Tag: Xavier de Soto

FA Class of 2021: Peaks and Valleys of Talent

(GAME DATE — Nov. 30, 2020) — The free agent class of 2021 — those FA’s who when signed will be available to play in the 2021 season — represents some interesting opportunities, but teams must be willing to spend big to get the best players.

One notable name is future Hall of Famer Danny Sanchez, a five-time batting champ and two-time MVP, who at age 33 is back on the free agent market following a seven year stint with Norfolk, which was recently folded. Continue reading “FA Class of 2021: Peaks and Valleys of Talent”

Money Talks: How Much Will Land the 2020 Free Agent Whales?

(GAME DATE — Sep. 12, 2020) — The season rapidly approaches its final games, and for some GMs that may mean keeping at least one eye on the pending free agency list. There are 64 players eligible for free agency at the moment, and at least a dozen could sign for high-dollar amounts either as extensions, or with news teams this fall.

Currently, Danny Sanchez and Adam Price are the two highest paid players in their final contract year. Sanchez, the Norfolk Sharks shortstop, will earn $21 million this year, and the “Golden Boy” is having another fantastic year which will be sure to keep his next contract in that territory. Continue reading “Money Talks: How Much Will Land the 2020 Free Agent Whales?”

Reyes Hits for the Cycle

(GAME DATE – May 11, 2020) — Gabel Reyes accomplished one of the rarer feats in baseball today when he hit for the cycle against the Milwaukee Hops in the 19-1 Minneapolis Ravens win at Brauhaus.

Afterward, Reyes acknowledged that his accomplishment was special, but said he was more interested in helping the Ravens win. Continue reading “Reyes Hits for the Cycle”

MVP Shortlist is Here!

There will be a tight race in both leagues for the Carl Simms MVP Awards at the conclusion of this season, we predict. We will take an early look at the contenders for the award here.

Last year’s winners, Orlando Garza (Montreal), and Earl MacPherson (Norfolk) don’t look like they will repeat, and in fact, it looks like in both leagues we will have a first-time winner. Continue reading “MVP Shortlist is Here!”

Miami’s de Soto Reaches Milestone 1500th Hit

It was a special night for Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto, despite his team suffering a close 7-6 loss to the Norfolk Sharks. The 34-year-old veteran became the latest player to reach 1500 career base hits, only the 8th player in Bull League history to achieve the milestone.

De Soto went 2-for-5, starting the first inning off with a double for hit #1499, just after Antonio Nieves’ solo shot to left cut the Norfolk lead to 2-1. He would later score the tying run. Continue reading “Miami’s de Soto Reaches Milestone 1500th Hit”

De Soto, Russillo Re-Up in Miami, Toronto

Xavier “Pistolero” de Soto will remain in Miami for the next 2 seasons after signing a $32 million extension

As the season runs down its pennant race, two teams are taking an opportunity to lock-in their talent for the 2019 season. Xavier de Soto and Adam Russillo have extended their contracts with the Miami Storm and the Toronto Nomads respectively.

Hot-hitting de Soto, who leads the AEL in batting with a .389 average, and also has 19 bombs and 63 RBIs along with a smattering of stolen bases, will remain in Miami for the next two seasons after inking an extension worth $32 million in total. Continue reading “De Soto, Russillo Re-Up in Miami, Toronto”