Monday, March 16, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #3

These are a bit late, I apologize, but here are the 3rd edition of the power rankings for the season!

Still holding on to the top spot, playing very well
Narrowing the gap, offense is best in some time 
They are on an unreal run as of late
Colorado Springs
2nd best offense, but pitching is middle of the pack
New York (AL)
Playing very well, the pitching is outstanding
Fallen off a bit, pitching has taken a step back
Los Angeles
Getting it done with pitching, offense is better too
Their pitching has been lit up, and offense is down too
Las Vegas
Pitching has been better lately, not sure about offense
Pretty solid overall, but numbers declined some
Salt Lake City
They've improved a lot, the pitching has stepped it up
Struggled since last rankings, numbers down overall
Santa Fe
Played better since last rankings, number up overall
Their pitching improved somewhat and nice offense
Offense is rolling, but pitching isn't there this season
St. Louis
They've struggled on offense, pitching is pretty solid
Pitching improved a lot since the last rankings
Offensive numbers are up since the half way point
Pitching has been significantly better as of late
Pitching has been ok, but offense has been struggling
Major improvement in pitching since the last rankings
Their pitching has been a disaster over the last 41
Pitching has been a major issue for them this season
Tampa Bay 
Pitching numbers are up, but offense has slowed some
Offense has struggled, but pitching is not bad of late
Numbers are mediocre overall, but not horrible
San Francisco
They've been awful as of late, very little offense here
Pitching a problem all season, and offense is slumping
Numbers look a lot better since the last rankings
Pitching improved, but offense is almost non-existent
El Paso
Hard to pinpoint any postitives at this point
New York (NL)
Same as the above, the rebuild continues here

Monday, March 2, 2015

Season 26 All-Star Coverage

The All-Stars have been named for Season 26, and we have all the coverage right here!

In the American League, Eugene Brantley of Tampa Bay leads the way in All-Star appearances, making his 7th.  Honorable mention goes to Roger DuBose of Boston (6th appearance) and Thomas Hutchinson of Atlanta (5th appearance).  Texas had the most All-Stars in the American League with 5, while Atlanta, Colorado Springs and New York all had 4.

In the National League, veteran hurler Norman LaPorta of Houston is making his 10th All-Star appearance, a truly impressive feat!  Fellow 37 year-old hurler Lyle Wallace has the next most appearances amongst the NL All-Stars with 6.  Arizona led the way with 5 All-Stars, while Cleveland Philadelphia each had 4.  Syracuse is the only team without an All-Star in the NL, every other team is represented.

Here is the complete list of this season's All-Stars!

Player Franchise Appearance
C Jimmie Newson Tampa Bay 2nd
1B Vic Park Atlanta 3rd
2B Joshua Hendrick Texas 3rd
3B Benjamin Delcarmen Cincinnati 4th
SS Tony Cassevah Salem 1st
LF Vic Crowe Colorado Springs 3rd
CF Gary Harvey Colorado Springs 2nd
RF Vladimir Troncoso Texas 3rd
DH Albert Cruz Pawtucket 4th

Player Franchise Appearance
P Francisco Aramboles Atlanta 3rd
P Thomas Hutchinson Atlanta 5th
P Jhoulys Olmedo Salem 1st
P Carl Young Colorado Springs 2nd
P Aneury Tejeda Atlanta 2nd
P Steve Morgan New York 1st
P Walt White Charlotte 1st
P Randall Washington Texas 1st
P Artie Stone Colorado Springs 3rd
P Henry Hermsen New York 3rd
P Fergie Lockwood New York 1st
P Paulie Gibbs New York 1st
P Jack Gwynn Trenton 1st

Player Franchise Appearance
C Roger DuBose Boston 6th
1B Eugene Brantley Tampa Bay 7th
2B Steve Hansell Pawtucket 3rd
3B Hideo Sakamoto Durham 3rd
SS James Dillard Charlotte 1st
LF Benito Acosta Texas 1st
CF Jared Gonzales Texas 1st
RF Carmine Avery Salem 1st

AL All-Stars by Team
Texas 5
Atlanta 4
Colorado Springs 4
New York 4
Salem 3
Charlotte 2
Pawtucket 2
Tampa Bay 2
Boston 1
Cincinnati 1
Durham 1
Trenton 1

Player Franchise Appearance
C Benny Franco New York 3rd
1B Victor Guzman Arizona 2nd
2B Albert Pineda Florida 1st
3B Gail Roberts Dover 4th
SS Ching-Lung Suzuki Austin 2nd
LF Willie Cerda Jacksonville 3rd
CF Lance Matthews Austin 1st
RF Randall Coke Las Vegas 1st

Player Franchise Appearance
P Dock Kramer Arizona 2nd
P Bart Wheeler Cleveland 1st
P Rodrigo Ontiveros Las Vegas 5th
P Wayne Barber Austin 1st
P Ebenezer Hall Philadelphia 1st
P Lefty Leverton Arizona 3rd
P Bill Hermanson Philadelphia 1st
P Norman LaPorta Houston 10th
P Hank Abercrombie Cleveland 1st
P Houston Austin Los Angeles 1st
P Paulie Flynn Seattle 4th
P Lyle Wallace Los Angeles 6th
P Don Monahan Las Vegas 5th
P Rich Miner Philadelphia 1st

Player Franchise Appearance
C Michael Mancuso Cleveland 1st
1B Howard Greer Cleveland 5th
2B Vin Gandarillas Arizona 2nd
3B Vic Castro Arizona 1st
SS Stan Demel Buffalo 1st
LF Ahmed Ratliff Philadelphia 1st
CF Eli Espinosa Santa Fe 3rd
RF Alex Mercedes Salt Lake City 2nd

NL All-Stars by Team
Arizona 5
Cleveland 4
Philadelphia 4
Austin 3
Las Vegas 3
Los Angeles 2
Buffalo 1
Dover 1
Florida 1
Houston 1
Jacksonville 1
New York 1
Salt Lake City 1
Santa Fe 1
Seattle 1

Friday, February 27, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #2

We're half way through Season 26 already, so it's time for another edition of the power rankings!  Atlanta holds on to the top spot with the best record and the most dominant pitching staff in Cobbfather.  #2 Texas, the most dominant offensive team in Cobbfather has been gaining ground, and saw a noticeable improvement in pitching since the last rankings.  It will be interesting to see if they can end Atlanta's streak of 12 straight #1's.  The best record in the world since the last rankings belongs to #3 Philadelphia, going 30-11 over the period.  Arizona and Florida round out the top 5.  Here are the complete rankings, good luck in the 2nd half!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  56 25 1 Still rolling along, their pitching is the best in the world
2 Texas 52 29 4 Pitching is improving and offense great, pushing for #1
3 Philadelphia 53 28 8 Best record in the world since last rankings, solid team
4 Arizona 49 32 7 Playing very well, as both pitching and hitting look good
5 Florida 46 35 15 Really turned it up since last rankings record wise
6 Colorado Springs 49 32 2 Pitching numbers are down, but offense is tremendous
7 New York (AL) 50 31 5 Really good pitching, but the offense is down a bit 
8 Cleveland 45 36 9 Pitching stumbled a bit, but made up for it with offense
9 Buffalo  45 36 6 Offense was down some, but pitching has improved
10 Boston  40 41 13 Numbers look better than record, offense is very good
11 Charlotte  42 39 11 They are well-balanced, pitching is not quite elite though
12 Los Angeles 44 37 20 Playing great since last rankings, with improved pitching
13 Las Vegas 42 39 10 Their offense is up, but the pitching got hit a little
14 Santa Fe 42 39 12 Pitching was better, but offense fell off significantly
15 St. Louis 41 40 17 Great pitching staff, but still not getting much offense
16 Houston 45 36 3 Their pitching has been lit up since the last rankings
17 Tampa Bay  40 41 18 Pitching is an issue, but nice offensive numbers here
18 Salt Lake City 36 45 21 Bounced back some, but pitching has been an issue
19 Salem 39 42 19 Pitching is not quite there yet to move up, but improving
20 Jacksonville 38 43 22 Numbers have improved overall since the last rankings 
21 Austin  40 41 16 Lack of offense appears to be holding them back some
22 Trenton 36 45 23 Major improvement in pitching and hitting the last 41
23 Dover 37 44 25 Both pitching and offense took a step back the last 41
24 Seattle  33 48 27 Offense improved a lot, but pitching took a downturn
25 Cincinnati 34 47 28 Pitching is a huge issue, but offense has been good
26 Pawtucket 34 47 14 Bats are getting it done, but the pitching hasn't been 
27 San Francisco 34 47 26 Pitching numbers are a lot better, but need offense
28 Syracuse  31 50 29 Very nice offense, pitching is better, but not there yet
29 El Paso 34 47 24 Offense has been in a slump since the last rankings
30 New York (NL) 32 49 31 Numbers are up, but hasn't translated to wins yet
31 Durham  28 53 32 Surprisingly low offense for a team playing in Durham
32 Cheyenne 29 52 30 Seem to be rebuilding and haven't turned the corner yet

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Season 26 Power Rankings #1

Season 26 is well under way now and it's time to check in with the power rankings.  Atlanta holds on to the top spot with the league's best pitching staff.  Colorado Springs holds steady at #2, off to a great start.  Houston comes in at #3, and a very impressive offensive squad, Texas is at #4.  The top 4 are in a dead heat at this point, so it will be interesting to see if Atlanta pulls away again, or if someone else can dethrone them from the top spot.   Here are the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  28 12 1 Top pitching staff and great hitting keeps them on top
2 Colorado Springs 27 13 2 Living up to preseason hype with solid numbers overall
3 Houston 28 12 4 Offense is starting slow, but hasn't affected the win total
4 Texas 27 13 6 Out of this world offense so far, pitching is good enough
5 New York (AL) 26 14 17 Fantastic start with great pitching and solid offense
6 Buffalo  24 16 11 Solid numbers overall, they are amongst the NL's best
7 Arizona 24 16 14 Impressive offense to go with solid pitching thus far
8 Philadelphia 23 17 15 Pitching has been excellent, offense middle of the road
9 Cleveland 23 17 16 #2 pitching staff and good offense has them moving up 
10 Las Vegas 22 18 3 Not getting a lot of offense, but pitching has been great
11 Charlotte  21 19 23 The offense is really firing early on, and pitching not bad
12 Santa Fe 22 18 28 Disproving preseason ranking, the offense is still there
13 Boston  18 22 7 Tough schedule, and pitching seems to have regressed
14 Pawtucket 19 21 8 Typical slow start for them, pitching not doing well yet
15 Florida 19 21 9 Numbers are solid so far, so they can certainly move up
16 Austin  22 18 22 Winning record is nice, but offense is a bit of a concern
17 St. Louis 21 19 26 Fantastic pitching so far, but the bats are a bit cold
18 Tampa Bay  21 19 29 Nice offensive numbers, but pitching hasn't been great
19 Salem 19 21 21 They are getting production on offense, but not pitching
20 Los Angeles 16 24 10 Pitching hasn't come through for them up to this point
21 Salt Lake City 15 25 5 The defending champs have stumbled out of the gate
22 Jacksonville 19 21 12 Decent numbers so far that reflect their record well
23 Trenton 18 22 13 Bats not doing much, and pitching is about average
24 El Paso 18 22 24 Pitching has been rocked, but offense is not bad
25 Dover 18 22 25 They're middle of the road numbers wise to this point
26 San Francisco 17 23 19 Pitching has been hit hard, and offense slow so far
27 Seattle  15 25 18 Pitching not where it needs to be in their park right now
28 Cincinnati 15 25 27 Pitching is off to slow start, but offense has been ok
29 Syracuse  14 26 30 Very nice offense, but pitching has been destroyed
30 Cheyenne 14 26 31 They're not over the hump yet based on the numbers
31 New York (NL) 16 24 32 Looks like they are still rebuilding at this point in time
32 Durham  11 29 20 AWOL owner, let's hope for a jwinkler sighting soon

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Season 26 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 26 is about to get under way, but before it does, it's time for the preseason power rankings!   At the top, there's no reason to think Atlanta won't be a dominant team again, so they maintain their lock on the top spot.  After that, there's a number of teams in the mix who look like solid contenders.  The rest of the top 5 in order are Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Houston and defending champion Salt Lake City.  I'm sure there will be quite a bit of movement throughout the season, as several other teams look strong as well.  Good luck in what will be an interesting season for sure!   Here are the complete rankings!

Season 25

Team  W L    Comments
1 Atlanta  116 46 No reason to think they won't be tremendous again
2 Colorado Springs 93 69 Adding Crowe helps for sure, can the pitching hold up?
3 Las Vegas 89 73 Outstanding pitching, but do they have enough offense?
4 Houston 90 72 Solid across the board last season and should be again
5 Salt Lake City 90 72 The defending champs have tough competition in division
6 Texas 91 71 They've been building for a run, could be this season 
7 Boston  111 51 Team is getting older and pitching staff is a slight concern
8 Pawtucket 93 69 Had some turnover in the offseason, but still looking good
9 Florida 90 72 Looking pretty solid overall, should have a good season
10 Los Angeles 88 74 Tough division and not sure about offense, but still solid
11 Buffalo  89 73 Can't count them out with 10 straight winning seasons
12 Jacksonville 95 67 Lost a few guys in the offseason, so we'll have to see
13 Trenton 75 87 Added some pieces in offseason, but tough division
14 Arizona 86 76 Roster looks pretty solid, but tough division so we'll see
15 Philadelphia 67 95 Signed a couple of big FA's, so we think they'll be better
16 Cleveland 84 78 Pretty good numbers last season, pretty quiet offseason
17 New York (AL) 82 80 Pitching staff was great last season with decent offense
18 Seattle  78 84 They've been improving, can they take the next step?
19 San Francisco 75 87 Really good offense, but pitching needs to reign it in
20 Durham  75 87 Nice signing in Sakamoto, but will he be enough? 
21 Salem 78 84 Looking to get back into it after a few seasons of rebuild
22 Austin  76 86 Not quite sure what to make of this team this season
23 Charlotte  71 91 Pitching needs to improve if they are getting back in it
24 El Paso 68 94 Solid offense, but the pitching was pretty bad last season
25 Dover 69 93 Added Roberts for $75 mil, so the rebuild may be over
26 St. Louis 61 101 Rough last season, the offense is still taking shape
27 Cincinnati 70 92 Took a step back last season, but could get back in it
28 Santa Fe 84 78 Seem to be rebuilding, letting two top FA's walk 
29 Tampa Bay  77 85 Looking for someone for Haselman to pass the torch to
30 Syracuse  66 96 The pitching wasn't there last season, that will be key
31 Cheyenne 57 105 Also had pitching woes and seem to be rebuilding
32 New York (NL) 58 104 They look to rebuilding, so it may be a rough season 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Season 26 Offseason Free Agency Recap

It was an interesting offseason free agency period with plenty of talent available as well as debate on the hefty sums dished out.  Let's see who made the top ten out of this year's free agents, and where they landed!

1. Tony Yang, 31, SP
Previous Team: Santa Fe
Signed with Philadelphia - 5 years, $69 million

Yang is a hard throwing righty who keeps the ball down, with nice stamina, good control with an outstanding array of pitches.  His splits are good, not great, which is pretty much his only weakness.  Everyone seemed to be after Wallace, and even though Wallace is better right now, he won't be by the end of the contracts, which gave Yang the slight nod.  Nice job by Philly to nab him early at a reasonable price, while others were chasing Wallace.

2. Lyle Wallace, 37, SP
Previous Team: Los Angeles
Re-Signed with Los Angeles - 4 years, $90 million (Mutual Option for year 4)

Wallace was the ultimate win now pickup, but comes with risk as regression is expected with age.  Still, Wallace hasn't show signs of slowing down yet, which makes him less risky than the typical age 37 player.  He still appears to be one of the best pitchers in Cobbfather, and in the end that earned him another 20 mil a year, 10 mil signing bonus deal from LA.  It was probably key for LA to retain Wallace to have a shot in the tough NL West. 

3. Vic Crowe, 30, 2B
Previous Team: New York (NL)
Signed with Colorado Springs - 5 years, $100 million (Mutual Option for year 5)

After a two season hiatus, Crowe is returning to Colorado Springs with a hefty contract in tow.    Crow rated as the top offensive free agent this offseason, with outstanding power and tremendous batting eye, he has managed a .943 career OPS.  His splits are excellent as well.  I imagine it will be nice for Colorado Springs to have that bat back in the lineup, and should further their quest to challenge for the AL title. 

4. Hideo Sakamoto, 27, 3B/SS
Previous Team: Salt Lake City
Signed with Durham - 5 years, $82 million

Sakamoto is an outstanding fielder with 80+ ratings in every defensive category, and a nice bat, even though he hasn't had a breakout season offensively as of yet.  His very good contact, power and batting eye show promise, but his splits are fairly mediocre, which may be holding him back at the plate.  Still, his fielding skills make him well worth while, and he is also only 27 with no comp pick attached, since the reigning champs decided it was time to part ways with him prior to his final year of arbitration.  

5. Alex Alfonzo, 32, RP
Previous Team: Tampa Bay
Signed with Las Vegas - 4 years, $32 million (Mutual Option for year 4)

Las Vegas add the top reliever available to bolster a staff that was tops in all of Cobbfather last season.  Alfonzo can eat up a ton of innings (he pitched 175 innings last season) and those will be high quality innings due to outstanding pitches, very nice splits, excellent control and his ability to keep the ball down.  All in all, the contract seems like a bargain, which tends to happen in a well-stocked free agent pool like this one was. 

6. Gail Roberts, 31, 3B
Previous Team: Santa Fe
Signed with Dover - 5 years, $75 million

Looks like the rebuild in Dover is over with this signing!  Roberts is a nice hitter with good contact and splits, decent power and a plus batting eye.  His offensive output has been extremely consistent over the past few seasons.  Fielding wise, he has an excellent glove and arm strength, with solid range and accuracy.  Other than SS and C, he'd be able to hold his own at any position.  His versatility in the field is a major plus.

7. Wayne Roskos, 34, SP
Previous Team: Boston
Signed with Pawtucket - 5 years, $35.8 million

Roskos gets the nod as the 3rd best free agent starting pitcher this offseason, and is bouncing between AL powerhouses going from Boston to Pawtucket.  Roskos got roughed up a bit last year in Boston, but his ratings seem to indicate he is capable of doing better, particularly his excellent control, pitch arsenals and velocity to go with decent splits.  It will be interesting to see if he can rebound in Pawtucket.

8. Wilfredo Moraga, 30, 3B
Previous Team: Jacksonville
Signed with Los Angeles - 5 years, $53.5 million (Mutual Option for year 5)

LA wasn't done after re-upping with Wallace, grabbing another top 10 Free Agent.  Moraga is a very good defensive player (he'd rank as a plus defender anywhere but SS and C) who has solid, yet not great, power, splits and batting eye to go with decent contact.  Two seasons ago he put up a .912 OPS which seems to be his ceiling.  The combination of a solid bat and great defense  makes Moraga a solid signing this offseason.

9. Frank Nieve, 33, RP
Previous Team: Pawtucket
Signed with Atlanta - 3 years, $12.3 million (Mutual Option for year 3)

Nieve was the 2nd best reliever in the market, according to our scouts, and was signed at a very reasonable price by the team that lives in the top spot of the power rankings, Atlanta.   He won't give up many fly balls at all, and has nice control and pitches and pretty good splits.  He didn't pitch much in Pawtucket the past few seasons, and you have to wonder how many innings he'll log for a stacked Atlanta team, but he's a nice insurance policy, especially given the price.

10. Kevin Taylor, 31, LF/2B
Previous Team: Las Vegas
Re-Signed with Las Vegas - 3 years, $17.7 million (Mutual Option for year 3)

After declining his option to explore free agency, Taylor found that market for his services wasn't what he thought, and ended up back up in Vegas for less money.  Still, Taylor is a solid bat with excellent contact and power and decent to mediocre splits and batting eye.  It would be a reach defensively to put him at 2B or CF, yet he's just good enough where he wouldn't look completely lost out there.  Still, LF is probably his best primary position.  Taylor could be a nice addition in the form of a solid bat.