The making of a pitcher

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Posted by andersaa 0 comments
Here is a break down of three high school top ten drafted straight out of high school pitchers from the s16 draft and their progress until now.

#3 Tim Riley selected by the Omaha(Fresno)

#6 Stan Pillette selected by Oklahoma City(Memphis)

#7 Buddy Garcia selected by Monterrey

I will be looking at everything that make a prospect get better: coaches, training budget, playing time, etc.

Lets start with Riley
Tim Riley
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Springfield, MA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Season 16- Omaha $10 M training budget
Omaha Played for RL coach Danny Blank who was a 53 rated pitching coach.
He started 15 games and went 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA in 88 innings.
The team went 45-31 winning their division.
Started 4 playoff games going 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings.

Season 17- Omaha Began Spring training with a 58 OVR rating. $10 Training budget.
Promoted to AA. Coach Francis Swann who was rated 66. (note Spud Hamlin coached HiA with a 68 rating)
He started 28 games and went 12-6 with a 4.17 ERA in 151 innings.
The team went 75-69 winning their division.
Started one playoff game and lost it.
He went on the DL with Shoulder tendonitis for 30 days(Medical budget 10)

Season 18- Salem :Began the season with a 64 OVR rating..^6 $14 training budget.
Started year in AA promoted after 2 starts to AAA.
Played mostly for Francis Swann who was a 69 rated pitching coach (note Spud Hamlin coached AA with a 72 rating)
Started a total of 31 games went 9-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 179 innings.
The team went 58-104 so no playoffs.

Season 19- Fresno :Began the season with a 71 OVR rating..^7 $14M Training.
Left in AAA coached by Lou Watson
At time of press has increased to 74 OVR.^3 and in 3-5 in 12 starts.

Stan Pillette
Black Bears
Age: 21B/T: S/R
Born: Cottonwood, ID
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Season 16- Oklahoma City $12 M training budget
Played for RL coach Roscoe Kennedy who was a 61 rated pitching coach.
He started 15 games and went 2-4 with a 5.08 ERA in 56 innings.
The team went 33-43 and did not make the playoffs

Season 17- Oklanhoma City :Began spring training with a 55 OVR rating. $13 Training budget.
Promoted to AA. Coached by Ricardo Moya who was rated only 48. (note Moya is out of coaching since this season)
He started 22 games and went 3-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 89 innings.
The team went 89-55 But Pillette was hurt for the playoffs
He went on the DL with Shoulder ligament tear for 66 days(Medical budget 13)

Season 18- New Orleans :Began the season with a 59 OVR rating.^4 $13 training budget.
He was kept in AA due the injury.
Played for Ike Washburn who was a 66 rated pitching coach.
Started a 29 games went 11-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 152 innings.
The team went 85-59 and lost in 7 in the AA World Series.
Started 4 playoff games and went 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA

Season 19- Memphis :Began the season with a 67 OVR rating.^8 $10M Training.
Promoted to AAA coached by Clarence Simmons
At time of press has increased to 68 OVR.^1 and is 5-0 in 9 starts and came in from the pen once.

Buddy Garcia
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Redondo Beach, CA
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Season 16- Always played for Monterrey $20 M training budget.
Played for RL coach Vladimir Saez who was a 53 rated pitching coach.
He started 14 games and went 9-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 70 innings.
The team went 61-15 and won the RL world series but Garcia was on the DL
He went on the DL with Forearm nerve irriatation for 210 days that went into the next season.(Medical budget 9)

Season 17-:Began spring training with a 53 OVR rating. $20 Training budget.
Started the year on the DL and kept in RL after healthy. Coached by Vic Navarro who was rated 60. (note he was the 3rd highest rated RL pitching coach that year)
He started 15 games and went 12-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 94 innings.
The team went 55-21 and lost in the RL World Series
Started 5 postseason games and went 1-3 with 3.00 ERA
Won the RL CY Young and was on the AllStar team

Season 18- :Began the season with a 60 OVR rating.^7 $20 training budget.
Promoted to AA and played for Joe Wells who was a 66 rated pitching coach. (Note LoA coach Vic Navarro was a 64 and HiA coach Ruben Gonzales was higher at 67.)
Started a 18 games went 9-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 108 innings and then was promoted to AAA. (AAA coach Jamie Powell was rated 70)
In AAA he started 11 games and went 2-7 with 3.95 ERA.
The AA team went 83-61 and won the AA world Series but he was up in AAA whose record was 72-72 and no playoffs.

Season 19- :Began the season with a 69 OVR rating.^9 $20M Training.
Kept in AAA coached by Mack McCracken the second highest rated AAA pitching coach with 82 rating.
At time of press has increased to 72 OVR.^3 and is 8-1 in 11 starts and came in from the pen once.

S14 AM Draft

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Posted by andersaa 0 comments
1) Baltimore The Merrier : SS Phillip Blum A five tool player that does everything well, run, hits homers, hites lefties, hits rights, and might be able to play shortstop in the majors, a quality player but never an allstar. The senior from Houston is already ML-ready at 22 and should be in the minors for only a short period of time.

2) Charlotte Knights : 2B Felipe Guerrero The best looking leadoff hitter in the draft, he sees the ball well enough to get 100 walks and hits well enough to get 200 hits in a season. His speed and fielding are his faults, as he might have to play OF, and wont be able to use his great baserunning ablities becuase he is slow.

3) Oklahoma City Fireants : 2B Charles Jordan Jordan is similar to Jordan except alot faster and not as great of a hitter. His fielding is poor for a 2b expect a postion chnage pbefore he makes it to the bigs. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is known for producing Juco studs.

4)New York Skyscrapers : SP Santiago Oropesa

5) Los Angeles BIG BLUE : 2B Fonzie Clay

6) Richmond Rebel's : SS Jay Bleier

7) Pittsburgh Alloys : SP Michael Hernandez

8) Fargo River Raiders : RP Adam Bellinger

9) Monterrey Jacks : SP Nipsey Fowler

10) Atlanta Canadians : SS Wes McDowell

S 14 Hall of Fame Inductees

Thursday, June 3, 2010 Posted by andersaa 0 comments
Cookie Kingland
Age: 37B/T: L/R
Born: Sebring, FL
Position(s): C/DH
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This 7 time all star and 3 time Silver slugging Catcher gets in the Hall on his first ballot. Cookie started the first season as a 24 year old with the best catcher rating in the world. In season 1 and 2, Kingland was traded twice from the Madison Monks(COL) to the Detroit Pens(TAC) then to the Richmond Revolution(CHA) the next year to help them get them past the first round in the playoffs. Even though he only played one season in Detroit(TAC) he still holds the single season franchise record for home runs(58) and RBI's(135). He spent the next 11 seasons with the ever changing franchise that is currently the Charlotte Knights. There he was consistantly the best catcher in the AL, but never getting back into the playoffs after da6nz6ig6 left as coach of the franchise at the end of s3. He finished his great career with 1883 hits, 413 HRs, 1270 RBI, and .307 BA, and .947 OPS.

Denny Fujiwara
Age: 39B/T: L/L
Born: Uwajima, JP
Position(s): P (ClA)
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The 2 time Fireman of the year,4 time all-star closer Fujiwara gets in the Hall. Fuji played his entire 12 season career with the same franchise. He not only got 323 saves, but he had 777 strikeouts, a 1.10 whip and 3.02 ERA. He earned 2 world series rings as the closer for the New York RoadRunners in season 3, and Philadelphia TubeSox in season 6. He is currently 5th in career saves, and 5th in career WHIP.

Ballpark research S13

Monday, May 3, 2010 Posted by andersaa 0 comments

Red = Pitcher parks, pink = Slight pitchers parks, White = neutral, Blue-grey = Slight hitter parks, Blue = hitters parks.

-As you already know two of the most extreme pitcher's park teams made it to the world series Portland and Burlington, but that does not mean a pitchers park will get you wins.

-No hitter's park compares to Tucson's Electic Park, even with football like numbers the Tribe had a better point margin than the Champs in pitcher's paradise Burlington.

-In a slight hitter's parks pitchers can still change the game, Nashville only gave up 623 runs better then many teams with a park advantage, and Boise who got an amazing year out of Cy Young Nominee Javier Guevara only allowed 597, second only to Portland.


Season 13 Draft Review: Round 1

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Posted by andersaa 0 comments
# 1 Las Vegas: SS Jeremie Aubrey From Central HS in Baton Rouge LA. Projects into a low range SS or elite 3B with a decent bat. Health, range, baserunning, and vsL are his only weaknesses even though they are decent. Currently the 18 year-old is in RL.

#2 Minnesota: 3B/RF Wolf Guerrero From Stony Point HS in Round Rock TX. Projects to be a huge power hitter with even splits and a decent eye. His issues only lie in his glove. Currently the 18 year-old is a RL all-star.

#3 Charlotte: SP Jimmie Parrish From AI Prince HS in Hartford CT. This future right-handed ace is going to be great if he can reach his far-off projections. His best pitches are his 4-seam and Slider but he also has a curve and change-up. Currently the 18 year-old is RL.

#4 Tucson: RF Timo Wilkinson From Amherst County HS in MA. The lefty will be able to hit for power and steal a ton of bags. Weakness will be left-handed pitchers and glove. Currently the 18 year old is in LoA and a RL all-star.

#5 Fargo: SS Jorge Cerda A Junior at Winthrop University. This really short shortstop is asking for a ridiculous amount of money to be swayed from college this year. He should be a slightly above average batter and is already close to ML-ready. Currently this 21 year-old is still in negotiations with Fargo management.

#6 Baltimore: 3B Dennis Komatsu A senior from UNLV. This Power hitting infielder should be ML ready very soon. Weaknesses are his contact and eye. He has a great body makeup. Currently this 22 year-old is in RL.

#7 St. Louis: RP Davey Valdes From Big Walnut HS in Sunbury OH. Will be a very dominate closer in the years to come, his splits are amazing. Weakness are his pitches, he only has one good pitch, his 100 projected sinker. Currently in LoA.

#8 Los Angeles: 2B Sal Nunnally who was a junior at Troy State. Sal will be able to hit both lefty's and righty's and get on base alot. His questions really lie in if he develops his glove and range enough to be a solid 2B. Currently the 21 year-old is in RL.

#9 Seattle: SP Bobby Tanner Bobby's mother wants her kid to go to a 4 year college instead of pro baseball. But Seattle wants the control pitcher to develop in their system instead. His projections are amazing for his curve, splitter, and 4-Seam. He is still in negotiations.

#10 Columbus: CF Harry Cordero From Rose Hill Christian HS in Ashland KY. This lefty should be a solid leadoff hitter if he reaches his projections. Major concerns lie in his work effort. Currently the 18 year-old is a RL all-star.

#11 Toledo: SS Rod Woodard From Manor HS in Manor TX. He could end up being a SS but will probably have to settle in at 3B. His bat will be okay but nothing great. Currently this 18 year-old is in RL.

#12 San Juan: 2B/CF Harry Castillo a freshman from Florida College. This kid has one of the best glove/range combo in the draft and will only get better. His bat does not project well unless San Juan scouts know something others dont. Currently this 19 year old is in RL.

#13 Richmond: CF Guillermo TrajanoFrom Barrington HS in Barrington IL and is Ricardo Trajano's little brother. This lefty has the range to be a great ML CF and some great power, but low splits and contact will hurt his batting average. Currently the 18 year old in in LoA.

#14 Sacramento: SS Joakim Arias From Glades Day HS in Belle Glade FL. This future SS has elite level range and arm, if glove reach potential could be a gold glove SS. At the plate he has great power and very good eye but has serious problems with right handing pitchers. Currently this 18 year-old is in RL.

#15 Boise: SP Matthew Corino a freshman at Central Carolina Community College. He is a strong power groundball pitcher with good control. Fastball has reached 98 MPH but does not move much. His slider is his best pitch. Currently this 19 year-old is in RL.

#16 Monterrey: INF Lou Phillips a junior from Chaminade University. The small Candanian who played college in Hawaii, will be moving to Mexico. His fielding attributes look like he will be best at 2B, and bat projects to a solid leadoff hitter if he can learn to steal bases. Currently this 21 year old is in HiA.

#17 Trenton: SP Gerry Garcia From Mandaree HS in ND who parents were definitely Dead-heads. This 6'5 control pitcher has 4 ML pitches but scouts are worried about his health and stamina. Currently the 18 year-old is in RL.

#18 Oklahoma City: 2B Alan Pearson A junior from Louisiana Tech. This infielder should hit lefties well and has an overall to get him into the majors. Questions lie in his fielding, health and vsR. Currently the 21 year-old is in RL.

#19 New Orleans: 2B Dave Becker A junior at Texas. He currently leads the Big 12 in Stolen bases and is the best fielder in the WCAA. He has alot of learning to do at the plate though. He is still in negotations with New Orleans management.

#20 Iowa City: P Harry Mesa My scouts have no idea about this kid. He is self-represented and is asking for more money then his draft position.

#21 Tampa Bay: RP Walker Gray a sophomore out of Edison Community college in OH. This tall reliever has great control and velocity but lacks splits to get the alot of outs. Currently this 20 year-old in in RL.

#22 Toledo(Type A from Nashville): CF Raul Mercedes a freshman from Lenoir Community College in NC. His splits and fielding potentials are outstanding for a lefty OF. His baserunning and eye are concerns. Currently the 19 year-old in in RL.

#23 Louisville: 2B/CF Dion Christenson From Cameron HS in WI. This guy could get a gold glove at 2B someday, but his bat is less then ideal. Currently the 18 year-old in in RL.

#24 Tucson(Type A from Cleveland): RP Dicky Webster From St. Mary's HS in KS. This conrol pitching future closer will be able to keep groundballs and stikeouts coming with his slider, sinker and palmball. Currently the 18 year-old is in RL.

#25 Texas(Type A from Cinncinatti): 2B/CF Jumbo Rhodes a senior captian of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He was one of the most ML-ready players in the draft after leading Georgia to a SEC title. He projects to a be a decent fielding but horrible hitting 2B. Texas started him in HiA since he is already 22.

#26 Columbus(Type D): LF/2B P.T. Soto From Hammond HS in Columbia SC. This power hitting 2B was been moved to the outfield becuase of his range and glove. He projects to be a solid power hitting, high OBS LF. Currently the 18 year-old in in RL.

#27 Dover: OF Kennie Mlicki From Smithfield-Selma HS in NC. This COF will be a solid vs Right hitter with a very high contact. His fielding is nothing special but better then a 1B. Currently the 18 year-old is in RL.

#28 Columbus(Type A from Tacoma): 2B/1B Damion Bradshaw a sophomore out of Westchester CC in NY. His bat is okay and should get him in the Majors one day but he should not be a 2B. Plays mostly at DH right now. Currently the 20 year-old is in RL.

#29 San Deigo: SP Al Silva This Candiadian senior just graduated from Fort Lewis College in CO, where he was the Rocky Mountain Confernce POY. He is very high stamina power pitcher with a great sinker and 4 other underwhelming pitches. Currently the 22 year-old is in LoA.

#30 Vancouver: C Al Lunar Recent grad of UTSA. A very solid hitter vs Leftys with elite eye. There are concerns about his vs Rightys and health. Currently the 22 year-old is in RL.

#31 Baltimore(Type from Texas): 3B/2B Herbert Kapler A senior from Georgia College. He is looking to sign for slot money and is trying to work out something with Baltimore. He should have a good 3B fielding, and decent but nothing special bat.

#32 Burlington: RP Evan Fitzgerald A junior at the University of Oklahoma. This kid is a great football player that will be in the pros soon, only plays baseball for fun. He is an All-American quarterback for the Sooners despite his size. As a baseball player he would be a great setup/closer if Burlington can convince him to play.

#33 Portland: LF Frank Shields From Lisbon HS in ME. This guy is a ok hitter vs Rightys, but will have to be platooned as ML lefty's will kill him. He has fielding limitations so might have to stay at LF or 1B. Currently the 18 year-old in in LoA ball.
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Two are crowned as the J-Rob's 1st Members of the Hall

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Posted by andersaa 0 comments
The first two members of the Jackie Robinson Hall of Fame are
Benjamin Miles
Age: 42B/T: L/L
Born: Wausaukee, WI
Position(s): P (LRA)
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Benjamin Miles
Miles has dominated for a long time and his hardwear includes 9 allstar apperances, and 5 Cy Young awards. He played his first seasons with klouvan2's New York Roadrunners and when safetyman moved the franchise to become the Philadelphia Tubesox. In season 8 he went to free agency and received a max contract from Hineiii's Cleveland Blues team. He won one world series ring with Philly in season 6, and his Cy Young awards in season's 3-7.
He currently hold single season records in wins(47), strikeouts(337), shutouts(10), innings(433.7), era (1.31) all in a amazing season 5 where he was pitching in a 3 man pitching rotation with Jorge Manto(who went 34-1 that year) and Rafael Ramirez.
Miles also holds career world records in complete games(76), innings pitched(3451), shutouts(35), strikeouts(2520), and wins (292).

Kordell Lorraine
Age: 39B/T: R/R
Born: Inglewood, CA
Position(s): 3B/1B/2B/OF
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Kordell Lorriane
Kordell retired during the season 11 season after 10 season with Seattle, Portland, Tacoma(Columbus), and New York(Iowa). The 8 time allstar, 2 time MVP, and 6 time SS at 2B, started his playing days with fellow HOFer Miles, at New York Roadrunners(Iowa) for the first two seasons. In the middle of season three he was included in one of the biggest trades ever in J-Rob. Lorriane,Ernie Dickinson, and Dwight Brush were sent to Tacoma Tremors(Columbus) for Pete Fisher, Osvaldo James, and Alex Kyung. After a year and a half where he won one MVP in Tacoma he was again traded this time to division rival Portland. Portland did not keep him long and traded him out to Seattle for then prospects Ernie Ryan and Seattle's first round pick Wilfredo Gutierrez.
In Seattle he found a home, he won an MVP in his first year(s6) and was a dominate 2B. In season 9 he had his best chance at a championship as he led Seattle to the world series but they were swept by the Memphis Ribs(Texas).

Welcome to our blog!

Thursday, February 18, 2010 Posted by rebedwell 0 comments
Welcome to the new Jackie Robinson World blog. This blog will be open to all Jackie Robinson owners for posting, as long as it stays respectful. Send me a trade chat or sitemail with your outside email address and I will add you as a blog author. Have fun!