At the end of 11 weeks of baseball, the Nevada Speeders find themselves still on the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings as they continue to dominate through the second half of the season. The Speeders have gone 7-2 since the All-Star break, and are 43-22 on the year.
Rimouski, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg are close behind, all with 39 wins. The Denver Danger have made serious gains, however, and are looking to challenge St. Pete’s for the division crown.
Players of the Week for the AEL and LL were also announced today. The AEL picked Chris Pratt, the Admirals first baseman who has been on a bit of a tear, going 11-for-27 with five homers and 10 ribbies. Pratt has surprised the St. Pete’s by becoming a dominant power hitter in just is second season in the bigs, and has earned his spot in the middle of the order. The LL selected Ohio slugger Tyrone O’Saurus after he had a 6 home run, 10 RBI week in which he hit .435.
Injuries Adding Up
As the season moves to the critical second half, the game schedule is starting to catch up with some players. Francisco Erazo is confirmed to be gone for the season after injuring himself in a defensive play against Norfolk. The 39-year-old, who batted .284 with 13 home run last season, and is in the last year of his contract for the Miami Storm, has a torn meniscus.
Les Groves, the hot-hitting Louisville rookie, drafted out of the now-defunct Bull Oceanic League last year, is listed as day-to-day with shoulder tendinitis. Last week, Toronto Nomads ace Knuckles Malone was also listed day-to-day by the club, suffering from elbow issues.
The Nomads learned this week that right fielder Victor Sarmiento would miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a serious concussion suffered fielding a ball, in which he collided hard with the ground.
Kevin Krohn, the Calgary Inferno closer, ranked 8th in the Bull League, will miss the rest of the year with shoulder inflammation. He was 3-2 with 12 saves this year in 16 opportunities, and held a 4.08 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP.
Just after the second half started, Minneapolis Ravens pitcher Barrett Block was injured, suffering bone chips in his pitching elbow, in a game against the Detroit Motorheads.