Tag: Hamilton Crusaders

FRL Weekly Team Power Rankings, Week #9

New York Minutemen B reclaim the top perch in the FRL weekly power rankings, despite being one game behind division leaders, the Ohio Oxen B. The Minutemen rookies had a great week, including a complete game one-hitter pitched by 22-year-old starting right-hander Hikoo Inoue. Also, phenom first baseman Justin Cusimano knocked in another three homers to bring his league-leading season total to 23. Overall, the Minutemen B side went 5-2 this week, with four wins on shutouts. Continue reading “FRL Weekly Team Power Rankings, Week #9”

Rotation Report (Part 2)

Looking ahead to Opening Day for 2017, most of the teams have sorted out who will lead their pitching rotations.

We will take a look at the probable rotations for each team, and give an assessment of their depth and quality ahead of the season’s start. We give each club a letter grade and discuss the positive and negative aspects of their pitching. Continue reading “Rotation Report (Part 2)”

Breaking the Bank: Six Teams Over $130M in Payroll for 2017

Several teams have made their desire to win at any cost very apparent going into the 2017 season, as a review of team payrolls show that six teams exceed the $130M mark.

Leading the way are the Hamilton Crusaders, with $144,002,000 in guaranteed payroll obligations for the year, as of press time. The team carries heavyweights like Alan Isimo ($22.6M) and Zenjiro Suga ($20M), but has another three players over $10M each, and a total of 15 players over the $1M mark. Their 2016 payroll was merely $104M, for a nearly 40% increase for this season. Continue reading “Breaking the Bank: Six Teams Over $130M in Payroll for 2017”

Rule 5 Draft Summary

The Rule 5 Draft was held yesterday, and several minor league players will be making a debut in the “bigs” in 2017 as a result of being selected in the draft. A summary of players selected for each team is below:

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Yamada of Hamilton Player of the Week, Aug. 15-21

Lake League POTW honors went to Masamune Yamada for a stellar effort through Aug 22
Lake League POTW honors went to Masamune Yamada for a stellar effort through Aug 22

Pitchers who faced the Hamilton Crusaders last week were happy to see Masamune Yamada in the rear view mirror. The 27-year-old left fielder was dubbed the Lake League Player of the Week for a 7-game tear that saw him hit at a .407 clip.

For the week he also chalked up 11 hits in 27 at-bats, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs and 6 runs scored, including two back-to-back 4-for-4 efforts against Chicago, coming last Wednesday and Thursday. Though the Crusaders took losses in those games, Yamada showed his dangerous power, getting a triple, homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs in those two games.

Yamada is currently batting .286 with 13 home runs, 37 RBIs and 42 runs scored. He has 71 hits in 248 at-bats.