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

A.L. WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
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.

N.L. WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
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.

A.L. WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
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.

N.L. WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
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

SEASON OPENER - WEEK 1

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
ROUND PICK  OVERALL PLAYER POS Team
1 1 1 ABREU, Jose 1B CORK
1 2 2 PEDERSON, Joc OF SEA
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 2 18 BOXBERGER, Brad RP SEA
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 8 40 MARTINEZ, Nick SP SPAR
3 9 41 JENNINGS, Dan RP HOL
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 3 67 MARISNICK, Jake OF BRK
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 8 72 SINGLETON, Jon 1B SPAR
5 9 73 BETHANCOURT, Christian C HOL
5 10 74 THAYER, Dale RP S.D.
5 11 75 ZIEGLER, Brad RP SWAT
5 12 76 QUACKENBUSH, Kevin RP KBB
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 4 84 GORZELANNY, Tom RP CHI
6 5 85 ANDERSON, Chase SP BUF
6 6 86 MIDDLEBROOKS, Will 3B+ URB
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 3 99 ALBURQUERQUE, Al RP BRK
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 15 111 NIEUWEHNHUIS, Kirk OF POR
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 7 183 HUTCHINSON, Drew SP SWAT
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

Big Names, New Places (Mid-Season Transaction Report)

McCutchen is hoping to be the answer for Chicago.
The third season of the Boys of Summer APBA Baseball League is half-way through, and we are starting to see teams move their chips, place down their cards...

Who's all in? Who is out?

The league was quiet for the first couple months after the season started, but then the Chicago Nine broke the silence by picking up veteran Justin Morneau in exchange for speedy, plus-outfielder Anthony Gose; The two players have a stark contrast in terms of power, but both give their teams something that they seek.

The Portland Microbrewers (back-to-back National League Champions) once again have the best record in the entire league (in seek of the 1st BoS World Championship) made a huge splash in acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki; Portland also acquired reconstruction relief project Neftali Feliz in the deal, while the Corktown Tamales get themselves a catcher (which they desperately needed) with a little pop and reliable, consistent reliever Mark Melancon.

The Traverse City Panthers were close into landing two big-name starting pitchers from two other franchises, but had to settle on Adam Wainwright from the Kingsley Brownbeards. Things will get interesting as the Panthers will not have Wainwright, Alex CobbDrew Smyly, and Henderson Alvarez for the 2016 seasons (due to MLB injuries) -- but will have Matt Harvey returning, to go along with Corey Kluber and a down-year from Julio Teheran (who was finding his way in 2nd-half for MLB). The Wainwright trade comes with another price, the Panthers traded Tampa Bay's Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.67 ERA & 145 K's in 147 IP) who had a good season for the Rays, with Yankees' pitcher Adam Warren (7-7, 3.29 ERA & 104 K's in 131.1 IP), plus T.C.'s 2nd Round Draft pick for upcoming draft. The Panthers acquired scrap in pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Rex Brothers, who will both not play a role in the team this season, and will find themselves most likely available after the season.

The Panthers are rumored to have been shopping Brandon Finnegan, Teheran, Alex Cobb and Dalton Pompey in an attempt to bring a bigger name than Wainwright.
Wanted Man: San Diego, 3rd team to land Puig.

Two big trades went down on November 1st, the Chicago Nine, no strangers to making a deal (I believe they have made the most deals in the league's brief history), landed Andrew McCutchen. In exchange for McCutchen, the Nine send Cuban star outfielder Yasiel Puig, young ace Danny Salazar of the Indians, and Chicago's third-round draft pick. Chicago acquired Puig from Traverse City prior to the 2015 BoS Draft in a blockbuster trade that watched the Nine send Miguel CabreraDrew SmylyJosh HarrisonLeonys Martin & a Chicago 3rd Round Draft Pick (that ended up being Dalton Pompey) to Traverse City; Puig was sent to Chicago with pitchers Yu Darvish and Cody Allen, plus first baseman Brandon Belt T.C.'s 1st Round Pick (Rusney Castillo).

Miguel Cabrera happened to be acquired hours before the Chicago-Traverse City Puig-Cabrera deal, when Chicago acquired Cabrera and Wade Miley from the Buffalo Yankees in exchange for young phenom Chris Archer and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Chicago having a knack for landing big players and trading big players, also landed Adam Jones and Elvis Andrus from the World Champion Fairgrove Tigers, in exchange for Carlos Gomez and Shelby Miller.

Johnny Cueto & Holland shooting for division title & more.
The other big trade on November 1st was between the South Side Spartans and Holland Hitchhikers. In a attempt to try to keep up with the N.L. East leading Panthers, the Hitchhikers landed ace Johnny Cueto and two veteran relievers (Jordan Walden and Joel Peralta) in exchange for a equally impressive package of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, outfielder Adam Eaton and Holland's 2nd Round Draft Pick.

We are at the closing hours, as the BoS has until November 6th (8:00 am) to get in any more deals before the Trade Deadline.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2014 BoS Award Winners

American League


The A.L. Most Valuable Player Award goes to Paul Goldschmidt; Goldschmidt batted .271, 40 HR & 114 RBI with .897 OPS; Along with Madison Bumgarner, helped the Fairgrove Tigers become 2014 BoS World Champions.



Bumgarner was the unanimous choice for the A.L. Cy Young Award, going 20-6, 2.16 ERA with 208 K's in 221 Innings. The Tigers' ace was also a killer in the League Championship Series, going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA -- including 18 K's (while only allowing 8 hits) in 16 innings of work.


Hyun-Jin Ryu wins the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award; He put together a 16-7 record, that included 7 complete games & a save -- posting a 2.58 ERA with 169 K's in 223.2 innings. Ryu also earned one Cy Young vote. 


Koji Uehara earns the A.L. Fireman of the Year Award (presented to the best A.L. Relief Pitchers). Uehara was nearly untouchable with 0.80 ERA & 5-0 record in relief -- he recorded an American League leading 31 Saves, with 72 K's in 56 innings; He also earned 3 votes on the A.L. Cy Young ballot.


Robert Mosher led his Fairgrove Tigers to their first BoS World Championship, by defeating the Portland Microbrewers in the BoS World Series, 4-2. Fairgrove posted a 107-55 record, while winning their division by an impressive 35 games. Mosher also had two stars in Goldschmidt & Bumgarner walking away with awards as well, while he had other stars that played a major part in their championship run in Adam Jones, C.J. Wilson, Mat Latos, Jed Lowrie, Joe Nathan (Fireman Runner-Up) & rookie Jarred Cosart. Jones set the second-half tone for the Tigers by winning the 2014 BoS All-Star Game MVP Award.


National League


The Portland Microbrewers' Mike Trout edged San Diego's Chris Davis for the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. Trout put together an excellent, all-around season, batting .309 with 29 HR & 89 RBI; Trout also stole 19 bases while sporting a .963 OPS.

Davis, meanwhile set the single-season BoS record for most home runs with 56.


Bartolo Colon wins the N.L. Cy Young Award, defeating Hannibal's Jon Lester by 8 votes. Colon was consistent & strong, completing 8 games, while on his way to a 17-7 season campaign with a low 2.07 ERA. He may not have been blazing fastballs for K's (127), but he kept batters off the bases -- allowing only 139 hits & 42 walks, with a 0.818 WHIP!

Lester overachieved with his APBA Grade 11-Y (19-7, 2.20 ERA & 189 K's) compared to his real-life stats of 15-8 & 3.75 ERA. 


The #1 overall pick in the 2014 BoS Annual Draft - Yasiel Puig would win the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award for the Traverse City Panthers. Puig's presence with the emergence of Matt Carpenter, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Belt and their pitching staff transformed the Panthers from league laughing stock to falling a game short of reaching the World Series this past season.

Puig batted .275 with 14 home runs & 45 RBI, plus 7 stolen bases in 295 AB's (86 games). He was the other unanimous 2014 BoS award winner (other than Bumgarner) this season. Fellow Panther, Dan Otero led the Panthers in Saves with 22 Saves (while sporting a 1.28 ERA).


Greg Holland felt comfortable in Holland (yeah.. I know) leading the Holland Hitchhikers with 34 Saves (2nd in N.L.) -- with a microscopic ERA of 0.48! Kenley Jansen was runner-up & led the league with 36 Saves for the San Diego Heroes.


Just as Mosher & Fairgrove was to the American League -- so was Brad Stark and his Portland Microbrewers to the National League; Both teams met up in the World Series & their success is reflected in the major awards this season as well. Stark's "Brew Crew" fell short of the BoS single-season record for wins (while setting a N.L. record) with 108 victories -- but have the bragging rights as the National League's only league champions to date, going back-to-back...

while still seeking that BoS World Championship.