Monday, February 23, 2015

Season 17 Wrap Up - Little Rock is your Champion!

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Little Rock takes the Season 17 title!

In the final regular season power rankings, we noted for #9 Little Rock "Numbers are pretty good, so could make waves in playoffs".  Well, they ended up doing a lot more than that, as they took the whole thing!  They swept their way through Toronto in the Play In Round, and then also took three straight from #1 New Britain in the LCS.  After a grueling 7-game LCS vs. Seattle, they beat the #1 NL seed Buffalo in five games.  Everything came together for Little Rock in the playoffs with the offense click (.809 team OPS) and solid pitching (3.52 team ERA).  Congrats to frae and Little Rock on their first Kenny Powers title!

The individual awards were handed out, let's see who took home the hardware!

American League - Sherman Dunston, San Francisco - .343 AVG 56 HR 148 RBI
Dunston had another amazing season for San Francisco to bring home his 2nd straight MVP trophy.  He led the league in Batting Average, OBP, Slugging and OPS and was 2nd in Home Runs and RBI.  Needless to say, he was a runaway winner.  It will be interesting to see how many more MVP's he can rack up, given that he is just 25 years old.  He also won his 2nd Silver Slugger award this season.  Interestingly enough, he has never made the All-Star team!

National League - J.C. Ganzel, Honolulu - .324 AVG 54 HR 154 RBI
Quite interestingly, both MVP's go to players from teams who didn't make the playoffs.  It was too hard to deny Ganzel though, the NL leader in Home Runs, RBI, Hits and Runs, of his 3rd MVP in 4 seasons and 2nd straight.  The 29 year-old slugger made his 5th All-Star appearance and won his 5th Silver Slugger this season as well.

American League -  Valerio Baez, New Britain - 24-7 2.54 ERA 174 K
In by far the closest race of any of the awards, Baez edged out Matty Posada by two votes for the AL Cy Young trophy.  This is the 25 year-old's 2nd win in three seasons, in which he led the league in Wins, Innings Pitched, Quality Starts, and Shutouts, and his 3rd All-Star team.  Baez should be a stud for seasons to come, and could challenge the record of 4 Cy Youngs.

National League - Justin Jordan, Tucson - 21-3 2.15 ERA 205 K
The only first-time winner of a major award this season, Jordan took home the NL Cy Young by a landslide.  Jordan led the NL in Wins, and his ERA and strikeout totals were amongst the best in the league as well.  He also made his 3rd All-Star team this season.  At age 28, Jordan certainly is capable of becoming a repeat winner himself, as are all the other major award winners this season.

American League -  Elmer Miller, Atlanta - .282 AVG 41 HR 83 RBI
It was quite the rookie campaign for Miller, the 21 year-old Atlanta slugger who was the #5 pick in the Season 14 draft.  You don't see too many rookies top the 40 home run mark.  Miller has outstanding power and excellent splits that should keep him a relevant slugger for seasons to come.  He also made the All-Star team in his impressive rookie campaign.

National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 9-7 2.44 ERA 168 K
Blair, a 24 year-old hurler who was the top pick in the Season 15 draft, also was tops in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.  His impressive ERA as a rookie speaks to his talent.  He has elite control and splits, nice velocity, and a strong pitch selection, other he lacks a truly dominant pitch.  That's nitpicking though, Blair certainly should be in the mix for future Cy Young awards, he is truly an elite arm.

American League -  Orlando Ortiz, Seattle - 49 SV, 4.66 ERA (1st win)
National League - Markus Nelson, Tampa Bay - 45 SV, 1.79 ERA (1st win)

That's a wrap on Season 17 - congrats again to frae.  See you next season!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Season 17 League Leaders

With Season 17 in the books and the playoffs under way, it's a good time to look back at this season's League Leaders in Kenny Powers.

In the American League, Sherman Dunston of San Francisco led the league in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS.  His slugging percentage of .694 and OPS of 1.130 were each the 4th best single season totals in Kenny Powers history. His season was one for the ages. He also finished 2nd in home runs and RBI, trailing Javier Sivilla of Pawtucket in each category.  Sivilla racked up 57 HR and 155 RBI this season.

In the NL, J.C. Ganzel of Honolulu dominates the league leaders listing, leading the league in Home Runs, RBI, Hits and Runs. He finished 4th in batting average, missing the Triple Crown by 13 batting average points. Jeremy Randall of Buffalo led the league and OBP and OPS, his omission from the top 5 MVP candidates in the NL is truly baffling.

Here are the complete Offensive League Leaders!

American League
Batting Average Sherman Dunston San Francisco .343
Home Runs Javier Sivilla Pawtucket 57
RBI Javier Sivilla Pawtucket 155
Stolen Bases Weldon Rando Toronto 91
Hits Luis Vega Pawtucket 199
Runs David Frias Scranton 127
OBP Sherman Dunston San Francisco .435
SLG Sherman Dunston San Francisco .694
OPS Sherman Dunston San Francisco 1.130
National League
Batting Average Quilvio Limon Oklahoma City .337
Home Runs J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 54
RBI J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 154
Stolen Bases Pedro Ibarra Burlington 68
Hits J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 205
Runs J.C. Ganzel Honolulu 122
OBP Jeremy Randall Buffalo .423
SLG Trenidad Franco Salt Lake City .638
OPS Jeremy Randall Buffalo 1.054

The AL pitching league leaders were dominated by two hurlers. Matty Posada of Nashville led the AL in ERA, Strikeouts, and WHIP.  He missed out on the pitching Triple Crown by three wins, as he was topped in that category by Valerio Baez of New Britain, who in addition to leading the league in wins, led the league in Innings Pitched, Quality Starts, and Shutouts.  His 24 wins tied for the 4th best total in Kenny Powers history, while his 283.2 Innings Pitched was 2nd all-time, and his four shutouts tied for 3rd all-time.

In the NL, multiple category leaders include Ellis Brock of Tampa Bay (WHIP and tied for the lead in Shutouts), Clyde Hurst of St. Louis (Strikeouts and tied for the lead in Quality Starts), and Jim Forbes of Burlington (Innings Pitched and tied for the lead in Shutouts).

Here are the complete Pitching League Leaders!

American League
ERA Matty Posada Nashville 2.25
Wins Valerio Baez New Britain 24
Strikeouts Matty Posada Nashville 212
Saves Orlando Ortiz Seattle 49
WHIP Matty Posada Nashville 1.02
Innings Pitched Valerio Baez New Britain 283.2
Quality Starts Valerio Baez New Britain 29
Complete Games Ted Wagner Pawtucket 10
Shutouts Valerio Baez New Britain 4
National League
ERA Brad Miles Tampa Bay 1.94
Wins Justin Jordan Tucson 21
Strikeouts Clyde Hurst St. Louis 247
Saves Markus Nelson Rochester 45
WHIP Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 0.94
Innings Pitched Jim Forbes Burlington 258.1
Quality Starts Alberto Campos Syracuse 27
Clyde Hurst St. Louis 27
Complete Games Erubiel Troncoso St. Louis 6
Shutouts Jim Forbes Burlington 3
Ellis Brock Tampa Bay 3

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Season 17 Final Power Rankings

The Regular Season has ended for Season 17 and the playoffs are right around the corner, but before they kick off, it's time for the final power rankings of the season!   In a rarity in the power rankings era, the entire top 5 remained the same since the last rankings.  #1 New Britain was clearly the most dominant team in the 2nd half and it will be interesting to see what they do in the playoffs.  NL powerhouses Buffalo, Oklahoma City and Tucson remained 2-4, while Pawtucket stayed at #5.  The defending champs Tampa Bay jump up to 6, winning a tiebreaker to earn a shot to defend their title.  Should be an interesting postseason, good luck to all involved!  Here are the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV   Comments
1 New Britain  111 51 1 Most dominant team in the second half by a wide margin
2 Buffalo  104 58 2 The NL's top seed will have a number of tough opponents
3 Oklahoma City 98 64 3 Just another great season for them, looking solid for playoffs
4 Tucson 98 64 4 Pitching not as good as other NL elites, but great offense
5 Pawtucket  92 70 5 Solid down the stretch with the best offense in the world
6 Tampa Bay 91 71 11 Great stretch run gets the defending champs in as the 6 seed
7 St. Louis 91 71 7 Great comeback for this squad, miss playoffs on tiebreaker
8 Syracuse 92 70 8 Ended season on W6 to get wild card spot, great pitching
9 Little Rock  89 73 9 Numbers are pretty good, so could make waves in playoffs
10 Honolulu 91 71 6 Tough break missing the playoffs on tiebreaker in tough NL
11 Salt Lake City 86 76 13 They're making a progress, a team to watch next season 
12 Seattle 92 70 14 Offense fell off down the stretch, so we'll see in playoffs
13 Chicago  82 80 16 Great last 40 puts them over .500, good sign going forward
14 Detroit 81 81 21 Played better down the stretch, but finish is disappointing
15 Rochester 83 79 10 Completely fell apart the 2nd half after a blazing start 
16 Florida 79 83 23 Over .500 the last 40 with numbers up across the board
17 Toronto 86 76 15 Made it in as an AL Wild Card, but numbers down the last 40
18 Nashville  85 77 17 Also an AL Wild Card, but pitching numbers are suspect
19 Atlanta 83 79 20 Nice debut season by new owner, they have potential 
20 Oakland 76 86 19 Better the last 40, with both offense and pitching improved
21 San Francisco 76 86 12 Pretty awful down the stretch, but they've got great offense
22 Cleveland 78 84 18 They won their division, pitching improved down the stretch
23 Scranton 71 91 25 Pitching improved significantly the last 40, nice offense too
24 Memphis  70 92 27 They've got great pitching, but offense remains an issue here
25 Richmond 72 90 26 Played .500 ball down the stretch, as the pitching improved
26 Burlington 70 92 22 Pitching fell off the last 40, and the offense didn't produce
27 Louisville 68 94 28 .500 since the last rankings, the pitching improved a lot
28 New Orleans 67 95 24 Pitching was better, but batrs dropped off, so rough last 40
29 Vancouver 57 105 32 Winning record the last 40, numbers improved a lot overall
30 Charlotte 59 103 29 Numbers were up a bit the last 40, but still went 16-24
31 Helena 57 105 30 Pitching was really bad all season, but better the last 40
32 San Juan 57 105 31 Awful pitching down the stretch lands them at the bottom