Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 A.L. WEST Preview


Consistent Winners Won't Find Latest Push Easy

One thing you can count on year-after-year is Robert Mosher leading his team to the post-season, he has only missed the playoffs once (2015), and continues to do whatever possible through trades or the draft, to keep Fairgrove a consistent winner. Mosher is the only BoS owner to have two World Championships to his name, while having the best career winning percentage (.588).

Once again the team is led by its leader Paul Goldschmidt, one of only two players in league history to own two Most Valuable Player awards (2014, 2016). Goldschmidt is coming off his worst BoS Season (.240 BA, 21 HR & .733 OPS), but don't count on a repeat as he should rebound towards to a season geared more towards his career .858 OPS. He won't have to do it all on his own, as he will have key lineup contributors in Josh Donaldson, Khris Davis & Avisail Garcia (who came off a MLB breakthrough season in 2017 for the White Sox).

Davis & Garcia will likely be daily outfield starters, while the other outfield slot will likely rotate among Howie Kendrick, Mikie Mahtook & Jason Heyward, while Brandon Nimmo may get some DH activity, while Kendrys Morales has a day off.

The usual-dependable rotation for the Tigers will likely be more of a juggling act in 2018, with Madison Bumgarner's health & Parker Bridwell's limited innings likely to play factors. Their rotation at peak health will still be the best in the division, while they will have plenty of arms to throw out there to join Bumgarner, Bridwell, Greinke & Sabathia with the likes of Martin Perez, Erasmo Ramirez, and Marco Estrada. Zack Greinke will be the Tigers' ace, after another strong MLB season (17-7, 3.20 ERA & 220 strikeouts) with the Diamondbacks.

Always known for having one of the league's stronger bullpens, the Tigers made a splash by drafting Arizona's Archie Bradley, who will be joining consistent arms in Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw & Justin Wilson.

The team may be looking long in the tooth, but Fairgrove has always depended heavily on a veteran-laced roster.... if it's not broke, why fix it?

Prediction: 1st Place -- They won't win the division in a run-away as in year's past, but with Mosher at the helm, among the usual star players leading the way, it's hard to bet against the Tigers.


A Probable Chance of Injuries Projects for Weak Front

The Storm have plenty of productive bats to plug into their lineup. It's all going to come down to keeping those bats healthy. Players such as Dustin Pedroia (.293 BA, .369 OBP & 62 RBI in 406 AB), Brandon Belt (18 HR & .823 OPS in 382 AB) & Lonnie Chisenhall (.288, 12 HR & .881 OPS in 236 AB) are really productive when on the field, but all can't seem to stay healthy. There are others with similar situations, while other productive bats on the roster, such as Matt Olson (24 HR, 45 RBI & 1.003 OPS in 189 AB), Rafael Devers (.284 BA, 10 HR & .819 OPS in 222 AB) & Jose Martinez (.309 BA, 14 HR & .897 OPS in 272 AB) are going to be simply victim to limited play.

Their rotation may be the most durable rotation in their division for 2018, led by rising star Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA & 230 K) & Marcus Stroman (13-9, 3.09 ERA & 164 K) in the first two slots. The Twins' future ace, Jose Berrios (14-8, 3.89 ERA & 139 K in 145.2 innings) will likely be the #3 starter, followed by Danny Duffy and Yu Darvish. The Storm hopes that Darvish can bounce back to his more dominate days in his new Cubs digs.

The bullpen is formidable, while lacking control.

The current forecast may not be promising, but the future forecast looks bright & promising with the likes of Severino, Berrios, Devers, Olson, Edwin Diaz, Dinelson Lamet, Kendall Graveman, Mike Montgomery & possibly Tyler Glasnow emerging in future seasons to come.

Prediction: 2nd -- The team seems to be heading in the right direction, while reaching the post-season this season seems unlikely.


Buffalo Continues to Play the Waiting Game

The Yankees have never finished in dead last, that's a good thing... but never have had a winning record, that's not a good thing. Buffalo has been victim to dealing with a constant powerhouse in Fairgrove, while dealing with brief powers other than Fairgrove (Chicago Nine), while also having to face a more competitive division in the A.L. East. The American League East has generated a wild card team, in every season except for 2016 (Chicago has been the A.L. West's lone wildcard up to this point).

Buffalo's long-awaited success may have to be a waiting game, much in the same way that the King Road Kings had to do, until they finally broke into the playoffs last season.

For now, the Yankees will compete with a lineup that witnessed two players with rejuvenated bats in Austin Jackson and Alex Avila, both players almost fell into oblivion until they started playing more like circa 2012 versions of themselves. Marwin Gonzalez ended up being a huge pickup for Buffalo, as he might be their best option to hit clean-up. The lineup also boasts up-years from Jay Bruce and Starlin Castro, while the team roots for solid-glove guys Ian Kinsler and Trevor Story to have better years in the majors for 2018.

Gonzalez & Bruce will likely play the corner outfield spots, while Jackson will try to play the majority at center. The team could use Story the majority of time at short, while Paul DeJong hits in the designated hitter role, when he's at short or has a night off, Ben Gamel could fill in nicely at DH as well.

The rotation is headed by one APBA-B, among plenty of APBA-C starters, the APBA-B starter ended up being the most unlikeliest to suddenly anchor a rotation in Andrew Cashner; Casher had a career comeback-of-sorts with the Rangers, sporting a 11-11 record & 3.40 ERA in 166.2 innings.

The bullpen may be one of the better division pens, as they may have strong guys in Chris Devenski, Tommy Hunter & Alex Colome for innings 7-through-8... the question is, can the rotation hand the ball over to these guys with a lead by then?

All things are possible, but expect much the same as previous seasons.

Prediction: 3rd -- The Yankees have hovered consistently between 69-73 wins, which will probably be the same result, but the Yankees shouldn't be discouraged, this may be the murkiest of seasons for the Fairgrove Tigers, and who knows what the future holds? King Road's story has to be encouraging.


New Team, New Owner & New Expectations

It's a new age for the DeWitt Terminators, no more Watersmeet Nimrods... New Owner/Manager Chad Lundy is excited for what future seasons will bring him.

To be fair, when first glancing at the Terminators, they read as a who's who of the 2000's to early 2010's, if we took a time machine back to 2009, this would most likely be an All-Star team. The team is loaded with the likes of Joe Mauer, Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Matt Kemp, Jose Reyes, Andrew McCutchen & Justin Verlander... and out of the above, Verlander likely has the most gas left in the tank.

Entering 2017, Verlander's name fell down the Fantasy Baseball lists, many have written him off. A year later, Verlander has a strong chance at winning the 2018 A.L. Cy Young for the Houston Astros. Verlander was phenomenal down the stretch, the Terminators hopes this translates to having a powerful ace for a few more years at least.

Their rotation's success won't happen over night, but they added three young arms in Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Freeland & Trevor Williams... who are all 25 & younger. It will take J.V.'s as a mentor, to help these young arms develop.

Nolan Arenado (soon to be 27), is one of the youngsters of the bunch, coming off another excellent season with the Colorado Rockies... consistently solid with the glove & bat, you can expect a season close to .300 BA, 40 HR & 130 RBI; Mike Schmidt recently said when Arenado's career finishes, he will be the greatest third baseman to ever play... now that's high praise.

The team has a dependable veteran lineup, while it's bullpen may be among the better American League, sporting at least 4 APBA Z's (control)... that's more than you can say for some other teams out there.

They may suffer more losses than wins, but there definitely a lot of excitement in DeWitt.

Prediction: 4th -- The Terminators could easily finish third even, but this is a learning season for new manager Lundy, the success will come later.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 A.L. EAST Preview


Corktown is One Step Closer towards Titletown

The Corktown Tamales have been getting closer & closer each of the past couple seasons in their quest of a BoS Championship. The team broke into the playoffs for the first time last season, losing to the Fairgrove Tigers in the American League Division Series. They may have made it one step closer by acquiring veteran catcher Buster Posey and reliever Andrew Miller.

Posey brings a MLB championship pedigree, along with solid leadership from behind the plate, to help lead a strong rotation in Max Scherzer, Carlos Carrasco, Jake Arrieta & Gio Gonzalez.

Andrew Miller's addition creates a two-headed monster for the 7th through 9th innings, as he joins forces with Craig Kimbrel, who bounced back beautifully in Boston, producing his best MLB season since his 2012, 2013 days. Matt Albers and Richard Bleier will play big roles as well in the pen, along with Addison Reed. Keone Kela and Drew Steckinrider will be likely be used in low-pressure situations, due to their spotty control.

Due to the acquisition of Posey, backstops Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki will play bigger roles as pinch-hit specialists, and the occasional start; Suzuki smacked 19 HR in only 276 at-bats at age 33.

Mainstay franchise stud, Jose Abreu (.304, 33 HR & 103 RBI) will not have to relied upon as much, with Jose Ramirez and Justin Upton having big 2017 MLB seasons... The three will likely form the heart of the lineup in the 3-through-5 slots. Ramirez's emergence allowed the Tamales to trade away rising star Alex Bregman to South Side.

The Tamales have plenty of excellent gloves & depth in the outfield, which any of these talented players could get their starts... but likely will be Upton in left, Odubel Herrera in center, with Gerardo Parra in right. David Peralta may very likely be Corktown's designated hitter with such a crowded outfield in place.

The Tamales' only question mark may be, should they acquire a solid 5th starting pitcher to go along with their 1-4 starters. Many teams don't even have the luxury of having an equal 1-4 starters, so the necessity for a 5th starter is not a huge priority...

...then again don't count out manager Chris Demercurio, who is not afraid to make moves to better his team.

Prediction: 1st Place -- The Tamales take that next step & have all the tools to go deep into the playoffs, they are a legit championship contender. The team has had winning seasons in all three of their seasons of existence, improving upon each season.


Reshuffling a Combative Swat Team

With the exception of Corktown, the A.L. East for the most part is retooling their rosters. The Swatara Eliminators retooled by making a trade prior to the draft in acquiring two solid relievers in Roberto Osuna and Raisel Iglesias, while also adding 2B/OF- Dee Gordon... then followed that up  by executing their three 1st Round 2017 Draft Picks, drafting 1B/OF- Rhys Hoskins (3rd overall), SP- Luis Castillo (9th overall) & OF- Lewis Brinson (14th overall) -- all solid picks. The Eliminators then added their closer Corey Knebel, picking him up in Round 2 of the 2017 BoS Annual Draft.

The team will sport a top-heavy tough-out lineup, with Lorenzo Cain (CF), Josh Harrison (2B), Anthony Rendon (3B), Charlie Blackmon (RF) & Anthony Rizzo likely in those slots. The starting lineup will also feature one of the BoS's best fielding squads.

Their excellent fielding will be much needed in its attempt to help a light frame of a rotation. The pitchers have the potential to develop into something more for seasons to come, especially with Castillo & Jameson Taillon. All of that future potential won't be much help for the 2018 Season though, and at best the team has to hope the rotation can overachieve.

Swatara has a strong bullpen that can take over a ballgame, while the team also has plenty of options on the bench to plug into their lineups. The team will have bits & pieces, that manager Brandon Matlock will certainly use to trade for future nuggets.

Prediction: 2nd Place -- The team may have had a two-year hiatus from the post-season, but don't expect Swatara's absence to continue much longer with plenty of hope on the horizon. At best, they reach the playoffs as an A.L. Wild Card, at worst.... they are a team on the rise.


Big Bang Theory: Can Strong Bats Bring Back Pitching in Return?

Up and down the roster, there is no denying that the Micatin Destroyers have plenty of bats, and that they have them everywhere, giving the Destroyers some serious depth. The team also has a deep bullpen after they added Chad Green, Yusmeiro Petit, Austin Maddox and Anthony Swarzak to the mix. But will these big bats and newly armed bullpen go to waste with no starting rotation in place?

The Destroyers' starting lineup will be one of the very best in the American League, while new additions Thomas Pham (OF) and Ian Happ (2B+) will be instant plug-ins. Pham batted .306 (.411 OBP) with 23 HR, 73 RBI & 25 steals, his combination of speed & power along with his willingness to get on base shouts out vintage Ron Gant, while Happ will start at second base slot that was weak for Micatin entering the draft.

Every year seems to be a career year for Joey Votto, and his 2017 MLB Season was no different, many may argue that it was his best MLB season since 2012. Ryan Zimmerman (.303, 36 HR & 108 RBI), not only came back in a major way in 2017, but it may have been the best year of his career, and will be the team's designated hitter.

Two notable bats that may not make the starting lineup (due to all of the other talent), are Yuli Gurriel (.817 OPS) & Travis Shaw (.862) -- which could bring back arms to help Alex Wood and Sonny Gray in the rotation.

Prediction: 3rd Place -- The team should be competitive & definitely better than last year's 59-win squad, they should also have a legit shot at the A.L. Wild Card as well. Manager Bill Gillam (.533 pct) is one of the league's all-time winning managers, with a BoS Championship under his belt, so you can count on the Destroyers giving it their best shot.


Championship Banner is Up, while Rebuild Starts Strong

The South Side Spartans accomplished plenty in their short three-year stretch, they have won 57% of their games since their inception, while winning last year's BoS World Championship over King Road. The team's owner and manager Matt Hoeppner is using the same wit & expertise that got him to the top in his new rebuilding effort.

They got the rebuilding effort started off with a bang, thanks to new acquisitions of catcher Willson Contreras, 3B- Alex Bregman & pitcher Carson Fulmer, while drafting SS/3B- J.P. Crawford, OF- Bradley Zimmer, 1B- Dominic Smith & OF- Clint Frazier, among others, to go along with young studs like OF- Trey Mancini.

It was tough for the team to say goodbye to Buster Posey and Andrew Miller, but it should still be a fun, learning season for the Spartans, as the team will get plenty of seasoning while facing other weak rotations in the division. The team's rotation will be headed by Jon Lester and Kenta Maeda, while their bullpen will get lots of work.

Mookie Betts takes over Posey's role as team captain, while the Spartans can hope that Betts bounces back in the majors to his pre-2017 form, with his batting average hovering .290 or higher.

Prediction: 4th Place -- The team most likely finish last (but nothing is a given), while their weak rotation matches up with Micatin & Swatara. One thing is for sure, no one will catch Corktown in this division.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BoS A.L. Leaders - End of April 2016

Week 2 & Week 3 - Weekly Award Winners (2016 BoS Season)

WEEK 2 - BoS Player of the Week Awards

Jake Arrieta had 2 wins for Corktown while allowing only 7 hits, 2 earned runs & 2 walks -- while striking out 21 batters (1.20 ERA for the week); His teammate Justin Upton wins the batter element of the A.L. weekly award, by going 10-for-22 (.455) while hitting 2 HR & 8 RBI.
Honorable Mention: Micatin's A.J. Pollack (.379, 2 HR & 9 RBI), Buffalo's Ian Kinsler (.407, HR & 3 RBI), Spartans' Mark Teixeira (.357, 2 HR & 6 RBI) & Edison Volquez (2 W, 4 ER - 2.12 ERA in 17 IP) for Brooklyn.
Brandon Phillips keeps hitting well for Swatara through 2 weeks, as he went 9-for-22 (.409) with 2 HR & 3 RBI for Week 2.

The National League was not as clear-cut, but Robbie Ray made it worth his only Week 2 outing, with a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for the Seattle Rainiers; Once again, it was another teammate to take the batting award for the week, Ray's teammate & All-Star vet Joe Mauer (acquired from Micatin in the off-season) went 7-for-16 (.438) with 2 HR & 8 RBI.
Honorable Mention: Holland's Johnny Cueto (9 IP, 2 H, 2 ER with 9 K's & win), King Road's Clayton Kershaw had 9 K's - allowing an earned run in a loss; Also Portland's Todd Frazier (.391 with 6 RBI) and San Diego's Nelson Cruz (.360 with 2 HR & 5 RBI).

WEEK 3's BoS Player of the Week Awards.

The Micatin Destroyers' two pitchers Jake Peavy and John Lackey each pitch a one-hit shutout. Peavy gets the edge by striking out one more batter in his outing (finishing with 9 K's), while both allowed two walks against Corktown.
It was tough to decide from the hitters, so I went with the player who had the most impact (despite a .250 avg, 4-for-16) in Mark Teixeira, hitting 3 HR & 8 RBI in big clutch moments for the South Side Spartans against the Swatara Eliminators.
Honorable Mention: Chicago's Nolan Arenado (.333, HR, 3 RBI, plus 3 doubles & triple), Buffalo's Jordan Zimmerman (8 IP, 5 H, ER with 10 K & BB), Fairgrove's Mike Mahtook (.429, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 runs & double) & Patrick Corbin (8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER/2 R, with 7 K's)-- while Gregory PolancoAdam Eaton and Neil Walker all had a productive series for the Spartans.

King Road's J.A. Happ had the strongest outing in the N.L., by allowing only two hits in a shutout performance against a tough Portland team, all while racking up 12 K's & allowing only one walk.
The offense was tough to pick, but I decided to go with T.C's Eddie Rosario, who seemed to be everywhere in the Panthers' 3-2 series win over Holland. Rosario went 8-21 (.381) with 2 HR, 4 RBI & 7 runs.
Honarable Mention: Holland's Evan Gattis hit 3 HR with 6 RBI (6-for-18, .333), while his teammate, Mike Moustakas batted .421 with a HR, 3 RBI & 5 runs. San Diego's Francisco Lindor gave the Player a run with Gattis, while going 7-12 (.583), HR, 4 RBI & 6 runs -- while Heroes teammate Danny Salazar looked sharp on mound with complete game victory (improving to 3-0, 1.17 ERA) with 11 K's, while allowing 1 run on 3 hits & 2 walks.

Opening Week - 2016 BoS Season


The Boys of Summer APBA Baseball League is underway, starting our 4th season! Plenty of excitement for this upcoming year, with an influx of rookies (due to MLB's "Year of the Rookie" - 2015). The rosters have completely took a overhaul with so many transactions, signings & releases this off-season! Every team has a reason to be optimistic and excited for this 2016 BoS Season -- plus two big questions are: 'Can the Portland Microbrewers repeat?'... and 'Are the Chicago Nine, truly the team to beat in 2016?'

We'll find all that out by the end of the season.

The first week was a big one for the Fairgrove Tigers, who opened up a 6-0 series victory over a talented South Side Spartans team -- with Chris Davis batting .368 with 3 home runs & 4 RBI, plus 2 doubles & 4 runs; Their ace Madison Bumgarner also had a good week in his two starts, 16 K's & only 2 earned runs allowed in 16 innings -- including a shutout.

On the National League side, the other undefeated team from Week 1 was the Louisville Sluggers, with the return of manager Larry Waddell, back at the helm; His rotation was excellent against the Seattle Rainiers -- led by Sonny Gray (2-0, 0.52 ERA, 16 K & 4 BB in 17.1 innings)!

There was plenty of shutouts this first week and there was plenty of contenders for this week's pitching awards in both leagues, but in the end it came down to these two...

  • Zack Greinke (Swatara Eliminators/A.L.): W, 15 K's, no earned runs (including a shutout & no-decision) with only 5 hits allowed -- in 15.2 innings.
  • Lance Lynn (Holland Hitchhikers/N.L.): 2-0, 0.53 ERA (1 ER, 8 H & 5 BB's allowed) with 15 strikeouts for Holland -- just edging Louisville's Gray for this week.
There was plenty of offense as well -- but none was as impressive as these two...
  • Bryce Harper (Holland Hitchhikers/N.L.): .435 AVG (10-23), 4 HR, 12 RBI & 1.635 OPS.
  • Chris Davis (Fairgrove Tigers/A.L.): .368 AVG (7-19), 3 HR, 4 RBI & 1.426 OPS.

Most disappointing start may have to go to the #1 Overall Draft Pick (in this year's 2016 BoS Draft) - Kris Bryant (Third Baseman of the Micatin Destroyers) -- in which he went 0-for-21, striking out 10 times!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 BoS Releases

BROOKLYN releases - Sean Rodriguez (1B+), Alberto Callaspo (IF), Alexi Amarista (SS+), Brandon Barnes (OF), Michael Bourn (OF), Drew Stubbs (OF), Rickie Weeks (OF), David D. Carpenter (RP), Junichi Tazawa (RP), Eric O'Flaherty (RP) & Josh Beckett [NC] (SP).

BUFFALO releases - Mike Napoli (1B+), Joaquin Arias (SS+), Clint Barmes (SS+), Everth Cabrera (SS+), Jordy Mercer (SS), Carl Crawford (OF), Michael Saunders (OF), Jarred Cosart (SP), T.J. House (SP), Ian Kennedy (SP), Charlie Morton (SP), Jonathan Broxton (RP) & Tim Stauffer (RP).

CHICAGO releases - Alex Avila (C), Mike Zunino (C), Kennys Vargas (1B), Jose E. Ramirez (SS+), Kris Negron (OF+), OF-Terrance Gore, Tony Cingrani (P), Marco Gonzales (P), Jennry Mejia (RP), Yoervis Medina (RP), Tom Gorzelanny (RP), Marc Rzepczynski (RP) & Vic Black [NC] (RP).

CORKTOWN releases - Luis Sardinas (2B+), Daniel Descalso (SS+), Mike Aviles (OF+), Jon Jay (OF), Junior Lake (OF), Carlos Frias (SP), Matt Garza (SP), Joe Kelly (SP), C.C. Sabathia (SP) & Vance Worley (P).

FAIRGROVE releases - Rene Rivera (C/1B), Robinson Chirinos (C), Derek Jeter [NC] (SS), Alejandro De Aza (OF), Lonnie Chisenhall (3B/OF), Dayan Viciedo [NC] (OF), Mat Latos (SP), Wily Peralta (SP), Burke Badenhop (RP), Joe Beimel (RP), Dominic Leone (RP) & Aaron Loup (RP).

HOLLAND releases - Christian Bethancourt (C), C.J. Cron (1B), Wilin Rosario (1B/C), Danny Valencia (3B+), Coco Crisp (OF), Matt Moore (SP), Jonathan Niese (SP), Dan Jennings (RP), Roman Mendez (RP), Joel Peralta (RP), Oliver Perez (RP) & Jordan Walden (RP).

KING ROAD releases - John Buck [NC] (C), Christian Vazquez [NC] (C), Darwin Barney (2B+), Emilio Bonifacio (IF), Donovan Solano (3B+), Josh Hamilton (OF), Bud Norris (P), Jeremy Affeldt (RP), Buddy Carlyle (RP), Brandon League [NC] (RP), Dan Otero (RP) & Rafael Soriano (RP).

KINGSLEY releases - Michael McKenry (C), Marwin Gonzalez (IF+), Adam LaRoche (1B), Omar Infante (2B), Odrisamer Despaigne (SP), Scott Feldman (SP), Todd Redmond (RP), Javy Guerra (RP), Craig Stammen (RP) & Josh Edgin [NC] (RP).

MICATIN releases - David Freese (3B), Cody Asche (OF/3B), Scott Van Slyke (OF+), Tim Hudson (SP), Brett Oberholtzer (SP), Tommy Hunter (RP), Mike Morin (RP), Fernando Rodney (RP), Chad Qualls (RP), Fernando Salas (RP) & Anthony Varvaro.

PORTLAND releases - A.J. Ellis (C), Scooter Gennett (2B), Dilson Herrera (2B), Johnny Giavotella (2B+), Juan Uribe (3B+), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS), Jayson Werth (OF), Chris Coghlan (OF+), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (OF), Steve Pearce (OF+), Alfredo Simon (SP), Matt Shoemaker (SP), Fernando Abad (RP), Steve Cishek (RP), Neftali Feliz (RP) & Glen Perkins (RP).

SAN DIEGO releases - Dioner Navarro (C), Pedro Alvarez (1B), Ryan Zimmerman (1B/OF), Chase Utley (2B+), Casey McGehee (3B/DH), Danny Santana (SS/OF), Andrew Cashner (SP), Jesse Chavez (SP), Kendal Graveman (P), Phil Hughes (SP), Evan Marshall (RP) & Dale Thayer (RP).

SEATTLE releases - Drew Butera (C), Michael Morse (1B/OF), Jed Lowrie (3B/SS), Peter Bourjos (OF), James Jones (OF), Aaron Harang (SP), Jason Vargas (SP), Danny Farquhar (RP), Seth Maness (RP), Adam Ottavino (RP) & Neil Ramirez (RP).

SWATARA releases - Victor Martinez (DH/1B), Aramis Ramirez (3B/1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Austin Jackson (OF), Steven Souza (OF), Jason Hammel (SP), Derek Holland (SP), Drew Hutchinson (SP), Kyle Lohse (SP), Cory Rasmus (P), Kyle Crockett (RP), Justin DeFratus (RP), Jean Machi (RP), and Tom Wilhelmsen (RP).

SOUTH SIDE releases - Wil Nieves (C/1B), Jon Singleton (1B), Ryan Flaherty (IF/OF), Josh Rutledge (2B+), Angel Pagan (OF), Denard Span (OF), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Alex Colome (SP), David Hale (P), Nick Martinez (SP), Yusmeiro Petit (P), Travis Wood (P), Scott Atchison (RP) & Hiroki Kuroda [NC] (SP).

TRAVERSE CITY releases - Ryan Hanigan (C), Adam Rosales (IF+), Oswaldo Arcia (OF), Matt Joyce (OF), Leonys Martin (OF), Jake Smolinski (OF), Henderson Alvarez (SP), Roberto Hernandez (P), Aaron Barrett (RP), Rex Brothers (RP), Sean Doolittle (RP), Carlos Torres (RP) & Alex Cobb [NC] (SP).

URBANA releases - Carlos Ruiz (C), Andrew Susac (C), Aaron Hill (2B), Will Middlebrooks (3B), Garrett Jones (OF/1B), Will Venable (OF), Delmon Young (DH/OF), Josh Collmenter (P), Tommy Milone (SP), Tanner Roark (P), Jeff Samardzija (SP), Ryan Cook (RP), Ryan Pressly (RP) & Jamey Wright [NC] (RP).

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 BoS Annual Draft

2015 BoS Annual Draft
1 1 1 ABREU, Jose 1B CORK
1 3 3 de GROM, Jacob SP BRK
1 4 4 TANAKA, Masahiro SP CHI
1 5 5 ADAMS, Matt 1B BUF
1 6 6 SPRINGER, George OF URB
1 7 7 GONZALEZ, Miguel Angel SP KING
1 8 8 BETTS, Mookie  OF SPAR
1 9 9 PINEDA, Michael SP HOL
1 10 10 PANIK, Joe 2B S.D.
1 11 11 SANCHEZ, Aaron P SWAT
1 12 12 INCIARTE, Ender OF KBB
1 13 13 CASTILLO, Rusney OF CHI (T.C.)
1 14 14 SOLER, Jorge OF S.S.
1 15 15 HENDRICKS, Kyle SP POR
1 16 16 GILES, Ken RP FAIR
2 1 17 ELIAS, Roenis SP CORK
2 3 19 FRANCO, Maikel 3B BRK
2 4 20 STROMAN, Marcus SP CHI
2 5 21 HUGHES, Jared RP BUF
2 6 22 REDDICK, Josh OF URB
2 7 23 NORRIS, Bud SP KING
2 8 24 POLANCO, Gregory OF SPAR
2 9 25 ODOR, Rougned  2B HOL
2 10 26 SANTANA, Danny OF/2B S.D.
2 11 27 JACKSON, Austin OF SWAT
2 12 28 PLOUFFE, Trevor 3B KBB
2 13 29 FINNEGAN, Brandon RP T.C.
2 14 30 GUERRERO, Alex OF/SS S.S.
2 15 31 CERVELLI, Francisco C POR
2 16 32 LEONE, Dominic RP FAIR
3 1 33 RAMOS, Wilson C CORK
3 2 34 FLORES, Wilmer SS T.C. (SEA)
3 3 35 BURNS, Billy OF BRK
3 4 36 POMPEY, Dalton OF T.C. (CHI)
3 5 37 KARNS, Nathan SP T.C. (BUF)
3 6 38 BOUR, Justin 1B URB
3 7 39 OTERO, Dan RP KING
3 10 42 NORRIS, Daniel SP S.D.
3 11 43 McCANN, James C SWAT
3 12 44 EDGIN, Josh RP KBB
3 13 45 HAHN, Jesse SP POR (T.C.)
3 14 46 VAN SLYKE, Scott OF S.S.
3 15 47 WILSON, Alex RP POR
3 16 48 GONZALES, Marco SP CHI (FAIR)
4 1 49 FELIZ, Neftali RP CORK
4 2 50 SUSAC, Andrew C URB (SEA)
4 3 51 PAREDES, Jimmy 3B/OF BRK
4 4 52 TAYLOR, Michael A. OF CHI
4 5 53 BROXTON, Jonathan RP BUF
4 6 54 DUFFY, Matt SS URB
4 7 55 FLOWERS, Tyler  C KING
4 8 56 SMITH, Carson RP SPAR
4 9 57 CABRERA, Asdrubal SS+ POR (HOL)
4 10 58 NAVARRO, Dioner C S.D.
4 11 59 ALONSO, Yonder 1B SWAT
4 12 60 DESPAIGNE, Odrisamer SP KBB
4 13 61 OWINGS, Chris SS+ URB (T.C.)
4 14 62 GRANDERSON, Curtis OF S.S.
4 15 63 CROCKETT, Kyle RP SWAT (POR)
4 16 64 ESCOBAR, Eduardo SS+ FAIR
5 1 65 BAEZ, Javier 2B+ CORK
5 2 66 RAMIREZ, Neil RP SEA
5 4 68 RIVERA, Rene C FAIR (CHI)
5 5 69 PUTNAM, Zach RP BUF
5 6 70 MORSE, Michael 1B+ SEA (URB)
5 7 71 ROMINE, Austin IF KING
5 9 73 BETHANCOURT, Christian C HOL
5 10 74 THAYER, Dale RP S.D.
5 11 75 ZIEGLER, Brad RP SWAT
5 13 77 JOSEPH, Caleb C BUF (T.C.)
5 14 78 HUDSON, Tim SP S.S.
5 15 79 COGHLAN, Chris OF POR
5 16 80 McGEHEE, Casey 3B+ S.D. (FAIR)
6 1 81 PERALTA, David OF CORK
6 2 82 LAMB, Jake  3B SEA
6 3 83 JEPSEN, Kevin RP BRK
6 5 85 ANDERSON, Chase SP BUF
6 7 87 HOWARD, Ryan 1B KING
6 8 88 SORIA, Joakim RP SPAR
6 9 89 DYSON, Sam RP HOL
6 10 90 PETERSON, Jace 2B+ CORK (S.D.)
6 11 91 HOLLAND, Derek SP SWAT
6 12 92 GONZALEZ, Marwin SS+ KBB
6 13 93 YOUNG, Chris R. SP T.C.
6 14 94 JASO, John C S.S.
6 15 95 CISHEK, Steve RP POR
6 16 96 FORSYTHE, Logan 2B+ FAIR
7 1 97 SHREVE, Chasen RP CORK
7 2 98 FARQUHAR, Danny RP SEA
7 4 100 BLACK, Vic RP CHI
7 5 101 HOUSE, T.J. SP BUF
7 6 102 MILONE, Tommy SP URB
7 7 103 TOLLESON, Shawn RP KING
7 8 104 COLOME, Alex SP SPAR
7 9 105 DUKE, Zach RP HOL
7 10 106 RAY, Robbie SP SEA (S.D.)
7 11 107 PAULSEN, Ben 1B/OF SWAT
7 12 108 BURNETT, A.J. SP KBB
7 13 109 TORRES, Carlos P T.C.
7 14 110 ANDERSON, Brett SP S.S.
7 16 112 BEIMEL, Joe RP FAIR
8 1 113 SARDHINAS, Luis 2B+ CORK
8 2 114 JONES, James OF SEA
8 3 115 FRASOR, Jason RP BRK
8 4 116 VARGAS, Kennys 1B CHI
8 5 117 PETRICKA, Jake RP BUF
8 6 118 VENABLE, Wil OF URB
8 7 119 FLOYD, Gavin SP KING
8 8 120 ATCHISON, Scott RP SPAR
8 9 121 CRON, C.J. 1B HOL
8 10 122 HARDY, Blaine RP S.D.
8 11 123 ESPINOSA, Danny 2B+ SWAT
8 12 124 GRIMM, Justin RP KBB
8 13 125 ROSALES, Adam 1B+ T.C.
8 14 126 FREESE, David 3B S.S.
8 15 127 HESTON, Chris P POR
8 16 128 CHIRINOS, Robinson  C FAIR
9 1 129 FRIAS, Carlos P CORK
9 2 130 MILLER, Brad SS+ SEA
9 3 131 BOLSINGER, Mike SP BRK
9 4 132 AVILA, Alex C CHI
9 5 133 ARIAS, Joaquin IF BUF
9 6 134 TORRES, Alex RP URB
9 7 135 CARLYLE, Buddy RP KING
9 8 136 PETIT, Yusmeiro P SPAR
9 9 137 CRISP, Coco OF HOL
9 10 138 MARSHALL, Evan RP S.D.
9 11 139 SOUZA, Steven OF SWAT
9 12 140 REDMOND, Todd RP KBB
9 13 141 JOYCE, Matt OF T.C.
9 14 142 VARVARO, Anthony RP S.S.
9 15 143 KONTOS, George RP POR
9 16 144 FREEMAN, Sam RP FAIR
10 1 145 DYSON, Jarrod OF CORK
10 2 146 LOWRIE, Jed SS SEA
10 3 147 SEMIEN, Marcus SS+ BRK
10 4 148 NEGRON, Kris 3B+ CHI
10 5 149 JOHNSON, Chris 3B+ BUF
10 6 150 GREGRORIUS, Didi SS+ URB
10 7 151 LEAGUE, Brandon RP KING
10 8 152 KURODA, Hiroki SP SPAR
10 9 153 VALENCIA, Danny 3B+ HOL
10 10 154 RODRIGUEZ, Alex [NC] 3B S.D.
10 11 155 SIPP, Tony RP SWAT
10 12 156 GRICHUK, Randal OF KBB
10 13 157 ARCIA, Oswaldo OF T.C.
10 14 158 REALMUTO, J.T. C+ S.S.
10 15 159 HERRERA, Dilson 2B POR
10 16 160 DE AZA, Alejandro OF FAIR
11 1 161 LAYNE, Tom RP CORK
11 2 162 BUTERA, Drew C SEA
11 3 163 GOMEZ, Jeanmar P BRK
11 4 164 RZEPCYNSKI, Marc RP CHI
11 5 165 COLON, Bartolo SP BUF
11 6 166 WRIGHT, Jamey P URB
11 7 167 BECKHAM, Gordon 2B+ KING
11 8 168 RUTLEDGE, Josh IF SPAR
11 9 169 PEREZ, Oliver RP HOL
11 10 170 GUYER, Brandon OF S.D.
11 11 171 RASMUS, Cory RP SWAT
11 12 172 STAMMEN, Craig RP KBB
11 13 173 HANIGAN, Ryan C T.C.
11 14 174 KIERMAIER, Kevin OF S.S.
11 15 175 GIAVOTELLA, Johnny 2B POR
11 16 176 JETER, Derek SS FAIR
12 1 177 GORE, Terrance  OF CHI
12 2 178 DIEKMAN, Jake RP BUF
12 3 179 VAZQUEZ, Christian C KING
12 4 180 HALE, David P SPAR
12 5 181 BRACH, Brad RP HOL
12 6 182 SPANGENBERG, Cory 3B+ S.D.
12 8 184 MOYA, Steven OF KBB
12 9 185 SMOLINSKI, Jake OF T.C.
12 10 186 MORIN, Mike RP S.S.
12 11 187 LOWE, Mark RP POR
12 12 188 VICIEDO, Dayan OF FAIR
13 1 189 SUAREZ, Eugenio SS+ BUF
13 2 190 GRAVEMAN, Kendall RP S.D.
13 3 191 SIEGRIST, Kevin RP SWAT
13 4 192 GUERRA, Javy RP KBB
13 5 193 BARRETT, Aaron RP T.C.
13 6 194 CAIN, Matt SP S.S.
13 7 195 DeSCLAFANI, Anthony SP POR
13 8 196 MENDEZ, Roman RP FAIR
14 1 197 FELDMAN, Scott SP KBB
14 2 198 SALAS, Fernando RP S.S.
14 3 199 MAY, Trevor SP POR
14 4 200 SOLARTE, Yangervis IF FAIR