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”
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)”
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”
In our first podcast of 2017, we break down the Hamilton Crusaders roster for 2017, give you up to the minute free agent news, recap the 2016 BOL player awards, and 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. (Episode 16)
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:
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.