Week 14 has come to a close in the Bull League, and the Rimouski Fighting Moose are on top of the weekly team power rankings. But, the St. Petersburg Admirals are close behind, as both teams surged ahead to 1st and 2nd and the Nevada Speeders fell to 4th. The Minneapolis Ravens stood pat at 3rd again this week.
The home stretch has arrived and less than 3 weeks remain on the regular season schedule, meaning teams like the Chicago Pit Bulls (25-57), who have been realistically out of the race for some time, will soon become mathematically eliminated, and the field of contenders will narrow.
The Detroit Motorheads, Louisville Sluggers and Norfolk Sharks are among the other teams who have extremely long odds at a wild card.
The Fighting Moose are 50-32, with the third-best record in baseball, but had a stellar week, going 4-1. On Monday, they dropped game 3 of a 4-game set with the Pit Bulls, then won game 4 to split the series 2-2. After a travel day, they swept provincial rivals, the Montreal Metros in the Battle of Quebec, to go 6-4 on the season against them. They play the Metros one last time in their final series of the season.
However, the injuries are beginning to stack up for the Fighting Moose, who have the highest payroll in baseball this year. Big swinging Alan Isimo is hampered by an undisclosed day-to-day injury suffered last week in the Metros series. Three top starting pitchers are all out, including William Febres, Mo-ruo Chen, and Andy Boyles, adding up to nearly $30 million in annual salary out of the rotation and on the DL. Three-time MVP Dao-zi Ling is also out with a fractured ankle and will not return unless the team makes the playoffs. Closer Marc Garland has been out with an elbow ligament tear since April and will not return until 2019.
Catchers Catch POTW NODS
Top BL catchers Earl MacPherson and Les Groves have been named Players of the Week for week #14. Groves, the Louisville top draft pick from 2017 was an impressive .588 at the plate, with 3 homers and 7 RBIs as the Sluggers stacked up runs against the New York Dragons last week.
Meanwhile, Norfolk Sharks catcher MacPherson batted .565 with five homers, 16 RBIs, in just 5 games over the week, including a 3-for-4 performance against the Admirals in which he homered twice and drove in 6 runs.
The Lake League’s Toronto Nomads remain hot at the close of the opening month of baseball as they pick up two player of the month awards for May 2018.
Jorge “Chachi” Chavarria was named Lake League Rookie of the Month after the 26-year-old third baseman showed he’s got some skill at the plate, going .323 with a pair of homers and 13 RBIs through the month. Chachi came to the Nomads in a trade with Arizona last season, and was sent to AAA Brampton, where he provided solid numbers on the way to a Longhorns Cow League championship. Continue reading “May Awards Announced; Hot Nomads Pick Up Two”
The Montreal Metros and Norfolk Sharks have agreed to swap shortstops in a one-for-one deal that had some GMs scratching their heads.
Metros are sending 30-year-old Alphonso George to the Sharks in return for 31-year-old minor leaguer Zack Zaphod. Continue reading “Metros, Sharks Agree to Deal”
The Norfolk Sharks and Louisville Sluggers have agreed to a trade that will see SS Zack Zaphod go to the Sharks, and LHP Ryan Hightower join Louisville.
The Sluggers are picking up a young back-of-the-rotation starter in the deal, a 24-year-old with a solid rookie season under his belt already, and the promise of more down the road. Continue reading “Zaphod Goes to Norfolk in Swap”
Two long-running hit streaks came to an end without much fanfare this week. Danny “Golden Boy” Sanchez, of the Norfolk Sharks, saw his hit streak end at 21 games on Independence Day, after he failed to get a hit in a 7-4 win over the Nevada Speeders. Calgary Inferno’s Danny “The Rajah” Huertero closed off his streak at 24 games tonight after failing to hit safely against Norfolk in a 3-1 win to open a series.
For Sanchez, the 21 games edged his previous record of a 20 game streak set while he was a Montreal Metro, back in 2010. Continue reading “Hit Streaks End for The Rajah and Golden Boy Sanchez”
Sharks Minor League News
Montreal Metros’ AA prospect Jorge Hernandez, who is currently playing winter ball with the Lagos Millionaires, went 5-for-5 at the plate in a 9-2 trouncing of the Cairo Pharaohs today. Hernandez, who normally plays for the Cedar Defenders, is batting .636 after today’s game, in which he doubled and had 3 RBIs.
The injury bug has swept through the Florida Rookie League lately, and for some teams, the news is not good. First, as we reported previously,there was the February 8th Season-Ending Injury for Jamie Amico of the Norfolk Sharks B. Norfolk has struggled since forming in 2012 as part of the last major expansion, and the promising 21-year-old […]
The Ocala Norfolk Sharks B were dealt a blow today when starting pitcher Jamie Amico left the game with an undisclosed injury. The team has now revealed that Amico has suffered a torn rotator cuff and will most likely miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury. This season Amico has […]