Saturday, October 11, 2014


LAST YEARS RECORD:82-80 (Division Winner)

 Picking the Moose to win the division was easy with the decline of  Cincy, and San Juan is still cooking his prospects. Rugby's team went into the playoffs as the #4 seed and beat the 92 win Utes in 4. Then they met up with the Big Bad Black Bears in the DCS. The Moose got eaten and lost in 4 games.In the off-season Rugby let Gomez and Allen go to free agency then he re-signed Allen and released him. The Moose are full of super-star players and are a force to be delt with. They should win this division and don't be suprised if they are the ones doing the eating in the playoffs.PREDICTION:100-62(Division Winner)

OUT: Alexander EricksonKhiry AllenAl JonesChip Johnson

IN: Nicholas Paramore

PREVIEW: My prediction of the Moose as a 100 win division winner was lucky. They won the division with 82 wins because the rest of the division pretty much sucked. Regardless, Rugby got into the playoffs with a very good pitching staff. They were ranked #4 in the NL with a ERA of 3.94 and allowed only 674 runs. They used the pitching in the post-season to get past the 100 win Lone Stars, then lost to the 112 win Black Bears. In the off-season Rugby re- signed Julio Johnson and let Erickson, Allen, Jones and Johnson go to free agency. He signed free agent Paramore to replace the ageing Allen. Right now Rugby has a couple roster spots open and there are many, many tasty prospects in AAA waiting for the call. This team is better than the 82 wins last year and should win this division with about 90+ wins. PREDICTION:95-67(Division Winner)

Cincinnati Red Light District (NL)
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 I figured Jeff's Red Light Districts had turned to many tricks and were wore out.  And this year there were to many good teams in the N L, and it would take 90 wins to get in the post-season. Jeff only had Comp picks in the first round of the draft, but he did pick up some prospect talent (Patrick Tolar , Miguel Padilla and John Spoljaric). In the off -season Jeff re-signed Fernando Urbina , Garry Olsen , Joaquin Pena and let Diaz,Arredondo,Martis, Zurbaran, Mcknight, O'Donnell, Karnuth, Gil and Mercado go to free agency. He claimed Mitchell off the wire and signed free agents Taylor, Pryce, Campos, Jones and Astacio. The Red Light Districts still have a good rotation and bullpen, but the hitting and defense are poor. Jeff lowered his cap space by 20 million so he may be looking to tearing this old team down and re-building (Avg Age 31.8-oldest in Wrigleyville).PREDICTION:75-87

OUT: Joaquin PenaOmar BonillaR.J. RoqueFelipe ZurbaranRamiro PenaFernando UrbinaAlex OutmanWill Schoendienst , Victor St. ClairEric Serrano

IN: Haywood LeslieGlen HarrisGeronimo CruzBernard VerdugoBump TysonPat Shelley , Pascual Astacio

PREVIEW: Jeff's Red Light Districts are moving towards reload mode and the 76 win season was expected. Last years team was old and Jeff wanted to pick up some prospects in the draft. But out of three 1st round picks only Vin Segui signed, with the other 2 not receiving offers. No D-Picks for Cincy. In the off-season Jeff re-signed Garry Olsen , Ahmad Forster and let Pena, Bonilla, Roque, Zurbaran, Pena, Urbina, Outman and Schoendiest go to free agency. He released St Clair and Serrano. Jeff signed free agents Leslie, Harris, Cruz, Verdugo, Tyson and Shelley and promoted Astacio. With 30 million in cap space I would lean towards a rebuild year but with only 8 mil in the international scouting budget...I'm leaning for a re-tool year. Jeff sure could have used them D-picks. If Jeff uses the cap space to pick up some stud players in a trade or two this team will be in the wildcard race. Or he may just hope a stud IFA falls in his lap. Right now they would be lucky to reach .500. PREDICTION:76-86

Wichita Wind Sizzlers (NL)
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 Z's Wind Zizzlers  finished with 70 wins and that's alright with him. He added Norberto Navarre , Darryl Moore and  Antonio Osbourne to a already stocked farm system. In the off-season Z re-signed Mickey Harville and let Cabeza, E Rivera, Pimentel, Gutherie, Powell, Washington, R Rivera and Hill go to free agency. He released Craddock, Prieto, Washington , Cordero and traded away Martin and Flores. Z signed free agents Valdes, Adams, Martin, Elcano, James, Pena, Wilson, Pena and Sosa. He  promoted Renteria and picked up McIntyre in the R-5. Z blew this team up and has 30 million in cap space to transfer to prospects. Look for Wichita to pick up tasty IFA's and win about 60 games. Can you say Re-build!PREDICTION: 62-100

OUT: Mickey HarvilleAlex ElcanoGiomar MolinaVance KendallBernard WilsonJonathan Valdes , Al James

IN: Albert SandovalThumper WorrellMatthew MarshallAlex OutmanRuss OrrCesar RoqueSpud Kraemer , Geronimo ValverdeErubiel Guillen

PREVIEW: Zsiegri's Wind Sizzlers did better than predicted with 73 wins. And the re-build is going better than expected with the addition of  McKay Hogg and Paul Shibata to the prospect pool. In the off-season Z re-signed Desi Sosa and let Harville, Elcano, Molina, Kendall, Wilson and Valdes go to free agency. He traded away James to the Cheese Steaks. Zee signed free agents Sandoval, Worrell, Marshall, Outman, Orr, Roque , Kraemer and picked up Valverde and Guillen in the R-5. Zee went out and signed 23 million worth of free agents , most are middle of the road free agents. All the stud prospects are still in the minor leagues and need a couple more years to cook. Wichita is a average team at best right now.PREDICTION:79-83

San Juan
San Juan Santurce Crabbers (NL)
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 Ralph is bringing his youngsters along slowly and finished close to .500. He continues to add even more prospects like Harry Hiattand Harry Urena. In the off-season Ralph re-signed Aurelio Johnson and let Johns go to free agency. He released Pena, Lockwood ,Sosa and waived Romero. Ralph signed free agents Greisinger and Vincente. At the time of this article , Ralph still had 5 roster spots open. He still has Don ItouJalal MiltonKyle Stevens and Tito Lidle sitting in AAA waiting for the phone call. He may or may not promote them. It's impossible to predict with a incomplete line-up. PREDICTION: None

OUT: Juan ParraAndres FerrerAl VincenteAurelio Johnson , Geovany MaduroHersh PaulJin-Chi Ishida

IN:  Blake HammondsRafael PenaLogan Allensworth , Ryuu JungJohn Jang

PREVIEW: Ralph was competing for the #1 overall pick in next years draft...and he WON!! He will pick #1 overall for the first time since season 24. The Crabbers did add Wilt SimpsonJimmie Suarez and Harry Rodriguez to the farm system last year.  In the off-season Ralph let Parra, Ferrer, Vincente and Johnson go to free agency and he released Maduro, Paul and Ishida. Ralph claimed Hammonds and Pena off the wire and promoted Allensworth. Jung and Jang were picked up in the R-5 draft. The studly prospects are trickling up to the bigs but there are still many in the pipeline waiting. Right now this team can win anywhere from 60 to70 games, as is. PREDICTION:70-92

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