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Eastern League: Athletics, Chiefs to Battle for Pennant





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Offense: .268/.341/.397 (4th/7th/6th)
Pitching: 3.94/4.04/3.59 (3rd/3rd/3rd)
Defense: .714 (Tied for 1st)

The Wellington Athletics are heading to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years and just the third time overall in their history. They finish in first place as well for just the second time, but it feels as though they staggered across the finish line rather than sprinted. Since December, they have won only three more games than they have lost and a rash of injuries to their pitching staff appears to have sapped some of their momentum. But they are not the only playoff team to be decimated by the injury bug this season (read: Wolseley).

The pitching staff has held its own, despite the loss of No. 1 starter 25-year old RHP Bert Morrow (8-6, 3.97 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 3.77 FIP) and No. 2 man 27-year old RHP Troy Conlin (12-8, 3.87 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.05 FIP) late in the season. Veteran Ian Peter now assumes the No. 1 spot. For the playoffs, Wellington is going with the following four-man rotation:

31-year old RHP Ian Peter (13-10, 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 4.24 FIP)
29-year old RHP Wilfried Schop (13-9, 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 3.87 FIP)
27-year old LHP Matt Price (12-12, 4.07 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 4.38 FIP)
24-year old RHP Vinnie Snell (2-2, 4.58 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 4.11 FIP)

The offense has held steady, one led by 24-year old LF Matthew Floyd (.305/.386/.566, 22 HR, 111 RBI, 65 BB, 9 SB, 6.2 WAR) and 26-year old CF Jim Mars (.322/.390/.435, 9 HR, 84 RBI, 69 BB, 5.8 WAR), two of Wellington’s three players rated in the Top 20. The third, 24-year old C Declan Bugbie (.309/.339/.450, 11 HR, 82 RBI, 25 BB, 4.7 WAR), is expected to miss the Pennant Series due to an injury suffered in mid-March. However, he should be available for the United Cup Series should the Athletics get that far.

Player of the Week Awards:

February 18 – LF Matthew Floyd (.462, 12 H, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R)

Noteworthy:

February 17 – It was a rough day for the pitchers, as the Athletics pummelled the Sheburn Tigers 17-8 in an interleague matchup at the Paramount in Sherburn. Wellington outhit Sherburn 22 to 15, with both LF Matthew Floyd (2 HR, 1-2B, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 4 R) and CF Jim Mars (1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 R) going 5 for 5 on the day. Floyd singled in the 1st, hit a three-run home run in the 2nd, doubled in the 4th, hit another three-run home run in the 5th, hit an RBI single in the 6th and walked in the 8th. Meanwhile, Mars singled in the 1st and 2nd innings, hit a solo home run in the 4th, walked in the 5th and then singled in the 6th & 8th innings. In a losing cause, Tigers’ LF Noah Teale went 4 for 5 with a double, 3 RBI and 3 R. Incidentally, Floyd’s handiwork was named the top game performance for a position player this season in the ULB, earning a score of 132.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

6th overall – IF Brayden Docking (23/64). Docking enjoyed a solid first season in Double A after being selected by Wellington in this season’s amateur draft. The 21-year old spent the majority of his time at 3B and the No. 3 spot in the lineup. He hit .298/.385/.444, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 1.1 WAR in 198 AB. On March 14, he went 5 for 6 against the Brockville Bears (Stratford), with 1-2B, 1 RBI.

Current Injuries:

RHP Zachary Collingham – December 27 – torn meniscus. Out for: 6-7 more weeks.
RHP Troy Conlin – February 22 - torn meniscus. Out for: 2-3 more months.
LHP Jorge Ortíz – March 10 – should inflammation. Out for: 6 more months.
C Declan Bugbie – March 15 – strained oblique. Out for: DtD, one week.
RHP Bert Morrow – March 16 – partially torn UCL. Out for: 8 more months.

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Offense: .262/.342/.385 (6th/6th/7th)
Pitching: 4.29/4.62/3.40 (4th/6th/1st)
Defense: .714 (Tied for 1st)

On the morning of March 20, the Downie Chiefs trailed the Queensland Eagles by three games for the wild card with four games remaining on the schedule – against those same Eagles. The Chiefs did what they had to do to capture the last playoff spot – sweeping Queensland in four straight. Downie got solid complete-game performances from three of their four top starters (Pelaneklina, Knowles and Hewat) to run the table, giving the club some optimism that their rotation – a shadow of what it once was two seasons ago – can rise to the occasion in the playoffs. For the Eastern League Pennant Series, Downie is going with the following rotation:

29-year old RHP Kelii Pelanekelina (12-13, 4.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 4.73 FIP)
32-year old RHP Joong Ling (13-13, 4.65 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 4.49 FIP)
31-year old RHP Bernie Knowles (10-13, 4.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 4.42 FIP)
36-year old LHP Gavin Hewat (14-10, 3.99 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 3.88 FIP)

Perhaps most disconcerting is that Downie’s top two players suffered relative ‘off’ years compared to previous seasons. A fractured finger limited 26-year old 2B Dominic Dudding (.343/.418/.554, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 52 BB, 5.8 WAR) this season, but last season’s Babe Ruth Award winner, 26-year old CF Alfonso León (.287/.365/.433, 17 HR, 89 RBI, 74 BB, 5.6 WAR), endured his worst campaign since his rookie season 5 years ago. On the positive side, lead-off hitter 27-year old LF Howard Dumbrill (.243/.361/.378, 18 HR, 62 RBI, 106 BB, 13 SB, 4.1 WAR) enjoyed his best season in six years and was simply outstanding in the field (.995 PCT, 3.01 RNG, +12.0 ZR, 1.050 EFF). Finally, 25-year old RF Connor Bing (.270/.354/.452, 10 HR, 54 RBI, 44 BB, 3.7 WAR) progressed nicely in his sophomore season.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

14th overall – 2B Harley Truman (38/59). Truman felt right at home in Double-A, going .349/.446/.628, 16 HR, 57 RBI, 35 BB, 14 SB in 215 AB before being promoted to the AAA Renforth Braves. Once there, he went .298/.365/.526, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SB in 57 AB. He batted .222/.300/.222 with 1 BB in 9 AB in the playoffs. Alas, the Braves were swept by the Rutledge Red Caps (Pulberry) in three straight games in the West Cape Pennant Series.

Current Injuries:

RHP Harley Bracher – March 14 – intercostal strain. Out for: 6 more days.

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Offense: .275/.349/.406 (2nd/3rd/3rd)
Pitching: 4.46/4.29/5.11 (6th/4th/8th)
Defense: .696 (Tied for 6th)

Choked. Collapsed. Crumbled. Whatever you want to call it, the Queensland Eagles could not get it done in March when the chips were down and missed out on ending their five-year playoff drought. Still, after enduring back-to-back last-place finishes over the previous two seasons, their improved play provides some comfort for Eagles’ fans.
The top of the rotation started showing signs this season of delivering on their promise. 26-year old RHP Logan Belsey (19-11, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.24 FIP) enjoyed a really nice bounce-back season, while 24-year old RHP Stiofan Micklethwait (14-13, 3.87 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 3.85 FIP) showed flashes of brilliance, although he did struggle in the final two months of the season. (3-6, 4.83 ERA, 1.57 WHIP). But the rest of the rotation and especially the bullpen are really going to have to step it up if the Eagles want to compete next season.

The offense still lacks a truly impact player, but the Eagles do have the makings of a nice core to build around. 25-year old 1B Ryan Conisford (.273/.363/.438, 18 HR, 68 RBI, 79 BB, 3.8 WAR) and 26-year old LF Rod Dennis (.318/.371/.508, 26 HR, 103 RBI, 54 BB, 3.8 WAR) continue to make strides, while 33-year old C Elijah Sheppard (.251/.375/.403, 15 HR, 51 RBI, 81 BB, 3.8 WAR) earned his first all-star selection in four years.

Player of the Week Awards:

February 25 – LF Rod Dennis (.429, 12 H, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
March 17 – 1B Ryan Conisford (.400, 8 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

Noteworthy:

March 2 – Although the visiting Cobourg Red Stockings eventually triumphed 8-7 in 12 innings, it was not for a lack of trying on the part of 3B Alexander Crutcher (.296/.346/.436, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 23 BB, 7 SB, 1.9 WAR) who went 5 for 6 on the day. Queensland’s lead off hitter singled in the 2nd, doubled in the 4th, hit an RBI single in the 6th, doubled in the 8th, struck out in the 10th and singled in the 12th. In addition to two doubles, Crutcher collected an RBI and run.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

4th overall – RF Hal Dhu (20/80). The 18-year old Dhu had a respectable first season in Double-A, going .241/.307/.334, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 26 BB, -0.6 WAR in 326 AB. He batted largely out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

Current Injuries:

RHP Francisco López – January 12 – torn ULC. Out for: 4 more months.
RHP Gael Yule – January 17 – torn labrum. Out for: 4-5 more months.
2B Eric Maher – March 5 – oblique strain. Out for: Unknown.

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Offense: .254/.330/.400 (7th/8th/4th)
Pitching: 3.68/3.72/3.48 (1st/1st/2nd)
Defense: .709 (4th)

If the Eagles are lamenting the way their season ended, the Embro Suns are right there with them. Sitting just a game behind Queensland at the start of March, the Suns pulled into a tie for the wild card on March 19, after taking two of three from the Eagles. But as Queensland was being swept by the Downie Chiefs in their final series, Embro suffered the same fate at the hands of the Cobourg Red Stockings, being eliminated on the final day of the season. It was a disappointing end, especially after a particularly strong February that brought them from 5.5 games back of the wild card to its doorstep. Certainly, the loss of 32-year old LHP Arthur Bence (13-7, 3.36 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.95 FIP) to a season-ending injury didn’t help their cause, but the level of young talent that’s currently on the major league roster gives cause for optimism for next year and beyond.

26-year old RHP Juan Rivas (12-6, 5 SV, 2.19 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 3.15 FIP) was sensational all season, especially when he finally started getting regular starts after the trade of RHP Aaron Saunderson to Wolseley. Here’s hoping he stays in the rotation for good going forward. If Bence can come back healthy next season, the Suns should have an enviable 1-2-3 punch at the top of the rotation, with 26-year old LHP Carl McBroom (10-16, 3.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.97 FIP) as their No. 1 starter.

Embro struggled offensively this season, but the roster is quickly filling up with promising youngsters that could soon turn things around. 22-year old Kieron Bradridge (.285/.330/.484, 19 HR, 85 RBI, 36 BB, 5.4 WAR) was sensational in his rookie season and is already considered the No. 3-rated shortstop in the United Leagues. He is joined by 23-year old rookie 3B Moromao Nakagawa (.266/.362/.424, 17 HR, 77 RBI, 87 BB, 4.3 WAR) who came on strong in February and March, as well as 25-year old 1B José Maldonado (.283/.379/.460, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 65 BB, 9 SB, 3.5 WAR).

First Round Draft Pick Update:

13th overall – 1B Damien Whetter (20/66). Whetter saw limited action this season, getting only 67 AB, mostly against RHP. When the 18-year old did get into the lineup, he went .284/.311/.373, 4-2B, 13 RBI, 4 BB, -0.3 WAR overall; .305/.333/.390 against right-handers. By season’s end, he was installed in the No. 5 spot in the RHP lineup.

Current Injuries:

LHP Arthur Bence – February 2 – torn rotator cuff. Out for: 4 more months.
1B José Maldonado – March 22 – groin soreness. Out for: DtD, 3 days.

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Offense: .274/.347/.426 (3rd/4th/1st)
Pitching: 4.70/4.75/4.59 (7th/7th/5th)
Defense: .700 (5th)

The Braeland City Monarchs picked things up in February and March to finish at .500, but they are going to have to address their pitching struggles if they hope to return to their 90+ win form from just a couple of seasons ago.

Offense is not the problem. The Monarchs have an impressive lineup that should only get stronger next season. Four-year veteran, 26-year old 2B Patrick Lidgate (.285/.390/.500, 23 HR, 82 RBI, 89 BB, 5.7 WAR), was Braeland City’s top player, even if it was a bit of a down year compared to last season for him. But he was ably supported by 28-year old 1B Dean Witherden (.332/.379/.460, 15 HR, 80 RBI, 47 BB, 5.0 WAR), 27-year old CF Jake Stunt (.308/.363/.442, 12 HR, 67 RBI, 47 BB, 14 SB, 4.5 WAR) and 26-year old 3B On Tsao (.296/.371/.474, 15 HR, 84 RBI, 55 BB, 3.4 WAR). Add the impressive season of 21-year old rookie RF Aidan Trembath (.336/.386/.563, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 28 BB, 3.2 WAR) as well as the acquisition of 30-year old SS Roland Binns (.303/.355/.538, 14 HR, 53 RBI, 15 BB, 2.2 WAR) from Pulberry and Braeland City should be in good shape offensively next year.

But the Monarchs aren’t going anywhere if they don’t address their pitching woes. After 26-year old RHP Freddie Trerise (7-8, 4.10 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 4.75 FIP) went on the disabled list in late February, Braeland City sported three rookies in the rotation by season’s end: 27-year old RHP Trevor Cranfield (9-14, 5.52 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 4.19 FIP), 24-year old RHP Pei Ming (2-3, 7.36 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, 5.87 FIP) and 27-year old RHP Ewan Thackery (2-0, 4.99 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 4.06 FIP). 31-year old ace RHP Okura Suzuki (14-12, 3.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 3.13 FIP) is going to need much better support than that. Standing pat will not be a successful off-season strategy for this staff in my opinion.

Player of the Week Awards:

February 4 – CF Jake Stunt (.480, 12 H, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
March 10 – CF Jake Stunt (.522, 12 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI)

Noteworthy:

March 4 – Back in December 1949, Wolseley Unions’ C Éric Denis and Kingston Pelicans’ C Danny Trowbridge smacked three home runs in a game just six days apart. Well lightning has struck twice, this time in a span of just eight days. After Brunswick Legends’ 1B Stuart Bentham achieved it on February 27 (more on that in the Legends’ report), 3B On Tsao became the 10th player in United Leagues history to accomplish the feat. Tsao started things off with a bang, hitting a Grand Slam off Queensland Eagles’ RHP Pi-ao Quian in the 1st inning, hit a solo shot off RHP Bruno Skinner in the 2nd, walked in the 4th, hit a two-run home run off LHP Leif Bryant in the 6th and walked in the 8th. In all, Tsao went 3 for 3 with 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 R in the Monarchs’ convincing 18-6 win over the Eagles at Kings Park in Braeland City.

March 16 – The Monarchs squeaked by the visiting Cobourg Red Stockings 8-7 in 10 innings. Helping out Braeland City’s cause was CF Jake Stunt who went 5 for 6. Braeland City’s lead off hitter flied out in the 1st, singled in the 3rd and 5th innings, hit an RBI single in the 6th, then singled in the 8th and 10th innings. He collected an RBI and a run on the day.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

5th overall – SS Nicholas Malcolm (30/66). Malcolm was outstanding in Double-A, going .314/.407/.553, 11 HR, 56 RBI, 31 BB, 3.0 WAR in 226 AB with the Kingsville Royals before being promoted to the AAA Clifton Whales (.137/.214/.216, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB in 51 AB). He picked up a Player of the Week Award in December while with the Royals.

Current Injuries:

RHP Freddie Trerise – February 25 – partially torn labrum. Out for: 6-7 more weeks.

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Offense: .280/.345/.415 (1st/5th/2nd)
Pitching: 4.44/4.33/4.87 (5th/5th/7th)
Defense: .687 (8th)

The Cobourg Red Stockings are in a similar situation as the Braeland City Monarchs, not only in the standings, but in having both a strong offensive core and a weak pitching staff. Until they shore up their rotation and bullpen, Cobourg will continue to tread water – at best. But they do have one or two nice pieces coming up from the minors that could help – and force some tough choices in the lineup in the process.

Cobourg had far and away the best No. 3 and 4 hitters in the United Leagues and that’s saying something. 30-year old 3B Alexander Tolmie (.338/.415/.415, 26 HR, 115 RBI, 83 BB, 7.5 WAR) and 25-year old CF Raymond Williams (.346/.428/.595, 25 HR, 119 RBI, 86 BB, 10 SB, 8.4 WAR) both enjoyed their best seasons yet. It’s a good bet they will be 1-2 in the Babe Ruth voting in the East this off-season. But the rest of the lineup is pretty good as well, although their defense leaves something to be desired. The infield could receive a boost if No. 2 overall prospect, 20-year old SS Douglas Jones (32/80), is ready next season. The former 6th overall pick from 1949-50 was promoted straight from AA back in mid-January. His strongest position is at shortstop (65), which means Cobourg would have to find a new home for lead-off hitter 30-year old John Medley (.323/. 392/.440, 3 HR, 66 RBI, 68 BB, 22 SB, 4.0 WAR). Medley can also play second and third base and given his defensive struggles at shortstop (.336 PCT, 4.28 RNG, -18.5 ZR, .914 EFF), a shift wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

But the pitching staff needs the most urgent attention. No. 1 starter 23-year old LHP Bill Budd (16-12, 3.36 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 3.95 FIP) is the real deal and is under-rated in my opinion (he doesn’t even show up in the Top 20 Pitchers list) and 23-year old rookie RHP Bobby Williams (7-2, 3.81 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 4.09 FIP) could be a valuable piece. But the rest of the staff was a huge disappointment. 21-year old RHP Bob Nord (22/49) was recently promoted to AAA and could help one day, but there’s little else in terms of pitching prospects. Cobourg may be well advised to pursue a pitching upgrade through a trade or two if it wants to take advantage of its formidable offense next season.

Player of the Week Awards:

February 11 – 1B Harry Doxey (.480, 12 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

First Round Draft Pick Update:

12th overall –LHP Ethan Hoyes (41/68). The 21-year old reliever went 5-0, 4 SV, 4.21 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 34 K, 15 BB, 116 ERA+ in 25.2 IP during his stint in Double-A. Toward the end of the season, he was promoted to the AAA Oakville Oaks (1-1, 7.56 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, 58 ERA+ in 8.1 IP) where he is currently installed as their stopper.

Current Injuries:

RHP Shawn Howse – March 16 – torn flexor tendon. Out for: 6 more months.
2B Gijsbert Jacobse – March 18 – herniated disc (neck). Out for: 2-3 more weeks.

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Offense: .250/.351/.355 (8th/2nd/8th)
Pitching: 3.94/3.82/4.66 (2nd/2nd/6th)
Defense: .710 (3rd)

It was a tough year for the Stratford Barons, but their fortunes could change next season if everything falls into place. Their pitching, particularly the rotation, is very respectable and they have a few prospects that could jump in and give the offense a much-needed boost.

25-year old RHP Magtanggol Jaojoco (16-19, 3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3.20 FIP) finished the season strong and is rated No. 4 overall among pitchers in the United Leagues. But 25-year old RHP Bill Wolf (13-16, 3.86 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 3.88 FIP) and 30-year old RHP Allberto León (13-10, 3.32 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 3.88 FIP) provided able support and no doubt would have been more successful had the offense been more robust this year.

The offense was anchored by both 32-year old veteran C Aaron Skidmore (.298/.458/.444, 11 HR, 69 RBI, 115 BB, 5.9 WAR) and 22-year old CF Sherwin Carasig (.291/.368/.432, 15 HR, 86 RBI, 70 BB, 13 SB, 4.9 WAR). But more help is needed, as Skidmore is not getting any younger and missed most of March with an injury. The Barons did acquire both 32-year old RF Salvador Hernández (.336/.381/.492, 12 HR, 73 RBI, 32 BB, 3.1 WAR) and 26-year old 1B Bob Goodyear (.282/.363/.484, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 32 BB, 2.2 WAR) in trades this season that could help going forward. As well, Stratford has three prospects that could contribute next season: 22-year old 3B/SS Walter Beauvais (37/67), 23-year old IF/OF Matthew Channing (38/65) and 25-year old 3B/SS Jeff Houston (40/54). As stated earlier, if everything falls into place next season, the Barons may be a force to reckon with.

Noteworthy:

March 2 – The Barons delivered a 10-2 victory over the Brunswick Legends for their faithful fans, but the standing ovation given by the 20,746 in attendance was reserved for one player: 39-year old 2B Jake Walker (.303/.402/.400, 2 HR, 61 RBI, 70 BB, 1.3 WAR), who became the first player in ULB history to reach 2,500 career hits. The Canadian-native entered the game with 2,499 hits and reached the milestone at his second at-bat, singling off Brunswick’s RHP Hyun-kyou Sin in the bottom of the 3rd. Walker would collect two more hits, going 3 for 5 with 1 R.



First Round Draft Pick Update:

9th overall – C Hollis Chase (20/63). The 19-year old rode the bench for the most part, as he saw little action in his first season in the minors – just 3 AB with 1 K.

Current Injuries:

RHP Dylan Cluett – December 7 – herniated disc. Out for: 3 more days.
LHP Joel Fearn – December 21 – torn posterior cruciate ligament. Out for: 3-4 more months.
2B Chris Spiller – January 22 – torn labrum. Out for: 3 more months.
C Aaron Skidmore – March 4 – separated shoulder. Out for: 1 more day.
2B Jake Walker – March 9 – torn anterior cruciate ligament. Out for: 5-6 more months.
2B Matthew Channing – March 15 – sprained elbow. Out for: DtD, unknown.

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Offense: .265/.354/.399 (5th/1st/5th)
Pitching: 4.72/4.78/4.52 (8th/8th/4th)
Defense: .696 (Tied for 6th)

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but the Brunswick Legends finished dead last in the East for the first time. Their 71 wins was the fewest for a Legends team (they won 72 in their inaugural season). To their credit, they remained competitive, with only a dismal January (9-16) really preventing them from finishing near the .500 mark.

The rotation was easily the worst in the United Leagues and the less said about it, the better. Overall, the club has a ‘tired and worn out’ feel to it and in need of an infusion of talent. 30-year old RHP Lao Chen (3-4, 20 SV, 2.80 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 2.95 FIP) is the best stopper in the ULB but the rest of the staff seems to be pitchers in name only. Brunswick does have a couple of pitching hopefuls on the roster that could help out one day: 26-year old RHP Rob Backhouse (7-4, 4.27 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 3.73 FIP – 40/40), a former 8th-round pick from 1947-48 and 20-year old RHP Dave Ball (37/60), a second-round pick from 1950-51. But much more will be needed. Its time to clean house.

The offense is in a bit better shape but could use an overall boost as well. 23-year old C Robert Kersey (.284/.379/.464, 19 HR, 75 RBI, 74 BB, 5.2 WAR) was just sensational in his first season and is rated second only to Stratford’s Aaron Skidmore among catchers in the ULB. Also, 25-year old LF Carl Patton (.295/.382/.412, 7 HR, 61 RBI, 75 BB, 10 SB, 4.9 WAR) made great strides in his sophomore year. 35-year old 1B Stuart Bentham (.348/.446/.565, 21 HR, 90 RBI, 77 BB, 3.8 WAR) continued his elite ways, at least at the plate. Scouts still rate him as 80/80 and he backed it up by winning his second Eastern League Batting Title (156 H in 448 AB), just edging out Wolseley’s Carlton Hawking for the overall batting title (.3481; 189 H in 543 AB) in the ULB. As far as prospects, the Legends have 23-year old SS Jean-Pierre Ferré (.222/.304/.322, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 20 BB, 2 SB, 0.2 WAR – 39/66), a former 8th overall pick from 1950-51 who saw action in 58 games this year and may see more opportunities to contribute next season.



Noteworthy:

February 27 – Not long after 1B Stuart Bentham (3-3, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 R) became the first player to hit 300 home runs in a career, Bentham enjoyed his first three home run game. He hit a two-run home run in the 1st, a solo shot in the 3rd, walked in the 4th and 5th innings and then hit a two-run home run in the 7th. Bentham’s heroics helped the Legends to defeat the Braeland City Monarchs 10-2. It’s the first three-run home run game in the ULB since Kingston’s C Danny Trowbrigde accomplished it back on December 30, 1949, a little over two years ago. But as noted in the Braeland City report, the feat would be repeated just eight days later.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

11th overall – RF Jay Mitchell (20/66). Mitchell split his time between 1B and LF where he hit an impressive .255/.307/.480, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 13 BB, 0.1 WAR in 196 AB. The 21-year old was batting out of the No. 4 spot at season’s end.

Current Injuries:

LF Carl Patton – February 8 – quadriceps strain. Out for: DtD, unknown.
RHP Kent Dundon – February 13 – sprained ankle. Out for: 3 more weeks.

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March 25, 1952

Western League: Unions, Pelicans Playoff Bound Once Again





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Offense: .277/.355/.411 (1st/1st/1st)
Pitching: 3.12/3.19/2.76 (1st/1st/1st)
Defense: .710 (Tied for 5th)

The Wolseley Unions clinched first place in the west on March 17, exactly one week before the last day of the regular season. But like the Wellington Athletics, it feels as though the Unions lurched into the playoffs, winning just two more games than they lost in the final two months. They enter the playoffs missing three front-line players: two pitchers from the rotation and their top third baseman. But after getting swept by the Fort Richmond Generals in three straight games in their penultimate series, the Unions finished strong, sweeping the Cambria Cannons in the final four games and outscoring them, 34-12.

Despite all the injuries however, Wolseley still boasts the most impressive rotation in the United Leagues. The four-man rotation for the Western League Pennant has been set:

26-year old RHP Roberto Garza (17-10, 2.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 2.84 FIP)
35-year old LHP Anastasio Rodríguez (10-9, 3.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.03 FIP)
32-year old RHP Kai Tosh (14-10, 3.37 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 3.74 FIP)
32-year old RHP Aaron Saunderson (9-18, 3.68 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 3.85 FIP)

There’s little left to say that hasn’t already been said about 30-year old LF Carlton Hawking (.348/.476/.587, 26 HR, 126 RBI, 138 BB, 7.9 WAR): Triple Crown winner and of course, Western League Batting Title winner for the third time in his career. But perhaps what is most impressive is that Hawking did not slow down or tire out down the stretch. His AVG, OBP and SLG actually went up in the final two months. Almost lost in the awesomeness of Hawking is that both 30-year old SS George Kimpton (.303/.376/.453, 14 HR, 96 RBI, 71 BB, 6 SB, 5.9 WAR) and 28-year old 2B Make-Make Kamaka (.307/.402/.420, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 70 BB, 7 SB, 4.4 WAR) enjoyed their best seasons.



Player of the Week Awards:

February 4 – LF Carlton Hawking (.579, 11 H, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
February 18 – SS George Kimpton (.393, 11 H, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
February 25 – LF Carlton Hawking (.545, 12 H, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

First Round Draft Pick Update:

16th overall – 2B Kaituoe Mowan (29/57). The 22-year old Fijian felt right at home in AA, batting .330/.365/.473, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SB, 0.6 WAR in 91 at-bats. On March 1, he was promoted to the AAA Caledonia Jets, where he made 53 at-bats, hitting .208/.276/.226, 1-2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 3 SB, -0.2 WAR. In the playoffs, he helped the Jets by hitting .318/.318/.591, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB in 22 at-bats from the No. 4 spot. In the Kings Cup, he batted .385/.385/.769, 1 HR, 2 RBI in 13 AB as the Jets swept the Rutledge Red Caps (Pulberry) in three-straight to win the AAA championship.

Current Injuries:

December 10 – RHP Jeremy Albury – ruptured ulnar collateral ligament. Out for: 3 more months.
February 5 – RHP Bill Blair – torn flexor tendon. Out for: 4-5 more months.
February 10 – RHP Roderick Naughton – elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. Out for: 4-5 more months.
February 22 – 3B Carlos Ortíz – fractured knee. Out for: 4-5 more months.
March 4 – 3B Burt Willey – post-concussion syndrome. Out for: 2-3 more months.

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Offense: .248/.328/.376 (7th/3rd/4th)
Pitching: 3.49/3.56/3.18 (4th/4th/2nd)
Defense: .710 (Tied for 5th)

A disastrous February nearly derailed the Kingston Pelicans’ push for the playoffs, but a strong recovery enabled them to catch the Pulberry Trolleys and force a tie-breaker for the wild card. The pitching staff got stronger as the season progressed; in fact, the rotation has become sneaky good. It is largely responsible for the return of the Pelicans to the playoffs after a five-year absence. Kingston has determined its four-man rotation:

31-year old LHP Patrick Denman (21-11, 2.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 3.73 FIP)
27-year old RHP Kieran Bunce (14-10, 3.26 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.63 FIP)
26-year old RHP Brian Marsland (14-14, 3.22 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 3.80 FIP)
25-year old LHP Rob Hutchence (12-5, 2.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 3.58 FIP)


27-year old RHP Kaula Mafileo (7-6, 26 SV, 2.43 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.61 FIP) enjoyed his best season yet. The 4th-season stopper was originally drafted in the 2nd-round back in 1943-44.

The biggest concern for the Pelicans going forward is their offense, as their long-time stalwarts are approaching the end of their careers. 36-year old 2B Katsunan Chikafuji (.276/.358/.443, 20 HR, 85 RBI, 67 BB, 4.8 WAR) continues to play at a high level and was Kingston’s best player once again. But 37-year old 1B Dean Bishop’s (.225/.357/.410, 19 HR, 86 RBI, 95 BB, 2.3 WAR) overall play regressed for the second straight season, although the slugger and 9-time Ball Hawk award winner still showed flashes of brilliance at times.

But other than 25-year old C Carlos Camasura (.273/.373/.366, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 81 BB, 4.5 WAR) and 27-year old RF Mo Spenceley (.283/.352/.460, 16 HR, 76 RBI, 62 BB, 2.0 WAR), this is a club that is in need of a talent infusion. The farm system, rated 12th overall, doesn’t inspire confidence. It’s hard to see them going much farther if they don’t address the lack of future impact players soon.

Player of the Week Awards:

March 17 – RHP Brian Marsland (2-0, 17.1 IP, 6 K, 0.52 ERA)

First Round Draft Pick Update:

8th overall – OF Chris Ramsbottom (27/60). The 21-year old enjoyed a promising first year in professional baseball. He batted out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup with the AA Elgin Angels and quickly got comfortable. In 349 AB, he hit .307/.356/.390, 4 HR, 57 RBI, 28 BB, 17 SB, 1.3 WAR. He played mostly in rightfield and was solid defensively (.987 PCT, 2.11 RNG, +4.3 ZR, 1.043 EFF).

Current Injuries: None.

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Offense: .268/.338/.400 (2nd/2nd/2nd)
Pitching: 3.83/3.67/4.45 (5th/6th/6th)
Defense: .722 (2nd)

The Pulberry Trolleys finish with a winning record for the first time in their 15-year history and although they fell agonizingly short in reaching the playoffs, their 85 wins represents a 22-game improvement over last season, the third best in ULB history.

Sidebar: The record for greatest one-year improvement goes to the Braeland City Monarchs, who went from 68-86 (8th place) in 1946-47 to 96-58 (2nd) one year later, a 28 wins difference. The Cambria Cannons improved by 25 games, when they went from 74-80 (2nd place) in 1938-39 to 99-55 (1st) one year later, winning the United Cup in the process.

The pitching staff was perhaps the main culprit in preventing the club from tasting the playoffs for the first time, but overall its play improved as the season wore on. Pulberry appears to have an ace in the making in 22-year old LHP Ramón Castro (14-6, 2.59 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 3.05 FIP), but beyond him the staff is comprised of 5little more than journeymen and cast-offs from other teams. But the rotation may get a boost next season if recently acquired 24-year old RHP Taylor Folkard (4-2, 4 SV, 4.27 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 4.75 FIP – 52-65) delivers on his promise, a promise that didn’t pan out with Braeland City, who drafted him 16th overall back in 1949-50. But Folkard’s performance improved once he arrived in Pulberry (3-1, 3 SV, 2.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 3.36 FIP). The future starter finished the season as the Trolleys’ stopper. Pulberry also has 22-year old LHP Dermott Rathbone (46/62), who was drafted in the second round back 1949-50 and was promoted from AAA at the end of the season. He won a Pitcher of the Month Award for January in AAA when he went 4-0, 1.97 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in six starts.

Without question, Pulberry’s strength is their offense, but the Trolleys may have to explore a trade or two to resolve its overabundance of talent in the outfield and address some weaknesses elsewhere. 25-year old CF Cooper Tyson (.313/.405/.504, 14 HR, 96 RBI, 89 BB, 10 SB, 8.8 WAR – 67/77) officially joined the ranks of the elite this season and could soon be joined by 23-year old rookie LF Aidan Thirkettle (.275/.376/.450, 10 HR, 71 RBI, 73 BB, 15 SB, 3.5 WAR – 61/80). But 27-year old RF Ellis Dibble’s (.323/.385/.468, 12 HR, 87 RBI, 61 BB, 4.4 WAR) stellar play prevented 23-year old OF John Oldknow (.284/.356/.448, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 2.4 WAR – 51/80) from seeing any regular playing time. Thus, the Trolleys have a decision to make: either trade from their outfield depth to strengthen other areas or shift some players around so that their best players can get regular at-bats. One option would be to simply shift Thirkettle to first base (45) and let Oldknow start in leftfield (70), his best position defensively.

Noteworthy:

February 1 – Playing the Legends in an interleague matchup in Brunswick, the Trolleys soundly defeated the home team 7-2. Of Pulberry’s 14 hits, CF Cooper Tyson collected five of them, going 5 for 5 on the afternoon. All were singles, collected in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th innings. He also scored 3 R. LF Aiden Thirkettle was hot as well, going 3 for 5, with a two-run home run, 2 RBI and 3 R.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

2nd overall – C Paul England (25/70). England saw very little action in his first year, getting into a few games as a pinch hitter but didn’t make a start. In 36 AB, he batted .222/.333/.361, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 0.1 WAR.

Current Injuries: None.

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Offense: .261/.321/.374 (4th/6th/5th)
Pitching: 3.38/3.32/3.76 (2nd/2nd/4th)
Defense: .727 (1st)

Their four-year playoff run comes to an end as Fort Richmond Generals were unable to maintain their strong play in November and December, where they went 33-20 and got to within a game of the wild card. Instead, the Generals went just 36-36 the rest of the way and fell back to fourth place.

There is no mystery as to their stumble. While the pitching staff remains one of the top units in the ULB, the lineup has become largely uneven. 27-year old SS Nobuyoshi Yoshida (.312/.367/.439, 8 HR, 78 RBI, 47 BB, 6 SB, 6.8 WAR) and 29-year old CF Dylan Moyne (.297/.364/.435, 19 HR, 66 RBI, 61 BB, 12 SB, 6.1 WAR) carried the offense. After them, there was a noticeable drop-off in production. Further complicating things is that the farm system is not exactly overflowing with impact position players (rated 9th overall). But if 30-year old C Louis Wearne (.231/.317/.362, 16 HR, 77 RBI, 62 BB, 2.4 WAR) can bounce back and 23-year old 3B Mason Geake (.222/.307/.303, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 40 BB, 0.5 WAR – 42/60) takes the next step, the Generals could be right back in the playoff picture next season.

Sensational. That it the word to describe the season 31-year old LHP Nicholas Grimes (20-10, 2.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 3.27 FIP, 193 ERA+) enjoyed. Grimes previously won the 1948-49 Satchel Paige Award with the Braeland City Monarchs, but his performances suffered as the Monarchs’ fortunes started to fade. But since his trade to the Generals in January 1951, Grimes has been outstanding (28-12, 2.05 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 45 starts). Not bad for a pitcher who scouts consider as a ‘borderline’ starter. 29-year old RHP Nicky Sherlock (13-15, 3.24 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 3.44 FIP) finished the season strong and Fort Richmond also has a future starter in 24-year old LHP Diarmid Rowet (48/60), a 2nd-round pick from 1950-51 who was promoted from AAA and pitched 1.1 innings late in the season.

Player of the Week Awards:

February 11 – CF Dylan Moyne (.433, 13 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

First Round Draft Pick Update:

15th overall – SS Morgan Tyreman (20/58). The 22-year old Tyreman saw limited action in AA, making just 7 starts and 33 AB. His line was .303/.410/.455, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 0.3 WAR.

Current Injuries:

February 16 – RHP Glen Limon –strained forearm. Out for: 6 more weeks.

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Offense: .230/.308/.320 (8th/8th/8th)
Pitching: 3.46/3.45/3.50 (3rd/3rd/3rd)
Defense: .720 (3rd)

Defying all expectations, the Balmoral Giants finished the season strong, winning seven straight games to end the season; nine of their last ten. In March, they were ‘giant’ killers, taking 2 of 3 games from Pulberry, 3 of 4 from Wolseley and 2 of 3 from Fort Richmond. Only Kingston proved to be unconquerable – the Giants fell to the Pelicans in all three games.

But it doesn’t hide the fact that Balmoral is in rough shape, at least offensively. The team averaged just 3.3 R/G, just ahead of the 1943-44 Downie Chiefs (3.2) and sported by far the worst team batting average in United Leagues’ history - .230. Add to that the worst-ranked farm system in the ULB, and you have a team that is in dire need of change – both in management and direction. Perhaps it will happen this off-season. We’ll see.

The Giants have a rotation and bullpen that is of playoff caliber and it leads one to wonder how far Balmoral could go if they had a decent lineup. The top three starter were terrific once again: 27-year old RHP Quintiliano Galeo (18-13, 2.97 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 3.52 FIP, 134 ERA+), 32-year old LHP Ricardo Cruz (13-8, 3.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 3.73 FIP, 121 ERA+) and 26-year old RHP Rodrigo González (13-14, 2.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 3.19 FIP, 134 ERA+) are as good as any trio in the United Leagues. Second-year starter 28-year old LHP Ron Albin (10-12, 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3.21 FIP, 116 ERA+) looks like a keeper as well.


But there was absolutely nothing to get excited about on offense this year. Perhaps 23-year old rookie 2B Erik Perry (.204/.288/.291, 15-2B, 25 RBI, 33 BB, -0.3 WAR – 40/62) will one day provide a spark, but the Giants are going to need a lot more kindling if they want to ignite a turnaround.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

10th overall – LHP Euan Mackenzie (41/73). Mackenzie pitched the entire season in AAA and showed promise as the Canterbury Seals’ stopper. He went 2-6, 9 SV, 4.78 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 4.16 FIP in 43.1 IP.

Current Injuries:

February 23 – SS Sean Brearton – strained abdominal muscle. Out for: 2-3 more weeks.

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Offense: .264/.322/.362 (3rd/4th/7th)
Pitching: 3.97/3.65/5.15 (6th/5th/8th)
Defense: .695 (7th)

The Sherburn Tigers reach 70 wins for the first time in four years. Both the offense and pitching staffs made modest strides over last season but the club still has a way to go if it hopes to compete in the first division again. Like the Giants, the Tigers do not have a strong farm system (13th overall) to immediately draw talent from and while not quite a dire as Balmoral, the lineup is not exactly an imposing bunch. But it appears Sherburn has drafted a star of the future (Archie Eridge – more on him below). If they can keep making picks like that, then they be a force in the not-too-distant future.

28-year old RHP Jesús Chapa (15-11, 2.64 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 3.00 FIP, 153 ERA+) enjoyed one of his most impressive years yet in his nine-year career and is rightly considered a the top starter in the ULB at season’s end. He’s head-and-shoulders above everyone else on the staff. 24-year old RHP Bradley Strawson (9-15, 3.73 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 3.75 FIP, 108 ERA+ - 51/60) needs to continue improving his control, but the former 4th overall pick has the stuff to be a solid addition to the rotation.

The lineup is devoid of stars, but 25-year old 2B Jack Burt (.321/.368/.461, 2 HR, 43 RBI, 27 BB, 3.6 WAR) enjoyed another fine season and didn’t embarrass himself in the field (.973 PCT, 5.38 RNG, +1.3 ZR, .997 EFF).

Player of the Week Awards:

March 10 – C Quim Cypriano (.550, 11 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

First Round Draft Pick Update:

1st overall – 3B Archie Eridge (33/72). The 23-year old Eridge enjoyed an outstanding first season in AA, batting .346/.437/.538, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 42 BB, 8 SB, 3.3 WAR in 266 at-bats from the No. 4 spot in the lineup and quickly became the No. 1-rated player in the Heritage Leagues. His Hannon Greyhounds won the Governors Cup, where he batted .412/.545/.706, 1 HR, 6 RBI in 17 at-bats, helping the Greyhounds defeat the Vandecar Spurs (Cambria) 3 games to 2 for the AA championship.

Current Injuries:

December 23 – RHP Bobby Hogg – torn labrum. Out for: 5-6 more weeks.
March 10 – LHP Lucas Nott – back spasms. Out for: DtD, unknown.

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Offense: .253/.322/.380 (5th/5th/3rd)
Pitching: 4.53/4.40/4.91 (8th/8th/7th)
Defense: .690 (8th)

Injuries were the story as the Cambria Cannons endured their worst season, at least in terms of wins. But even if the team enjoyed better health, it’s doubtful they would have seriously competed for a playoff spot. It’s been seven straight seasons now that the Cannons have missed the playoffs and, in that span, finished above .500 only once. Cambria has one of the stronger farm systems (3rd overall) but are devoid of any upcoming impact pitchers. Fix that (and their porous defense), then they may see a return to relevance. But it’s more likely some further lean years are ahead before they turn things around.

It looks as though last season’s strong pitching performance was a blip rather than a trend. Dropping to 3.70, the pitching was a League worst 4.53 this year. At this point, the Cannons are hoping 29-year old LHP Jamie Wigley (8-10, 4.98 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 3.83 FIP, 79 ERA+) can bounce back from a injury-shortened season and 22-year old LHP Bill Southern (12-20, 3.78 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.88 FIP, 104 ERA+) is not too shell-shocked from the lack of support he received. Southern finished the season strong and enters the off-season as Cambria’s No. 1 starter.

32-year old SS César Ruíz (.301/.406/.508, 24 HR, 83 RBI, 93 BB, 6.3 WAR) was Cambria best overall player, but like everyone else, struggled defensively (.923 PCT, 4.50 RNG, -9.1 ZR, .965 EFF). 25-year old 1B Carlos Correa (.282/.344/.424, 17 HR, 75 RBI, 47 BB, 0.4 WAR) represents the extreme. While he has found a home in the No. 3 spot, he looks completely lost in the field (.991 PCT, 9.91 RNG, -18.4 ZR, .815 EFF). Here’s hoping 22-year old CF Sam Tite (.199/.259/.318, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 12 BB, 2 SB, 0.3 WAR – 36/80), the top-rated prospect in the ULB who missed most of the season, can enjoy an injury-free season next year.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

7th overall – 1B Jay Durham (32/72). Like Sherburn’s Archie Eridge, the 23-year old Durham was outstanding in his first AA campaign. In 275 at-bats, he went .367/.435/.607, 13 HR, 63 RBI, 27 BB, 3.5 WAR, hitting out of the No. 4 spot for the Vandecar Spurs. He also made an impression in the playoffs, batting .417/.533/.750, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB in 12 at-bats against Eridge’s Hannon Greyhounds. After his season was over, Durham was promoted to Cambria’s AAA club, the Mitchell Quicksteps.

Current Injuries:

December 25 – 3B Wayne Hudson – fractured wrist. Out for: 1-2 more weeks.
January 12 – C Alexander Pyatt – torn posterior cruciate ligament. Out for: 4 more months.
January 13 – RHP Luke Woodward – partially torn UCL. Out for: 4-5 more months.

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Offense: .248/.318/.364 (6th/7th/6th)
Pitching: 3.99/3.90/4.45 (7th/7th/5th)
Defense: .717 (4th)

The agony continues for the Hespeler Stars, as the team finishes nowhere near a playoff spot for the 15th straight season. The Stars have finished no closer than 8 games to a wild card, which they ‘achieved’ in their inaugural season, the only time they finished above .500 (79-75). They are now the only team not to have won 80 or more games in a season (Pulberry came off the list this season). Whether its through poor drafting or just bad karma, the Stars have continually seen promising prospects fail to reach their initial potential time and time again.

Perhaps that could change next season. 25-year old LHP Larry Kovnats (12-19, 3.96 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 3.66 FIP, 102 ERA+ - 55/55) finally showed signs of improvement, especially in the months of December, January and February (8-8, 2.85 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) and 23-year old RF Tim Beattie (.265/.336/.344, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 41 BB, 0.4 WAR – 44/75) will be given every chance to build upon his rookie campaign. Although he regressed a bit, the Stars should not give up on their lead-off hitter, 24-year old CF John McMurray (.256/.315/.382, 10 HR, 53 RBI, 46 BB, 8 SB, 1.6 WAR). Finally, Hespeler has a promising outfielder in 21-year old Bill Spaeth (.337/.407/.609, 31 HR, 123 RBI, 57 BB, 5.4 WAR – 23/80) who went on a tear in AA. Spaeth was a 2nd overall pick back in 1950-51.

First Round Draft Pick Update:

3rd overall – 3B Clive Yarwood (20/69). The 20-year old Yarwood enjoyed a promising first season in AA, batting .221/.330/.357, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 25 BB, 0.3 WAR in 199 AB. He batted mainly out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

Current Injuries: None.

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