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Monday, May 24th, 1926

Montreal loses it's last 6 games in a row as the 18 game road trip finally comes to a close. The schedule maker has not been kind to the Saints in the early going as they've played only 11 home games out of the 39 games total. After the next three are played at home, the Saints are on the road again for another 9 games. There is light at the end of the tunnel, as starting with the June 5th game, Montreal is playing at home for the remainder of June.




The Saints had made some roster moves at the beginning of last week. Dick Cotton had been promising young outfielder a few years ago, but he was find it increasingly difficult to get at bats. He was put on waivers and Felix Foxworth was recalled from Minneapolis. Foxworth hit well in Minneapolis (.369/441/.532, 3, 24) and he can play some center field.

Ernie Woodrow was installed as the starting shortstop, as Jim Newman's glove is just not up to the task. Woodrow has a promising future, but he had a rough first week as the starter, committing 8 errors. Tommy Chandler should be available to play again by the middle of June.






Minor League News and Notes


Jim Broome, Montreal's #3 ranked prospect (38th ranked over all), was promoted from Class AA Nashville to class AAA Minneapolis. He responded by going 12 for 24 with 8 extra base hits (5 home runs) and was named the Century League's Player of the Week.


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Monday, May 31st, 1926

With a 1-5 week, Montreal has now lost 11 of their past 12 games and find themselves in sole possession of last place in the Continental Association. And the club is heading into one of the toughest stretches of the schedule. After an off-day yesterday, there is a double header with New York today. The next off-day is on June 27th (so 28 games in 27 days). On the plus side, 22 of those 28 games are at home.

In transaction news, with the scheduled doubleheader today, pitcher John Newton was recalled from Minneapolis. Solly Cotton (who has yet to collect a hit this season) was put on waivers and designated for assignment.











Minor League News and Notes


Class AAA outfielder Jim Broome followed up his Century League Player of the Week award by winning another one. This time going 13-24 with 4 home runs. He is now hitting .532/.623/1.255 with 9 home runs since his promotion. He is certainly making a case to be part of the right field mix in Montreal sooner rather than later. Broome's team mate, third baseman Bob Clements, is 2nd in the Century League with 30 stolen bases. Minneapolis has won 9 games in a row and trails the New Orleans Showboats by just 2 games.

In the class AA Dixie League, Nashville right fielder Tony Morris won his first Player of the Week award after going 14 for 29 with 3 home runs. Morris was promoted from class A a couple of weeks ago and is now settled in nicely, hitting .410/.422/.724 with 4 home runs and 31 runs batted in.

Class A Evansville continues to set a torrid pace with a 43-7 record. The Hawks are leading the Heartland League by 10.5 games. Pitcher Al Allen (6-0, 1.36) is now leading the Heartland in ERA.
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Monday, June 7th, 1926

As the calendar turns to June, the old adage is that you can finally make a good assessment of your club and its prospects. Philadelphia and Brooklyn are threatening to make this a two team race in the Continental Association, with the remainder of the clubs fighting to stay out of the 2nd division. Philadelphia has turned a 19-9 May into a 2 game lead, though they will be playing in Brooklyn over the next two days. As a baseball fan, it should be a good race to watch, as we turn our focus to next season in Montreal.




SAINTS ACQUIRE HAL EASON FOR CORNELISON


If the focus in Montreal is on the future, it may be a little head scratching that the club just dealt a promising young outfielder in Jim Cornelison to the Philadelphia Keystones for Hal Eason. Well, quite honestly, this trade was solely a rectification of another mistake of the past regime, the trading of Eason to the Keystones in the first place. Eason (.292/.370/.431, 5, 21) is the career leader in home runs (135) for Montreal and his 244 career home runs are 2nd overall to Max Morris. Watching Eason collect his 250th home run this summer should give fans a reason to come out to Parc Cartier and cheer. And this will allow Eason to retire as a Saint.






Minor League News and Notes


The Century League's (class AAA) Batter of the Month Award was given to Jim Broome. Montreal's 5th ranked prospect had a breakout month which featured a .519 batting average, 9 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 25 runs scored.

In the Dixie League (class AA) the Batter of the Month Award went to Tony Morris. Morris, who was not a ranked prospect coming into the season, has really opened eyes. On the month he batted .400 with 4 home runs, 31 runs batted in, and 24 runs scored.

In the Heartland League (class A), both the Batter of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month awards were given to Montreal prospects. Mike Reed was the Batter of the Month after hitting .351 with 6 home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 29 runs scored. The Pitcher of the Month went to Rube Howard, who threw 28 innings, collected a 4-0 record, 29 strikeouts, and a 1.61 ERA. Neither Reed nor Howard were ranked prospects coming into this season. Howard has since been promoted to class AA Nashville.



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Monday, June 28th, 1926

As we approach the end of June, things are looking much different in Montreal. We didn't think we could complete for a Continental Association pennant this season, but instead of fighting to stay out of the second-division, we are fighting with Cleveland to stay out of last place.



A number of injuries have hit the active roster, which has resulted in an early promotion of a few interesting prospects. In addition to Phil Sandman, both Edwin Segovia and Eddie Rodgerson will miss significant time. Jim Broome was called-up from Minneapolis two weeks ago, Bob Clements got the call last week, and this week Jimmy Endler joins them.




SAINTS DEAL PLUMMER TO KINGS


In a major move, Montreal has traded pitcher Del Plummer and infielder Fred Welsch to the Brooklyn Kings in exchange for second baseman Victor Rodding and minor league shortstop Charlie Rector. Brooklyn finds itself in a tough pennant race with Philadelphia and has been looking to upgrade their pitching. Plummer has had a rough go of it lately (3-13, 5.07), but he's been better than his surface numbers would indicate. I hope being in the thick of a race and not having the pressure of being the staff ace will be good for Plummer.

Fred Welsch was included in the deal because we would like to give Clements the rest of the summer to see if he can be a fixture at third base. And even though Victor Rodding is 30 years old, he represents a big upgrade for us at second both offensively and defensively. When Edwin Segovia has recovered from his fractured hand, he'll be a utility infielder.

The intriguing piece of the deal is the young shortstop Charlie Rector. The 22 year-old Rector was originally drafted out of high school by the Kings in the 6th round of the 1922 draft. He is currently the 7th ranked shortstop prospect in the FABL. The Montreal scouting director, Jack Self, evaluates Rector as having "plus contact ability" and a "sure-handed glove". Rector will be initially assigned to the Evansville club in the Heartland League (class A).

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the struggles of catcher Paul Tattersall. On May 16th, he hit his league leading 9th home run. At the time he was batting .338/.368/.761. He hasn't homered since then, and his slash line is down to .207/.277/.420. His numbers for June: .098/.230/.148. At the moment manager Francis Asberry still trusts Tattersall to be the starting catcher. One needs to wonder how long that can last.

For now, Bill Morris will rejoin the rotation to take Plummer's spot. Jerry Taylor and Leon Thompson are the latest pitchers from Minneapolis being given a look in Montreal.





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Monday, July 12th, 1926

The week started with a sweep by New York in a July 5th double-header, and ended with a 3 game sweep by Cleveland. The 0-5 week puts in the Saints alone in last place. The scouts have begun looking at the college and high school upperclassmen who might be available in the December draft.




While Jim Broome cooled off a little this week, the three kids (Broome, Clements, and Endler) have been playing well. Clements has seemingly laid claim to third base. Phil Sandman will be available to play again later this week. It will be interesting to see how we can find everyone playing time in the outfield.




Wayne Robinson has settled into the role of staff ace after Del Plummer's departure. Pitching remains the largest disappointment this season, and so pitching coach Clarence Flowers was fired over the weekend. John Sieberg has been handling the staff at class A Evansville superbly, so he was summoned to Montreal to take over Flowers's duties.

Montreal's top ranked prospect, pitcher Charlie Stedman, has thrown 21 innings at Minneapolis (AAA) fashioning a 3-0 record with a 3.38 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Don't be surprised to see him make his Montreal debut soon.




Minor League News and Notes


I wanted to highlight Jack Sykora, a 23-year-old first baseman for Evansville. Sykora has hit 19 home runs for the Hawks, which leads the entire Montreal organization. From 1922 - 1924, Sykora played for the Boston College Eagles for whom he hit 25 home runs in 148 games, slashing .304/.372/.503. He was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round of the 1924 draft. He was released by Toronto before the 1925 season began and thus began his time as organizational filler. He was signed and released six times (including Toronto again and Montreal) before being signed for the second time by Montreal in August of 1925.

He finally started receiving regular playing time this season for class A Evansville, and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity. He hit three home runs in last Thursday's game against Wichita. On the season he is batting .317/.392/.569 with 19 home runs, 16 doubles, 71 runs batted in, and 57 runs scored. That has now earned him a promotion to class AA Nashville. Montreal scouting director, Jack Self, has this to say about Sykora: "a defensive marvel with skills still developing towards excellence...good combination of bat speed and barrel control...".


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Monday, July 19th, 1926

Montreal record by month:

April -- 7-10, .412
May -- 12-18, .400
June -- 9-20, .310
July -- 7-8, .467

So after a pretty steady decline, there is a chance that we are headed to our best month yet. Let's see how things play out over the next two weeks.





And I know I've expressed disappointment here over the state of our pitching, and while that is still true, I also need to point out that Montreal is dead last in the Continental in runs scored. I really didn't expect the offense to be so dismal (except for home runs -- Montreal has hit 32 home runs, second to Cleveland's 41).

Phil Sandman is recovered from his ankle sprain and will be rejoining the lineup this week. An outfield of Sandman/Eason/Broome has the potential to score runs. And Rodding only solidifies the top of the lineup. I would like to see an uptick in runs scored over the last half of the season.

To make room for Sandman, Jimmy Endler will return to Minneapolis. Endler strained his wrist breaking up a double play at second last week, and so he'll rejoin Minneapolis to let the wrist heal and get some regular at bats.



Charlie Stedman had his best start of the year last week (8.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 11 strikeouts) so he is being called up from Minneapolis to join the Saints rotation. Mike Vonderheide, who has been pitching in relief, will also get his turn as a starter. Stedman and Vonderheide will replace Morris and Young.



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Monday, July 26th, 1926

A disappointing 2-4 week, though 3 of the 4 losses were of the 1-run variety, all 3 at Toronto. That evens our season record with Toronto at 6-6 in the battle of the Canadian clubs.



Hal Eason's next home run will be the 250th of his career. Jim Broome slugged his 2nd and 3rd home runs of the season, while Paul Tattersall hit his Continental-leading 11th. As mentioned above, Tattersall has been in a dreadful slump since mid-May. Here's hoping that he can find his stroke again.



Clarence Flowers was the Montreal pitching coach for 1925 and the first half of 1926. The staff ERA in 1925 was 4.13 and is 1926 was 4.33. Since being replaced by former Evansville pitching coach John Sieberg, the staff ERA is 3.12. It's only been two weeks, but you can see a similar trend in Evansville. There, the staff under Sieberg had a 2.90 ERA. Under this replacement the ERA is 3.74. Again, these are small sample sizes but the trend seems to be positive.





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Monday, August 9th, 1926

It's interesting to see how the Continental Association has stratified into well demarcated first and second divisions. Baltimore currently "leads" the second division, with Montreal ten games back. If there was a third division, the Saints would be in it.



The highlight of the past couple of weeks was Hal Eason's 250th career home run. It came at Parc Cartier, in the 9th inning of 9-7 loss to Philadelphia. There were 9,162 spectators in attendance. Even though the Saints have been drifting in and out of last place all season, attendance is up 5% over 1925.

Now that all the outfielders are healthy, it's a challenge for Asbury to find everyone playing time. Rodgerson and Eason are fixtures in center and right, while Sandman and Broome are essentially splitting time in left.







Prospect Update


As we are well into the second half of what is turning out to be a lost season, I thought I would take some time to look at the Saints top ten prospects, as indicated by the FABL's central scouting office. (With the FABL's top 200 prospect ranking in parenthesis.)

Overall the Saints farm system is ranked 8th out of 16th by the FABL. In the Continental, Baltimore, Toronto, and Philadelphia have higher ranked systems.

1. Charlie Stedman (16th) Stedman was acquired (along with catcher Ed Pinkham, who will appear later on this list) over the winter from the Chicago Chiefs for center fielder Bert Hartman. Hartman is doing his usual stellar job in Chicago (.322/.414/.403), but given that Stedman is the only pitcher on this list, I'm happy to have made the trade. Stedman is currently on the Montreal active roster. He began the season at class AA Nashville where he went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA. He then started 4 games for class AAA Minneapolis (2-0, 2.73). He has had some difficulty making the jump to the majors (0-2, 4.64 in 3 starts), but there is no reason not to keep running him out there this season.

2. Jim Broome (36th) A 23-year-old outfielder, Broome is the 2nd player of 3 on this list who are currently on the active roster. Broome made it clear with his minor league performance (.353/.427/.582, 18, 76 at Nashville and Minneapolis combined) that he was ready to play. He has performed well since his call-up (.290/.339/.426, 4, 18) and has even started taking at bats away from Phil Sandman now that the entire outfield is healthy.

3. Joe Fix (42nd) The 22-year-old center fielder is currently at class AAA Minneapolis. He started well at class AA Nashville (.299/.349/.437, 5, 39) before missing 6 weeks rehabbing a sprained elbow. He is struggling a bit at class AAA (.185/.241/.556, 1, 2), but he's only been playing in Minneapolis for about a week.

4. Tony Henderson (45th) A 23-year-old center fielder also currently on the Minneapolis roster (hitting .271/.349/.458, 6, 27). He is out until early September with a sprained ankle (which is why Fix was promoted from Nashville to Minneapolis).

5. Charlie Rector (70th) The 22-year-old short stop was just acquired in June (along with Victor Rodding) from Brooklyn in exchange for Del Plummer and Fred Welsch. Rector has been at class A Evansville since, where he has hit .294/.324/.413 with superb defense. He has just been promoted to class AA Nashville.

6. Jimmy Endler A 24-year-old outfielder currently at Minneapolis where he is hitting .362/.405/.618 with 17 home runs, 74 runs batted in, and 28 stolen bases. He spent some time in Montreal when both Sandman and Rodgerson were injured, but Endler struggled at the plate (.194/.268/.389) in making the transition.

7. Jack Brown (80th) Brown is a 19-year-old second baseman drafted out of high school in the 3rd round of the 1925 draft. He has spent the season at class B Mobile, where he is hitting .249/.307/.305 with 15 stolen bases. Brown has elite speed and at 6'1", 175 lbs, he has some power potential as he fills out his frame.

8. Ed Pinkham (87th) A 23-year-old catcher, Pinkham was part of the deal that brought Charlie Stedman to Montreal. Currently at class AA Nashville, Pinkham is hitting .278/.340/.376 with 2 home runs and 11 doubles in 74 games. Montreal scouts say he is the best defensive catcher in the Dixie League.

9. Bob Clements (90th) The 24-year-old third baseman is on the active roster. He was given the third base job after Fred Welsch was dealt to Brooklyn. Clements has a unique skill set at third base, where he doesn't show a lot of power but he has plus speed. Clements has 12 stolen bases in 41 games for Montreal after swiping 39 bags for Minneapolis.

10. Jake Allen (108th) Here's an example where the league scouting office is perhaps higher on a player than I am. Allen was signed as a minor league free agent just this past June. Originally, Allen was drafted out of high school by the New York Stars in the first round of the 1922 draft. He has also spent time in the Washington and Cleveland organizations. The 23-year-old infielder is currently playing for class A Evansville, where he is hitting .267/.310/.422 with 8 home runs, 20 doubles, and 59 runs batted in.
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Monday, September 6th, 1926



Two highlights as we head into the final month of the season -- Montreal has its first winning month in August, finishing with a 15-13 record. And 24-year-old shortstop, Ernie Woodrow, wins the Continental Association's Rookie of the Month award for August. Woodrow has been scuffling a bit in the field, but for the month he hit .416 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 1 home run; he scored 13 times and drove in 10 runs. The Saints no longer have the worst offense in the Continental; that distinction belongs to Cleveland. Overall, clubs in the CA have averaged 4.7 runs/game. Montreal and Cleveland are the only two clubs that have scored at a pace below 4.7 runs/game.



As the offense seems to be slowly getting better, so has the pitching. As a group the Montreal starters now have the 4th best ERA in the CA.




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In the Century League (AAA), Minneapolis first baseman Tony Morris picked up the Player of the Month award for August. The 24-year-old hit .364 with 6 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 24 runs scored. Morris was drafted as an outfielder in the fourth round of the 1925 draft. Since the Montreal system is so crowded in the outfield, Morris has been working on learning first base. He has spent time this season at Evansville, Nashville, and Minneapolis. Combining his numbers across the levels, he has hit .377/.438/.656 with 32 home runs and 144 runs batted in. With the minor league seasons wrapping up this week, Morris has earned a September call-up to Montreal.


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December 20th, 1926

We neglected an end of the season recap, but we needed a bit of a vacation after the disappointing season. Montreal followed up a winning month in August with a dreadful 9-15 September. And while the Saints managed to avoid finishing in last place in the CA, the 93 loss season was much below expectations. Everyone is ready to turn the page to a new year.

(Note: for a full report on the FABL 1926 season, see the commissioner's thread here: http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...d.php?t=301821)



Hal Eason finished with 24 home runs (19 for the Saints), and he led the CA in home runs. It was his 6th time leading the CA in home runs (he led the Federal in 1924 for the Keystones).

A nice September surprise was 24-year-old catcher Jim Schaffer. He hit .450/.476/.700 after his call-up. He'll be given a long look next Spring.






Sanderson Retires


Sam Sanderson debuted as a 23-year-old in 1912. He was the starting catcher in Montreal for 14 season, before losing the job after the last season's acquisition of Paul Tattersall. In Saints' history, Sanderson is 2nd in games played (1761), 4th in runs scored (870), 3rd in hits (1657), 3rd in doubles (296), 3rd in runs batted in (887), and 2nd in home runs (120). Sanderson really embraced the upper-cut swing revolution of the 1920's. Of his 120 home runs, 92 came after 1920. He won the CA Whitney Award in 1921, hitting .333/.413/.563 with 21 home runs, 100 runs scored, and 104 runs batted in.



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April 4th, 1927 -- Spring Training

Montreal has endured a 3-16 Spring thus far, a level of play which does not bode well for the season ahead. And with the minor league clubs beginning their regular season schedules later this week, the active roster is pretty much set.

Batters


Catcher -- 35-year-old Paul Tattersall (.200/.272/.375, 15, 49) and 25-year-old Jim Schaffer (.450/.476/.700 in 8 games) will share the catching duties. Tattersall has had a good Spring (.300/.364/.450) but he appeared to lose a good deal of bat speed last season.

First base -- In order to make room for Jim Broome, Phil Sandman (.335/.394/.475, 3, 39) moves from left field to first base, regulating Sal Ingalls (.304/.372/.392, 6, 58) to a bench bat.

Second base -- Veteran Victor Rodding (.337/.395/.495, 3, 45) will handle second base duties. Rookie Henri Vernon, a Quebec native, won the job as the reserve infielder. The 25-year-old Vernon hit .316 with 21 doubles and 10 home runs between Evansville, Nashville, and Minneapolis in 1926. He can also play all infield positions.

Third base -- It will be interesting to see what the 25-year-old Bob Clements (.297/.354/.408, 2, 33) can do with a full season. He had 29 stolen bases in 86 games last season. 37-year-old Joe Ward (.200/.294/.311, 0, 5) will once again serve as player-coach.

Short stop -- 24-year-old Ernie Woodrow (.295/.337/.415, 2, 38) will be the starter. 30-year-old Jim Newman (263/.330/.297/, 0, 15) and 27-year-old Tommy Chandler (.291/.328/.345, 0, 3) will serve as the backups. Newman can also play some first base, and Chandler has spent time at third.

Outfield -- Manning the outfield will be Jim Broome (.311/.350/466, 6, 37), Eddie Rodgerson (.252/.324/.319, 1, 44), and Hal Eason (.266/.342/.456, 24, 89). And after an outstanding Spring during which he hit .324/.385/.382, 24-year-old Ollie Farley will make the jump from AA Nashville and serve as the club's 4th outfielder.

Pitchers


A balky elbow caused Ed O'Kelley (11-14, 4.13) to leave his last start early. He's been shutdown, and it's doubtful that he will pitch at all in 1927. Frank Ellison is making the jump from AA to the starting rotation.

SP - Wayne Robinson (17-16, 3.32)
SP - Charlie Stedman (4-5, 4.09)
SP - Joe Myres (6-11, 3.23)
SP - Mike Vonderheide (5-10, 4.00)
SP - Frank Ellison (21-9, 3.56 at Nashville)

The pen will consist of three pitchers who are getting their first taste of FABL action: 25-year-olds Jack Barnet (11-3, 2.77 at Evansville) and Jim Walker (19-3, 2.65 at Evansville) and 30-year-old Rich Fisher (15-5, 3.68 at Minneapolis).
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October 12th, 1927--Season Recap

We suffered from a lack of updates during the season, but honestly, 1927 was simply a season to be endured by the Montreal faithful.

The Saints opened the season with four consecutive losses and finished April with a 5-13 record. On July 1st, the Saints were solidly in last place with a record of 22-53 (.293). Things began to look (a little?) brighter in the second half of the season. From July 1st on, Montreal had a 41-38 (.519) record. The Saints finished the season 63-91 (.409)--the worst record in the FABL--20 games behind pennant winning Brooklyn.

In early June, Montreal fully committed to the rebuild and traded veteran starting pitcher Wayne Robinson (5-6, 3.72 for the Saints) to the Cleveland Foresters--who found themselves in a surprising pennant race. In return for Robinson, Montreal received two prospects--25-year-old catcher Frank Haab and 22-year-old shortstop Woody Armstrong.

Haab and Armstrong were a big part of Montreal's youth movement in the 2nd half of the season. Haab immediately came to Montreal where he quickly supplanted Paul Tattersall as the starting catcher. Haab started 65 games, hitting .319 with 20 doubles. In 70 starts Tattersall hit .243-4-27; he was designated for assignment this week.

Since early in the 1926 season, Montreal had been using 25-year-old Ernie Woodrow (.298-1-40) at shortstop. After 175 starts, it's clear that his glove is not quite up to the task. There is still a lot to like about Woodrow's bat, so he'll be given a chance to play some second base in 1928.

And after a solid month in Minneapolis (where he hit .321-8-36), Woody Armstrong was called up to Montreal and given the shortstop job. In 45 games for Montreal, he hit .311-2-20 and showed a good glove. Armstrong should have the starting job to open 1928.

At the beginning of the season 24-year-old Jim Broome was named the starting left fielder over Phil Sandman; he responded well--leading Montreal's offense by hitting .303-5-80 with 35 doubles and 13 triples.

In right field, 25-year-old Jimmy Endler (.302-1-33 with 8 doubles and 11 triples) took over for an ageing Hal Eason (.162-6-19). There are reports that Eason is not happy with his diminished role.

After being kicked out of left field by Broome, Phil Sandman was tried at first base. That was an experiment which did not go well. He hit okay--.297-7-69 with 36 doubles--but his glove was dreadful. He'll go into 1928 without a position.

25-year-old third baseman Bob Clements (.277-3-57 with 32 doubles) provided a solid lead-off bat in his first full season as a starter. He led all of the FABL stolen bases with 44. Veteran second baseman Victor Rodding (.275-2-54) led Montreal with 37 doubles, but we will need to start thinking about his replacement soon.

When Wayne Robinson was dealt to Cleveland, the prevailing thought was that the pitching would collapse. That it didn't was due in large part to a pair of 25-year-olds--Charlie Stedman (12-17, 3.86) and Frank Ellison (10-19, 3.53). Both pitched quite well, despite their records. 30-year-old Max Wilder was claimed off of waivers from Baltimore at the end of July and provided some good starts: 4-3, 3.49 with Montreal. I would expect to see Stedman, Ellison, and Wilder at the front of the rotation in 1928.
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December 5th, 1927 -- Amatuer Draft

One benefit of suffering through a season in which the club had the worst record in the FABL is that we have the first pick in the annual draft.

The draft is currently underway and entering day two. I thought I would provide a quick update on the Montreal selections through the first four round.

1.1 -- CF Cliff Moss

This pick was up in the air until the moment it was submitted to the league. Scouting Director Rufus Randle is very high on Moss: "plus power...and all the skills scouts look for in a center fielder." Some in the organization wanted Huck Moore--a hard throwing right-hander from Commonwealth College. Moore ended up going to the Gothams with the 6th selection.

Moss is a 5'6" outfielder from Pierpont College. He is the all-time leader in home runs for Pierpont, and he hit .365/.426/.703 during his collegiate career. Moss mainly played center field in college, but he may eventually end up in one of the corner spots.


2.1 -- P Harmon Myles

With the 2nd selection, pitching coach John Seiberg prevailed, and the Saints selected high school left-hander Harmon Myles (Milwaukee High School). Myles had a dominating senior season, striking out 108 batters in 69 innings. Over his three seasons for Milwaukee, Myles struck out 252 (against only 53 walks) in 194 innings. Most importantly perhaps is that Myles only gave up a single home run in his high school career. Myles was the 5th pitcher selected in the draft, but was Randle's highest ranked arm.


3.1 -- P Frank Pratt

Randle acquiesced again in the 3rd and approved the selection of another pitcher--this time a college player (from Indiana A&M), right-hander Frank Pratt. Like Myles, Pratt is another hurler that generates a lot of swings and misses. In 324 innings at Indiana A&M, Pratt struck out 349 batters.


4.1 -- SS Ron Harris

Harris is a smooth fielding collegiate short stop from Wisconsin State. He was a 3-year starter at Wisconsin, but that was mainly due to his glove. You can see a definite improvement in pitch recognition (he had more walks than strike outs as a senior), and Randle thinks he will develop some power as he continues to fill out his 6'0", 175 lb frame.


4.15 -- OF Ken Teixeira

Montreal had two 4th round selections after a trade with Brooklyn last June. Montreal acquired Brooklyn's 4th round selection in exchange for pitcher Mike Vonderheide. With the pick, Montreal selected outfielder Ken Teixeira (Ellery College). Teixeira has a beautiful swing--he hit .354/.403/.523 over 3 years at Ellery. He has good speed and enough range to play anywhere in the outfield.
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Nice draft so far. Brooklyn scout Rube Carter had Moss #1, Harris #5 and Teixeira #38 overall.
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Nice draft so far. Brooklyn scout Rube Carter had Moss #1, Harris #5 and Teixeira #38 overall.
I feel good about it, but of course, we won't know for a few more seasons.
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Monday, March 19th, 1928 -- Spring Training

Spring Training has arrived for the rebuilding Saints, and it's as good as time as any to take a look at the projected active roster for the upcoming season.

C - Frank Habb (.319, 2, 30) / Ed Pinkham (.285, 12, 74 for Minneapolis)
Montreal cut ties with veteran Paul Tattersall in the off-season (who has since signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Keystones). So the Saints will be going with a pair of 25-year-olds behind the plate. Haab came over in June in the Wayne Robinson deal with Cleveland, and he quickly took over starting catcher duties. Pinkham was acquired 2 years ago in a deal with the Chicago Chiefs.

1B - Pat Martin (.359, 16, 94 for Minneapolis) / Alex Villarreal (.308, 3, 19)
Montreal has been looking for a solid first baseman for a while now. Phil Sandman was tried there last season, but his glove was brutal. 25-year-old Pat Martin was drafted in the 8th round in 1923 and has shown good power numbers in the minor leagues. The 28-year-old Villareal was a minor league free agent signing who can play at both first and third.

2B - Henri Veron (.197, 0, 8 (.317, 4, 17 for Minneapolis)) / Ernie Woodrow (.298, 1, 40)
Local favorite Henri Veron is a 26-year-old French Canadien from Quebec. Woodrow had been playing short stop, but his glove is not good enough to stick there.

3B - Bob Clements (.277, 3, 57)
1926 was the 26-year-old Clements' first season as a starter. I'd like to see his on-base skills improve a little bit if he's going to stick at the top of the lineup, but his 44 stolen bases led all of the FABL.

SS - Woody Armstrong (.311, 2, 20)
The 23-year-old Armstrong also came over from Cleveland in the Robinson deal. And after spending a month in Minneapolis, he came up to Montreal and took the starting job away from Woodrow. The position is now Armstrong's to lose.

LF - Jim Broome (.303, 5, 80) / Phi Sandman (.297, 7, 69)
The 25-year-old Broome has supplanted Sandman as the starting left fielder. Sandman is too young (28) and too good to be a 4th outfielder. We'll watch to see how long he is on the roster this season. Sandman's 7 home runs led the Saints last season.

CF - Eddie Rodgerson (.293, 3, 61) / Joe Fix (.260, 15, 82 for Minneapolis)
Since moving over from right field two seasons ago, 30-year-old Rodgerson has provided steady defense in center field. 23-year-old Fix is currently the 48th ranked prospect in the FABL. And athough he did struggle a little in Minneapolis last season, he'll be given a long look this spring.

RF - Jimmy Endler (.302, 1, 33) / Ollie Farley (.324, 13, 48 for Minneapolis) / Hal Eason (.162, 6, 19)
37-year-old Eason opened 1926 as the starting right fielder, but it was quickly apparent that he had lost a good deal of bat speed. 26-year-old Endler was the starter by mid-summer. 25-year-old Ollie Farley is a favorite of the coaching staff.

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Under the tutelage of respected pitching coach John Seiberg, the Montreal staff is not that bad. Stedman and Ellison are a pair of 26-year-olds who grew into the role of staff leaders after Wayne Robinson was dealt to Cleveland. 23-year-old Al Allen made his debut in mid-summer after posting a 6-0 record at Minneapolis. Veteran Wilder was a July waiver claim from the Baltimore organization.

SP - Charlie Stedman (12-17, 3.86, 273 IP)
SP - Frank Ellison (10-19, 3.53, 240 IP)
SP - Max Wilder (4-3, 3.49 for Montreal; 5-10, 4.92, 143 IP overall)
SP - Al Allen (4-3, 4.39, 55 IP; 17-8, 3.22, 237 IP overall)
SP - Rich Fisher (10-12, 4.03, 194 IP)

P - Jack Barnet (8-5, 5.33, 79 IP)
P - Bobby Maxwell (18-7, 4.75, 218 IP at Minneapolis)
P - Cat Spanos (2-1, 2.67, 71 IP)
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I expect an uptick in Montreal's performance this season. The CA is really tough, but I don't see the Saints finishing last again. The pitching isn't terrible, Broome and Armstrong are legit and I think Sandman might be worth hanging on to (assuming he can learn to play 1B).
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I expect an uptick in Montreal's performance this season. The CA is really tough, but I don't see the Saints finishing last again. The pitching isn't terrible, Broome and Armstrong are legit and I think Sandman might be worth hanging on to (assuming he can learn to play 1B).
Sandman is scheduled to get some 1B starts in Spring Training. Who knows, we may end up opening the season with Sandman back at 1B.
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Sunday, March 25th, 1928

SAINTS AND KEYSTONES ANNOUNCE TRADE


West Palm Beach, Florida -- The Montreal Saints and the Philadelphia Keystones held a press conference today to announce a trade. The Saints will send outfielders Phil Sandman and Jimmy Endler, minor league short stop Erv Smith, and their first round selection in the 1928 draft. In exchange, the defending champion Keystones will send minor league pitcher Walker Moore and their first round selection in the 1928 draft.


Some thoughts on the principals involved:

Phil Sandman -- The answer to the question posed in the last update--how long would Sandman be a Saint?--turned out to be 7 days. He is a very good outfielder who just doesn't fit into the long-term plans for the rebuilding Saints. Sandman is a career .315/.371/.459 hitter with 114 stolen bases. Putting Sandman in front of Rankin Kellog could make the Keystones a formidable force in the Federal.

Jimmy Endler -- This one was a sticking point in the trade discussions. I knew that to get Moore, I would need to give up a 2nd outfielder. Personally I like Endler, and he did a good job in right field after taking over for Hal Eason last season. But both scouting director Rufus Randle and manager Francis Asberry think that Ollie Farley has more potential in right field. Eventually I acquiesced to including Endler in the deal. We'll see who is correct in a few years.

Erv Smith -- 20-year-old Erv Smith won the National High School Championship as a short stop for Toledo HS in 1925. But he went undrafted in that December's draft and was signed as a minor league free agent by Montreal. Since then he's risen quickly through the rankings, becoming one of OSA's top short stop prospects. Smith has a tremendous glove, but he still has some difficulty making contact at the plate. If he manages to cut down on his strikeouts, he will be a top-tier short stop. And with the emergence of Woody Armstrong, and with Charlie Rector still in the system, I felt we could give up Smith.

Walker Moore -- Walker Moore, a big (6'4") 21-year-old left-hander from upstate New York, was drafted first overall by the Keystones in the 1924 draft. He's had some shoulder problems, and he still struggles at times with his control (347 walks in 662 innings pitched in class A), but Rufus Randle considers him a "top of the rotation talent," and Moore is OSA's top-ranked pitching prospect.

When I took over the Saints following the 1925 season, my highest long-term priority was to improve the organization's pitching outlook. The first step happened almost immediately when starting center fielder Bert Hartman was traded to the Chicago Chiefs for pitcher Charlie Stedman. Then in December of 1926, outfield prospect Tony Henderson was dealt to the Pittsburgh Miners in exchange for Ed Trammell. Now the latest piece is the acquisition of Walker Moore. Stedman enters 1928 as a potential ace, while Moore and Trammell give the Saints two players in OSA's list of top ten pitching prospects. Montreal may be coming off of consecutive 90 loss seasons, but I think the future looks bright.

From a Keystones perspective, they've made themselves the team to beat in the Federal for the foreseeable future. They gave up a really good prospect in Moore, but they were dealing from a position of organizational strength. With Moore, Philadelphia had four pitchers on OSA's top ten list of pitching prospects.
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Sunday, April 1st, 1928

SAINTS AND KINGS STRIKE DEAL


West Palm Beach, Florida -- The Montreal Saints and the Brooklyn Kings have agreed to a relatively minor deal. The Saints will send their 6th pick in the 1928 draft to the Kings in exchange for 27-year-old infielder Rocky Edwards.

Edwards was acquired by the Kings in November of 1926 in a trade with the Chicago Cougars. He never quite settled in at Brooklyn--hitting just .173-0-3 in 23 games. He spent most of 1927 at class AAA Houston, where he hit .362-4-40.

For the Saints it is assumed that Edwards will fill the role of reserve infielder. Tommy Chandler had been in that role for Montreal, but there were reports that he was increasingly unhappy about not being in the starting lineup. Chandler has been waived and designated for assignment.
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