31, 2017

Season 24 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.

Once again, I'm happy to report no strikes were earned in Season 24 and no one has any strikes on their record.  dwrightjr5 only won 51, but the requirement for first season owners is only 50.

For next season, the following owners need to win more than the 55 minimum to reach the 185 win three season requirement to avoid a strike: breezee - 56, jnosek - 59, merott - 63

Here's the complete summary through Season 24.

Wins
American League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S22 S23 S24  Win Total S25 for 185
Boise Taters bubbleboy 88 85 95 268
Boston Red Sox dwrightjr5 51
Charlotte StarLords goodtymes31  78 82 96 256
Cleveland Rocks scotsmet 76
Helena Bighorns bluebaran 98 107 108 313
Kansas City Monarchs spcaesar 71
Little Rock Little Necrophiliac Nine ab90 108 112
Madison Milk Stouts fireattack 86
Monterrey Charros sethstorer 65
Nashville Neutron Bombs Ghostrunner 75 88 86 249
New Britain Frothing Walruses merott 106 63 59 228 63
New York Yankees grissom97 73 81 83 237
Oakland Invaders jnosek 72 58 68 198 59
Seattle SuperSonics alogman1 88 93 86 267
Tampa Bay Sunherd Frozenherd * 82 89 68 239
Wichita Wankers jamesp469 89 95 85 269
Wins
National League 3-Season Needed in 
Team Owner S22 S23 S24  Win Total S25 for 185
Buffalo Tiny Chickens AceCards 88 78 73 239
Burlington Giant Pumpkins breezee 67 60 69 196 56
Chicago White Sox slashtc 92 106 91 289
Durham Screwballs oakman310 79 96 104 279
Honolulu Tiki Gods dodgersrays 84 84 88 256
Houston Hounds jjcq3f  69
Las Vegas Crap Shoot pbsilver11 81 87 88 256
Louisville Sluggers yanks21 88 87 92 267
New York Empire tmfran 76 64
Oklahoma City Bombers tisi29 84 86 74 244
Richmond Manamfasha TXLnghrn 100 101 94 295
Rochester Garbage Plates jimt14120 78 75 82 235
Salem Ducks trimhunter99 72 79 76 227
St. Louis Gunners Er' Back cosborn 84 90 78 252
Syracuse Blizzard groth911  88 91 89 268
Washington D.C. Senators hrrng_dnn 66



Monday, March 20, 2017

Season 24 League Leaders

Here's a recap of the Season 24 League Leaders!

All-Time Top 5 Performances in Season 24
RBI - Max Acevedo, Helena - 183 - New Kenny Powers Record
Shutouts - Jarred Denham, Madison - 7 - New Kenny Powers Record
Runs - Ernest Hancock, Little Rock - 149 - 2nd All-Time
Shutouts - Ham Sampson, Seattle - 6 - Tied for 2nd All-Time
RBI - Angel Perez, Little Rock - 172 - 3rd All-Time
Innings Pitched - Boomer Lange, Chicago - 279.0 - 4th All-Time
RBI - Sherman Dunston, Boise - 165 - 5th All-Time
Strikeouts - Boomer Lange, Chicago - 269 - 5th All-Time
ERA - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 1.76 - Tied for 5th All-Time
Wins - Orlando Lee, Little Rock - 24 - Tied for 5th All-Time

Multiple Category Leaders
Boomer Lange, Chicago (NL) - 4 - Wins, Strikeouts, IP, QS
Max Acevedo, Helena (AL) - 3 - HR, RBI, SLG
Julio Park, Durham (NL) - 3 - RBI, SLG, OPS
John Greer, Boston (AL) - 2 - Hits, OPS
Nicholas Gil, Las Vegas (NL) - 2 - Wins, WHIP
Shawn Olson, Helena (AL) - ERA, WHIP
Jarred Denham, Madison (AL) - 2 - CG, Shutouts
Ham Sampson, Seattle (AL) - 2 - IP, CG

LEAGUE LEADERS
Offense
American League
Batting Average Sherman Dunston Boise .335
Home Runs Max Acevedo Helena 62
RBI Max Acevedo Helena 183
Stolen Bases Manuel Paez Madison 101
Hits John Greer Boston 214
Runs Ernest Hancock Little Rock 149
OBP Delino Santana Charlotte .418
SLG Max Acevedo Helena .670
OPS John Greer Boston 1.061
National League
Batting Average Deven Hernandez Honolulu .325
Home Runs Elmer Miller Honolulu 62
RBI Julio Park Durham 151
Stolen Bases Howie Hooper Burlington 62
Hits Andy Minor Honolulu 208
Runs Bert Crosby Durham 125
OBP Albert Valenzuela Buffalo .386
SLG Julio Park Durham .642
OPS Julio Park Durham .999
Pitching
American League
ERA Shawn Olson Helena 2.48
Wins Orlando Lee Little Rock 24
Strikeouts Everth Almanzar Helena 176
Saves Ubaldo Jose Tampa Bay 41
Butch Gray New York 41
WHIP Shawn Olson Helena 0.97
Innings Pitched Ham Sampson Seattle 267.0
Quality Starts Ned Perez Helena 24
George McCartin Seattle 24
Complete Games Ham Sampson Seattle 7
Jarred Denham Madison 7
Maicer Gil Kansas City 7
Shutouts Jarred Denham Madison 7
National League
ERA Tim Blair Syracuse 1.76
Wins Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 21
Boomer Lange Chicago 21
Strikeouts Boomer Lange Chicago 269
Saves Gene Bonilla Chicago 43
WHIP Nicholas Gil Las Vegas 0.94
Innings Pitched Boomer Lange Chicago 279.0
Quality Starts Boomer Lange Chicago 29
Complete Games Zach Wainhouse Durham 9
Shutouts Floyd Glenn Durham 4
Norberto Morales Richmond 4

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Season 24 Final Power Rankings

As the playoffs start up, it's time to check in with the final power rankings of Season 24.  At the top, it's pretty much a dead heat between Helena and Little Rock, but we give the ever so slight edge to Helena, as we know the back-to-back champs bring it come playoff time.  No change at #3 and 4 either as Durham and Charlotte both finished off tremendous seasons strong.  Louisville surges up 5 spots to #5 as we enter the playoffs, and that wraps up the top 5.   Here are the biggest climbers and biggest falls since the last rankings!

Biggest Climbers: #12 Wichita (+7), #18 Kansas City (+6), #25 Tampa Bay (+6), #5 Louisville (+5), #7 Richmond (+5)

Biggest Falls: #31 Washington (-8), #14 Nashville (-7), #20 New York (AL) (-5), #23 Buffalo (-5)

It should be quite the interesting postseason.  Will Helena dominate again?  Will Little Rock continue their surge?  Or will another team surprise?  Good luck to all the playoff teams, here are the complete final rankings!

Pitching Offense LAST 40
Team  W L PREV Rank Chg Rank Chg W L
1 Helena 108 54 1 3 -2 2 0 28 12
2 Little Rock 112 50 2 8 -1 1 0 29 11
3 Durham 104 58 3 5 0 9 -1 28 12
4 Charlotte 96 66 4 15 -2 3 4 23 17
5 Louisville 92 70 10 11 5 8 2 27 13
6 Boise 95 67 9 22 0 4 1 26 14
7 Richmond 94 68 12 1 2 24 3 27 13
8 Chicago 91 71 6 2 0 11 0 19 21
9 Honolulu 88 74 5 14 -3 5 -1 18 22
10 Las Vegas 88 74 11 6 0 19 -3 21 19
11 Syracuse 89 73 8 7 1 20 -1 21 19
12 Wichita 85 77 19 18 0 13 3 23 17
13 Seattle 86 76 13 11 3 22 0 21 19
14 Nashville  86 76 7 25 1 7 -4 20 20
15 Madison 86 76 16 19 1 21 2 23 17
16 Rochester 82 80 14 3 1 23 -4 17 23
17 Oklahoma City 74 88 20 20 -1 14 -2 21 19
18 Kansas City 71 91 24 23 1 10 -1 23 17
19 Salem 76 86 21 9 0 28 0 21 19
20 New York (AL) 83 79 15 11 4 27 -1 19 21
21 St. Louis 78 84 17 10 -1 30 1 21 19
22 Cleveland 76 86 22 24 4 15 0 20 20
23 Buffalo  73 89 18 15 -3 26 -1 17 23
24 Burlington 69 93 26 17 0 29 1 20 20
25 Tampa Bay 68 94 31 30 0 18 0 18 22
26 Houston 69 93 28 28 -2 17 4 16 24
27 Oakland 68 94 25 29 0 15 -2 16 24
28 New Britain  59 103 32 31 0 11 2 13 27
29 Monterrey 65 97 29 27 -2 24 -1 14 26
30 New York (NL) 64 98 27 21 -1 31 0 15 25
31 Washington 66 96 23 25 -2 32 -3 11 29
32 Boston 51 111 30 32 0 6 0 4 36