Saturday, January 15, 2022

Upperdeck Hall of Fame Review

For the past couple of seasons I have been working on a formula to help figure out who are the most deserving players to get my vote for the Hall.

For batters I take into account Single season highlights like Hits/AVG/Runs/RBI/HR/Doubles/SB and Career Milestones for stats HITS/HR/SB/AVG  as well as Factoring in Plus and Minus plays at their various defensive positions with players at SS/3rd/2nd/CF getting a bonus bump for plays at those positions. On top of that players are awarded points for Awards and All-Star games.

For comparison purposes I sort players by the position they played the most in their careers

 

For Pitchers its much the same, separating them into SP and Relievers.  Single season highlights like Wins, K’s, ERA, WHIP and Seasons with High Win %. Career numbers are the same with points for Awards and All-Star games.

Relievers are much the same with Saves and Games/IP’s being counted in their total score.

 

Here are the best and worst players from each position for comparison (season Elected-HOF Score)

DH-Only 1

MiguelJacquez -24-242  Monster Power bat, but not a great Run Producer (One season scored 84 runs while hitting 51 homers) Only two seasons with over 60 walks. No help on the defensive side.

1st Basemen (7 total)

GeraldNomura-23-674 Name an award and he probably won it. In 16 + seasons he only had 2 that weren't truly incredible.

Billy RayLane-38-262 Workhorse power bat that with nearly 3000 hits and 2000 RBI.  Lackluster fielder with a Plus Minus of -113 at First base

Left Fielders (8 Total)

LanceWirth-18-378   Incredible Power Speed Combo 500 Homers/700 Steals, Bad corner Outfielder who could have been a great 1st baseman

OberGomez-27-163  700 Freaking homers and almost 2000 RBI!!! Also struck out a lot and got caught stealing too often. Also one of the worst fielders in the world 

Right Fielders (5 Total)

RobinFonville-28-482  Another dynamic player who won everything from MVP's to Gold Gloves. Also a great Walk to Strikeout ratio. 

EdTreadway-39-183  Great offensive player with both power and speed. Bad defender

2nd Basemen (4 Total)

AdamPierce-25-470  Not only the most potent bat to play 2nd base (623 homers) was also an incredible fielder at both 2nd base and CF (213+ Plays)

Dante Sasaki-22-402 Great batter with almost 500 homers and doubles. Also stole 275 bases. Serviceable defender

3rd Basemen (4 Total)

Emmanuel Gardel-32-470    Could do it all, run, hit and field. One of the better all around players in the HOF

Bart Drese-42-341  Aside from being a little heavy on the strikeouts Drese was a great player. The 273 avg was a little low but he was a 30-30 guy with a good glove so get over it.

Centerfielders (1 Total)

Al Carrasquel-20-477 500 Homers-300 Steals and a Gold Glove CF'er Only CF in the HOF but he is a good one 

Shortstops (2 Total)

Steve Roosevelt-40-380  Maybe the only SS to ever win the HRD.  500 career homers and a very good defender

Alex Cervelli-27-319   

Catchers (2 Total)     Better all around hitter then Roosevelt  but not a great fielder at SS

Wandy Gonzales-26-474   Catcher who could play everyday, Not a great pitch caller or thrower but could hit like a mother

Davey Torres-37-311  Another sweet swinging catcher, a small step below Wandy with the bat but maybe a slightly stronger defender.

Starting Pitchers (17 Total)

Cy Bristow-24-493  Up and down an Amazing Pitcher, even won a Silver Slugger

Bert Bechler-36-224   Power pitcher that barely won more games then he lost. Also gave up almost 500 homers

Relievers (5 Total)

Gil Gibson-39-601 Once saved 46 of 48 while sporting a 0.87 ERA

Pedro Ordonez-37-347   Quality closer whose career numbers dont look as good thanks to a handful of bad seasons towards the end 

When we get our new candidates for the next vote I will give a thorough breakdown of who I feel is the front runners for this years election.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Season 42 Rule V Draft Retrospective

Rule V Retrospective via goldenboy00

Just one mans opinion on the Ten Best Seasons put up by this years class of Rule Five Players

#10.  Mike Wilson  Pawtucket-21st   A late rule 5 pick, Wilson turned in fairly solid season. Ate up 79 innings mostly out of the Pen with good K:BB and K/9 . ERA was a tad high and will probably find himself drifting back and forth between ML and AAA for the rest of his career

#9. Tim Tonkin  Sacramento-1st   First player selected Tonkin had a very good season defensively.  Tossing out 42% of runners and a catchers ERA of 3.93  Didn’t do much with a bat, but should carve out a nice career as a platoon catcher or defensive SUB

#8. Al Crede-Salem-13th   The 23 year old was a nice find for Salem’s bullpen, 42 k’s in 58 IP while sporting a solid 4.37 ERA. Crede projects to be a solid bullpen arm for years to come

#7. Nicholas O’Dowd-Scotsdale-4th   Nick didn’t not have a great season when you look at his ERA (5.32) and WHIP (1.55)  but he did fill up the back end of the rotation for Scotsdale with 182 IP while striking out 143 and only walking 57.  He is a good candidate for a better season to come with a shot at 200 IP and double digit wins

#6. Brian Jacquez-Trenton-12th   35 steals and an solid .285 AVG with a .335 OBP.   Brian doesn’t do much else with the bat but as Pinch runner and defensive sub for COF/1st he should provide some value for a few seasons

#5. Dallas Easley-Pawtucket-10th   Another solid pick by Burk as Easley came through with 13 homers and 22 steals.  He may only end up being a platoon player at COF but grabbing one of those in the Rule 5 is always handy

#4. Alex Wang-Houston-28th   Andyr104 grabbed 5 players in the draft and this was the second best of the bunch.  Taken very late (actually the 2nd last player) Wang smashed 18 homers in just 256AB’s   He will be a bad SS or a solid 3rd baseman. His power will play well at almost any position.

#3. Pat Turner-New Orleans-11th  The best season by a Rule 5 pitcher, Turner threw 115 IP with a solid 1.18 WHIP and 2.90 ERA  Turner could work his way into the starting rotation as early as next season.

#2. Dilson Montanez-Houston-9th  Another solid pick by Andy, Dilson is maybe the most dynamic player taken.  17 homers and 11 steals with a .279 AVG and a 353 OBP.  If he could learn to run the bases a little better would be a truly great player

#1. Sam Aducci-Las Vegas-3rd   Sam didn’t have a crazy good season with the bat 13 homers/21 steals paired with a .227 AVG   He did however have a great season with the Glove. 26 plus plays in CF against 0 Negative plays. He may never hit higher then 9th but a 30 steal Gold Glove CF’er isn’t a bad guy to have in the 9 hole.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Power Rankings 12/23/2021

 


Commentary

The NL Playoff Race is mostly settled by this point, with the Scranton Schrutes as the only non-playoff team left in contention, though their path at 5 games back is narrow with only 7 games remaining. 

The only other NL teams whose fortunes could change are the Montreal Smoked Heaters and Syracuse Syndicate, who are separated by only 1 game in the NL North.

Conversely, three of the AL division races could swing in the season's final three days, with 4 games separating the Cincinnati Boom Sticks and Minnesota Millers, just 1 game separating the Baltimore Dry Docks and Iowa City Small Bears, and 2 games between the Mexico City Diablos and Atlanta Mental Patients.

Additionally, Minnesota, Iowa City, and the Tampa Bay Water Dogs are locked in a dead heat for the final AL wild card spot.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

AL North and East Draft Grades!

 

Cincinnati Boom Sticks                   Grade: D+

Rd.1/Pck.27 Player Profile: Josh Mays - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.86 Player Profile: Sean Lasker - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

Cincinnati came into Draft night with 4 picks in the top 100, but was only able to sign two. At 27, Cincinnati picked slugger Josh Mays. Mays has very good hitting potential, but with an injury history the size of a CVS receipt, his health is a major concern for his future.



Minnesota Millers                           Grade: C-

Rd.1/Pck.17 Player Profile: Hooks Malone - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.1/Pck.46 Player Profile: Kenneth Girardi - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.71 Player Profile: Keith Wilkinson - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

In the first round, Minnesota selected two similar pitchers. Malone; a righty, has a little more potential then Girardi. Though Malone has a below average pitching reparatory, His VR and control can land him at the back end of a rotation.  With a second round selection, Wilkinson could be a decent bat at the plate versus lefties and a good base runner. With low contact and well below average eye, expect a lot of strike outs.


 


Pawtucket Terriers                          Grade: B+

Rd.1/Pck.14 Player Profile: Herman Bootcheck - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.1/Pck.44 Player Profile: Jedd Nappo - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.10/Pck.326 Player Profile: Joe Becker - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

In the first round Pawtucket selected the steal of the draft, Herman Bootcheck. A hard throwing righty out of Edison Community College, Bootcheck has a well-developed fastball and a developing slider. Solid VR/VL and decent control. He should be able to fill in at the top of the rotation as Player Profile: Hong-Chih Jung - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports career whines down. In the tenth round, Becker was given DITR which makes him a viable catcher for the minors. He should be able to help grow those young pitchers in Pawtuckets minors.



Rochester Whippets                       Grade: C-

 

Rd.1/Pck. 11 Player Profile: Don Wakeland - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

In the first round, Rochester selected Don Wakeland. With strong abilities in the field, at the plate, and on the base path; the only thing holding him back is his health. Wakeland plays a very demanding position and alongside a 162 game schedule, he may spend more time on the DL then on the field.



Baltimore Dry Docks                       Grade: A-

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Rd.1/Pck.36 Player Profile: Kenneth Langston - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.1/Pck.40 Player Profile: Aubrey Franco - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.55 Player Profile: Wily Mo McGrady - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.57 Player Profile: Bum O'Halloran - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

With three first round picks, Baltimore was able to find 3 MLB future contributors. With their first pick, Baltimore drafted closer Juan Padilla. At 18 yrs old, Padilla lacks control but showcases a lively fastball, topping 95 on the gun, and a developing circle change. Padilla may never be able to fill a MLB closer role, but should be able to bridge the gap to the 9th. With the 36 pick, Langston has the making of a back end SP, goof VR and a developing fast ball. With their last first round pick, 22 year old Aubrey Franco has the body of a corn stalk and may fit better in Iowa. Standing 6’7 buck 90, he show cases good range and a decent glove, subpar bat but at second base shouldn’t be too much of a drag. In round 2 Baltimore did a nice job drafting two players who can help his minors be competitive.



Indianapolis Swinging Hoosiers  Grade: C+

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Rd.1/Pck.41 Player Profile: Mac Kidd - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.62 Player Profile: Lewis Hallman - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.3/Pck.95 Player Profile: Paul Scalici - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.4/Pck127 Player Profile: Kendrys Trevino - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.5/Pck.159 Player Profile: Hank Winn - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.22/Pck.703 Player Profile: Rafael Sanabia - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

Season 42 was a much better draft haul and approach then last season for the Hoosiers. With the 7th overall pick, Indy selected David Velazquaz, a soft throwing lefty that has wicked movement on his curveball. With good control and VL split for his age, he should develop nicely into a ML asset. With their second first round pick, Kidd doesn’t have any flashy pitches but should have no problem filling an AAAA role. Indy did a nice job with the rest of their picks filling out the minor league roster with cheap competent players who may be able to fill in for injuries. 


Iowa City Small Bears                     Grade: D+

Rd.2/Pck.76 Player Profile: Hal Carey - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

With no first round pick for the second straight year, there is no Clem Craig to salvage Iowa’s draft. In the second round, Iowa selected Hal Carey, a groundball pitching lefty. Carey has decent splits for a lefty but with no pitching flash and control, he is more likely to throw it into the ground then over the plate.


 


Pittsburgh Pilots                               Grade: C

Rd.1/Pck.18 Player Profile: William Sullivan - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.7/Pck233 Player Profile: Larry Fick - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

William Sullivan at 18 seems to be a good pick for Pittsburgh, a DH with some pop and solid VR/VL. Though the Pilots already have two young studs at first base and DH, not sure where he will end up in the lineup. In round 7, Pitts. Selected 19 yr. old second basemen Larry Fick. Fick has better potential in CF with his well-developed range and speed. He will have better success against lefties then righties as he matures. 

 

Power Rankings 12/14/2021

 


Commentary

The AL South is streaking, with three of its four teams making up this week's biggest risers. The AL East and Wild Card races gained some clarity over the last week, but remain jumbled. The NL North is a close race between the Montreal Smoked Heaters and the Syracuse Syndicate, though division races in the rest of the NL are all but officially wrapped up.

Top Risers

The Atlanta Mental Patients have won 9 of 10, climbing 6 spots in these rankings and comfortably in a Wild Card spot, despite a 3 game deficit in the division.

The Tampa Bay Water Dogs have also climbed 6 spots after winning 6 of 10, but remain 7 games out of the division lead and 2 games out of the second Wild Card.

Mexico City, Baltimore, and Iowa City each climbed 5 spots in these rankings, with the Diablos strengthening their grip on the AL South, the Dry Docks surging into a tie for 1st place in the AL East, and the Small Bears working their way back into the playoff conversation.

Top Fallers

The Minnesota Millers have dropped 8 of 10 and 6 in a row, falling from 6th in the power rankings to 18th and losing their playoff position. They are 3 games back of the second wild card and 4 games back of the AL North-leading Cincinnati Boom Sticks.

The New Orleans Breeze have lost 6 of 10 and can now virtually guarantee that they will miss the playoffs at 15 games out of the division lead and 11 games back of the second wild card.

The Pittsburgh Pilots have dropped 4 in a row and 7 of 10 to fall from first place to last in the very tight AL East race, yet remain only 3 games back of the division and the second wild card.

Monday, December 6, 2021

NL South and West Draft Grades!

 

Jackson Generals                             Grade:B

 

Rd.1/Pck.24 Player Profile: Andruw Klassen - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.78 Player Profile: Eric Coleman - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.8/Pck.271 Player Profile: Bosco Argyropoulos - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.12/Pck.399 Player Profile: Red Leach - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

With the 24th pick, Jackson selected Klassen. Much like Player Profile: Vern Shunick - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports , Klassen looks like he will be an average hitter who can field the same positions. At 24, decent pickup. In the second round Jackson selected 18 yr. old Eric Coleman. Flashing decent hitting statistics and nice power, it will be interesting to see if he can develop as a catcher, or will need to move to another position. Round 8 selection is only notable for his name, who wouldn’t love a little Argyopoulos in your life? 12th round selection Leach already received DITR. Having a good first pitch and potential with VR could land him a AAA/AAAA designation. Not bad for pick 399.



New Orleans Breeze                      Grade: D

 

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Rd.1/Pck.47 Player Profile: Luis Uribe - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.3/Pck.108 Player Profile: Dusty Flores - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.4/Pck.140 Player Profile: Bryan Couch - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

After multiple season of spending top draft capital on High School players, New Orleans elected to draft 3-4 year college players this season. With their first two picks, New Orleans selected Suppan and Uribe. With well below average splits and fielding, it’s hard to see him crack a major league roster, which is disappointing seeing as he was the 21st pick in the draft. Much like Suppan, Uribe is a well below average hitter, though has some up side with his speed and fielding range. Much more forgivable at pick 47. At pick 108, New Orleans found reliever Dusty Flores. Flores has an elite slider and average curveball, He should be able to locate his pitches well and may struggle against lefties. Couch is a two pitch reliever who could make a ML roster one day with the right development coaching.


 


Houston Colt 45’s                             Grade: B-

 

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Rd.1/Pck.43 Player Profile: Trot Parkers - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.68 Player Profile: Matthew Wisler - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.4/Pck.133 Player Profile: Henry Worth - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

Houston did very well in this draft with only signing 7 of their 26 picks. In the first round Houston Selected Jay Walker. Walker may struggle in any skilled infield position and play a full 162 season with his low durability, but will excel at the plate; Any draw back can be overcome with his 30HR/100 RBI potential. In round 4, Houston selected Henry Worth, A high school lefty with a knuckleball/slider tandem. Worth is a very flawed player, but will be interesting to see how well his VR/VL can develop in 4 seasons.



Richmond Brewers                          Grade: D-

 

Rd.1/Pck.9 Player Profile: Jackie Mason - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.5/Pck.161 Player Profile: Courtney Fleming - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

With the 9th pick, Richmond selected Jackie Mason out of Strother High School. Jackie has good groundball/Velocity to pair with good control and a fantastic first pitch. But a lefty with 30/30 splits will struggle as he progresses within the minor league. With other high ceiling players left on the board, it is hard not to scratch your head on this one. Courtney Fleming may have the potential to platoon as a lefty on righty bat.



Anaheim Anteaters                        Grade: C+

 

Rd.1/Pck.33 Player Profile: Charlie Lukasiewicz - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

With the 33rd pick, Anaheim selected Lukasiewicz. Not only is he another player with a sweet name, but a pretty solid draft pick. Luka has pretty good potential as a fielding second baseman/CF. Luka’s bat is what makes him special, sporting a good VR/Eye for a 19 year that has the makings of a ML ball player.



Scottsdale Dirtbags                         Grade: C

 

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Only coming away with 1 notable player, James looks to be a better version of Lukasiewicz. James already has a better range/glove making the transition to second base or CF much easier at his young age. James showcases a bit of pop with decent splits, but walking will not be one of his strong suits. 



Sacramento Scorpions                   Grade: C-

 

Rd.1/Pck.1 Player Profile: Landon Sweeney - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.2/Pck.54 Player Profile: Sal Pence - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

With the first overall pick, The Scorpions selected Landon Sweeney. Sweeney is a high flying speedster out of Seton Hall University. Sweeney should have no problems VL and showcasing that home run ability. He will have issues against righties coupled with a low eye and contact. With more complete players on the board, the first overall pick might have been a bit too high for him. In Round two, Sacramento selected Sal Pence. Pence could be a nice fill in player, but will always have trouble staying healthy which will hamper his career.



Las Vegas Desert Dogs                   Grade: A-

 

Rd.1/Pck.4 Player Profile: Anibal Castro - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.1/Pck.14 Player Profile: Enrique Liriano - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

Rd.3/Pck.92 Player Profile: Doc Pulsipher - Hardball Dynasty Baseball | WhatIfSports

 

After a disappointing season and draft last year, JT said BACK THAT DUMP TRUCK UP AND MAKE IT RAIN. JT issues 15.3 million dollars in signing bonuses for his two top picks, and it sure payed off. With the 4th pick, Las Vegas selected Castro. Castro doesn’t throw anything flashy, but with decent control, splits and FB/Velocity, He should be able to fill out a rotation spot in the ML. With the 14th pick, Las Vegas selected Liriano. Liriano has a nice fastball to pair with his control and VR. He may struggle a bit against Lefties, but with a good infield he should be able to help anchor a pitching staff. Pulsipher in the 3rd round is a nice power bat and should be able to help fill a roster spot on a rebuilding team. 


Power Rankings 12/6/2021

 


Trending Up

The New Orleans Breeze jumped 12 spots, the largest move for any team by a large margin, on the strength of 9 wins in their last 10. Despite the streaking, they remain 8 games back of NL South division leader Jackson Generals.

The Pittsburgh Pilots have won 6 in a row and 7 of 10, taking a narrow lead in the AL East - 2 games ahead of the Baltimore Dry Docks, Indianapolis Swinging Hoosiers, and Iowa City Small Bears, all of which are tied with 55 wins.

The Salem Witch Hunts have climbed to number 2 in this week's ranking after winning 9 of 10 and 3 in a row.

Trending Down

Trenton jakes jokers have lost 11 games in a row, falling to 30th in this week's power rankings.

The Scranton Schrutes are the only team in the top half of this week's power rankings to have played worse than .500 baseball over their last 10 games. They remain 8th in this week's poll despite being 5 games back of the Philadelphia Penn Quakers and in prime position for a wild card berth.