(Game date: Sep. 8, 2018) —
In a naval battle for the ages, a coast-to-coast series between the Seattle Salts and the St. Pete’s Admirals is about to set sail for the Elimination Round of the 2018 postseason. And the Admirals appear to be listing to port badly, having lost two of their top pitchers, 2017 Sandy Koufax Award and rookie of the year winner Jose Soto, and a top pitching prospect, Chris Zerkle, both of whom will likely miss all of the playoffs with late season injuries.
Soto was the boy wonder from last year who started his big-league career with a 15-game win streak, finishing 2017 undefeated and easily taking the Koufax and the rookie awards. This season, he looked very much like a Triple Crown threat most of the year, going 11-4, with a 3.63 ERA and setting a team record for K’s with 190, just 5 short of tying the Bull League record. Soto strained a triceps on August 23, dashing his hopes of correcting a mediocre 2017 postseason. Continue reading “2018 Series Preview: St. Petersburg Admirals vs Seattle Salts”
The American Eagle League’s four playoff teams are set in stone, after Miami was bounced out of the race yesterday as the Storm fell to the last place Dallas Deputies. Miami is now 10 games out of the wildcard with just 8 games left to play.
The four teams advancing are the Nevada Speeders, Denver Danger, St. Petersburg Admirals and Seattle Salts. Continue reading “AEL Playoff Teams Set: Nevada, Denver, St. Pete’s and Seattle to Battle for Title”
The see-saw has swung back to the Nevada Speeders, who once again find themselves on top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings for Week #13 in the Bull League.
The Speeders took 2 of three from Arizona to open their road trip, before crossing the country to fly to St. Petersburg where they are so far split in the first two games of a four-game set. They started the week off with a rubber-match win against Calgary, to close out a week-long home stand. Continue reading “Speeders On Top Again for Week #13”
It was the worst possible result after tests late Tuesday night confirmed that Aaron Reed suffered a serious injury to an elbow ligament in a game against the Miami Storm tonight.
Reed hung on till the 8th inning, holding the Storm to 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 4, earning his first win decision on the effort. Continue reading “Seattle’s Reed Out For Season”
Stuart Madden, who took the Seattle Salts to the playoffs last year with an AEL record-tying 63 wins, and team record attendance of 1,866,071 fans, has signed on to manage the Arizona Cowboys, following the departure of Kevin Norris.
Madden’s tenure with the Salts last year was marked by his religious adherence to sabermetrics, the advanced analysis of player statistics and trends. He was considered popular among most of the players, and many of them exceeded expectations under his tutelage. Continue reading “Stu Madden Signs on with Arizona as Manager”
The Chicago Pit Bulls have had a rough start to the 2018 season, and things are not looking any better after the team learned they would have to do without two of their pitchers.
Closer Ming Ou and Greg Whittingdon were added to the disabled list today, leading the team to call up two pitchers from Triple-A Milwaukee to take their place. Continue reading “Latest Injuries Take Toll on Chicago, Seattle”
Salts Minor League News
The Clearwater Sluggers have maintained their clutch on the top spot in the Florida Rookie League weekly team rankings once again, but the Naples Admirals and Jacksonville Beach Ravens have made impressive strides to catch up. The Admirals and Ravens were 5th and 6th in last week’s rankings, but have improved to 2nd and 3rd respectively for […]
The Bull Oceanic Winter League (BOWL) wrapped up its first season of developmental baseball, with the Tunis Freemen capping their season with an 8-3 victory over the Lagos Millionaires, on Friday. And now, two days later, the first BOWL player awards were announced to recognize all of the achievements during the 36-game season.
The Bull Oceanic Winter League (BOWL) has nearly wrapped up it’s first season of developmental winter baseball, after the last of the regular season round-robins games finished yesterday. The knock-out round starts on Wednesday, with the single game semi-final matchups: Lagos-Algiers and Tunis-Melbourne.
Devin Simonds of the Lakeland Seattle Salts B humiliated the Tallahassee Kingston Cannons B at Lakeland Ballpark today, spinning a complete game shutout and holding the visitors to 4 hits. “He’s got a bunch of different arm angles and his ball was really moving,” said Tallahassee manager Ryan Nelson, after the game.
Here are the current team power rankings for Florida Rookie League: Teams (Total Points, Tendency):