Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Anaheim Beefpound (beefpac)
The Beefpound found them selves in the World Series representing the American League for the first time in franchise history last season. They lost a very tight series but that doesn’t mean that this team will fade away this season. I really don’t see them even coming close to losing the AL West crown for the first time as they are just to powerful right now for any AL West team to catch them. I believe that the Beefpound have to be the favorite team coming out of the American League to go the World Series and hopefully end there losing streak in the series. Almost every major starter will be returning for this team that won 111 games last season. The team lost Patrick Maurer (2B) (.255, 5, 15), Pat Sugawara (2B) (.267, 9, 39), Calvin Hasegawa (SS) (.296, 7, 56) and AllStar Francisco Manto (3B) (.320, 42, 167) to free agency. The team signed Mark Phillips (3B) (.295, 41, 87) to a 1yr/3.2mil. The team didn’t make any trades during the offseason.
Off-Season Grade: C-
I know that the Beefpound is hoping that Mark Phillips will be the same offensive weapon that Francisco Manto was but I think that the team and fans will be very disappointed with the outcome this season from there new third basemen. The only good thing about that deal is that it’s only for a year. From having really busy off-season in the past the Beefpound really has been sitting in the shadows and I think it will be a great move for the team this season.

Projected Lineup
Bum Clarkson CF (.305, 3, 72)
Junior Lui SS (.325, 29, 116) AllStar/ Silver Slugger (SS)
Vin Cordero DH (.296, 40, 143) Silver Slugger (DH)
Mark Phillips 3B (.295, 41, 87)
Zip Wirth C (.311, 23, 81)
Karim Lee 2B (.300, 23, 110)
Bud Jackson 1B (.294, 23, 108)
Juan Amaro RF (.283, 13, 56)
Keith Winston LF (.241, 6, 25)

It’s scary just how good this offensive is, as it doesn’t matter who they face or which ballpark they go to this team will score runs on you. They have some good speed, some good power and able to hit everything, as there is no breaks in this lineup until you get to the end. With the American League changing into more of a neutral league I don’t see this offensive scoring as many as last season but it will still be at the top of the American League this season. The Beefpound have the second best offensive in the American League West.

Miguel Martinez (16-5, 3.48ERA, 189IP)
Herbert Brandt (13-7, 4.08ERA, 172IP)
Daisuke Lui (14-4, 4.55ERA, 152.1IP)
Paulie Yarnall (13-7, 4.37ERA, 173IP)
Delino Maduro (15-7, 4.65ERA, 184IP)
Hank Epstein (3-4, 3.17ERA, 37SV) AllStar

This is a great pitching staff that they have assembled in Anaheim with all the major pieces fitting right back into last year’s slots. The only probably I see with this pitching staff is that the starters don’t go a lot of innings putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen to finish the games for them. That really isn’t a problem for the bullpen as it’s probably one of the best in the league but you can’t always rely on the bullpen winning games for you through out the season. The Beefpound have the best pitching staff in the American League West.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Andrew Stevenson
2. Tito Holt
3. John Wang
4. Darryl Schmidt
5. Gil Ventura
6. Edgardo Nieves
7. Chan Masao
8. Alvin Evert
9. Billy Ray Stewart
10. Matt Logan

Owner Notes:

Projected Record – 93-69

Colorado Springs Armed Forces (parnold1)
The Armed Forces did something last season that they have never done in there history before, they had a winning record and made it to the playoffs as a wild card team. Then they continued there magical ride by winning there first round series against the Talley Whackers who had won 100 games before losing out to there divisional rival the Beefpound. I really believe this team is on the right direction as they let go a lot of the veteran players who weren’t performing at the major league level last season. I think they could once again challenge for a wildcard spot this season as well, but with this team spoiling the fans last season, will the fans be happy with this team if they just miss the playoffs this season. The team lost Ben Ward (2B) (.271, 6, 37), Samuel Clark (SS) (.229, 13, 53), Ben Canseco (P) (7-3, 6.36ERA, 2SV), Jeff Shipley (P) (3-3, 4.61ERA, 1SV), Gold Glove (2B) Ron Frazier (CF) (.291, 5, 59), Anthony Jacobs (3B) (.111, 1, 2) and Chris Juden (SS) (.238, 5, 18). The team signed Gene Guerrero (P) (2-11, 8.74ERA, 8SV) to a 1yr/4.6mil and Dennis Funaki (P) (6-7, 3.98ERA, 2SV) to a 3yrs/10.2mil with a 500k signing bonus. The team sent Bunny Perkins and Davey Pratt to the Honolulu Honus for Eli Guerrero. They also sent Flip Sheldon and Wilfredo Lopez to the Kansas City Bobcats for Pedro Sanchez and Luis Saez.
Off-Season Grade: D
The only reason the Armed Forces didn’t get an F is because of all the older players they didn’t re-sign during the off-season. The signing of Dennis Funaki could become one of the worst signings the league as seen to this point with that many years and that much money for someone is age. (update: to make matters worse he gets hurt during spring training is out for most of the year, if not all)

Projected Lineup
Lewis Shouse (CF) (.288, 21, 82)
Irv Jensen (LF) (.321, 22, 90)
Adrian Duncan (DH) (.292, 39, 123)
Pedro Sanchez (2B) (.277, 27, 67)
Carmen Garcia (RF) (.294, 27, 113)
Santiago Mesa (1B) (.288, 3, 11)
Carlton Boswell (SS) (.251, 16, 61)
Edgar Seguignol (3B) (.317, 19, 69)
Eddie Bass (C) (.254, 3, 18)

There’s nothing really special about the Armed Forces offensive as they have average power, hitting, and speed but when you have a solid lineup with some flaws not nothing that will hurt them every night this offensive is just right for this team. The Armed Forces have third best offensive in the American League West.

Eddie Serrano (16-7, 3.87ERA, 179IP) AL Rookie of the Year
Edgar Perez (8-11, 5.53ERA, 167.2IP)
Joaquin Diaz (14-5, 3.63ERA, 206IP)
Ernie Simmons (Rule 5)
Bernie Castillo (Rule 5)
Gene Guerrero (2-11, 8.74ERA, 8SV)

Just like the offensive the pitching staff for the Armed Forces is just average. They may not shut you down every night but they will keep there team in the game on most nights and that’s all you can really ask from a pitching staff during the long season. The thing that scares me about this pitching staff is that during starters don’t go very deep into the game and they have rookies in the rotation which worked well for Eddie Serrano last season winning the AL Rookie of the Year for this team but can they find another rookie to put up those kind of numbers again? The Armed Forces have the third best pitching staff in the American League West.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Cliff Johnstone
2. Matt Ford
3. Vern Morgan
4. Len O'Donnell
5. Rodrigo Sosa
6. Rafael Arias
7. Luis Sanchez
8. Juan Arias
9. Juan Ontiveros
10. Luis Saez

Owner Notes:
The signing of Dennis Funaki wasn’t a mistake per say but it was a mistake to sign him to such a big contract for just an average 3rd or 4th starter. To have him be out of the year hurts even more but this team is still in contention and the fans should be excited to see us in the playoffs again.

Projected Record – 78-84

Arizona Sting (texanboiler)
This Sting played in San Jose and where called the Sabercats last season but since this team hasn’t had a winning record or a playoff berth in San Jose so the owner thought it would be a good idea for a change of scenery and just maybe this will get this team over the hump. I don’t think this team can challenge the Beefpound for the top spot in the American League West but I believe this team is good enough to fight for a wildcard spot. I don’t think the team will underachieve like last season as I thought this team should have done a whole lot better then what there record was. The team only lost Marvin Stark (CF) (.271, 14, 74), Marquis McCall (P) (4-5, 6.27ERA, 45G) and Michael Watkins (2B) (.201, 7, 33). The team signed Jim McEnroe (CF) (.262, 10, 57) to a 3yrs/18mil. The team made no trades during the off-season.
Off-Season Grade: C
During nothing was probably the best thing this team could do as they had very little free-agents leaving the team and they replaced the lost of Stark with McEnroe which there almost equal as far as there play go.

Projected Lineup
Jim McEnroe (CF) (.262, 10, 57)
Will Randolph (C) (.282, 11, 58)
Malcolm Lanier (RF) (.256, 29, 113) Gold Glove (RF)
Jose Espinoza (2B) (.286, 29, 89)
Wilfredo Aybar (DH) (.299, 35, 105)
Chris Murphy (LF) (.301, 22, 63)
Kenny Logan (1B) (.333, 3, 14)
Diego Campos (3B) (.000, 0, 0)
Jeremi Jones (SS) (.271, 11, 52)

The Sting has a good offensive that hits for good average and has some good power in the middle of the order. I believe that the offensive will be about the same in the new stadium and be one the top offensives in the American League. The Sting has the best offensive in the American League West.

Brendan Wright (9-7, 3.84ERA, 173.1IP)
Carmen McPherson (11-8, 4.53ERA, 169IP)
Chet Kingland (7-9, 4.08ERA, 2SV)
Marino Mendez (10-9, 4.49ERA, 2SV)
Tito Ramirez (7-7, 3.20ERA, 2CG)
Shane Haad (1-1, 2.83ERA, 44SV) AllStar/ AL Fire Men of the Year

The problem the last couple of season for the team has been the pitching staff, mainly the starters has the team has a great closer, who puts up great numbers with is limit amount of action. The big key for the pitching staff is to see there starters go more innings and allowing the bullpen to find a rhythm before Haad comes in the close down the game. The Sting has the second best pitching staff in the American League West.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Max Moreno
2. Max Figureoa
3. Bill Brush
4. Morgan Wright
5. Paul Brooks
6. Kevin Morgan
7. Ricardo Hernandez
8. J.J. Blank
9. Ken Walters
10. John Wang

Owner Notes:
I really do think that the move to Arizona will help out this team this season. There confidence should be high and playing in a packed stadium will also bring up the energy of this team and we should be right there at the end of the season with a playoff spot on the line.

Projected Record – 87-75

Cheyenne Xpress (powercats22)
With the Xpress struggling to find there identity in Tucson for the last four seasons the team decided to move to Cheyenne to give this team a fresh start. The pitching staff should be very happy about the move as there young and good but the hitter friendly park in Tucson really hurt there development but the catch is that the offensive won’t be as powerful as the past so it could just canceling each other out. This team is still looking for there first winning season this year but the team is still young and improving so it may take one more year for them to see a winning season. The team didn’t lose anybody to the free-agent market. The team didn’t sign anybody to a free-agent contract during the off-season. The team sent Christopher Newhan and 5.0mil to the Monterrey Stars for Manny Hasegawa and Shawn Buckley.
Off-Season Grade: D
I really think this team needed to add a couple of pieces for them to become a contender this season and they didn’t do anything expect for trading away there AllStar closer from some good prospects won’t help this team this season if they where looking to get there first winning season.

Projected Lineup
Manny Hasegawa (SS) (Minor Leagues)
Michael Long (CF) (.271, 2, 43) Gold Glove (CF)
Kenneth Bryant (DH) (.293, 53, 119)
Butch Halter (2B) (.282, 27, 92)
Esteban Juarez (LF) (.265, 25, 97)
Erubiel Sanchez (1B) (.276, 22, 98) Gold Glove (1B)
Dave Roberts (3B) (.312, 21, 97)
Donn Bergman (RF) (.291, 13, 68)
Tony Wood (C) (.233, 2, 36)

The offensive in just about the same as it was last season with a few changes. Hasegawa will bring dangerous speed along with Long to make this team probably the fastest team in the league. This will help the offensive if those two can get on base as the power hitters will have an easier time bringing them around. The big question for this offensive is how the move away from Tucson effect there production as we all know it will probably fall but by how much is the question. The Xpress have the worst offensive team in the American League West.

Mateo Romano (4-4, 6.94ERA, 59.2IP)
Esteban Fernandez (9-12, 4.24ERA, 159.1IP)
Jeff Schourek (11-8, 4.13ERA, 172.1IP)
Victor Sojo (2-8, 4.64ERA, 1SV)
Rodrigo Arroyo (12-6, 7.11ERA, 105IP)
Josh Romano (0-3, 3.18ERA, 1SV)

The Xpress have a young pitching staff that has been pounded in Tucson for a while now and so when the news came that they where moving the pitchers had a big party. The pitchers may now see there numbers improve to what there skills which are average not terrible that it was in Tucson. The Xpress pitching staff is the worst in the American League West.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Geraldo Rodriguez
2. Shawn Buckley
3. Steve Payton
4. Manny White
5. Trent Gold
6. Willie Mendez
7. Jose Tarasco
8. Willie Stark
9. Hipolito Izturis
10. Stubby Floyd

Owner Notes:
With the move to Cheyenne I hope that this team will be put on the right track as we where a couple years ago. The pitchers will be more convenient about pitching and that will go a long way in making this team better

Projected Record – 73-89

Monday, October 27, 2008


Fargo Woodchippers (calolson)
The Woodchippers couldn’t repeat as the National League North champions again finishing in second place. The team hasn’t been worse then second place for the last four seasons. The Woodchippers had one of the biggest runs scored to runs allowed differential in the league but that still couldn’t get them more victories. The strength of this team has always been there pitching and defensive with nothing changing this season with that but I believe the offensive will be about the same last season which isn’t a bad thing unless you count losing Philip Dunn a bad thing. The Woodchippers will once again find themselves in the middle of a very tight race for control over the National League North this season. The team only lost Harry Beltran (P) (8-3, 3.87ERA, 2SV), John Cho (P) (14-9, 4.13ERA, 181IP), Nicky Duran (1B) (.299, 30, 106), Ricky Gibbons (C) (.275, 10, 57) and Philip Dunn (C) (.231, 10, 32) to free agency. The team signed Raymond Gray (1B) (Minor League) to a 2yrs/5.2mil, Fergie O'Shea (C) (.182, 0, 0) to a for 5yrs/52.5mil, Dicky Munro (C) (.271, 2, 12) to a 2yrs/4.4mil and Adam Warner (P) (0-1, 3.23ERA, 1SV) to a 2yrs/5.4mil. The team sent Rico Martin to the Boise Hurricanes for Neifi Tavarez.
Off-Season Grade: D+
I think signing O’Shea to a big contract could bit this team in the future as O’Shea is a solid playing looking to final make it on a major league roster but I don’t believe that he’s worth the 10mil they will be paying a year. Losing Philip Dunn could really hurt this team as the coach is planning on platooning the first base position this year and I believe that they still won’t come near the number that Dunn put up last season.

Projected Lineup
Jaime Basile 2B (.307, 13, 76) AllStar
Tommie Romero SS (.287, 6, 64) AllStar
Nick Ball 3B (.293, 44, 140) AllStar
Raymond Gray 1B (AAA)
Brian Creek CF (.286, 26, 90)
Fergie O'Shea C (.182, 0, 0)
A.J. Balfour RF (.298, 27, 105)
Manny Vanguri LF (Rule 5)

The top three batters will be hard to get out for this team but the rest of the players behind them aren’t any slackers when it comes to hitting either. This team should once again provide a lot of runs for this team this season. The Woodchippers looks to have the second best offensive in the National League North this season.

Brendan Cora (15-12, 3.19ERA, 1SHO)
Jim Little (13-12, 3.61ERA, 197IP)
Ugueth Estrada (6-4, 4.11ERA, 2SV)
Sammy Goya (7-7, 4.86ERA, 103.2IP)
Mike Scanlan (0-3, 4.80ERA, 1SV)
Frank Nakamura (5-3, 2.43ERA, 5SV)

The pitching is the strength of the team this season and one of the best in the National League. Cora is there star pitcher and this team won’t go anywhere if Cora isn’t in top form all season long. The bullpen has to be one of the best in the whole league as it looks like any led this team is able to muster up should be safe in the hands of the bullpen. The Woodchippers look to the best pitching staff in the National League North.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Mikey Frey
2. Vladimir Arias
3. Rich Washburn
4. Sidney Kolb
5. Jason Dixon
6. Carl Clemens
7. Antone Johnstone
8. Lenny Walker
9. Patrick Barker
10. James Cummings

Owner Notes:
The team went into the FA market this offseason after missing out on the playoffs last season. Our big signing was 24 year old catcher Fergie O'Shea. We probably overpaid for him, as he is solid but probably not a superstar, but it's nice to have the position locked down for years to come. We let 1B Nicky Duran go in FA, and will fill the spot by platooning Raymond Gray and Pablo Mesa. As always, our team is led by Nick Ball and Brendan Cora

Projected Record – 89-73

New Britain Fisher Cats (jway11)
The Fisher Cats saw themselves once again improve and got the National League North crown and made it to the playoffs for the first time in team history. Even though they didn’t make very far in the playoffs last season, the experience for the team and there fans makes this season really exciting. Will this team go back this season? Well the only thing we know is that there going to be in the hunt once again this season. One of the big reason’s why this team was able to win the National League North is that they went 22-8 within the division which was the best divisional record in the National League. The big test for this team is can they adjust to being the hunted instead of hunter this season. The team only lost AllStar Cameron Holt (P) (1-4, 3.55ERA, 34SV) and Adam Warner (P) (0-1, 3.23ERA, 1SV). The team signed didn’t sign any from the free agent market for the second straight year. The team sent Gene DeJean and Robinson Buckley to the Portland Landports for Raymond Pavlov.
Off-Season Grade: C
Once again this team didn’t sign anyone from the free-agent market but this team doesn’t really need to. Losing AllStar Cameron Holt I think will affect this team more then they really want to admit, as Cameron has been a good solid closer for the last four seasons. This team really did need to get a veteran number one starter and that’s what they went out and did which I think was a great move.

Projected Lineup
Dennis Johnson LF (.306, 6, 42)
Nicholas Herndon CF (.287, 2, 50)
Erik West C (.304, 49, 131) Silver Slugger (C)/ Gold Glove (C)
Hoss Boone 1B (.334, 40, 129) AllStar/ Silver Slugger (1B)/ Gold Glove (1B)
Lonnie Grove 2B (.275, 28, 73)
Pedro Javier 3B (.267, 11, 73)
Santiago Alfonzo RF (.340, 9, 46)
Kennie Sexson SS (.223, 12, 58) Gold Glove (SS)

Any lineup that has West and Boone is a lineup to fear and it still amazing me how West didn’t make the AllStar team last season. This team will produce some good offensive numbers this season but will this team rely too much on West and Boone to provide the big numbers that this team needs this season. The Fisher Cats have the best offensive in the National League North.

Raymond Pavlov (11-9, 3.72ERA, 200.2IP)
Horacio Segui (10-9, 4.71ERA, 154.2IP)
Esteban Polanco (13-8, 3.67ERA, 2CG)
Carlos Pujols (16-10, 4.17ERA, 3CG)
Jerry Franco (19-8, 4.46ERA, 212IP)

The starters will have to pitch a lot of innings this season if they want to have a chance to make it back to the playoffs as it looks like the bullpen could really struggle this season. The lose of Cameron will make the late innings very exciting in New Britain, as I hope that the fans and coaches have a lot of rolands stored away because there going to need it. The Fisher Cats have the worst pitching staff in the National League North.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Damaso Seneca
2. Bono Barr
3. Sammy Guerrero
4. Tony Padden
5. Ned Franco
6. Jeff Bailey
7. Jimmie Amezaga
8. Shane Clayton
9. Phil Perry
10. Boomer Redmond

Owner Notes:
The Fisher Cats will be giving away free rolands during every home game this season. The team will be asking fans to only use these once any one from the bullpen enters the game. Hope all fans will enjoy the late innings this season.
Team Owner jway11

Projected Record – 84-78

Burlington Ice Storm (tbarden)
This once proud franchise has seen some rough days the last couple of years. It seems like it’s been forever when they won the World Series instead of a couple seasons ago. Last season this team moved to Hartford which turned out to be a horrible move. There rotation got exposed with the shorter park then what they had in Detroit, now with a new owner aboard and a new location which is a little bit more pitcher friendly the hope is that it will bring this team back to the top of the National League North this season. This team had some choices to make this off-season, as if they should start to rebuild this team for the future or should they once again try to compete in the National League North. Well they choose to try to compete with mix results. The team only lost Scott Coffie (SS) (.288, 2, 23) and Cookie Valdes (1B) (.318, 15, 64). The team signed Denny Ishida (LF) (.310, 11, 41) to a 4yrs/21.6mil, Bruce Lewis (3B) (Minor Leagues) to a minor league deal and Russell Swisher (1B) (Minor Leagues) to a minor league deal. The team sent Ralph Middlebrook to the Cincinnati Highlanders for Pedro Alvarez and Jose Toca and sent Ken Lincoln to the Honolulu Honus for Khoury Glass.
Off-Season Grade: C-
Every one knows that this team needed to get some offensive to help out the pitching staff but with some of these free agent pickups it looks as if they really didn’t do anything to improve the offensive. The lost of Valdes will hurt as he’s good hitting first basemen with some pop in his bat but with the signing of Ishida, it was a good swap for offensive ability.

Projected Lineup
Khoury Glass CF (.271, 11, 46)
Matt Corey 2B (.282, 9, 48)
Russell Swisher 1B (minor league)
Sam Wyatt RF (Rule 5)
Denny Ishida LF (.310, 11, 41)
Nomar Kirby SS (.242, 6, 41)
Willie Blalock 3B (.308, 11, 60)
Endy Hemingway C (.259, 3, 42)

It could be a long season for this offensive as it has many people wondering where the offensive will come from. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this team with a lot of 1 or 2 run games this season. The offensive is going to put a lot of strain on the pitching staff this season. The Ice Storm has the worse offensive team in the National League North.

Michael Dickey (5-13, 5.49ERA, 136IP)
Dickie Wells (3-4, 5.68ERA, 1CG)
Carson Minor (8-13, 4.81ERA, 191IP)
Gerald Wallace (3-6, 5.05ERA, 103.1IP)
Artie Holmes (6-6, 4.37ERA, 113.1IP)
Roger Newfield (0-5, 4.71ERA, 34SV)

With the move to Hartford last season saw one of the best pitching staff to one of the worst in the National League last season. With a lot of the staff being traded away at the end of season last year, what’s left is a young group that is hungry to prove that this team can once again be one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Newfield will need to watch out this season as Rich Ford could be looking to take his closer spot this season. The Ice Storm has the third best pitching staff in the National League North.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Philip Pritchett
2. Curtis Palmer
3. Al McKinley
4. Patrick Cheney
5. Mark Rapp
6. Gus Abe
7. Omar Owen
8. John Giambi
9. Harry Cubillan
10. Dario Nomura

Owner Notes:
I would like to announce that the Smith family right here in Burlington had won the naming contest for the Ice Storm had will be receiving four life-time tickets for how ever long the Ice Storm remain in Burlington. These are some good seats right behind the home dugout. They will also be receiving a signed baseball from the whole team and a picture in the first program for opening day. Also Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers will be throwing the first pitch on opening night with the band Phish performing after the game. Hope everyone comes out to the ballpark.
Team Owner tbarden

Projected Record – 78-84

Milwaukee Bucks (waydogg5)
The Bucks are looking to finally work there way out of there the National League cellar this season as it looks like this team is ready to make a jump into contention. A lot of people in Milwaukee are really getting excited about the future of this team and the way the owner has changed this team for the better after only one season at the helm. All the major offensive fire power will come back but offensive wasn’t the problem for this team last season even they had trouble scoring outside of the homerun, the pitching staff is what really hurt them. The bullpen looks to be getting a slight overall with some players being let go and some young players taking over there spots. Now can the pitching staff become what everyone expects for them to become are will they underachieve again like last season. The team only lost Felipe Alvarez (SS) (.264, 12, 51), Pepper Eldred (P) (5-6, 6.37ERA, 27SV), Lyle Taft (P) (5-9, 4.38ERA, 1SV) and Eugene Brooks (1B) (.270, 14, 37). The team signed Emmanuel Navarro (P) (7-5, 5.76ERA, 1SV) to a 4yrs/18.4mil. The team didn’t make any trades during the off-season this season.
Off-Season Grade: C
Well this team good job of keeping a good offensive group together and letting go some relievers that weren’t doing good for this team in the bullpen. The signing of Navarro people will look at as a bad trade with his numbers from last season but I expect this team might be surprised but what he can do as a starter this season.

Projected Lineup
Mitchell Pickett SS (.286, 14, 46)
Tomas Olivares CF (.289, 13, 66)
Danny Harding LF (.244, 35, 89)
Wesley Stanley 3B (.294, 39, 96)
Julian Hartley 1B (.260, 32, 96)
Ronn Franco RF (.263, 30, 90)
Chris Bellhorn C (.276, 23, 99)
Hi Stoops 2B (.238, 16, 68)

Expect this team to put a lot of balls in the stands this season once again, but with very little people getting on base in front of the power hitters this team will see a lot of solo homeruns again. The Bucks have the third best offensive in the National League North.

Emmanuel Navarro (7-5, 5.76ERA, 1SV)
Jim Nathan (Rule 5)
Raymond Walton (10-12, 5.42ERA, 1CG)
Ernie Garcia (Claimed off waivers)
Mike Vander Wal (2-3, 4.50ERA, 1SV)
Vernon Bolton (0-0, 2.08ERA, 6SV)

Most teams have a closer by community but it looks like this team will throw everyone into the starting rotation and see which ones come out to be the best five at the end of the year. With Bolton back for a full healthy season the bullpen will be much better this season and very dangerous towards the end of the games this season. The Bucks have the second best pitching staff in the National League North.

Top Ten Prospects
1. Orber Sierra
2. Sal Moore
3. Jay Phillips
4. Pedro Azocar
5. Tony Butler
6. Nicholas Lowe
7. Jamie Suzuki
8. Tony Howell
9. Jonathan Duran
10. Jolbert Alomar

Owner Notes:
The Bucks are ready to win the National League North this season so I hope that we don’t surprise anyone when we do it this season

Projected Record – 85-77

Thursday, October 16, 2008


t10. Darren Higginson Last Season: 4
9. Ray Greenwood Last Season: NR
8. Mac Johnson Last Season: 7
7. Esteban Ozuna Last Season: NR
6. Don Xaio Last Season: 6
5. Phil Takada Last Season: 5
4. Erik West Last Season: 1
3. Guy Williams Last Season: 2
2. Cookie Pena Last Season: NR

Last Season: 3


10. Wilfredo Aybar Last Season: NR
9. Erubiel Sanchez Last Season: NR
8. Nicky Duran Last Season: 7
7. Aubrey Hutchinson Last Season: NR
6. Adrian Duncan Last Season: NR
5. Denny Kwon Last Season: NR
4. Tony Alvarez Last Season: 6
3. Luis Nunez Last Season: 1
2. Alvin Silva Last Season: 3

Last Season: NR


10. Tim Rooney Last Season: 1
9. William Kraemer Last Season: 4
8. Butch Halter Last Season: 5
7. Brian Turner Last Season: NR
6. Karim Lee Last Season: NR
5. Alex Woo Last Season: NR
4. Freddie Adcock Last Season: 2
3. Odalis Montanez Last Season: 3
2. Chief Martin Last Season: 10

Last Season: NR


10. Brook Diaz Last Season: NR
9. Andy Diaz Last Season: NR
8. Matt Reagan Last Season: NR
7. Patsy Lincoln Last Season: NR
6. Wilfredo Fernandez Last Season: 8
5. Ken Lincoln Last Season: NR
4. Dave Roberts Last Season: NR
3. Frank Surtain Last Season: 4
2. Nick Ball Last Season: 2

Last Season: 6


10. Bud Iorg Last Season: NR
9. Al Guillen Last Season: 9
8. Al Vazquez Last Season: 2
7. Clem Barkley Last Season: NR
6. Gus Wilkins Last Season: 1
5. Junior Lui Last Season: NR
4. Darby Thomas Last Season: 5
3. Henry Anderson Last Season: 8
2. Victor Santiago Last Season: 6

Last Season: 3


25. Denny Ishida Last Season: NR
24. Chris Murphy Last Season: NR
23. Chad Jones Last Season: NR
22. Irv Jensen Last Season: NR
21. Rico Rosado Last Season: NR
20. Lonny Hughes Last Season: NR
19. Brad Betancourt Last Season: 18
18. Jackson Cooper Last Season: NR
17. A.J. Balfour Last Season: NR
16. Max Wood Last Season: NR
15. Kenneth Bryant Last Season: NR
14. Eric Cross Last Season: NR
13. Dean Clark Last Season: NR
12. Tommy Crede Last Season: 23
11. Eric Sisk Last Season: 1
10. Tony Armas Last Season: 6
9. Alex Lee Last Season: 9
8. Glenn Matheson Last Season: 13
7. Vicente Domingo Last Season: 2
6. Frank Jacobsen Last Season: 3
5. Vin Cordero Last Season: 8
4. Earl Williams Last Season: 4
3. Carmen Garcia Last Season: NR
2. Brian Kim Last Season: NR

Last Season: NR


25. Rodrigo Romero
24. Ryan Bando
23. Roger Newfield
22. Magglio Salinas
21. Frank Nakamura
20. George Robinson
19. Jay Larson
18. Norman Jordan
17. Philip Price
16. Albert Jose
15. Che Jiang
14. Nicholas Fox
13. Wayne Bard
12. Cameron Holt
11. Abraham Cobb
10. Christopher Newhan
9. William Hanson
8. Abraham Millwood
7. Jeremy Morris
6. Travis DeRosa
5. Paul Krause
4. Hank Epstein
3. Shane Haad
2. Ed Jefferson

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Top 25 Pitchers

25. Jim Buckley Last Season: 18

24. Jason Burns Last Season: NR

23. Mark Barkett Last Season: 8

22. Cliff Sheets Last Season: 6

21. Tommie Relaford Last Season: 22

20. Larry Rath Last Season: NR

19. Miguel Martinez Last Season: NR

18. Seth Dillon Last Season: NR

17. Esteban Polanco Last Season: NR

16. Mike Steinbach Last Season: NR

15. Yamil Guzman Last Season: 16

14. Carmine Taft Last Season: 14

13. Andruw Dunston Last Season: NR

12. Brendan Cora Last Season: NR

11. Samuel West Last Season: NR

10. Carter Wise Last Season: NR

9. Ronn Hoyt Last Season: NR

8. Edwin Saipe Last Season: NR

7. Peter Webster Last Season: NR

6. Buzz Jones Last Season: 4

5. Wilson Fisher Last Season: NR

4. Bey Dillon Last Season: 3

3. Peter Baek Last Season: 2

2. Dan Meacham Last Season: NR


Last Season: 1