Monday, June 22, 2015

Season 19 Top Rated Players

We already had the preseason team power rankings, here's the top rated individual players using the Kenny Powers blog super secret classified rating system.  Enjoy!

Top Position Players
Player Team Position Rating
Albert Valenzuela BUF 2B 56
Jeremy Randall BUF C 51
Mike Clark DET 3B 50
J.C. Ganzel HON RF 50
Jose Reyes PAW LF 50
Scott Serrano RIC LF 50
Mandy Mahler TUC CF 50
Rodrigo Toregas CLE RF 49
Adrian Skinner HON 2B 49
Mo Ferguson LR SS 49
Jimmy Fox OK 3B 49
Shane Curtis ROC LF 49
Abraham O'Neill SLC SS 49

Top Pure Hitters
Player Team Position Rating
Jeremy Randall BUF C 48
Sherman Dunston SF 1B 47
Braden Rodney OK C 47
Russell Berry TB C 45
Albert Valenzuela BUF 2B 44
Mike Russell SCZ C 44
Turk Mullen TB RF 44
Ivy Mench HON LF 44
J.C. Ganzel HON RF 43
Scott Serrano RIC LF 43
Jimmy Fox OK 3B 43
Bernie Jackson NY DH 43
Ryan Moore LOU 1B 43

Top Starting Pitchers
Player Team Rating
Ellis Brock TB 54.9
Justin Jordan TUC 50.7
Alberto Campos PAW 50.2
Norberto Morales RIC 48.7
Nicholas Miller NB 48.7
Tim Blair SYR 48
Matty Posada NAS 47.7
Stewart Mouton ATL 47.6
Ubaldo Merced ATL 47.6
David Alcantara NY 47.5

Top Relief Pitchers 
Player Team Rating
Rafael Acosta BUF 47.5
Bo Edmonds TUC 46
Wiki Mateo SLC 45
Yorman Vincente OK 44.5
Emmanuel Javier HON 44
J.D. Willis NY 44
Hideki Inouoe RIC 44
Dan Ohlendorf SYR 44
Rico Tejera BOS 43.5
Armando Dali SLC 43.5
Rico Rivera SLC 43.5

Friday, June 19, 2015

Season 19 Preseason Power Rankings

The regular season is right around the corner for Kenny Powers Season 19, which means it is time for the Preseason Power Rankings!  Leading the way at the top of the pack are perennial powerhouses New Britain at #1 and Buffalo at #2.  Both bring back excellent squads, although matching last season's impressive win totals of 113 and 107 respectively may be a tough task.   Defending champion Syracuse comes in at #3, led by their excellent pitching staff.   Oklahoma City is #4 sporting a well-balanced squad as always.

Teams to Watch - these teams won less than 90 games last season but seemed to be primed to take the next step forward.

#5 Salt Lake City (89-73) - This team looks phenomenal on paper and could be a force to be reckoned with.  It wouldn't shock us to see them contend for the #1 ranking and a World Series title.

#6 Pawtucket (88-74) - They reloaded in Free Agency, and their offense looks dominant.   Their pitching is better than last season too.  They have the potential to flirt with the top spot as well.

#7 Richmond (88-74) - Richmond has a very well-balanced team that has 90+ win potential.  Improvement on last year's record definitely seems possible.

#10 New York (83-79) - On paper, they look like they could be a potential top 5 team.  They had their first winning record since Season 7 last season and look to be on the verge of a breakthrough.

Here are the complete rankings, good luck to everyone in Season 19!

Season 18 Hitting Fielding Pitching

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Season 19 Free Agency Recap

Justin Jordan
Age: 30B/T: S/R
Born: Des Moines, IA
Position(s): P (SP5)
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Alberto Campos
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Boca Chica, DO
Position(s): P (T4B)
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Stewart Mouton
Age: 36B/T: R/R
Born: Trenton, NC
Position(s): P (P)
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The Offseason Free Agency Pool was stocked a plenty including these three former Cy Young winners!


After a quick rollover, we're out of the gates and into the preseason for Season 19, which is sure to start off with a bang thanks to a well stocked Free Agent pool.  It was very difficult to narrow the field down to ten, but it had to be done.  Here's a rundown of who made this season's top ten free agents!

1. Justin Jordan, 30, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 2.80 career ERA
S18 Team: Tucson

Re-signed with Tucson - 5 years, $100 million

Best Attributes: Control (10), LH Split (10), RH Split (10), Age (9)
Lowest Attributes: Stamina (2)
Projected S19 Role: Staff Ace, Cy Young Contender

Analysis: Although there were other very talented pitchers on the market, Jordan ranked #1 due to be younger than his fellow past Cy Young winners.  Tucson retaining him was a major win for the franchise.

2. Alberto Campos, 34, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 2.75 career ERA
S18 Team: Syracuse

Signed with Pawtucket - 5 years, $56 million ($45.9 million guaranteed)

Best Attributes: RH Split (10), Control (9), Pitch Arsenal (9)
Lowest Attributes: Age (5)
Projected S19 Role:  Staff Ace, Cy Young Contender

Analysis: Campos is still an elite pitcher, and was obtained by Pawtucket at a very nice price.  Age related decline will be a concern in the later years of the deal, but he will definitely be great in S19.

3. Stewart Mouton, 36, SP
No Designation
Key Stat: 2.70 career ERA
S18 Team: Pawtucket

Signed with Atlanta -  4 years, $39 million

Best Attributes: Pitch Arsenal (10), RH Split (10), Control (9)
Lowest Attributes:  Age (3)
Projected S19: Staff Ace, Cy Young Contender

Analysis: Similar to Campos, age is a concern with Mouton, even though he has shown the ability to ward off age-related decline better than most.  For what he was signed for, it was well worth the risk, and Atlanta has themselves an ace-caliber pitcher for this season.  

4. Junior Won, 26, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 4.28 career ERA
S18 Team: Detroit

Signed with Helena - 5 years, $68 million

Best Attributes:  Age (10), Control (10), LH Split (10)
Lowest Attributes:  RH Split (5)
Projected S19 Role: #3 starter, fringe All-Star candidate

Analysis: It's not often you find a 26 year-old high quality SP in the free agent pool.  There's a slight concern about Won's effectiveness vs. RH hitters, but Won should still be very good, with many productive seasons ahead.  

5. Edgar Olivares, SS, 27
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 4.28 career ERA
S18 Team:  Toronto

Signed with Oklahoma City -  5 years, $39.3 million

Best Attributes: Fielding (10), Power (10), Age (10)
Lowest Attributes:  RH Split (2)
Projected S19 Role: All-Star Candidate

Analysis: It's not often you can find the type of power Olivares has to go with elite fielding abilities.  His poor RH split may result in a lot of variability in and sometimes poor batting average, but having his power at SS will be a huge plus for OKC. 

6. Felix Cochrane, 30, 3B
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 295 career HR
S18 Team: Memphis

Re-signed with Memphis - 4 years, $31.9 million ($26 million guaranteed)

Best Attributes: Fielding (9), Power (9), Age (9)
Worst Attributes: Batting Eye (3)
Projected S19 Role: Gold Glove Candidate at 3B with 30 HR power

Analysis:  Cochrane is a Gold Glove caliber 3B with very good power.  His batting eye isn't great, which will lead to a lot of strikeouts, but the rest of his hitting skills combined with his fielding prowess make him a valuable asset at the hot corner.

7. Jose Rincon, 31, 2B
Type Free Agent
Key Stat: .815 career OPS
S18 Team: Oklahoma City

Signed with Pawtucket - 2 years, $14.8 million

Best Attributes: Power (10), Batting Eye (9), Age 8)
Worst Attributes: RH Split (5), LH Split (6), Contact (6)
Projected S19 Role: All-Star Candidate, Silver Slugger Candidate

Analysis:  One of the best power bats available, to go with an excellent batting eye, Rincon with a nice signing for Pawtucket.  He can play a solid 2B, and is passable at CF as well.  Mediocre contact and splits may keep the batting average down, but when he's on, he can mash.

8. Benjamin Allen, 29, 3B/RF
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: .817 career OPS
S18 Team: Oakland

Signed with Tampa Bay - 5 years, $51.3 million ($42.7 million guaranteed)

Best Attributes: Age (10), Batting Eye (9), RH Split (9)
Lowest Attributes: Injury Potential
Projected S19 Role: Excellent #2/#3 hitter

Analysis:  One of the best pure hitters available, Allen has a very solid bat and great eye that should get him on base a lot.  Injury concerns and average fielding put him below his counterparts, but he will definitely boost the Tampa Bay lineup. 

9. Tuck Huff, 34, SP
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: 3.38 career ERA
S18 Team: Tampa Bay

Signed with Salt Lake City - 5 years, $31.5 million

Best Attributes: Control (10), Pitch Arsenal (9), RH Split (8)
Lowest Attributes: Durability/Stamina (3.5), Age (5)
Projected S19 Role: #2 starter, potential All-Star

Analysis: Huff has outstanding ratings across the board, including elite control and solid command of his pitches.  Durability and stamina put his innings ceiling around 175, which make age-related decline more of a concern, but Huff is still an excellent arm. 

10. Allan Farquhar, 32, 3B
Type A Free Agent
Key Stat: .816 career OPS
S18 Team: New Orleans

Signed with Pawtucket - 1 year, $6.935 million

Best Attributes: Power (10), Fielding (8), LH Split (8), RH Split (8)
Lowest Attributes: Contact (3)
Projected S19 Role: Excellent Fielding 3B with 40 HR potential

Analysis:  Pawtucket also landed another big bat with elite power in Farquhar, who also will make a great fielding 3B.   He's also coming off two outstanding seasons at the plate in New Orleans, although his low contact rate could lead to the possibility of poor batting average when he isn't launching bombs out of the park.

Good luck to everyone in Season 19!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Season 18 Wrap Up - Syracuse takes the crown!

Syracuse Blizzard (NL)
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Syracuse is your Season 18 champion!

After a grueling 7 game battle, Syracuse has emerged as your Season 18 World Series champion, defeating New Britain 4 games to 3.  Syracuse, the #5 seed in the NL, but owners of the 2nd best record, defeated Richmond in the first round, and then, in somewhat of a surprise, swept Buffalo who had the NL's best record in the 2nd round.  After a hard fought win over Honolulu in the NLCS, they came out on top in a 7 game battle with New Britain. Cy Young Winner Alberto Campos and Tim Blair continued their amazing regular season success in the playoffs, starting 14 of 20 games, combining for an 8-2 record, while posting outstanding ERA's and sub-1 WHIPs.  Their offense was stifled at times during the playoffs, but the powerful 1-2 punch of Campos and Blair enabled them to make the run to the title.

Congrats to groth911 on taking home the trophy!  And congrats to merott and New Britain on a great season, despite the close loss in the World Series.  They were the #1 ranked team for the last three quarters of the season and had a terrific run. 

See you all back for Season 19!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Season 18 Award Winners

With the World Series under way, awards are official, so let's take a look at who took home the hardware in Season 18 of Kenny Powers!

American League - Sherman Dunston, San Francisco - .346 AVG 49 HR 129 RBI
It was a much closer race this season, but Dunston managed to nab his 3rd consecutive AL MVP trophy after lighting up the stat sheet with tremendous numbers yet again.  He led the AL in Slugging and OPS, and put up spectacular numbers elsewhere, which was good enough to give him the nod, even though he didn't make the All-Star team.  He becomes the 5th player in Kenny Powers history to win at least 3 MVP awards.

National League - Jeremy Randall, Buffalo - .354 AVG 35 HR 111 RBI
It was a truly epic season for Randall, winning the batting title, and leading the NL in OBP, Slugging and OPS.  His .509 OBP and 141 walks are new Kenny Powers single season records.  Hard to argue with Randall as the NL MVP, and in winning the award, he sets another Kenny Powers record, becoming the first player in Kenny Powers history to win 4 MVP awards.  Randall is certainly making his case to be called the greatest offensive player ever in Kenny Powers.

American League - Valerio Baez, New Britain - 20-12 3.20 ERA 179 K
Baez edged out teammate Tony Gwynn to win a very close AL Cy Young vote.  Baez led the AL in Innings Pitched, Complete Games, and tied for the lead in Wins.  He also made his 4th All-Star appearance this season.  This is his 3rd Cy Young Award, going back-to-back, and winning 3 out of the last 4 in the AL.  At only age 26, he has the chance to cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats in upcoming seasons.

National League - Alberto Campos, Syracuse - 18-1 1.76 ERA 142 K
Campos was out of this world good this season in route to his 2nd Cy Young win, posting the 4th best ERA and 3rd best WHIP in Kenny Powers history.  In going 18-1, he has also set a new Kenny Powers record for Winning Percentage in a single season for those with at least 15 decisions.  He made his 8th All-Star team this season as well, inching him closer to sure-fire Hall of Fame status.

American League - Wendell Myatt, Oakland - .320 AVG 30 HR 105 RBI
Myatt had a fantastic rookie campaign that won him the AL Rookie of the Year trophy by a landslide.  His excellent contact, batting eye and splits indicate he will be a great hitter for seasons to come.  30 Home Runs may be near the ceiling of his power capabilities, but he will be a great bat either way.

National League - Norberto Morales, Richmond - 17-5 2.50 ERA 145 K
Morales also won Rookie of the Year by a wide margin, which is not a surprise given his numbers.  In a lot of seasons, the numbers would be good enough to contend for the Cy Young Award, but there seemed to be many spectacular pitching performances in the NL this season.  Morales is the real deal and it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him contending for the Cy Young soon.

American League - Zachrey Coleman, Toronto - 1.95 ERA 35 SV, 3rd win
National League - Jamie Mancuso, Memphis - 2.87 ERA 56 SV, 5th win

American League
DH Bernie Jackson New York 1st
C Livan Espinoza Little Rock 2nd
1B Sherman Dunston San Francisco 3rd
2B Mo Ferguson Little Rock 1st
3B David Frias Boston 5th
SS Delino Santana Little Rock 1st
LF Jose Reyes Pawtucket 2nd
CF Clay Neal Nashville 1st
RF Max Acevedo Oakland 1st

National League
P Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 1st
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 8th
1B Alex Sanchez Tucson 1st
2B Adrian Skinner Honolulu 1st
3B Jimmy Fox Oklahoma City 5th
SS Darryl Matthews Cleveland 2nd
LF Ivy Mench Honolulu 6th
CF Brendan O'Neil Honolulu 1st
RF J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 6th

American League
P Anthony Wilkinson Nashville 1st
C Heinie Pecina New York 4th
1B Albert Aardsma Toronto 1st
2B Mark Wallace Toronto 2nd
3B Orber Pena Little Rock 2nd
SS Delino Santana Little Rock 2nd
LF Gabe Palmer Boston 2nd
CF Rex Kennedy Helena 1st
RF Gerald Moore New Orleans 1st

National League
Jimmie Soto Buffalo 1st
C Carson Fossum San Juan 1st
1B Jhonny Martinez Burlington 1st
2B Phil Hardy Cleveland 3rd
3B Hawk Carew Tampa Bay 3rd
SS Takumi Lee San Juan 1st
LF Joey Aumont Santa Cruz 1st
CF Winston Harvey Tampa Bay 2nd
RF Davy Kendrick Buffalo 1st

Friday, May 29, 2015

Minimum Win Requirement Update

We have had a Minimum Win Requirement in this world since Season 12.  I'm glad to say no one has earned a strike under our three strikes rule prior to this season.  Unfortunately, a few teams fell short this season and earned a first strike. 

Just as a refresher of the rule, you need to win at least 55 games every season and also maintain a 185 win total over the past three seasons.   You are allowed up to 3 strikes against the policy, and then, unfortunately, you are out, no exceptions. 

The below table shows win totals over the last three seasons, and also indicates if you have to win more than the single season requirement of 55 games in Season 19 to avoid a strike.   The strikes for this season are also listed at the bottom. 


3-Season Needed in 
AL S16 S17 S18  Win Total S19 for 185
83 91

themarlyman  71 82 82 235
59 72



lfkbibanul  97 81 72 250
bluebaran 66 57 65 188 63
frae 91 89 97 277
Ghostrunner 89 85 83 257
merott 96 111 113 320
67 52
jamesp469 73 79 83 235
jnosek 75 76 84 235
uustal  97 92 88 277
bubbleboy 67 76 72 215
alogman1 97 92 81 270
Fantasy Frea 89 86 89 264


3-Season Needed in 
Owner S16 S17 S18  Win Total S19 for 185
AceCards 96 104 107 307
breezee 77 70 79 226
dh0220  61 78 62 201
dodgersrays 86 91 95 272
nicbase2 67 68 73 208
winepimp 68 70 97 235
tisi29 112 98 94 304
72 88

jimt14120 82 83 73 238
playboy33 77 86 89 252
evil_twin 75 57 33 165 95
cosborn 98 91 79 268
groth911  76 92 100 268
dmurphy104 89 91 85 265
trinitybants 96 98 92 286
tdfactory 57 57 61 175 67

Strikes in S18

Cause Strike
evil_twin Failed to win 185 over 3 seasons 1st
tdfactory Failed to win 185 over 3 seasons 1st
msmsales  Failed to win 55 games in S18 1st

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!

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

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