In this full-length episode we break down the PRCL World Series results and highlight some of the top playoff talent you might find in the June draft, we analyze the Preseason Predictions and talk Spring Training as the day has now arrived that players report and games start, and finally we look at the teams who will pick in the first draft round.
The Sapporo College Avengers catapulted to the top of the PRCL power rankings in the penultimate week after going 6-1, and pushing their season record up to 32-18 to lead the Pacific Rim College League.
For most of the season, the Japanese teams have been blocked out of the top of the rankings, as none could even break the .500 mark until after the All-Star Break. But Sapporo has been on a tear since then, with a PRCL best 19-5 post-All-Star record.
A huge factor has been their pitching, which has been phenomenal. A rotation led by knuckleballer Nobushi Kobayashi (9-1, 1.55 ERA) has consistently shut down both Japan Division teams, and Korea Division teams.
UNO, HILLIER NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cletus Hillier, a 19-year-old Canadian playing for Brisbane College Rockets, was named the Australasian-Oceanic Conference (AOC) Player of the Week after going 12-for-23 for a .522 average, homering 4 times and driving in 9 runs. His 4 homers nearly doubled his season total, and the first baseman now sits at 9, with 32 RBIs and 23 runs.
Sapporo’s Takehiko Uno, a disciplined 19-year-old third baseman for the surging Avengers, similarly had a successful week. He hit 13-for-31 for a .419 average, also homers four times, and had 14 RBIs.
In this podcast we preview some of the top talent names who made the 2018 NCAA All-Star Game rosters, and recap the current standings, we talk about our league’s wiki and how to edit and add articles, and we digest all the latest college/high school standings and PRCL playoff contenders.
In this episode we look at the college systems, and who the likely top draft-eligible players will be come June; we run down the biggest named among the players in their final contract year, and guess whether they will sign for big deals or just peanuts; and we examine the 20th-11th ranked minor league systems and the top prospect for each.
The Melbourne U Admirals have reclaimed the top of the PRCL power rankings as the Pacific Rim College League completes the 6th week of its short season.
But the question remains how long will they stay there? The Admirals have four pitchers out with injuries, including closer Sean Axworthy who was injured on February 11th, and will likely miss most of the 2019 season, in addition to the rest of this season. Continue reading “PRCL Week #6 – Melbourne Reclaims Top of Power Rankings”
In this week’s podcast we breakdown the Lake League’s East Division, are they primed to return to glory as the powerhouse division once again? Also, the trade winds have been blowing, especially for the AI teams, but just what has changed this offseason? Finally, as the PRCL approaches the end of the second season, who are the likely teams to make the postseason and what players should you be watching for the June draft?