Tuesday, December 16, 2014

3rd Qtr Power Rankings

Team (Record) (Last Quarter)- Score

1-Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (88-31) (24-11)- 1.588235294

2-Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (89-30) (27-8)- 1.607843137

3-Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (81-38) (25-10)- 3.019607843

4-Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (77-42) (22-13)- 3.784313725

5-Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (74-45) (24-11)- 5.490196078

6-Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (68-51) (17-18)- 7.176470588

7-Durham Bulls (NL) (74-45) (23-12)- 8.196078431

8-Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (65-54) (18-17)- 9.490196078

9-Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (67-52) (19-16)- 10.33333333

10-Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (64-55) (23-12)- 10.70588235

11-Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (66-53) (3-12)- 11.41176471

12-Sacramento Maters (NL) (65-54) (16-19)- 12.60784314

13-Chicago Orphans (NL) (63-56) (19-16)- 13.92156863

14-Jackson Mudslide (AL) (64-55) (20-15)- 14.05882353

15-Boise Spuds (AL) (60-59) (17-16)- 15.19607843

16-Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (61-58) (16-19)- 16.41176471

17-San Francisco Gothams (NL) (56-63) (12-23)- 16.78431373

18-Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (57-62) (13-22)- 18.82352941

19-San Juan Padres (NL) (55-64) (16-17)- 19.09803922

20-New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (54-65) (12-23)- 21.45098039

21-San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (53-66) (13-22)- 22.90196078

22-Syracuse Shockers (AL) (50-69) (18-17)- 23.02941176

23-Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (54-65) (18-17)- 23.76470588

24-Santa Fe Fire (NL) (46-73) (14-21)- 24.19607843

25-Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (49-70) (11-24)- 24.60784314

26-Florida TIGERS (AL) (48-71) (11-24)- 24.92156863

27-Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (45-74) (14-21)- 25.15686275

28-Trenton Fishermen (AL) (42-77) (16-17)- 25.60784314

29-Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (45-74) (14-21)- 26.62745098
30-Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (44-75) (13-22)- 27.29411765

31-New Britain Red Coats (AL) (40-79) (16-17)- 29.20588235

32-Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (40-79) (13-22)- 31.49019608

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2nd Qtr Power Rankings

1- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (64-20) (37-11)- 3rd most runs to go with the pitching staff Hobbs has ever seen according to team ERA

2- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (62-22) (35-13)- 6.92 runs a game. On pace for over 1100 runs. Few runs surrendered in the AL

3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (56-28) (31-17)- 2nd best in the AL at everything. Jorge Lunar is killing it!

4- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (55-29) (33-15)- After a so-so first quarter (for them) they really kicked into gear

5- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (51-33) (28-20)- 5-5 vs. Jacksonville (everyone else is 15-59)

6- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (50-34) (29-19)- Cheyenne has played well despite the picketers 

7- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (47-37) (28-20)- Corban Chiasson has already recorded over 141 innings

8- Durham Bulls (NL) (51-33) (34-14)- After a sub .500 open they have stormed to the WC #1

9- Sacramento Maters (NL) (49-35) (26-22)- They have been a little off lately, but they still have a 5 game lead in the NL West

10- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (44-40) (25-23)- Top 4 offense caries them to consistently good quarters

11- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (48-36) (29-19) Amazing turn around from last season

12- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (44-40) (28-20) Best +- in the league has them hanging in the playoff race

13- Chicago Orphans (NL) (44-40) (30-18)- Rising from the ashes, Chicago's David James and Mule Meek lead the charge

14- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (41-43) (18-30)- Unexpected complete collapse of a good team. 7th worst in the 2nd quarter

15- Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (45-39) (26-22)- Claim to be rebuilding despite a 6 game division lead

16- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (43-41) (27-21) Roy Barkley has 44 SB's on 44 attempts

17- Boise Spuds (AL) (42-42) (23-25)- They come into these rankings as the hottest team in Hobbs (W7)

18- San Juan Padres (NL) (39-45) (25-23)- Gorks Rondon is on pace for 15 wins despite having only pitched for 56 innings

19- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (44-40) (20-28) Don't laugh, in the AL East this record is good enough for a 12 game lead

20- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (42-42) (22-26)- Likely 4 all-stars despite so-so record.

21- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (31-53) (20-28)- Despite trades their roster still says they should be better

22- Florida TIGERS (AL) (37-47) (20-28)- Don't try to steal 2nd on the TIGERS, it will not end well
23- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (40-44) (23-25) Del Cabrera is Mr. Automatic and SD is playing the best baseball they have in 5 seasons.

24- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (32-52) (15-33)- Ken Woods has 66 walks against only 19 strikeouts. Amazing.
25- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (31-53) (25-23)- After a tough, tough first quarter they rebounded to have a winning record over the last 48

26- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (36-48) (21-27)- Too bad dakar made him break up the OBP filled Erffdoggs of seasons past

27- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (32-52) (16-32) It would be shocking if the defending champs even made the playoffs at this point

28- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (31-53) (14-34) 13 game losing streak didn't help. They just don't have enough top line talent

29- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (26-58) (14-34)- Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Trenton.

30- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (36-48) (19-29)- After showing signs of life in the first quarter they seem to be slipping.

31- New Britain Red Coats (AL) (24-60) (13-35)- Worst record in the 2nd quarter and worst record overall

32- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (27-57) (15-33)- A little better in the 2nd quarter, but not much

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

40-Game (ish) Power Rankings

1- Las Vegas Desperados (AL) (27-9)- Simply the best. The unquestioned leader.

2- Jacksonville See You Now (NL) (27-9)- The Hobbs record for team ERA is 3.08 in season 1 (Vancouver). Jacksonville may flirt with the record.

3- Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) (25-11)- Just a notch below the top two. Hitting like crazy.

4- Pawtucket Griffins (NL) (22-14)- After a tough start they are playing as well anyone.

5- Vancouver Voodoo (AL) (23-13)- He may hate the song, but he loves winning

6- Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) (23-13)- A somewhat surprising start, but they are maintaining their fast start.

7- Nashville BootLeggers (AL) (19-17)- Balanced attack as the #7 team.

8- Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) (24-12)- Pitching has been impressive.

9- Sacramento Maters (NL) (23-13)- Told you knine was good at HBD. The pitching is unbelievable so far.

10- Cheyenne Feather Heads (AL) (21-15)- Always good at everything, always in the top 10.

11- San Francisco Gothams (NL) (19-17)- Always decent because they can always hit.

12- Boise Spuds (AL) (19-17)- Needs to improve fielding to move up the ranking.

13- Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) (19-17)- Seems to be ready to start a rebuild.

14- Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalobuffalo (NL) (19-17)- Amazingly quick turn around has them decent at all aspects of the game.

15- New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) (20-16)- Young, slick fielding, and already in playoff contention. Blanch the Builder!

16- Durham Bulls (NL) (17-19)- Lucky to be this high with a 5.74 team era

17- Santa Fe Fire (NL) (17-19)- The pitching has a way to go, but the bats are impressive so far.

18- Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) (17-19)- If they can hit a little better they can get back in contention

19- Florida TIGERS (AL) (17-19)- Clayton Byrne is off to an impressive start.

20- Syracuse Shockers (AL) (16-20)- Last years champs need to get it going soon to repeat.

21- Little Rock And Rollers (NL) (17-19)- Kaden's million small moves seem to be helping. Needs to improve the pitching.

22- Jackson Mudslide (AL) (16-20)- Solid fielding team is struggling a little bit everywhere else.

23- Trenton Fishermen (AL) (12-24)- Enrique Nunez has a weird line. 4/4 on saves, but a 9.00 era.

24- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) (17-19)- The rebuild is showing signs of life! Decent record and the young players have arrived.

25- Chicago Orphans (NL) (14-22)- Everyday I create a new fake Mule Meek trade :)

26- San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) (17-19)- Just can't score runs.

27- Dover Rabid Dogs (NL) (11-25)- Fully into rebuild mode. The owner works hard so it should be a quick one.

28- San Juan Padres (NL) (14-22)- Can an Alfredo Payton trade be far away? He's d make sense in Cincinnati. 

29- Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) (15-21)- Don't blame Wladimir Ozuna!

30- Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) (6-30)- There roster isn't good, but its not this bad either.

31- New Britain Red Coats (AL) (11-25)- Dbird must have thought the rebuild would be going better than this.

32- Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) (12-24)- I love St Nick, but things are not going well.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Season 25 Preview

Season 25 Projected Power Rankings

Rank- Team (Projected Wins Losses)

1- Las Vegas (109-53) The clear favorite. The best offense, with a run of being tied for th best pitching in the AL, one of the best set of hitters I have ever seen, they have it all. An amazing squad.

2- Jacksonville (108-54) The clear favorites in the NL, but mostly because AL is better. Deep and talented, their pitching is the best in Hobbs.

3- Kansas City (105-57) Deep and talented, they are good at everything and will give Las Vegas chase for the best record in Hobbs.

4- Pawtucket (100-62) The final team that does everything well. The gap between them and #5 is much bigger than Pawtucket and Vegas.

5- Indianapolis (91-71) Though they have started dumping their older stars they have traded well and still are a favorite to make the playoffs.

6- Nashville (89-73) Seems pretty likely to win a 5th division title in a row.

7- Cheyenne (89-73) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

8- Boise (88-74) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

9- Vancouver (87-75) In the wrong division. Still two of the three of Cheyenne, Boise, and Vancouver will get the WC

10- Cincinnati (85-77) In the NL so they are a favorite for the WC

11- Charlotte (84-78) The best of a questionable division. They won it last season to.

12- San Francisco (83-79) The best of an even more questionable division

13- Durham (83-79) My SS underestimated them last season. It still does. Projected to be the best NL team outside of the playoffs

14- Honolulu (83-79) Going the wrong way a little and they miss the playoffs this season after two season of making it.

15- Jackson (82-80) Kind of ok at everything lands you in the 15th spot

16- Baltimore (82-80) pitching is near elite, but may struggle to score runs.

17- Trenton (81-81) Will score runs and give up runs at an above average clip. There is talent there, but may need a big move to get them in the playoffs.

18- San Juan (78-84) Will need a big year from Alfredo Payton to get over the hump

19- Santa Fe (77-85) Raybie has already made some interesting moves and seems poised to see improvement soon

20- Sacramento (75-87) As predicted by me, knine has already brought respectability to this beleaguered franchise

21- Richmond (75-87) Just not enough talent. A solid manager keeps them decent, but they just need more players

22- New Britain (75-87) Should be a much better year for dbird. The rebuild is well under way.

23- Los Angeles (73-89) Compete guess. They only have 18 players

24- Syracuse (72-90) The WS champ still has elite pitching, but just can figure out how they are going to hit.

25- Chicago (72-90) Seem a little stuck. They have a super clever owner, but not enough elite players

26- Buffalo (71-91) Rebuild is going well.

27- Florida (69-93) At least on paper they need more elite hitting and starting pitching

28- Little Rock (68-94) Will give up way too many runs.

29- New Orleans (68-94) The elite talent just isn't ready yet.

30- Philadelphia (67-95) Will bottom out this season show improvement next season.

31- San Diego (63-99) Like Little Rock will give up too many runs.

32- Santa Cruz (61-101) 32nd offense in the league. . .out of 32

Season 25 Top Hitters

Jin-Chi Itou LV
P.T. Feliz KC
Christy King Syra
Jamey Brewington Jax
Tommy Webster Jac
Alan Duncan SAC
Ken Woods SF
Lewis Gilkey Paw
Bill Williams Jr. Jax
Jumbo Sanchez LV
Bengie Fernandez SF
Josh Garcia Paw
Geronimo Marquez Phil
Yonder Rosado KC
Woody Reagan Dov
Michael Palmer Boi
Rob Counsell SF
Hector Cortez SF
Moises Morales Dov
Ron Casey SF
Hugh Pierre KC
Vinny Catalanotto Hono
Edwin Jones Balt
Robinzon Beltran LV
Juan Aramboles Jax

Season 25 Top Pitchers
Al Troncoso Char
Derrick Dawkins Balt
Yamil Duran Char
Orlando Fernandez Jax
Santos Eovaldi KC
Jeremi Wilkerson Jax
Frank Hong Tren
Rick Branson Jax
Lew Ellis Syra
Vern Stone LV
Jack Harding Paw
Benji Ramirez Dov
Louis Wilson Syra
Jack Parrish Dur
Domingo Hernandez Cin
Vicente Prieto Chi
Enerio Tatis Rich
Darren James Boi
Benj Trammell Chey
Trever Springer Nash
Mark Martin Balt
Jason Haywood KC
Jair Gonzalez Jax
J.R. Blackley Paw
Edgardo Diaz SJ

Future Power Rankings

1 San Francisco 14
2 Baltimore 13
3 Kansas City 12.5
3 Richmond 12.5
5 Jacksonville 11.5
6 Santa Cruz 9.5
7 Chicago 9
8 Pawtucket 8.5
9 Las Vegas 8
9 Honolulu 8
9 Jackson 8
9 Buffalo 8
9 New Orleans 8
14 New Britain 7.5
14 Philadelphia 7.5
16 Florida 7
17 Vancouver 6.5
17 San Juan 6.5
19 Dover 6
19 Cheyenne 6
19 Trenton 6
19 Little Rock 6
19 San Diego 6
24 Charlotte 5.5
24 Santa Fe 5.5
26 Los Angeles 5
27 Durham 4.5
28 Nashville 3.5
28 Boise 3.5
30 Cincinnati 2.5
31 Sacramento 2.5
32 Syracuse 1

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Revised Franchise Rankings

After tweaking the formula, and adding last seasons' results, here are the updated franchise rankings, along with their franchise score and their spot in the last rankings...

1 (1)- Indianapolis Cougars- 104

2 (2)- Kansas City Jayhawks- 71

3 (4)- Durham Bulls- 62

4 (3)- Baltimore Buushwackerz- 61

5 (5)- Nashville BootLeggers- 56

5 (6)- Honolulu Hurricanes- 56

7 (10)- Vancouver Voodoo- 52

8 (7)- Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers- 50

8 (8)- Philadelphia Erffdoggs- 50

10 (9)- Chicago Orphans- 49

11 (13)- Las Vegas Desperados- 48

12 (15)- Syracuse Shockers- 47

13 (11)- Richmond Fire Blitz- 44

13 (12)- Jackson Mudslide- 44

15 (14)- Los Angeles Lothbroks- 37

16- Cincinnati Red Bowties- 35

17- San Francisco Gothams- 34

18- St. Louis Blues- 31

19- Charlotte Charlotteans- 24

20- New Britain Red Coats- 22

20- San Juan Padres- 22

22- Pawtucket Griffins- 19

23- New Orleans Big Test Icicles- 18

24- Trenton Fisherman- 16

24- Jacksonville See You Now- 16

26- Cheyenne Feather Heads- 14

27- Helena Hill Williams- 12

28- Buffalo Buffalo- 11

29- Florida TIGERS- 9

29- San Diego Surf Sharks- 9

31- Boise Spuds- 4

31- Little Rock Rebels- 4

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Third Quarter Power Rankings

Team Record Since Record roster Expect score last
1 Las Vegas Desperados (AL) 90-40 28-13 1 2 1 1.16 1
The best team and the gap between them and #3 is huge. If anything they are widening the gap between them and the rest of the league. The rank 4th in runs, 5th in pitching and 3rd in total defense. On top of all that they were the 2nd best team in 3rd quarter of the season.

2 Kansas City Jayhawks (AL) 87-43 29-12 2 1 2 1.83 3
The partner in crime to Vegas. The real WS will be the ALCS. The best roster, the best defense, The best pitching and the best record over the last 41. There is no category I track they are worse than 2nd except runs scored.
3 Pawtucket Griffins (NL) 82-48 22-19 3 4 4 3.33 2
Pawtucket had previously been in the league of Las Vegas and KC,, but has slipped in the 3rd quarter. While they still possess the 2nd best pitching and top 10 offense and defense, Durham is suddenly a game from stealing their #1 seed. No worries on the bye though as I cannot see Charlotte making up 8 games.
4 Jacksonville See You Now (NL) 79-51 23-18 5 3 3 4.33 4
3rd in runs, 6th in pitching, 5th in defense, my squad is a solid club who in theory could be even better. However, only 2 games back from winning our first division title and 12 from tying our all time wins record so I can’t complain.
5 Durham Bulls (NL) 81-49 23-18 4 6 6 4.66 5
Durham has a real shot at collecting the #1 seed. To show what an idiot I am I didn’t even think they would make the playoffs. They’ve done everything well except play defense (22nd).
6 Indianapolis Cougars (NL) 78-52 26-15 6 5 5 5.66 7
Best offense, top 10 pitching, roster, and expected performance. Only their defense has been worrisome. The king isn’t dead yet. Plus, they were red hot in the 3rd quarter.
7 Charlotte Charlotteans (NL) 74-56 20-21 7 11 7 7.66 6
On purpose or on accident, Charlotte took their foot off the gas and settled into the third seed in the NL. They still do everything well, but just didn’t have a good 3rd quarter.
8 Cheyenne (AL) 71-59 18-23 9.5 8 11 9.5 8
Karma has seemingly caught up with Cheyenne as they had a terrible quarter, though had built enough cache that they actually didn’t lose a rank. They are likely to make playoffs, but one wonders how far they will get with only average pitching and defense.
9 Vancouver Voodoo (AL) 71-59 22-19 9.5 9 12 9.8333 12
Better than average in all categories, A good 3rd quarter, in the driver’s seat for the WC. A solid team that could make a run in the playoffs.
10 San Juan Padres (NL) 73-57 23-18 8 23 8 10.5 10
Similar above average ranks to Vancouver except in 3 ways. They don’t hit home runs, they defense is not in the top 20, and they have the bad fortune of being in the NL. Still, they had an excellent 3rd quarter, playing themselves into contention.
11 Cincinnati Red Bowties (NL) 69-61 17-24 12.5 7 10 11.167 9
Despite the 3rd best pitching and 7th best roster, they played themselves right out of the playoffs in the 3rd quarter. Is it possible they over tinkered?
12 Baltimore Buushwackerz (NL) 69-61 22-19 12.5 16 9 12.5 14
Top 4 pitching has them putting the fear of God Jacksonville and Indy. Up to 12th, they continue to be on the rise.
13 Syracuse Shockers (AL) 69-61 26-15 12.5 19 14 13.833 18
A kick butt 3rd quarter has vaulted them up 5 spots. The hitting continues to hold them back, but the pitching and defense are there.
14 Jackson Mudslide (AL) 69-61 24-17 12.5 18 18 14.333 16
So I am trying a new defensive measurement system out and pretty much it has tracked with the teams that are at or near the top being the one’s that are really good om D. The exception is Jackson who is 2nd overall. All season they have been one of the few teams my roster rank has not gotten right, Maybe this is why. Also, they had a very nice 3rd quarter.
15 Nashville BootLeggers (AL) 68-62 21-20 15.5 12 13 14.5 11
Nashville is one of those really hard teams to write about because they are just a little above average at everything without a real strength of weakness.
16 Richmond Fire Blitz (AL) 68-62 23-18 15.5 17 15 15.667 15
It’s odd to me Rich played so well in the 3rd quarter and yet dropped a spot. I thought ther might be a flaw in my SS, but I couldn’t find it. Another one of the teams that is “fine” at everything, but not really good at anything.
17 Honolulu Hurricanes (AL) 67-63 20-21 17 14 16 16.333 13
Similar to both Richmond and Nashville except they can’t play D (26th).
18 San Francisco Gothams (NL) 65-65 25-16 18 15 19 17.667 21
I’m glad to see that someone wants to win the NL West. That said, worst defense by a country mile.
19 Los Angeles Lothbroks (NL) 63-67 17-25 19 26 20 20.333 17
Though I wish it was Nick as he is a fun guy to work with.
20 St. Louis Blues (NL) 59-71 26-15 23 20 21 22.167 28
The biggest shock of the 3rd quarter ratting. Up an impressive 8 spots. You just do not see teams go from 4th worst overall to 3rd best in a quarter.
21 Philadelphia Erffdoggs (AL) 60-70 17-24 21.5 22 26.5 22.417 20
Not having enough talent has really caught up with them.
22 Santa Cruz Designated Drinkers (NL) 61-69 19-18 20 32 23 22.5 22
The rebuild continues along as light appears at the end of the tunnel.
23 Trenton Fishermen (AL) 56-74 19-18 26 10 22 22.667 25
The offense if fine, but the pitching is only getting better slowly. More was expected from the 10th best roster.
24 Boise Spuds (AL) 58-72 20-21 24 24 17 22.833 23
The Spuds should have a better record. Third highest scoring team in the league, with a pitching staff that is only slightly below average. Actually have a positive run differential on the season, despite a sub-.500 record.
25 New Orleans Big Test Icicles (AL) 60-70 22-19 21.5 28 26.5 23.417 24
Amazing record for such a trashy roster. By the time you read this Jacksonville will have even added their best pitcher.
26 Little Rock Rebels (NL) 57-73 20-21 25 31 25 26 27
They we better than their original 32nd best ranking, but not that much better.
27 Chicago Orphans (NL) 54-76 17-24 28 16 29 26.167 26
They just do not have enough talent at the ML level even if Mule Meek is awesome.
28 Florida TIGERS (AL) 55-75 12-29 27 27 24 26.5 19
The anti-St Louis. Went from a middle of the road team to among the worst with terrible, terrible quarter.
29 New Britain Red Coats (AL) 44-86 14-27 30 21 30 28.5 30
Another top 3 pick headed to New Britain. They are accumulating a number of huge young assets.
30 San Diego Surf Sharks (AL) 51-79 16-25 29 30 28 29 29
A bad team that isn’t getting any better
31 Helena Hill Williams (NL) 39-91 14-27 31 29 31 30.667 32
No longer 32! Things are looking up for Hotdog!
32 Milwaukee High Lifes (NL) 33-97 14-27 32 25 32 30.833 31
Poor, poor Cyben

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Season 24 Amateur Draft Review.

Amateur Draft Review, Season 24
This is my Standard disclaimer. These are my opinions and mine alone. I may not value someone as you do, and my scouting is pretty whack, so I’m definitely not seeing their proper proj. Please keep that in mind. Also, I have no clue what I’m doing. Read at your own risk. 

Non-Common Baseball Terms (to help speed things along)
VSR –Versus Righties (applies for both Pitching and batting, referring to the opposite obviously)
VSL-Versus Lefties

Also, the quotes at the end are of course quotes from their respective owners.

1)      New Britain – Joshua Monahan SS – Projects to be a decent hitter. Decent Contact, Great power, and should kill lefties. Looks to be average at VSR, but should have an OBP around .320-330. Will prob have to move over to 3B, as his range doesn’t seem like it’s going to cut it. Health is a concern. If he stays healthy during development, should be a Decent 1st rounder. Not worth 1st overall in my opinion, but, decent pick none the less.

2)      Milwaukee – Sam Gentry – P- **Disclaimer. Never saw Gentry. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. Its set at 0)**** Ok, so assuming Gentry projects anywhere close to where my advance says, and that’s a 50-50 shot, not a bad pick. Especially since I think cyben got the team about 8 hours before the draft. Decent Sta/Dur combination, great control, decent splits, great velocity, great groundball, and solid 1st and 2nd pitches. Same as with Monahan, Health is a major factor. “He may not develop into a CY Young level pitcher, but he could warrant a spot on some ML staffs right now despite just being 18 years old”

3)      Chicago – Mac Relaford- P **Disclaimer. Never saw Relaford. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)****Not a bad pick, and certainly has some upside. Huge Sta/Dur combination. Seriously. Huge. 38 Dur with a 92 Sta? Could easily hit 260 in a season. Easily. Lew Ellis (Syr Shockers, SP1) has a 24/91 and usually hits 235. Control is average, splits a little low, but makes up with great velocity, and is rumored to have never given up a fly ball in high school. 1st and 2nd pitches are great, 3rd and 4th need some work. And let’s hope he drops that 5th pitch. Expect hit to get hit early in counts, and when he gets someone to 2 strikes, to put them away. Health is not as much of a concern, but something to keep an eye on.

4)      Helena – Eduardo Guerrero- P- I don’t like this pick. Especially at 4. Let’s start with the upsides. Great Sta/dur combo, great velocity, and an ok 1st pitch, slightly better 2nd. Health has some great upside, shouldn’t hit the DL, and great Makeup. Should hit close to projections. Unfortunately, his control is a huge liability, and his splits don’t help. 47 proj control means he will always struggle, and with a 60 proj VSL, and him being a RH, I see him getting lit up. Especially without great pitches to help alleviate the low splits. Expect him to see the majors, and to constantly allow guys to get on. I see a 5.5 ERA for him. “Pitcher Eddie Guardado should be a good one”

5)      Florida- Alex Diaz- RF- ok. Health is an issue. Seems to be a theme this draft. Proj 61, keep an eye out. Overall however, a very nice pick at 5. Good power, good contact, decent splits, and a solid eye. Great base running, and a little speed. Not much, but a little. His defensive ratings pretty much limit him to the slugger spots ( 1B, RF, LF, DH) so don’t expect too much there. I could see him hitting 35 HRs in his best season, with 25-30 being the norm. I like this pick. “Florida with the #5 pick, 2nd on my draft list, drafter RF Alex Diaz. Should have a great all round player in him.”

6)      San Diego – Iceman- RF-**Disclaimer. Never saw Wilk. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)**** Well hello Mr. Slugger. This guy will hit. Maybe not in Petco, but when he’s in your stadium, you might want to just walk him. I don’t see all of his proj being met however. Contact should be around 65. Power, in the 90’s. Good against lefties, better against rights. And he won’t chase balls too often. Defensively, he’ll get to everything, and he will throw hard and accurate. However, don’t count on it being and out until he catches it, because that glove is going to hurt. Good health, not great Dur. Great makeup. Nice pick overall. Should have prob gone a few picks higher.

7)      San Francisco – Hamish Durbin – SS-I hate the 7th pick. Close enough to the top that you feel you should get a stud, but low enough that all the studs are gone. But, solid pick here. Durbin is a very rangy SS, great arm, and won’t be a slouch at the plate. Pretty ML Average with the stick      (.260/.320/.450). Only drawback is his glove. Needs to hit that proj of 81 to be a SS. Don’t see it happening though. Can play a great 2B, 3B, or CF though, so def not a wasted pick. “SF grabbed Hamish Durbin with the 7th overall pick. He appears to be a good hitter with some defensive skills and a top notch arm. Too bad he may take his skills to the ice. He is still deciding on whether to play pro hockey” He Did end up signing.

8)      New Orleans – Stuffy Young –C- interesting pick here. Listed as a DH, but could play C. weak arm only thing preventing him. DH prob the best with his mediocre Durability. Health is solid, but makeup worries me about him getting to that level. Low contact, good power, good VSL, Phenomenal VSR and eye. This guy is a lefty and will slug. Luckily, I think a snail can run the bases faster, so feel free to just put him on. Too bad WIFS doesn’t give us that option, so, yeah, good luck. Should have gone before Guerrero in my opinion.

9)      Jackson – B.J. Dunwoody -3B -**Disclaimer. Never saw Dunwoody. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)**** for a 9th pick, Not bad. Solid 3B, will play every game, and shouldn’t have to worry about injuries. GG potential, solid makeup. Offensively, will hit League average, maybe slightly higher on his best day. Low contact, decent power, but splits and eye are average at best. But, to get a GG 3B who can play every day with the 9th pick? Pretty solid in my book. “Though hoping for better at 9, am ok to have drafted BJ Dunwoody. See him as a solid ML 3B that can provide some power at 6 or 7 in the batting order. “

10)   Boise – Happy Brock –P- This Reliever Will pitch often. When his arm is still attached, as his 38 health really freaks me out. Surprised he isn’t on the DL already. However, should he stay healthy, great pick. Pitches nearly every day, 1.1-1.2 inning potential, great splits, great control, and solid pitches. “Inherited team and draft settings. Was ok with 1st pick. We’ll see what the kid can do very quickly. Would love to see him team up with Newfield and Tobin down the road to help Boise get their own version of the “nasty boys” (reds, circa 1990). Worst case scenario he flames out and becomes a backend hard thrower.”

11)   Trenton – Anthony Paulino –P- Not a big fan, but good for 11th.  This guy can pitch, that’s for sure. Good Splits, good control, great 1st and 2nd pitch combo. Health is good. Even has a solid 25 durability for a starter. But that’s the problem. This guy will never start with his 49 stamina. He’s a bullpen guy. And what good is a bullpen guy that can only pitch every 4th or 5th day. With that being said though, should be a decent bullpen arm. And will be able to pitch some long games as long as he gets the proper rest afterwards. “With the 11th pick in the 1st round, the fisherman drafted Anthony Paulino, a hick from Iowa, freshman from northeast community college. He is viewed as a risky pick by many experts. If he hits the lofty projections, he could be a super set-up man in 4 or 5 season. But his work ethic is questionable, and the rumor is he has a knack for the red-light district. Stay tuned to see which way he could develop”

12)   Santa Cruz – Ernie Gaudin -P -**Disclaimer. Never saw Gaudin. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)****so, assuming the proj match up, this is who should have gone 4th, 10th, or 11th instead of 12th. Will pitch deep into games. Never walk a guy. Splits? Great. 1st pitch is great. 2nd and on? Going to hurt. Health is decent. Might see a trip to the DL once or twice. I’m worried of him making those proj with the low makeup however. But if he does, it’s a steal at 12.

13)   Los Angeles – J.R. George –P-**Disclaimer. Never saw George. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)****not a fan. Kind of like with paulino, this guy is set up to start, but doesn’t have the Stamina. Might be able to fill in and go 5, maybe 6.  But never more. VSL is going to hurt. VSR could be better, but not too bad. But his pitches? Def makes up for it. Great 1st, ok 2nd, amazing 3rd. should be interesting to see how this guy plays out. “I drafted JR George 13 overall. Currently I am attempting to get him to sign. He thinks he might play football or something. Either way, he’s a solid Ml 4 or 5 in the rotation if he hits his potential. Not a superstar though.”

14)   Little Rock – D.J. Randall-2B- not bad for 14, but I don’t see him playing 2nd. Any corner not called 3b is more likely. Not a bad hitter. Slightly above average, but low contact will hurt a bit. Nice double power potential here. Will need to be rested often, as he doesn’t have great durability. But nice pick overall.

15)    San Juan – Russell Stammen- 2B-not sure what they saw here. He’ll never be able to play second efficiently, and is stuck on the corners. Should play 150+ games a year, and rarely, if ever, get hurt. Makeup is solid, but his bat is extremely mediocre on his best day. Kind of a wasted pick in my opinion. Don’t expect much out of him.

16)   St. Louis – Manny Saitou- RF- switch hitters are always nice. Glove worries me a bit, so maybe best at 1b, but could play his proj position of RF. Good dur, nice health. Solid on batting, but that 49 VSL worries me a bit. Don’t expect too much. Not sure if he’ll reach his proj. Makeup is a little lacking. Not bad for a 12th pick though.

17)   Santa Cruz – Tim Young -LF -**Disclaimer. Never saw Young. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)**** this is a high risk, high reward pick here. If he hits his proj (he won’t, I highly doubt it) he’d be the steal of the draft. But, I’m going with this as if he will (cause where’s the fun in doing it the other way) Great contact, Best power in the league, Great VSL, and decent VSR, good eye. Will hit everything. Will play every day (no rest for that weary pitching corps of yours) and shouldn’t be injured. Oh, he’ll steal on you too. Ugh. If he hits proj, this guy will be a stud.

18)   Santa Cruz – Emmet Hogan –P- Same as young. High risk, high reward. Looks like they doubled down with their back to back picks. So, we’ll go the same route. Assume he hits his proj. Solid back of the rotation starter. Will pitch often, and can go 3 days rest routinely. Pitches and splits combo worry me a bit, but I’ve seen stranger things happen. Hopefully, that amazing groundball ratio will help. Really, the only thing knocking this guy is the Splits-pitch combo. But, he’ll keep his team in the game, and if young develops alongside him, that’s a solid thing.

19)   Jacksonville – Kennie Hardy – P – Interesting Reliever. Should be able to pitch often. Good Sta/Dur combo, good control, throws hard, on the ground, and a great 1st pitch. However, he’s going to get touched by lefties. Will play in the major leagues for his career, but never in the 8th or 9th innings. At least shouldn’t. “Kennie Hardy will be a good RH arm out of the bullpen. A low risk/low reward pick, hardy isn’t a great value at 19, but was the only top 8 guy left on our board when we picked. Still, his control, VSR, Vel, GB, and pitch 1 almost guarantees that he’ll be in the pen for the now’s by season 27”

20)   Baltimore- Dean Barfield –P- -**Disclaimer. Never saw Barfield. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0) **** Interesting pick. Have to assume my scouting is throwing me off. Great Sta/Dur. Won’t hit his control, which could be spotty at times. Lefties are going to touch him like 19th pick hardy, but damn, does he throw hard. Will get more groundballs than fly balls, but I foresee a lot of line drives to the gaps. No great pitches, but decent ones. Don’t look for him to have a big impact in the majors. Will prob only pitch a few seasons

21)   Nashville- Pete Fedroff- P- ***currently unsigned*** Hmm. This guy’s comes down to one thing, and that’s control. If he can at least keep the pitches close to the zone, should have some success as a Starter. Deep into games, should stay healthy. Will pitch filthy, but, with that low control, will appear as Ricky Vaughn in the first major league film. It’s really going to come down to that. Maybe hire Lou Brown to help settle him down? “With the 21st pick of Season 24 draft, the Bootleggers pick Pete Fedroff. I think he will be a terrible player since he has decided not to sign with the bootleggers. He can take his 6-0 192 frame to the NFL as a kicker or punter. His accuracy is rated as a 56 so QB (although he does have a strong arm) is out of the question and his speed of 41 takes him out of being a RB/WR/DB and his size takes him out of being anything else but a punter or kicker. What the NFL sees in him I do not know. He would have project to be a possible #1 but more like a #2 because of that control He had above avg splits with 4 quality pitches and a very live arm. Durable and health would have been top line as well. Oh well, at least I have 2 first rounder’s next year.”

22)   Philadelphia – Daro Stults – C- Ok. He might be listed as a catcher. And he could play there. But, your pitchers are going to look dumbfound when he calls for a Fastball outside in a 3-0 count. Ok, maybe a 3-1 count, but you get the point. Should play most games, but limited to that DH role. Raw power here, with decent contact. Crushes lefties, and decent against righties. But, he’s going to chase that 3-0 outside fastball every time. Maybe that’s why he calls it?

23)   Philadelphia – Conor Webber – 2B – Ok. He’s never going to play 2B. Let’s not fool ourselves. 1B, LF, RF and DH. Watch for those injuries. Rumor has it he claims a migraine when someone flicks him in the temple. But he will hit, especially in Philly. Great contact, good power, effective against LH and RH, and decent eye. Will be an above average hitter with that. Might make an all-star game or 2 if he gets lucky.

24)   Durham – Charles Powell – SS- Interesting pick here for the Bulls. In all honesty, he’s going to be a black hole at SS if he develops fully. Think Ozzie Smith. Will play every day if he’s healthy, but that’s a big if. High contact. High power. But very weak splits and very weak eye. Should be interesting to see which way he goes. Either way, will be in the ML either as a starter or at least a backup SS.

25)   San Francisco – Tony Kwon – P – ok, if you though Fedroff was Ricky Vaughn, think again. This guy has it all. Stamina, health, great against lefties, decent against righties, fast, groundballs and good pitches. But damn. He’ll try to go outside to a hitter and end up hitting him. Don’t really see him making it the ML. “Tony Kwon was taken in the 1st round, at pick 25. If he can keep the ball over the plate, his sinker and curveball could be deadly.”

26)   Cheyenne – Omar Hernandez – C- great defensive catcher. No holes there, nothing but positives there. Offensively, he’ll be challenged by rights. Decent contact, average power, hits lefties and a good eye. But those RH pitchers? Well, they’re going to get to him. And unfortunately, he’s only going to be a backup/platoon because he just can’t play often with his durability. (Also, might be the skinniest damn catcher I’ve ever seen, 6-4, 182 lbs.) Won’t take much to bowl him over. “He has all the tools to be a starter, which makes him a steal where I got him. Unfortunately, his Dur will limit him to a platoon type.”

27)   Honolulu – Sandy Corbett – P- Not a bad pickup for 27th. Control a slight issue. Short starter. Never more than 6 innings. No holes here other than control and stamina. Everything else is pretty nice. Might want to build a strong bullpen that can eat some innings though, as they’re always going to be pitching at least 3.0 innings during his starts.

28)   Vancouver- Henderson Farrell- P- -**Disclaimer. Never saw Farrell. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0)****wow. Great Reliever. Sta/dur a great combo. Will shut down lefties and righties. Throws hard, and on the ground all day. Great pitches. Wait. Did he just throw the baseball over the backstop netting….3 times in a row? Yeah, control is a major issue. Won’t do much other than a cup of coffee in the ML under managers get tired of him. “With the 28th overall pick the Voodoo are proud to have drafted Henderson Farrell. Projected to be a good ML middle reliever with a great groundball ratio. His control will be erratic at times though. “

29)   Charlotte- Dave Helton – P-*** Currently Unsigned*** nice pickup. Won’t be more than a 5th starter, but for late first round, I’ll take it. Should be able to take the ball every 5th day. Low sta. Have the bullpen prepared. Lefties touch him a bit, but righties get frustrated. Ball comes in slower than Tim Wakefield’s Fastball, but damn. Hitters just can’t touch it. And always on the ground. Have a good Defensive infield. “Drafting late I didn’t expect to draft an impact player. But Dave Helton fell to us due to his signablity issues. He has been tendered an offer, but will most likely not sign. Here’s hoping to a deeper draft class next year.”

30)   Syracuse – Don Loretta – SS- Should develop into a Solid SS. Remains to be seen if he’ll be a starter though. Great defensives skills, and could play every day. Health is ok, will prob hit the DL once or twice. High contact, no power. Struggles against the lefties…and the righties. Average eye. Great base running, but I think 80% of the league can run faster than him. Ok for 30th. Would’ve liked to see something better here. Owners an idiot. Oh. Wait a minute…..

31)   Las Vegas – Don Barfield – CF- Interesting pick here. Should be a great defensive CF. High Range, high glove, and little weak sauce on the arm. Think Juan Pierre. Decent contact, not much power, great speed, struggles to get walks. Should be a nice player here. Oh, and is projected to have a 100 health. So, 4 or 5 60 Day DL trips because WIFS never makes any sense "In Vegas this season, we were targeting players who we hope can play CF in a couple of season as Espinosa is likely in his last season in the desert. We were happy to land barfield, who was #1 on the wish list (of players we realistically thought we had a chance to get) our scouts say he should develop into an excellent defender and base stealer. His offense won't be anything special, but should be just good enough. If he develops into a .260 AVG, .300 OBP type player who hits 10-12 HRs per season to go with his speed and defense, then I’ll be very happy with this pick. "

32)   Pawtucket – Ralph Lewis – P- Ummm. Ok. Have a slight issue. Scouts did not see him. And he’s unsigned. I literally, cannot see anything about this guy. Of course it would be the very last guy. So, uh, hey look, Mongoose is eating paste in the corner…..

And a little extra. Decided to look at the financials. Those who were asking for too much, and those who just wanted to play ball. With that said, the 2 draft awards go to…
Mr. Montgomery Burns. Highest signing bonus. - J.R. George of the Los Angeles Lothbroks- 5.6M. Really. Does the 13th pick ever deserve more money than the 1st overall…..?

Mr. Billy Chapel. Lowest signing bonus. – Bert Thompson of the Kansas City Jayhawks. I mean, let’s face it, how expensive is it to live in Kansas City….

 Since a certain commissioner pointed out a few details involving the first round….

33) Milwaukee – Kent Davidson – LF- -**Disclaimer. Never saw Davidson. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0) **** Hmm. Very interesting. If he hits his projections, and he should with his high makeup, I’d be very happy with this pick. Projects as a 1b as he’ll have a weak glove, but, could play RF with the strong arm and not do too much damage. But his stick. First glance, nothing special. Kind of weak actually. Average contact. Below average power. 65 against lefties, but a whopping 94 (which he won’t hit, I foresee something in the low 70’s, and a very nice eye. Which he will hit. It’s not great, but for talking about a 33rd overall selection, pretty solid.

34) Kansas City – Bert Thompson – RF- -**Disclaimer. Never saw Thompson. Going off my advance scouting, which is bad. It’s set at 0) **** Similar to Davidson. But opposite in some regards. Low range puts him at 1st. But again, strong arm puts him in RF without too much damage. High speed. Boy has wheels. Low makeup worries me, as it’s the most defining attribute of a prospect for me (unless he’s already a 75 or something when drafted. Then fuck makeup.) Not sure if he’ll develop fully. Low contact, but average power. Above average VSL, and average VSR and average eye. But damn if he doesn’t have a chance to be a very intelligent base runner. Given the speed, plus average power, I could see him hitting doubles all day long. If he hits his proj. We’ll have to wait and see.