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Old 09-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #21
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Great Glove Awards:
Western League:

P: John Patterson, TUL
C: John Meyer, SJ
1B: Dave McCabe, LV
2B: Orlando Vega, OMA
3B: Tom Sullivan, DEN
SS: Manny Portillo, ORE
LF: Tim Barth, OMA
CF: Carlos Molina, LA
RF: Austin Nickerson, TUL

Eastern League:
P: Derrick Jensen, RI
C: Alex Guevara, ORL
1B: Adam Rhom, PHI
2B: Leo Gomez, RIC
3B: Danny Quinones, RI
LF: Jeremy Rodriguez, PHI
CF: William Lizarraga, COL
RF: Jim Rolston, IND

Reliver of the year:
Western League: John Jamerson, ORE - 70.1 IP, 1.92 ERA, 99 K, 35 SV
Eastern League: Nuno Daddi, STL - 66.2 IP, 0.54 ERA, 101 K, 35 SV

Platinum Stick Awards:
Western League:

C: Pedro Reyes, SPO - .293/.393/.499, 21 HR, 101 RBI, 5.4 WAR
1B: Josh Vinson, ORE - .359/.420/.650, 41 HR, 135 R, 125 RBI, 9.8 WAR
2B: Salvador Rico, SPO - .331/.421/.511, 20 HR, 132 R, 108 RBI, 8.0 WAR
3B: Joe Parker, NM - .306/.347/.483, 22 HR, 85 RBI, 4.2 WAR
SS: Aaron Balic, SPO - .344/.410/.544, 20 HR, 121 R, 7.7 WAR
LF: Rafael Cervantes, SPO - .325/.432/.673, 58 HR, 148 R, 158 RBI, 8.7 WAR
CF: Aymeric Patitucci, SPO - .298/.360/.442, 14 HR, 19 SB, 130 R, 5.3 WAR
RF: Maurice Sullivan, DEN - .292/.388/.499, 31 HR, 90 RBI, 5.1 WAR
DH: Keith Rodriguez, NM - .284/.352/.503, 27 HR, 98 RBI, 3.3 WAR

Eastern League:
C: Bobby Coleman, CHI - .351/.398/.460, 4 HR, 69 RBI, 5.0 WAR
1B: Mike Boardman, NY - .310/.454/.640, 50 HR, 121 R, 140 RBI, 8.7 WAR
2B: Brandon Goolsby, CHA - .313/.394/.448, 15 HR, 48 SB, 126 R, 6.6 WAR
3B: Andy Alderman, CHI - .266/.387/.540, 33 HR, 98 RBI, 6.4 WAR
SS: Justin Harris, RI - .268/.389/.420, 17 HR, 63 RBI, 4.1 WAR
LF: Scott Head, ORL - .319/.429/.679, 58 HR, 122 R, 134 RBI, 8.4 WAR
CF: Tom Gillespie, PHI - .307/.379/.534, 32 HR, 19 SB, 116 R, 125 RBI, 6.7 WAR
RF: Rich Pecina, CHA - .371/.435/.590, 27 HR, 10 SB, 116 R, 113 RBI, 8.2 WAR
DH: Ewan Vermeulen, MEM - .282/.337/.500, 29 HR, 108 RBI, 3.2 WAR
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:52 AM   #22
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Pitcher of the Year Voting:
Western League:
1. TUL SP Nate Girgenti - 212.1 IP, 2.03 ERA, 198 K, 18-5
2. DEN SP Billy Boltz - 247.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 208 K, 14-9
3. TUL SP Mario Navarro - 214.1 IP, 2.69 ERA, 229 K, 16-9
4. DEN SP Alexis Fregoso - 227 IP, 2.78 ERA, 252 K, 16-8
5. DEN SP Jeremy Marcum - 188 IP, 2.49 ERA, 169 K, 15-6
6. LV SP Jim Gale - 237.1 IP, 2.84 ERA, 257 K, 16-6
7. ORE SP Jake Guerra - 182 IP, 2.32 ERA, 163 K, 13-7

Eastern League:
1. NY SP Brandon Willoughby - 235.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 261 K, 15-8
2. CHI SP Bobby Hysaw - 199.2 IP, 3.16 ERA, 223 K, 19-6
3. CHI SP Bill Mattes - 189 IP, 3.19 ERA, 232 K, 15-10
4. STL RP Nuno Daddi - 66.2 IP, 0.54 ERA, 101 K, 35 SV
5. COL SP Min-ho Lee - 166 IP, 1.46 ERA, 137 K, 13-2
6. CHI SP Alex Jimenez - 206 IP, 2.93 ERA, 169 K, 16-9
7. ORL RP Eddie Douglas - 72 IP, 1.00 ERA, 104 K, 28 SV
8. NY SP Jeremy Montz - 209 IP, 3.49 ERA, 222 K, 14-6
9. NO SP Ji Hsu - 215.2 IP, 3.13 ERA, 219 K, 12-13
10. NO SP Michael Simpkins - 187.2 IP, 2.59 ERA, 190 K, 13-8
11. PHI RP Bryan Fowler - 75.1 IP, 1.79 ERA, 116 K, 36 SV

MVP Voting
Western League:
1. ORE 1B Josh Vinson - .359/.450/.650, 41 HR, 125 RBI
2. SPO LF Rafael Cervantes - .325/.432/.673, 58 HR, 156 RBI
3. SPO SS Aaron Balic - .344/.410/.544, 20 HR, 96 RBI
4. SPO 2B Salvador Rico - .331/.421/.511, 20 HR, 108 RBI
5. TUL SP Nate Girgenti (stats above)
6. DEN SP Billy Boltz (stats above)
7. ORE SS Manny Portillo - .275/.354/.523, 33 HR, 117 RBI
8. OMA LF Tim Barth - .346/.404/.511, 14 HR, 86 RBI
9. AUS LF Antonio Ruiz - .284/.387/.578, 40 HR, 109 RBI
10. TUL SP Mario Navarro (stats above)
11. DEN SP Alexis Fregoso (stats above)
12. SPO C Pedro Reyes - .293/.393/.499, 21 HR, 101 RBI
13. DEN SP Jeremy Marcum (stats above)
14. DEN RF Maurice Sullivan - .292/.388/.499, 31 HR, 90 RBI
15. SPO CF Aymeric Patitucci -.298/.360/.442, 14 HR, 85 RBI
16. ORE SP Jake Guerra (stats above)
17. NM 1B Bob Roberts - .268/.361/.539, 42 HR, 117 RBI
18. LV SP Jim Gale (stats above)
19. ORE LF Josh Miracle - .346/.384/.556, 8 HR, 76 RBI

Eastern League:
1. ORL LF Scott Head - .319/.429/.679, 58 HR, 134 RBI
2. NY 1B Mike Boardman - .310/.454/.640, 50 HR, 140 RBI
3. CHI LF Victor Alvarenga - .338/.410/.582, 35 HR, 121 RBI
4. PHI 1B Adam Rhom - .295/.420/.596, 48 HR, 124 RBI
5. CHA RF Rich Pecina - .371/.435/.590, 27 HR, 113 RBI
6. PHI CF Tom Gillespie - .307/.379/.534, 32 HR, 125 RBI
7. NY RF Nick Kitzler - .333/.452/.578, 29 HR, 86 RBI
8. NY SP Brandon Willoughby (stats above)
9. CHI 3B Andy Alderman - .266/.387/.540, 33 HR, 98 RBI
10. CHA 2B Brandon Goolsby - .313/.394/.448, 15 HR, 64 RBI
11. CHA CF Victor Aguilar - .266/.375/.550, 35 HR, 113 RBI
12. ORL RP Eddie Douglas (stats above)
13. CHI C Bobby Coleman - .351/.398/.460, 4 HR, 69 RBI
14. CHI SP Bobby Hysaw (stats above)
15. MEM LF Ryan Fertig - .342/.468/.631, 24 HR, 73 RBI
16. CHI SP Bill Mattes (stats above)
17. STL RP Nuno Daddi (stats above)
18. PHI 3B Vicente Flores - .238/.335/.453, 37 HR, 108 RBI
19. PHI RP Bryan Fowler (stats above)
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:02 PM   #23
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2024 Offseason
Free Agency Filings through the Rule 5 Draft:

Transactions:
We traded RF Joe Maynard to the Denver Foxes for minor leauge LF Jose Chaparro. With Myles Fenty returning from injury and Adan Corella hopefully making the Opening Day roster, our outfield was getting a little crowded. We had to pay most of Maynard's small salary, but Chaparro is a decent prospect that will report to AAA. He hit .253/.309/.343 in AA last year, but his best attributes are definitely speed and defense. Losing Maynard hurts a bit, but after his hot start he really didn't do much at the end of last season.

Around the League:
-The Explorers signed 31-year old 1B Bob Roberts to a 4 year deal worth $68 million. Roberts hit .268/.361/.539 with 42 HR and 117 RBI for New Mexico last year.
-The Explorers signed 36-year old SP Cho-yun Piung to a a 2 year deal worth $25.2 million per year, with a vesting option for 2027. Ping had a 3.13 ERA for Richmond and Denver last year, striking out 207 and walking just 40 in 229.2 innings.
-The Shockers signed 28-year old C Pedro Reyes, who hit .293/.393/.499 for the Spokane Comets in 2024. Reyes signed for a 7 year deal worth $196 million.
-The Impact signed 29-year old C Byron Williams to a 7 year deal worth $128.6 million. Williams made the All Star Game with St. Louis in 2024, hitting .285/.358/.448 with 12 home runs.
-Scouts RP Luis Moncada was expected to return before the start of 2025, but that is now in doubt as he had another elbow surgery. Moncada is likely out until at least July, after recording a 1.86 ERA in 36 innings last season.
-The Seals signed 37-year old RF Ed Gaylord to a 3 year deal worth $33.4 million. Gaylor hit .307 with 9 home runs for the San Antonio Scorpions last season.
-37-year old SP Dan Lusk signed a 2 year deal with the Emeralds worth $24.2 million. Lusk went 10-6 with New York last year, posting a 2.71 ERA.
-The Explorers continued their spending spree by signing CF Hector Sanchez to a 4-year, $44.4 million contract. Sanchez batter .315 for Richmond last year, recording an OPS of .794.
-Denver signed SP Bill Mattes to a 6 year contract worth $143.6 million. The 27-year old had a 3.19 ERA for the Monarchs last year, striking out 232.
-The Monarchs signed 29-year old SS Scott Kessler to a 7 year deal worth $84.7 million. Kessler hit .297 with 22 home runs for Omaha in 2024.
-The Robins signed 26-year old 1B Joel Manous to a 4 year contract worth $26.3 million. Manous hit 20 home runs for New Mexico last year, driving in 86 and batting .266.
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2024 Offseason
Rule 5 Draft through the beginning of the Preseason

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We signed LF Ron Goldman to a 2-year contract worth a total of $6 million. Goldman batted .272/.341/.403 with the Heroes last year, and is also a capable defender in the infield. The 27-year old's versatility will be very useful, and he is also a solid base stealer (17 for 22 in 2024). Goldman will probably see most of his time in left field, which may shift Ben Grates over to right, and Alex Roberts to a backup role.

Shortly after the Goldman signing, 35-year old 2B Manny Batres agreed to a 2 year deal worth $8 million. Batres hit .267/.362/.374 in 2024, and like Goldman, also played for the New York Heroes. Batres is a big improvement defensively over Jordan Limas, and is good at finding ways to get on base. We might hold on to Limas for now, but if we can get a decent return, he may be gone before Opening Day.

To add to the pitching staff, we signed LHP Sergio Torres to a 2 year contract worth $5 million. Torres went 13-11 with Boise and St. Louis last season, recording a 3.14 ERA. He isn't a strikeout pitcher (only 100 K's in 180.2 innings), but last year he did a great job of keeping the ball in the yard (10 HR allowed). He'll likely begin the year in our rotation, but he could also serve as a good lefty reliever.

Just before the official beginning of the Preseason, we made our biggest signing by bringing in C Pedro Guzman. The 31-year old batted .247/.339/.391 with 11 home runs for the Thunderbirds last year, and will make $17 million over the next two years. Guzman is expected to open the season as our starting backstop, moving Michael Decker to the bench.


Around the League:
-The Salukis signed SP Billy Boltz to a 7 year deal worth $202.6 million. Boltz went 14-9 with the Foxes last year, striking out 208 in 247.2 innings and recording a 2.58 ERA.
-2B Jason Colford signed a 4 year deal with New Mexico worth $39.6 million. Colford batted .320/.370/.460 with the Explorers last year, hitting 10 home runs.
-The Foxes signed 26-year old SS Manny Portillo to a 4 year deal worth $117.8 million. Portillo batted .275/.354/.523 with 33 home runs and 117 runs driven in for the Impact.
-The Gamblers signed RP Roberto Coello to a 3 year deal worth $24 million. Coello saved 16 games for Indianapolis before getting traded to the Robins, where he posted a 3.53 ERA.
-The Waves signed CF Aymeric Patitucci to a 7 year deal worth $107 million. The 27-year old won a Platinum Stick Award with the Comets last season, batting .298/.360/.442 with 14 home runs and 12 triples.
-New Orleans signed 2B Orlando Vega to a 6 year deal worth $40.8 million. Vega hit 21 home runs for Omaha in 2024, and won the Great Glove Award in the Western League at second base.
-The Vandals signed SP Carlos Miranda to a 1 year deal worth $3.08 million. Miranda missed almost all of last season with a torn labrum, and he may not be ready for the beginning of the 2025 season.
-The Comets signed SP Michael Simpkins to a 7 year deal worth $83.5 million. Simpkins is coming off a year with New Orleans where he went 13-8 with a 2.59 ERA.
-The Bobcats traded RP Javier Ruiz to San Jose for a minor league pitching prospect, Pete Harris. Ruiz had a 3.76 ERA in 38.1 USBL innings.
-The Thunderbirds signed SP Corey Baker to a 7 year deal worth $93.1 million. Baker went 9-13 for San Antonio last year, but had a solid 3.32 ERA with an even 200 strikeouts.
-The Gamblers signed Japanese CF Yoshiie Shimaski to a 4 year deal worth $23.86 million. The 28-year old is one of the best international free agents joining the USBL, and has a good power/speed combo with the potential to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases.


Overall, I'm pretty happy with where we're at heading into the season. I'd like to bring in at least one more relief pitcher, but otherwise I feel that our lineup and starting rotation is in pretty good shape. Jordan Limas, William Lizarraga, and Tony Palacios are guys I've toyed with shopping, but so far there haven't been any good enough offers.
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2025 Spring Training


Transactions:
SP Jared Hopper was placed on the Injured List, as he suffered a ruptured finger tendon that will keep him out for 3-4 months.

We signed LHP Jeremy Townsend to a 1 year deal worth $1.9 million. Townsend will hopefully be our best lefty out of the bullpen, as he had a solid 2.98 ERA for the Salukis last season. Next, we signed RHP Dylan Daniels to a $6.68 million contract for 1 year. Daniels had an ERA under 2 for St. Louis and San Antonio last year, and should be a key piece to the pitching staff.

Waived and DFA'd RHP Mario Soto, who had a terrible spring and is out of option years.

Around the League:
-The Spartans signed reliever Jesus Catala to a 1 year contract worth $2 million. Catala had a 2.24 for Charlotte last season.
-37-year old SP Jordan Gomez signed a 1 year deal worth $1.92 million with the Gamblers. Gomez had a 3.44 ERA with Orlando in 2024, striking out 137.
-Shockers RP Pat Hammer is out 4 months with an elbow injury. Hammer had a 3.73 ERA last year, striking out 47 in 79.2 innings.
-Seals SS Edgar Guzman is out for the year with a torn labrum. Guzman hit .312/.381/.462 last season, driving in 74 runs.
-Vipers RF Rich Pecina will miss the beginning of the season with a fractured thumb. Last year Pecina led the USBL with a .371 batting average.
-Newly signed Emeralds SP Dan Lusk's season is in jeopardy, as he will miss most of the season with a shoulder injury. Lusk could return before the end of the year, but his season is very much in doubt.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:35 AM   #26
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2025 Opening Day Roster:
(Age, B/T, 2024 Stats)

Starting Rotation:
Min-ho Lee (28, R, 166.0 IP, 1.46 ERA, 137 K, 0.86 WHIP, 4.6 WAR) - Lee returns as the defending ERA champion of the USBL, but the biggest question will always be if he can stay healthy. The South Korean knuckleballer made 27 starts last season, but he was frequently pulled from games early and made a few trips to the Injured List.

Sergio Torres (29, L, 180.2 IP, 3.14 ERA, 100 K, 1.30 WHIP, 2.4 WAR for BOI & STL) - Torres is not a strikeout pitcher, but last season he allowed only 161 hits in 180.2 innings pitched for the Bobcats and Shockers. His ability to initiate weak contact will be crucial, but if he can do that he should be a solid starter at the top of the rotation.

Andy Castillo (25, R, 170.2 IP, 5.43 ERA, 110 K, 1.68 WHIP, 0.7 WAR) - The young Venezuelan led baseball in losses, as he posted a dismal 3-18 record in 2024. Despite a rough start to his career, Castillo may still have some potential as a starter, as his 95+ fastball and good mix of pitches can keep hitters guessing. One thing to improve on will definitely be control, as Castillo walked 92 batters last year.

Curt Koonts (27, R, 75.2 IP, 2.14 ERA, 64 K, 1.35 WHIP, 0.4 WAR) - After spending all of last year in the bullpen where he accumulated 14 saves, Curt Koonts will begin the year as our #4 starter. Koonts was excellent in relief last year, but the question will now be if he can get through the lineup multiple times as a starter.

Jimmy Embleton (23, R, 23.0 IP, 1.57 ERA, 20 K, 1.17 WHIP, 0.1 WAR) - Embleton received a mid-season call up and had success immediately, but a shoulder injury cost him about two months at the end of the year. He showed promise with a 3.53 ERA in AAA, so hopefully the big righty can now have a successful first full season in the USBL.

Bullpen:
Julio Lambruschini (40, R, 148.0 IP, 6.02 ERA, 50 K, 1.61 WHIP, 0.2 WAR) - All you need to do is look at Lambruschini's stats to see that the 40-year old is over the hill. Unfortunately, his vesting option makes it much cheaper to keep him around this year than cut him now. Lambruschini was actually decent in his limited time pitching out of relief, so hopefully he can at least be a serviceable long reliever.

Marcos Archuleta (25, R, 21.1 IP, 22 K, 1.69 WHIP, -0.5 WAR) - Archuleta was electric in AAA last year (2.18 ERA, 27 saves), but never found a rhythm in Columbus. He'll get another chance to start this year with the big league club, where he'll try to improve on last year's cup of coffee.

Steve Steen (29, R, 70.0 IP, 3.86 ERA, 60 K, 1.34 WHIP, 0.0 WAR) - Steen was nothing more than an average middle reliever last year, and he'll pick up that role again in 2024.

Jake Jones (30, R, 58.1 IP, 4.47 ERA, 70 K, 1.35 WHIP, 0.6 WAR) - Jones got off to a great start in 2024 before a few rough outings in a row inflated his stats. If needed, Jones could serve as a spot starter, although Lambruschini would probably have the first crack at that role.

Dylan Daniels (34, R, 64.1 IP, 1.82 ERA, 66 K, 0.95 WHIP, 2.2 WAR with STL & SA) - Daniels spent the first half of last season as a strong set up man in St. Louis, before saving 9 games for San Antonio to finish the year. Daniels is a good option at the end of games, as his fastball/changeup combo will keep hitters off balance. His control is also excellent, as he walked just 8 batters last year.

Jeremy Townsend (28, L, 63.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 93 K, 1.15 WHIP, 0.9 WAR with RI) - The lone lefty in our bullpen, Townsend throws hard and features a great cutter and slider. While he is wild (4.8 BB/9), he also strikes out a ton of batters and doesn't give up many hits.

Ramon Salazar (31, R, 66.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 68 K, 1.21 WHIP, 1.3 WAR with ORE) - Salazar had a great spring, and will open the season as our closer. The veteran is coming off a nice season with Oregon, and his postseason experience should help out the rest of our pitching staff.

Catchers:
C Michael Decker (28, R, .235/.292/.328, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 0.4 WAR with LA and COL) - Decker is a decent backup and great behind the plate, but his weak bat holds him back.

C/1B Pedro Guzman (32, R, .247/.339/.391, 11 HR, 54 RBI, 2.7 WAR with TUL) - Guzman isn't quite as good defensively as Decker, but his ability to take walks and hit for extra bases (30 doubles in 2024) makes him a valuable asset.

Infielders:
1B Jose Ariza (40, R, .230/.301/.367, 13 HR, 56 RBI, -0.5 WAR) - The Cuban veteran really slowed down at the end of last year, and he will be on a short leash if this year starts poorly. At this point, his greatest value is as a strong clubhouse presence.

2B Manny Batres (35, R, .267/.362/.374, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 2.1 WAR with NY) - Batres should provide a huge boost to our middle infield defense, and although he doesn't hit for any power, his .362 OBP was very solid for a second baseman.

2B Jordan Limas (27, R, .247/.295/.382, 6 HR, 37 RBI, -0.1 WAR) - Limas loses his starting role heading into 2025, as he never got things going at the plate last year. He did hit 11 triples last year, but has just been too inconsistent to be a solid regular in the lineup.

3B Corey Neu (30, R, .240/.343/.417, 18 HR, 59 RBI, 2.4 WAR with ORE and COL) - After getting off to a hot start after last season's trade, Neu went cold in July and August before picking things up to close the season. He has the chance to be a high-OBP guy with walks, but last year his average hovered around .200 for a while during a cold stretch.

SS Tony Palacios (31, R, .252/.295/.360, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 1.1 WAR) - Palacios was great in the field last season, but his lack of hitting resulted in a move to the bottom of the order late last year. His 39 doubles led the team, but otherwise he produced little at the plate.

Outfielders:
CF Adan Corella (23, L, .273/.357/.376, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 3.9 WAR in AAA) - The 23-year old finds himself as the Opening Day center fielder after a great 2024 campaign in Triple A. Corella is a great baserunner and defender, but we'll see if his hitting can remain solid in the big leagues.

RF/DH Myles Fenty (42, R, .254/.363/.572, 27 HR, 49 RBI, 2.3 WAR) - Fenty led the USBL in home runs halfway through the year, but his season was cut short with a knee injury. It might be difficult keeping the 42-year old healthy, so he will see most of his playing time as the designated hitter.

LF/IF Ron Goldman (28, R, .272/.341/.403, 9 HR, 77 RBI, 2.8 WAR with NY) - Goldman can play just about anywhere on the field, but we're expecting him to begin the year in left field at the top of the lineup. He has little power, but did steal 17 bases while getting caught just 5 times.

RF Ben Grates (25, L, .268/.341/.493, 16 HR, 38 RBI, 2.0 WAR) - Grates had a terrible first month in the USBL, but he ended up being by far our best hitter by the end of the season. His combination of power and speed makes him an exciting player, and if he builds on last season he could be a future star.

CF William Lizarraga (27, R, .251/.312/.327, 2 HR, 57 RBI, 1.7 WAR) - Lizarraga won a Great Glove Award in center field last year, but that was his only real success as he was terrible at the plate for most of the season. He will open the season on the bench against right-handed pitching, but he should still see plenty of opportunities as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.

LF Alex Roberts (29, R, .259/.335/.387, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 0.5 WAR) - Roberts was great after recovering from a concussion at the beginning of last year, but three separate injuries interrupted his season. He really struggled after breaking his thumb in August, and will start this year on the bench as a fourth outfielder.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:33 PM   #27
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2025 Preseason Predictions



After suffering through a 65-win season in 2024, the Preseason Predictions are relatively kind to us, picking Columbus to go 81-81 and finishing in 2nd place. The Midwest Division should be a three-team race, as Indianapolis is still rebuilding after a terrible season last year.

Around the league, New Orleans made one of the biggest jumps due to their numerous free agent signings. The entire Mountain Division caught up with Denver, as the Foxes lost a decent amount of talent after their trip to the WLCS. Both teams in last year's finals look like playoff teams once again, although Philadelphia will give the defending champs a run for their money in the Northeast Division.
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Mid-April 2025 Update:
Record: 3-6 (4th, 2 GB)

The record to start the year certainly isn't ideal, but to be fair we stared off with 7 games on the road against New York and Philadelphia, two of the top teams in the USBL. offense has been a struggle, as we're dead last in the Eastern League with a .607 OPS. Myles Fenty has returned strong from last year's injury, as he's off to a hot .276/.389/.586 start, with 2 home runs. Ben Grates had a rough few games, but the second-year outfielder has an .827 OPS to go with 2 home runs and 2 steals. The weakest links have been Jose Ariza and Corey Neu, who each are hitting well below .200 to start the season.

The biggest disappointment on the mound has probably been Min-ho Lee, as the ace has a 5.84 ERA in two rocky starts. Sergio Torres and Curt Koonts have each turned in two good starts, but in general the rotation has struggled. The back end of the bullpen has been solid - especially lefty Jeremy Townsend, who has struck out 6 of the 8 batters he has faced.

Injury Report:
SS Tony Palacios exited the first game of the season with a sore shoulder, and he was placed on the Injured List. He should be ready to go within a week, but he may not return to a starting role immediately. Mike Killian has been called up, and while his offense may be the weakest on the team, he has the potential to be the best defensive shortstop in the league. So far, he is just 2-18 with a triple and a walk since getting called up.

Around the League:
-The Gamblers signed lefty reliever Josh Stepp to a 2 year deal worth $25.6 million. Stepp had a 1.79 ERA for Philadelphia last year, saving 5 games.
-Owls LF Ryan Fertig is out 3 weeks with a torn thumb ligament. The 2024 All-Star began the season going 5-14 with a home run, after batting .342 last season.
-Scouts 3B Joe Parker went 5-6 against the Impact. The 22-year old is coming off a year where he batter .306 with 22 home runs.
-The Shockers signed RP Gabe Baker to a 3 year deal worth $39.9 million. Baker had a 1.60 ERA for Columbus and Oregon last year, striking out 61 batters in 56.1 innings.
-Thunderbirds SP John Patterson threw a shutout in his first start of the year, defeating the Bobcats 8-0. Patterson went 10-7 with a 4.21 ERA in 2024.
-Waves LF and reigning EL MVP Scott Head hit 3 home runs against Richmond in a 9-2 win. Head is batting .484 with 4 home runs already this year.
-Foxes 1B Carlos Regalado went 5-5 against the Scorpions, as Denver won 8-4. Regalado hit .288 with 21 homers last year.
-The Monarchs signed reliever Freddie Knauf to a 2 year contract worth $36.4 million. Knauf posted a 1.74 ERA for Rhode Island last year.
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April 2025 Update:
Record: 8-14 (3rd, 2 GB)



As bad as April was, we had to play 11 games on the road against 2024 playoff teams, so the schedule should become much easier soon. The other positive note is that the Midwest Division looks to be the easiest in baseball, so winning 90 games probably won't be needed to finish in 1st. Offensively, CF William Lizarraga has surprisingly provided the biggest spark at the top of the lineup, after beginning the season as a backup. Ben Grates picked up where he left off in 2024, and Myles Fenty was also great before a groin injury sent him to the IL. The biggest disappointments have been 3B Corey Neu and 1B Jose Ariza, who still haven't found a rhythm. Ariza was recently benched for Jose Tapia, who is off to a nice 6-13 start in his first 3 games. The concern is that Tapia doesn't have enough power to be a regular first baseman, as all of his hits are singles so far.

Pitching was expected to be a strong suit, but that hasn't been the case as we are just tied for 8th in runs allowed. Lee, Torres, and Koonts have been passable as starters, but the bullpen has let them down more often than not. Ramon Salazar's closer role is anything but secure, as the recent signing has given up runs in nearly all of his appearances. Our pitching is probably worse than the stats indicate, as we have the worst FIP in the EL. Fortunately, our defense has been fantastic: Especially the infield of Neu, Palacios, and Batres.

Transactions:
SP Jimmy Embleton was optioned to AAA after another rough start to close the month. Evan Downey has been called up, and he will make his USBL debut on May 1st. Downey hasn't been especially sharp this year, but he was great in 2024, and it's time to see if he can pitch at this level.

Injury Report:
SS Tony Palacios returned from his shoulder injury, and has been great with the bat since coming back. We optioned Mike Killian back to the minors, with hopes that he will develop his hitting.

DH Myles Fenty is out one month with a strained groin. The injury isn't major, but losing his bat really hurts as he is by far our biggest home run threat. 1B Jose Tapia has been called up from AAA, and he has since taken over as the starting first baseman. As a result, Jose Ariza and Alex Roberts have been splitting time in the DH role.

Around the League:
-Robins 2B Jeff Williams went 5-6 in a win over the Explorers. Williams is hitting .351 on the year, driving in 14.
-RP Nuno Daddi finally settled for a deal, as he heads to Tulsa on a 3 year contract. The lefty finished 4th in EL Pitcher of the Year voting in 2024.
-Monarchs SP Mark Saige shut out the Explorers, allowing just 3 hits. Saige has a 1.17 ERA in two starts after starting the year in the minors.
-Spartans LF Eric Niehoff went 5-6 against the Comets, leading them to a 5-3 win. Niehoff is hitting .264 with 3 home runs.
-Heroes LF Nick Kitzler went 5-5 in a win over the Impact. Kitzler picked up where he left off in 2024, hitting .444 through the first month of the season.
-Vipers SP Kevin Greer is out for the year with a torn UCL. Greer made just 8 starts last season, and his career may be in jeopardy at age 39.

Monthly Awards:
WL Batter of the Month: Scouts 2B Jason Colford: .368 AVG, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 20 R
EL Batter of the Month: Waves 1B Scott Head: .375 AVG, 13 HR, 26 RBI, 23 R
WL Pitcher of the Month: Foxes SP Alexis Fregoso: 37.1 IP, 1.21 ERA, 44 K
EL Pitcher of the Month: Salukis SP Billy Boltz: 35 IP, 1.80 ERA, 41 K
WL Rookie of the Month: Scorpions 1B Bobby Young: .286 AVG, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 14 R
EL Rookie of the Month: Naturals 1B Tyler Renfro: .286 AVG, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 20 R

Columbus Monthly Awards:
Batter of the Month: DH Myles Fenty: .333/.417/.667, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 10 R
Pitcher of the Month: RP Jeremy Townsend: 8.2 IP, 1.04 ERA, 16 K, 1 BB, 0.58 WHIP

Minor League Batters of the Month:
CF Jimmy Batt (AA): .383/.451/.556, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 5 SB
3B Chris Rathert (AAA): .333/.435/.692, 4 HR, 6 RBI
3B Adam Mitchum (A): .290/.417/.449, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R

Minor League Pitchers of the Month:
SP Shane Webster (A): 28.2 IP, 4.08 ERA, 28 K, 1.29 WHIP
RP Eric Baer (A): 11.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 9 K, 0.91 WHIP
SP Gabe Perez (AA): 30 IP, 3.00 ERA, 27 K, 1.40 WHIP
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Thought this was a cool game... Evan Downey didn't need to be sharp in his debut as we put up 18 runs on 20 hits. Downey was great, allowing just 2 runs in 6 innings, but it didn't really matter. Everyone who picked up a bat drove in at least one run, which I have never seen before. Denver's starter left after one batter with a blister, and they ran out of pitching by the 7th inning. Their position players didn't even do that bad, but every reliever they brought in got shelled. Hopefully we save some of these runs for later on this season!
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Mid-May 2025 Update:
Record: 16-20 (2nd, 2 GB)

An 8-6 start to May has gotten us right back in contention, and with the rest of the month being against Midwest Division teams, the next two weeks should be a good indicator of where we stand. Despite losing slugger Myles Fenty to injury, the offense has really picked up in May. Alex Roberts has done nicely filling in at DH (.289/.373/.422 in May), while Jose Tapia continues to hit the ball well as the starting first baseman. Corey Neu has also started to figure it out at the plate, as he has posted a .390 on base percentage in May after a disastrous April.

Pitching has continued to be a mess, as consistency has been hard to come by. Sergio Torres allowed just 3 runs in a nice stretch of 19.2 innings, but he got shelled for 10 hits and 5 runs in his last outing. The same can be said about Andy Castillo, who followed up a 7 inning shutout with back to back starts of less than 4 innings. The bullpen has improved recently, but it hasn't always been enough to make up for bad starts.

Injury Report:
C Pedro Guzman strained his hamstring while legging out a double, and he will miss 5 weeks. Michael Decker takes over as the starting catcher, and we purchased the contract of C Ivan Gonzalez from AAA. The 24-year old was hitting .250/.333/.344 in the minors.

Transactions:
The 5th spot in the starting rotation has shuffled around quite a bit this month. Curt Koonts has struggled in that role, so he has been sent back to the bullpen, where he had success last year. Matt Stotler made a spot start, but he was hit hard and was sent back to AAA. For now, Bryan Fetty will enter the rotation. The 24-year old had a 5.34 ERA in AAA, but had an impressive 28/10 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.

RP Steve Steen was waived and sent to AAA. Steen struggled to a 7.41 ERA in 17 innings this year. This move was to accomodate the addition of Curt Koonts to the bullpen.

We claimed RP Gustavo Robles on waivers from the St. Louis Shockers. The 21-year old has split time between AAA and the big leagues this year, and has pitched pretty well after missing most of 2024 with a shoulder injury. For now, he has been sent to AAA.

1B Jose Ariza has announced that he will retire after the season. Keeping Ariza around is a difficult choice, because while he has done nothing at the plate (.123/.167/.274 with 3 HR), he is a great leader in the clubhouse. For now, we don't desperately need a roster spot, but his time in Columbus may be running out.

Around the League:
-Waves LF Scott Head hit 3 home runs in a 10-5 win over the Jackals. Head is on his way to another MVP season, as he already has 22 home runs in just 36 games.
-Vandals SP David Rogers shut out the Classics, striking out 12 and walking none. Rogers is 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 50.1 innings.
-Gamblers RP Roberto Coello is out for the year with a torn UCL. Coello had a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings this season.
-Heroes SP Brandon Willoughby tossed a shutout against the Spartans, surrendering just 3 hits. Willoughby is 4-0 with a 3.64 ERA.
-Impact 1B Josh Vinson hit 3 home runs against the Seals. The 33-year old hasn't lived up to last year, but he is still hitting .269 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI.
-Scouts RP Omar Guerrero is expeceted to miss 4-5 months with a shoulder injury. The 26-year old was enjoying a breakout year, as he allowed just 1 earned run in his first 19.1 innings of work.

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Record: 23-28 (2nd, 5 GB)



A 4-game sweep over the Naturals got us back to an even record, but a 3-8 slide to finish the month puts the Classics back in the hole. Ben Grates has continued to be the offensive MVP, as he hit .345 with 5 home runs for the month. 2B Manny Batres also stepped up in a big way, hitting .337, and putting up a .413 on base percentage. Otherwise the offense has been pretty quiet - especially Tony Palacios, who had just a .491 OPS in May after a hot April.

Evan Downey gave us the highlight of the month, as he pitched the team's first shutout of the season against the Naturals. So far the back end of the rotation has been pathetic at times, so it would be huge if Downey establishes himself as a good starter. Min-ho Lee led the way on the mound overall, as his consistent pitching led to another EL Pitcher of the Month Award. May's top reliever was Marcos Archuleta, who allowed just 1 earned run in 12 innings.

Transactions:
1B Jose Ariza was released, as his cold streak continued throughout the month. Ariza had a .128/.172/.267 slash line in 25 games, and with no defensive value there wasn't any reason to keep him on the roster.

SS Robert Reyes has been killing the ball in the minors, so he has been called up in place of 3B Chris Rathert, who received a brief stint with Columbus after Ariza's release. Reyes will get a chance to start at shortstop, as Tony Palacios has been awful over the last few weeks.

Injury Report:
DH Myles Fenty has started a rehab assignment in AAA, and should return within a week.

RP Julio Lambruschini spent the minimum 10 days on the IL with a minor back injury, and has returned to the USBL team. Danny Gaona was called up in his absence, and pitched well in 3 appearances.

SP Bryan Fetty suffered a shoulder injury in his first USBL appearance, and has been sent to the Injured List. Matt Stotler was called up in his place, but was sent down after making two starts. Jimmy Embleton has been pitching well in the minors since his initial demotion, and for now he will take over the 5th spot in the starting rotation.

Around the League:
-Foxes SP Bill Mattes is out for the year with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. The 2024 EL All-Star was 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 8 starts.
-Impact SP Derrick Jensen threw a shutout against the Seals, striking out 10. Jensen has a 3.59 ERA in 67.2 innings, striking out 71.
-Vipers LF Russ Rock is out 3-4 weeks with a strained oblique. The 35-year old is hitting .338, after hitting .391 in just 215 at bats a season ago.
-Scorpions LF Bobby Young is out 3 weeks with a torn hamstring. The 28-year old rookie is hitting .277/.389/.535 with 9 home runs after coming to the USBL from an independent league.
-Monarchs SP Alex Jimenez shut out Columbus, strikng out 5. Jimenez has a 2.88 ERA in 10 starts.
-Spartans 2B Trevor Damm went 5-5 against the Heroes in a 10-6 win. Damm missed the beginning of the season with a strained hamstring, but is batting .394 in his first 27 games of the season.


WL Batter of the Month: Impact 1B Josh Vinson: .344 AVG, 12 HR, 22 RBI, 27 R
EL Batter of the Month: Waves 1B Scott Head: .360 AVG, 16 HR, 40 RBI, 25 R
WL Pitcher of the Month: Foxes SP Alexis Fregoso: 43.2 IP, 1.65 ERA, 48 K
EL Pitcher of the Month: Classics SP Min-ho Lee: 39.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 32 K
WL Rookie of the Month: Emeralds RF Jim Pierce: .411 AVG, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 13 R
EL Pitcher of the Month: Spartans SP Jim Pasnik: 35.1 IP, 2.80 ERA, 21 K

Columbus Organization Awards:
Batter of the Month: RF Ben Grates: .345/.381/.571, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 8 2B, 3 SB
Pitcher of the Month: SP Min-ho Lee: 39.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 32 K, 0.93 WHIP

Minor League Batters of the Month:
1. CF Shane Sehnert (A): .404/.509/.638, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 11 R, 3 SB
2. SS Robert Reyes (AAA): .318/.400/.545, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 14 R
3. 2B David Hinjosa (AAA): .268/.381/.439, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 12 R, 2 SB

Minor League Pitchers of the Month:
1. Javier Samaniego (A): 44.1 IP, 2.03 ERA, 45 K, 0.88 WHIP
2. Mario Segura (AAA): 41.2 IP, 1.30 ERA, 38 K, 0.94 WHIP
3. Anthony Roy (AA): 35.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, 37 K, 1.02 WHIP
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Mid-June 2025 Update:
Record: 29-35 (2nd, 6 GB)

June has been inconsistent, but a 3 game winning streak has brought this month's record to 6-7. Myles Fenty has been decent in his return (.810 OPS with 3 HR), but outside of him and Ben Grates, the offense has continued to struggle. The only other bright spot has been Adan Corella, who is slugging .636 since entering the starting lineup for an injured William Lizarraga. It's unlikely that Corella will continue hitting this well for long, but it is encouraging after a poor start to the season from him.

Surprisingly, the back of the rotation has picked up the slack of late. Andy Castillo has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 4 consecutive starts, and Jimmy Embleton tossed our second shutout of the season against the Scouts. Min-ho Lee has also followed up his Pitcher of the Month award by allowing just 1 earned run in his first two starts of June.

Injury Report:
SP Min-ho Lee was removed from his last start with a strained abdomen, but his injury is not considered serious, and he will likely miss only one start.

SP Evan Downey missed two weeks with a mild shoulder strain, but he has returned to the rotation and will start in the next series against San Antonio. Mario Segura was called up in his place, but struggled in 2 starts (7 earned runs in 9 IP).

CF William Lizarraga has been placed on the IL with back stiffness, and he will likely miss the rest of June. OF Myeong-hwan Park has been called up in his place, and he has done well in his short time with Columbus (5-12 in 4 games).

Transactions:
OF Alex Roberts was optioned to AAA when Myles Fenty returned from the IL. Roberts hasn't done much at the plate, and with his poor defense and speed he isn't very useful on the bench if he isn't hitting.

Around the League:
-Comets SP Crispino Rodriguez is out for the year with a torn labrum. He has struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 11 starts after going 10-8 in 2024.
-The Robins sent CF Jeremy Rodriguez to the Comets for LF Ivan Paredez and a minor league pitcher. Rodriguez was hitting .269 with 2 home runs, and Paredes was hitting .311 with 5 home runs.
-The Spartans traded RP Jim Hudson to the Heroes in exchange for three prospects. Hudson is still recovering from a torn UCL, but last year had a 2.78 ERA for Richmond.
-Naturals RP Jeremy Shaw is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Shaw had a 4.02 ERA in his first season in Indianapolis.
-The Monarchs signed SP Davon Wooldridge to a 7 year extension worth $142 million. Wooldridge only received a 1 year deal due to injury concerns, but the 29-year old has a 3.50 ERA in 13 starts.
-Explorers SP Adam Moody threw a shutout against the Seals, allowing just 3 hits. Moody has a 4.81 ERA to go with his 5-6 record.

Draft Results:
1. SP Adam Burnham (COL)
2. CF Manuel Alvarez (COL)
3. SP Nick Anderson (COL)
4. SS Javier Artiles (COL)
5. SP Sam Kaiser (COL)
6. SS Kelvin Gibson (HS)
7. SP Eddie Norris (HS)
8. SP Shawn Harris (HS)
9. C Steve Auteri (HS)
10. SS Gene Kane (COL)
11. RF Kyle Bruno (COL)
12. RP Keith Moore (COL)
13. 2B David Mancebo (COL)
14. SP Craig Silberg (COL)
15. 1B Cameron Torre (COL)
16. 2B Justin Page (COL)
17. C Mike Daniels (HS)
18. SP Adam Pagan (COL)
19. 1B Tom Fisher (HS)
20. CF Mike DuBois (HS)
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Record: 34-43 (2nd, 9 GB)


Making the playoffs seems pretty unlikely at this point, so we're likely going to be sellers as the Trade Deadline approaches this month. Interestingly, we're starting to score more runs as the first five men in our batting order (Corella, Lizarraga, Grates, Fenty, Tapia) all have batting averages above .300. Adan Corella in particular really turned things around, as the rookie hit .377/.415/.558 in June, receiving much more playing time after William Lizarraga went down. Now that Lizarraga is back, we have shifted Ron Goldman to shortstop, to get both of our speedy outfielders in the lineup.

The bullpen got absolutely destroyed in June, as we had 3 pitchers with an ERA above 5 for the month. The starters have been doing fine, but Evan Downey has been the only one to stand out, as the 23-year old allowed just 2 runs in 4 June starts. Downey hasn't been a strikeout pitcher in 2025, but he's starting to look like someone that can stick around in our rotation.

Injury Report:
OF William Lizarraga was activated from the IL, and we sent SS Robert Reyes to AAA. Reyes did nothing with his shot in the starting lineup, hitting just .159/.264/.175 in 21 games.

C Pedro Guzman has been activated from the IL, and Ivan Gonzalez has been sent down to AAA. Gonzalez showed great plate discipline in his short time with Columbus, drawing 6 walks in just 35 plate appearances. Guzman has hit the ball well in his return, going 5-11 in his first three games back.

SP Jared Hooper has recently started a rehab assignment after missing the first few months of the year with a ruptured finger tendon.

Around the League:
-Scorpions SS Ben Bishop is out for the year with a broken elbow. Bishop hit .321/.360/.410 with 28 RBI in his first season with San Antonio.
-The Owls traded RP John Fodor to the Vandals for a minor league pitching prospect. Fodor had an ERA of 2.25 with the Owls, striking out 42 batters in 32 innings pitched.
-The Robins traded 1B Joel Manous to the Emeralds for RP Dave Jimenez and a minor league pitcher. Manous was hitting .235/.335/.417 with 9 home runs, while Jimenez had a 3.33 ERA in 27 innings.
-Robins RP and former Classic Eric Cottle is out for the year with a torn UCL. Cottle had a 3.86 ERA with 38 punch outs in 28 innings.
-Jackals SS Kyle Buckwalter is out for the year with a fractured elbow. He finishes the season batting .341/.397/.449 with 2 home runs.
-Owls LF Ryan Fertig will miss 4 weeks with a strained shoulder. Fertig is among the league leaders with a .371 average, to go with 8 home runs in 40 games.
-Impact 3B Sean Clements is out for the season with a broken kneecap. Clements struggled to a .226 average after hitting 20 home runs a year ago.
-Vipers 3B Manny Rodriguez went 5-5 in a win against the Heroes. The 24-year old is batting .267 with 5 home runs in 2025.
-Foxes SP Jason Epperson is out for the year with a ruptured UCL. Epperson had a 3.54 ERA in 9 starts.

WL Batter of the Month: Comets 2B Salvador Rico: .396 AVG, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 23 R
EL Batter of the Month: Vipers RF Rich Pecina: .416 AVG, 12 HR, 28 RBI, 25 R
WL Pitcher of the Month: Thunderbirds SP Willie Hernandez: 38.1 IP, 1.41 ERA, 42 K
EL Pitcher of the Month: Explorers SP Ji Hsu: 44.1 IP, 1.22 ERA, 47 K
WL Rookie of the Month: Emeralds RF Jim Pierce: .383 AVG, 1 HR, 16 RBI
EL Rookie of the Month: Naturals 1B Tyler Renfro: .351 AVG, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 19 R

Columbus Organization Awards:
Batter of the Month: DH Myles Fenty: .326/.390/.609, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 14 R
Pitcher of the Month: SP Evan Downey: 20.1 IP, 0.89 ERA, 9 K, 0.93 WHIP

Minor League Batters of the Month:
CF Jimmy Batt (AA): .316/.432/.541, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 21 R, 7 SB
CF Victor Aleman (AA): .278/.412/.485, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 16 R, 7 SB
2B David Hinojsa (AAA): .294/.400/.400, 2 HR, 10 rbi, 11 R

Minor League Pitchers of the Month:
SP Shane Webster (A): 39.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 50 K, 0.85 WHIP
SP Stephon Russel (AAA): 37.1 IP, 1.21 ERA, 32 K, 0.86 WHIP
SP Chris Rhoades (AAA): 31.2 IP, 1.99 ERA, 34 K, 0.88 WHIP
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All Star Break 2025 Update:
Record: 42-47 (T-2nd, 7 GB)

Just after I had written this team off, we finish the first half by going 8-2 on a homestand against the Eastern Division. Ben Grates has been the MVP during that time frame, as his .383/.453/.638 slash line in July solidified his first All Star game appearance. Pedro Guzman has also continued to mash since returning from injury, hitting .353 in 9 games this month. After getting temporarily benched, 2B Manny Batres has also heated up at the plate, going 9-20 with a home run in his return to the lineup.

Our hot streak is even more impressive when you consider how bad the rotation has been over that time. Outside of Min-ho Lee, pretty much everyone else turned in poor outings. For the first time all year, the bullpen really stepped up: especially Jeremy Townsend and Jake Jones, who have not allowed a run in July. Dylan Daniels has also been a great fireman, coming in for multiple innings when our starters get knocked out early.

Injury Report:
Julio Lambruschini hit the IL with a minor calf strain, but he will return after the All Star break. Danny Gaona will likely head back down, which is unfortunate because he has been pitching well. However, I like having Curt Koonts on the USBL roster because of his ability to pitch multiple innings, which is necessary with our inconsistent rotation.

Jared Hopper has pitched 6.2 innings in AAA, striking out 3 and allowing 2 runs. We aren't in a huge rush to call him up, so he might stay in AAA past the end of his rehab assignment.

Transactions:
Jimmy Embleton has been sent back to AAA after three bad starts in a row, ballooning his ERA to 6.98. Despite pitching a shutout earlier this season, his time as a starter may be over this season. Stephon Russell has taken over the 5th spot in the rotation, and he was solid in his first start, giving up just one run in 5.1 innings.

2B Jordan Limas has been traded to the Scorpions for minor league SP Danny Chavez. Limas hasn't been getting a ton of playing time with the emergence of Manny Batres, and Chavez might be able to help out our struggling starting rotation. The 25-year old has spent all year in AAA, where he has posted a 2.89 ERA, striking out 93 in 90.1 innings. Chavez will start out in AAA for our organization, but he may receive a call to the USBL if someone gets injured. As a result of the trade, 2B David Hinojosa has been called up to the Classics. He will fill in at 2B and SS after hitting .266/.364/.380 in AAA so far this season.

OF/1B Myeong-hwan Park has been sent down to AAA, and we have called up the speedy outfielder Jose Chapparo. The 25-year old has hit .251/.307/.364 with 4 home runs and 21 stolen bases in AAA this year.

Around the League:
-Naturals LF Jeremy Stuart's hitting streak ended at 22 games against the Waves. Stuart is hitting .365 on the season, and has suddenly emerged as one of the best young contact hitters in baseball.
-Naturals RF Jim Rolston had a 6-6 day in a win over the Vupers, raising his average to .321 in 2025. Rolson also has 18 home runs with 74 runs driven in.
-Gamblers SP Damian Mendoza is out for the year with a shoulder injury. The 23-year old was 3-6 with a 4.09 ERA.
-Comets LF Rafael Cervantes went 5-5 against the Foxes, leading Spokane to an 11-0 victory. Cervantes has declined this year, but he is still hitting .273/.398/.521 with 17 home runs.
-Salukis RF Austin Nickerson went 5-5 in a win over the Waves. Nickerson is hitting .346 in his first season with Rhode Island.
-The Waves traded SS Craig Leh (.261/.325/.348) to Tulsa for SP Corey Baker (5.61 ERA, 93 IP, 81 K).
-Vipers C Alex Bonilla ended his hitting streak at 22 games in a loss against the Shockers. Bonilla has taken a huge step forward this year, as the 24-year old is hitting .304 with 10 home runs.
-Thunderbirds SP Nate Girgenti shut out the Vandals, striking out 8. Girgenti is 7-8 with a 3.13 ERA after leading the Western League with a 2.03 ERA in 2024.

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