Saturday, July 23, 2016

Season 38 Pre Season Power Rankings

Honolulu Jackwagons
 Current: 1  Last: 2

Biggest Acquisition:  William Berger and Ben Perez sign big contract extensions to keep the winning formula together.
Biggest Loss: Eswalin Osuna's role had been reduced, but he scored more than 100 runs two seasons ago.

Wichita Rocks
 Current: 2  Last: 1

Biggest Acquisition: Ace Brent Davis took a hometown discount to resign with the Rocks for a chance to win a ring.
Biggest Loss: Brace Acquilino is not a big name, but had a valuable role in the pen.

Burlington Bookworms
Current: 3  Last: 3

Biggest Acquisition: Andrea Sheffield arrives to nail down the close ones.
Biggest Loss: Wasn't in the team's plans, but Chico Jiminez's talent is undeniable.

Los Angeles Colemans
Current: 4  Last: 5

Biggest Acquisition: Youngster Erv George brought in to fill the shoes of Andrea Sheffield.
Biggest Loss:  Goose King disappointed after his arrival last season; gets jettisoned to Texas.

Iowa City Johnsons
  Current: 5  Last: 6

Biggest Acquisition: Hoping Henderson Carter can stay on the field enough to close games regularly.
Biggest Loss: Decent bench bat Pepe Ordaz was the odd man out.

Charlotte Charlatans
Current: 6  Last: 13

Biggest Acquisition:  The trade with DC brings Sal Newman to the rotation
Biggest Loss:  Swingman Damaso Calvo ate innings and won 25 games over the past two seasons.

Montreal Stars
Current: 7  Last: 11

Biggest Acquisition: Vet catcher Miguel Gutierrez  expected to add to an already formidable offense.
Biggest Loss: Andres Rivera won 50 games over the past four seasons.

Santa Fe Brooks
Current: 8  Last: 8

Biggest Acquisition: Jose Leon signs a big FA contract to join the Brooks.
Biggest Loss: Shortstop Archie Tomlinson gets a free agent deal with Pittsburgh.

Richmond Confederates
Current: 9  Last: 9

Biggest Acquisition: Kiko Cust, who had a nice season last year in Jacksonville, comes on board.
Biggest Loss: Good hitting 2B Caleb Cowgil leaves to sign a deal with NY.

Detroit Chippewas
 Current: 10  Last: 4

Biggest Acquisition: Three time Silver Slugger Kevin Hetteberg acquired to man the middle of the line up.
Biggest Loss: Solid role player Darrell Connor gets signed away by Jacksonville.

Tacoma Tornadoes
Current: 11  Last: 10

Biggest Acquisition: After testing the market, former All-star CF Harry Flores comes back.
Biggest Loss: On the strength of his 9-1 season out of the pen, Harry Galvez get a big contract with Toledo.

Cincinnati Dawgs
Current: 12  Last: 12

Biggest Acquisition: Frank Burke brings the speed dimension to the Cincy line up.
Biggest Loss: Couldn't come to terms with slugging 3B Alvin Hundley.

Washington D.C. Senators
Current: 13  Last: 14

Biggest Acquisition: Daniel Keppinger is brought in to add depth.
Biggest Loss: Bullpen arm Ken Drese was the odd man out in a crowded pen.

Pittsburgh Appalachians
Current: 14  Last: 17

Biggest Acquisition: Youth movement begins with the signing of John Koh.
Biggest Loss: Two time Gold Glove winning 3B Brad Fielder get signed away.

Scranton Rail Riders
Current: 15  Last: 7

Biggest Acquisition: Young hurler Enrique Paredes is signed to add depth to the rotation. 
Biggest Loss: Pablo Figureoa gets a big contract with Tampa.

Fargo Marlboro Men
Current: 16  Last: 19

Biggest Acquisition: Armando Blanco brings speed and defense to the Fargo line up.
Biggest Loss: Veteran Otis Sparks gets a new deal with Toledo.

Colorado Surf Riders III
Current: 17  Last: 21

Biggest Acquisition: Chico Jiminez gets signed to add speed and defense to the Riders' attack.
Biggest Loss: They lose closer Ivan Guzman to a big free agent deal to Santa Fe.

Philadelphia Phoenix
Current: 18  Last: 15

Biggest Acquisition: Oleg May comes on board as a more cost efficient option to Rico Guerrero.
Biggest Loss: Swingman Rico Guerrero had a nice run in Philly before bolting as a free agent.

Texas Wildcats
Current: 19  Last: 20

Biggest Acquisition:  Goose King should get back to scoring 100-plus runs hitting on top  of the Texas line up.
Biggest Loss: Starter Johnny Wilk gets signed away by Colorado.

Tampa Bay Don Cesars
Current: 20  Last: 25

Biggest Acquisition: Pablo Figureoa signs a big contract to become their ace.
Biggest Loss: Cesar Iglesias becomes victim of a youth movement.

Durham Bulls
Current: 21  Last: 26

Biggest Acquisition: Power hitting catcher Nigel Bryant gets signed.
Biggest Loss: Gorkys Pineda saw his role diminish and became expendable.

New York Blues
Current: 22  Last: 23

Biggest Acquisition: Sandy Perez tests the market, but decides he like New York just fine.
Biggest Loss: Reliever Frank Yosida saved 35 games two seasons ago.

Anaheim Arte Morenos
Current: 23  Last: 22

Biggest Acquisition: Trade brings Heinie Tobin, who won 24 games over the last two seasons.
Biggest Loss: Edward Jeffries has been declining, but had a few nice seasons for Anaheim.

Syracuse Barking Spiders
Current: 24  Last: 18

Biggest Acquisition: Shelley Dorsey is a nice value signing to compliment the youth movement.
Biggest Loss: Arthur Walton becomes too rich for the Syracuse blood.

Toledo Mud Hens
Current: 25  Last: 28

Biggest Acquisition: Lots of nice signings, but Alvin Hundley should have the biggest impact.
Biggest Loss: Middle of the order thumper Kevin Hatteberg gets traded to Detroit.

Jacksonville Minutemen
Current: 26  Last: 24

Biggest Acquisition:  Jonny Yerkes comes over from Chicago via trade.
Biggest Loss: Catcher Miguel Gutierrez not in their long term plans.

Chicago Blagos
Current: 27   Last: 31

Biggest Acquisition: Jerry Winchester should thrive in the Windy City after coming over in a trade.
Biggest Loss: Jonny Yerkes was the bait to land Winchester, a deal should work well for both clubs.
San Jose
San Jose Sea Slugs
Current: 28  Last: 16

Biggest Acquisition: Some very good value signings with Horacio Deleon helping shore up the line up.
Biggest Loss: Lots of movement, but the biggest piece traded is probably Sam Henry.

New York
New York Bombers
Current: 29  Last:  30

Biggest Acquisition: Ace Ismael Martin decides to stick around and see the rebuild through.
Biggest Loss: Slugger Hector Marmol get signed away.

Las Vegas  Bookies
Current: 30  Last:  29

Biggest Acquisition:  They acquire young hurler Ken Drese from DC.
Biggest Loss: Pedro Profar needed a change of scenery.

Trenton Thunder
Current: 31  Last: 32

Biggest Acquisition: Cesar Iglesias comes on board to play 2B.
Biggest Loss: Horacio DeLeon wasn't a good fit for the rebuild.

San Francisco Lockdown
Current: 32  Last: 27

Biggest Acquisition: Brace Acquilino signed to lock down games for the Lockdown.
Biggest Loss: Harold Durham leaves spacious San Fran for Colorado.

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