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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcat1018 View Post
    Toms River traded 3 starters to Nashville and a star bat to Santiago. 2 of the pitchers were in the running for the CY and the Bat was a finalist for the MVP. All the players ended up in the WS also. And Toms River missed the minimum. Doesnt matter if your "tanking" or not they were below the rule. This is supposed to be a competitive league, without this rule we saw we had a team with 6 straight #1 overall picks. That aint happenin' anymore. 55 wins is the rule and it stands.

    In all fairness said team would have still wound up with six straight #1 picks. 55 wins and finishing dead last is the same as finishing with 38 wins and finishing dead last..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baynit View Post
    In all fairness said team would have still wound up with six straight #1 picks. 55 wins and finishing dead last is the same as finishing with 38 wins and finishing dead last..
    If it makes u feel better

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    Not a lot to say about a 3-8 start but a few things stand out from the NextGen starters.

    Tingley hasnt been lighting the world on fire but through 9 games somehow the 39/45 DI guy has walked 7 times. Its a good thing because he only has 7 hits. Once he's on its a good bet the 95Pt speedster is going to take an extra bag or two. He's now 9/10 to start the season. I cant expect the walks to come at the same rate but the contact heavy hitter should have a better BA and hit a few bombs.

    Emory Wolf doesnt project to be an everyday player once all the prospects make the big league club but before the last game's 0-5 outing he had an OBP over .400 with 10 BBs in the first 10. He's another slightly above average speed.

    Will McKnight has settled into the 3 hole through mid season last and is off to a huge start. 4 HRs through 10, .400+ BA, a handful of BBs and isnt afraid to take a bag or 2. Game 11 was an 0-4 which will bring the numbers down an bit but the 99BA hitter should surpass his .319 average from last season. The DI is developing also which will level out all of his K's through his career.

    Fausto Carmona has 5 HRs through the first 11 and the team thinks he can build on his 38 from his rookie season. He'll more than likely move to back to his natural 3B position after some draft options. He wont be the only slugger on the team much longer.

    Shawn Rice takes over SS and showed off his RNG (7.62) his BA is still developing and he's off to a really slow start. He's also been playing some LF giving last season's starter Kimball some reps.

    Lastly I mentioned that James Oswalt was able to surpass 500 HRs last season with a real nice bounceback season at 35 but he decided he's accomplished everything he wanted and called it a career at the end of the season. Talk about a workman like career, he 517 HRs, over 1400 RBI, 2000+ hits and played well defensively. The #27 pick put in 15 seasons with his highest HR total being 47 which was one of only two 40+ seasons. sound like a lot? How about that he only cost the team 22M over 18 seasons in the organization. These are the guys I really like writing about. Would have gladly used a roster spot on him coming off the bench and playing against lefties but not to be, a couple AS votes and a GG were enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcat1018 View Post
    Not a lot to say about a 3-8 start but a few things stand out from the NextGen starters.
    Its been a bit quiet in the season thread although we have the cream of the crop rising in most divisions with that South division the hottest race for the top spot.

    My unfinished rebuild has our Philly team overachieving i'd say. We're 33-32 currently and there have been plenty of cool developments. After a couple big games Will Mcknight is back over .400 again, not bad 60+ games into the season. His power has dropped off but still with a 1.000+ OPS once we get some OBP recruits at the top of the order he'll be an RBI machine.

    Norm Tingley has been a disappointment in his rookie season and finds himself hitting 9th much of the time. By his numbers he's gotta be a better hitter than his sub .200 BA. A really high contact hitter with high 70's BA and 70+ SL, you'd expect maybe the BA to be below average at .250 or so but that blazing speed should lead to more than average INF hits. He's got 30 steals despite the low average. Its taken a while but he's got a couple HRs also.

    3B is the position that we have yet to settle, Carmona will move there next season once our leadoff hitter of the future and high RA LF Arturo Pacheco takes over. But for now after a season where he couldnt make the lineup, Rex Hudler is back playing the position against righties. In a small sample size he's hitting near .300 and in the upper end of the order while Wolf he's platoon partner hasnt fully developed in the DI department.

    Our #5 starter oddly has been our best this season, Dallas Lance struggled last season going 7-17 with a 5+ERA but this season cant get any support in his effort as he is 4-7 with a 2.75. He's a heavy CO pitcher so i'd expect some inconsistencies from season to season especially since the other big 4 attributes are below average to go along with his 99 CO.

    My search for a top of the rotation starter has come up empty but it will continue because this currently build needs that last element.
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    34YO Kory Davis hits for the cycle HERE, the 3rd rounder (#55) is up there in best late picks ive ever had. The career .299 hitter isnt much of a defender but he's been a steady presence at the top of the order for Philly for several seasons and a reason this team is overachieving so much this season.

    Against the BB's he started the day off early ripping a triple in the 1st, but he was stranded and Philly didnt capitalize. He then cleared the 2nd hurdle of the challenge in the 3rd after he parked a 3-0 pitch over the LF wall to put Philly up 2-0. A single in the 6th left just the double to complete the cycle which he got in the 8th when he extended the inning after a double play. McKnight went back to back with another double to tie the game and Carmona hit a 2 run HR for the game winner.
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    Philly decides to call up RF prospect Steve Conner. The #24 pick in 2080 was thought to be a primary power source for the team but with recent draft picks may be depended on less. But with the team it a playoff race it cant hurt even if Arlington is blazing hot and staying in front in 2nd place.

    Conner is a lefty with below average defense so its expected that He'll DH when McKnight is covering behind the plate. Not that it will matter much to the cap but his playing time may be managed to keep his rookie status for next season. Yeah, but if he mashes HRs every game you can bet he'll become a regular for the team with one of the lowest scoring offenses.
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    Tillamook Archers- 63-42 so far in a strange season that I quite wasn't expecting. We quietly have assembled the best pitching staff in the league. (We were 6th last year).

    Aaron Branch is 15-5 with a 3.14 ERA. The 38 yr old has been the most dependable starter in Tillamook for the better part of a decade. After some regression the last 3 years (4.44 ERA (81), 3.73 (82), 4.30 (83)) Branch is on pace for 20+ wins for the first time in his career that has spanned 13 seasons.

    Another great pitcher for the club has been Arthur Ross in his 2nd full year starting in Tillamook. The 27 yr old is 10-4 with 2.87 ERA in 131.2 innings with 21 starts under his belt. Very rarely pitching deep in to games, nonetheless he has had 14 QS.


    Our offense on the other hand has regressed to 15th in the league. (7th in runs last year)

    Led by 1B Joseph Ames: Coming off a MVP season in which he hit 60 HR and drove in 160 with a .410 OBP, Ames is having a little bit of a down year, but still having an MVP-caliber season (currently 6th in voting). He has a line of .276/.396/.970.

    Second in command is C Robert Owens- The 27 yr old is having quite the down year ( unless you think last year was abnormal). Coming off a season in which he was .306/.464/.951, he is now batting a line of .257/.415/.842.

    All things considered, good enough for the 3rd best record in the whole league and hopefully a better result in the playoffs.
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    Wheat State should fire their manager. Forgot to change off playoff manager settings so burned up my top 4 starters. Didn't even notice it until we started dropping like a rock down the standings. Had a tough decision to make with about 12 games left up four games for second place. Rest my top starters and hope I could still make the playoffs, or roll with the SeaFat guys and likely face an early exit. I opted for the former, as it was the only way I saw I could win in the playoffs. Welp, blew the lead and didn't even make them. A very forgettable season in the Wheat State.
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    91 wins wasnt enough for Philly to make the playoffs. Hats off to Santiago & Arlington for winning more, we played both of the teams above us in the standing but had some disappointments against those below us in the standings.

    34YO Kory Davis' named was mentioned in the MVP discussion late into the season he hit above .300 and 30 HRs. We'll see if anyone is interested in his services as a 35YO, likely squeezed from the lineup with next season's callups.

    Carmona lead the team with 49 Bombs while Will McKnight topped with a .353 BA and knocked in 101 while stealing 60 bags.

    Miller and Ganz each had 18 wins, Miller started out 7-9 with a 5.37 ERA so his second half was pretty nice finishing 18-13 with a 4.06 ERA.

    The no name bunch of starters each pitched 229 innings or better with 95 QS and 77 complete games, lets hope they continue that play next season with better defense and stronger offense.
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    AZ Cats takes over the final spot in the league. Welcome and best of luck
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