Category: Highlights

Top 5: “Five-Tools” Players

The holy grail of player scouting and development is for a team to find a player that has to so-called “five tools” – that is, they can hit, hit for power, run, throw and field.

Many players have one, two, or three of these tools and can sometimes make passable use of the other tools to a lesser degree. Where they lack some of those five tools, teams can often make adjustments and use roster management to make up for the deficiency. Continue reading “Top 5: “Five-Tools” Players”

Rodriguez, Chinchilla Hit Milestones in Wins, Homers

Thirteen-time all-star Angelo Rodriguez of the Minneapolis Ravens has hit a career milestone worth celebrating, as he registered career win #150 tonight against the Louisville Sluggers, after holding them to just a single run as the Ravens took the game 16-1.

Angelo Rodriguez, a 13-time all-star, notched his record-setting 150th win tonight

“A-Rod” allowed the Sluggers just 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out just 1 batter in 4.1 innings during an extended relief appearance.  Alejandro Dominguez had the start, and threw 4.2 innings of shutout ball before leaving in the 5th inning with mild calf strain. Continue reading “Rodriguez, Chinchilla Hit Milestones in Wins, Homers”

End of Year Luxury Tax Bill Looms for Some Teams

The Rimouski Fighting Moose topped the league in payroll spending, at over $191 million this year

At least four teams face the prospect of a luxury tax bill this season after overspending on payroll this year.  The top spender, at over $191 million, were the small-market, small-budget Rimouski Fighting Moose, putting them well above the estimated average payroll of $120 milion, on which the soft cap and luxury tax is based. Three other teams overspent and will face similar hardship this October.

Former GM Bob Weinberg went full “drunken sailor” last off-season, adding Dao-zi Ling, William Febres, Kyle Cahill, Celestino Caparica and Lou Bricknell, adding over $65 million to their payroll. The team was already stocked with high-priced contracts for stars like Alan Isimo, Zenjiro Suga and others. Continue reading “End of Year Luxury Tax Bill Looms for Some Teams”

Who Are the Top Players Around the World?

Baseball is an international sport, aside from being an American pastime. But, who are the world’s elite players and top prospects?

From the bright lights of the Bull League to the sandlots of franchise international complexes, we look at each of the 20 clubs and find the current top international players and the top international prospects, aside from Canadian and American talent. Continue reading “Who Are the Top Players Around the World?”

de Soto Hits for the Cycle

Xavier de Soto of Miami (formerly Kingston) hit for the cycle tonight against the Admirals.

Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto has become the 21st player in Bull League history to hit for the cycle, and the first player in club history to do so.

The 34-year-old de Soto accomplished the feat tonight in a game against the St. Petersburg Admirals, hitting an RBI double in the third after a 1st inning ground out, then driving in a run on a triple in the 5th before hitting a single in the 7th then taking Brett Abruzzo yard in the 8th with no one on base. Continue reading “de Soto Hits for the Cycle”