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Old 05-17-2018, 09:17 PM   #41
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The Spinners would jump off to a very strong start in Game 1 of the WS, defeating the Wolf Pack in Jacksonville, 10-0 behind beloved ace starting pitcher Jose Santos (the anti-Jamel McNeil) and on the strength of a 5 for 6 game for veteran center fielder Justin Jackson.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:23 PM   #42
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The Wolf Pack would bounce back in Game 2 at home, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th, breaking a 1-1 tie. Amazingly, the scoring outburst started against the usually unbeatable Jamel McNeil. The big blow of the game was a 3-run HR off the bat of young Jacksonville center fielder, James Watson.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:31 PM   #43
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With the series shifting to L.A., the Wolf Pack took the advantage by getting a 7-3 victory on the road behind fan favorite Jose Foskey.
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A great performance by young righty German Rodriguez would give the Wolf Pack a second straight win at Los Angeles Grounds and put them one game away from being crowned WPK champions.
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But with Jose Santos on the mound, the Spinners claimed a gusty 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the series. Oddly, with 3 relief pitchers also helping L.A. to the finish line in this squeaker, it was Jamel McNeil who was once again the weakest link- allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 2 1/3rd innings pitched.
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With the series shifting back to Jacksonville and the Wolf Pack just needing one more win to claim the championship, the L.A. Spinners said, not so fast. Behind young right handed starting pitcher David Harrison they would take a 6-2 win to the send the series to a 7th, and deciding, game.
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And of course, in this back-and-forth series, the very first World Series in WPK history, with two powerful teams facing off, it only makes sense that it would take extra innings to reach a conclusion. The series would be decided in the bottom of the 11th inning when Jacksonville's talented young third baseman, Jared Stephenson, who would be named series MVP, singled home fellow youngster Ken Brackeen (who had a key hit-driving in the go-ahead run- in Game 2).
And with that, in what will likely go down as a classic WPK World Series- the first ever, of course- the Jacksonville Wolf Pack of the Shoeless Joe League are crowned the first ever W.P. Kinsella Champions!
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To skip forward to the present again- today (11/19/1965) the Arizona Fall League regular season ended with the Brewers-affiliated team, the Surprise Saguaros clinching the Western Division on the last day of the season with an 11-8 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions were the champions of the Eastern Division and finished the AFL season with a 22-10 record while our Saguaros had a final record of 21-11.
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And in the one-game championship game, the Saguaros take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th only to lose 4-3 to the Scorpions. Saguaros/Brewers starting pitcher Miguel Campos is Player-of-the-Game in spite of being on the losing side while fellow-Brewer Armando Cruz takes the loss. And thus the 1965 AFL season ends.
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Some interesting performances from Brewers prospects you might be hearing more from soon.
The most advanced of the group, a player who is considered a likely member of the 25-man squad to start the 1966 season, is first baseman/outfielder, Erik Shelton. Shelton doesn't look like a future star in the bigs, but he does have a nice blend of above average hitting, fielding, and running abilities. Shelton came up through the system as a natural center fielder, but with a plethora of talent at that position he has been getting much more playing time at first base, where the Brewers may be needing a replacement soon. For 1966, Shelton should provide a solid bat and speed off the bench while playing both the infield and outfield.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:21 PM   #51
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Another young player who was at AAA in 1965 and has a similar skills set, but with lesser defensive skills, to Shelton and also put up pretty good numbers in the AFL and has a chance to stick with the Brewers at some point in the coming season, is Tom O'Donnell.
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Among the young players who need at least one or more seasons in the minors before being ready to put on the Brewers uniform in the regular season, one of the most intriguing is budding third baseman, Jamie Ledbetter. A natural short stop, again with an abundance of players at that position and an aging starting third baseman at the major league level, Ledbetter has been asked to learn that position and thus far seems to be taking to it quite well. Ledbetter finished 7th in batting average in the AFL as well as 7th in WAR.
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A couple of young center fielders also featured in the everyday lineup for the Surprise Saguaros, although one of them, surprisingly (pun somewhat intended) played all of his games at third base.
First we take a look at Pat Rondeau, a young player who profiles very similarly to our man Ruben Souffront, except with quite a bit less power but a great deal more defensive prowess. Like Souffront, Rondeau's speed and skills on the base paths could be a real difference maker at any level of baseball. But unlike Souffront (who is an above-average RF'er) Rondeau looks like a player, who if he develops to hit enough to stick at the major league level, could win a closet full of Gold Glove awards. Although he was a streaky hitter and struck out too much in the AFL, watching him field his position was a pure joy. (Rondeau is certainly one of my favorites of the Brewers prospects, if not my absolute favorite.)
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Another young natural center fielder who played regularly for the Saguaros in the AFL, and mostly acquitted himself well, particularly given that he was being asked to field a position he was unaccustomed to (third base), was Bobby Erbakan. (I like to call him the Rubicon.) Erbakan is one of the most talented of the Brewers' prospects but it is far too early to tell whether he will be able to live up to his potential.
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Finally, and most surprisingly, there was Chris Best. Best is a very hard worker but by no means considered a premium prospect in the Brewers organization. And given that he played the entire 1965 season in A ball, he wasn't particularly advanced for the AFL field. And yet. And yet, Best was 2nd in the AFL in batting average, 6th in OBP, 5th in slugging, 6th in OPS, 8th in runs scored, tied for 6th in doubles, and 8th in OPS+ and weighted OBA. He also played a respectable, if unspectacular, right field. Was this just a really tremendous 32-game stretch for the young man from Jackson, Tennessee or a sign of better things to come? Time, I suppose, will tell. I'll be watching. Will you?
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Now, with the offseason progressing rapidly (the Brewers not showing any interest in the Free Agent market and not looking like active traders either), and with the calendar about to turn to 1966, it would be good to tie up a few loose ends on the 1965 season.
Let's take a quick look at a few of the post-season awards.
First of all, the Brewers 1965 regular center fielder, Ruben Baeza, picked up a Gold Glove. Baeza is a truly superb fielder and not a totally inept hitter but with young Zack Banks coming along and with very similar defensive skills, Brewers leadership (well, that would be me, of course) decided to buy out Baeza's 1965 option and he is currently on the FA market.
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Other than Brewers young starting pitcher Miguel Campos winning a Silver Slugger award, that was pretty much it for the awards season as the Brewers were concerned. Although Jason Lawson did finish 4th in the MGL Pitcher-of-the-Year award, and Ron Poblano 6th for same. And veteran first baseman/right fielder Mark Compton was 12th in MGL MVP voting.
Jose Santos, who we have previously met in his role as ace of the L.A. Spinners staff (and fan favorite), was the MGL Pitcher-of-the-Year.
In the Shoeless Joe League, ageless star King Bedelcom, was Pitcher-of-the-Year. (Oh, how patiently I've been waiting to spring this one on you- one of my favorite names in the WPK!)
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The MGL MVP award was given to Portland Wild Thing star, Andy "Lemonhead" Wilson while the SJL MVP was El Paso Dawgs slugging first baseman, Frank Hernandez. Who, I just realized, was signed as a Free Agent by the Portland club, giving them both of the reigning MVP's going into the 1966 season.
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:33 PM   #59
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So, as I said, the offseason moves along and with several big stars on the open market and the free agent frenzy building rapidly, 1966 should be an interesting season with quite a bit of reshuffling of talent. I'll keep you posted.
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