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Old 09-10-2018, 05:49 PM   #421
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Championship Series

October 8th, 2029: The ALCS starts today with the Orioles hosting the Mariners. A wild 9th inning gave the Mariners the 6-3 series opening win as they stay perfect this postseaon. Sergio Barreto was excellent, 7 innings with just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts in a no decision. His counterpart Juan Medina went 6 with 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Orioles RF Benni Vogl was 2-for-4 with a double and two run homer in the 8th.

October 9th, 2029: Historic Wrigley Field was the site for Game 1 of the NLCS as Dursun Erbakan (7-8, 3.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) made his first start of the postseason against former Marlin Jake Florence (12-6, 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). We looked pitiful and overmatched, as the Cubs took the opener 7-1...

Erbakan didn't have his control, 3.1 innings with a hit, 3 runs, 5 walks, and 3 strikeout. C.J. LaFever tossed 1.1 innings with 2 htis, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Joe Kramer went 0.2 innings with 4 hits, a run, and a strikeout. Luis Alcantra allowed a run in 2 innings with 2 hits and 3 strikeouts.

Juan Simental was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with a double. Jarred Kelenic was 1-for-3 with a walk. Mac Horvath was 1-for-1 with a walk.

Seattle kept rolling with a 5-3 win to take a 2-0 lead on the road. Orioles starter Sergio Garza was at fault, 6 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, and 6 strikeouts.

October 10th, 2029: We looked to even the series up with Devon Peterson (11-10, 3.93 ERA, 1.57 WHIP; 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) facing Gabe Hines (13-4, 2.89 ERA, 1.06 WHIP; 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP). Peterson continued his solid postseason and we shut them out 3-0.

Chad Scoles left with hamstring soreness, and will be DTD for 6 days...

He wasn't as great as last game, but he went 5.2 innings with 8 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. LaFever, Alcantra, and Scoles earned holds. Scoles tossed 1.2 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts before giving it up to Gene Hall, who got a strikeout to end the game.

Chris Reid was 1-for-1 with a solo homer, sac-fly, and 2 walks. Jarred Kelenic was 1-for-4 with a steal and run scored. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a steal. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with a triple.

October 11th, 2029: Well, I guess the Giants really wanted Devan Watts, so they signed him to a 2-year, $5.8 million per year deal. I critisized the trade, but I guess they had a plan for it after all.

Just the AL today, as the Mariners looked to take 1 step closer to the World Series. It was a tight one, but the hosts edged Baltimore 6-5 to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Sean Foote was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the win, while both Josh Shuler (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) and Beni Vogl (3-3, 2B, HR, RBI, R) were excellent in a losing effort.

October 12th, 2029: Three home games, three wins? Marlins park was the place to be as a pair of red-hot pitchers and former teammates C.J. Jorgensen (13-9, 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) and Jorge Flores (14-4, 2.57 ERA, 0.85 WHIP) squared off. The crowd was hectic and obnoxious, as the Cuban faithful gave Flores the Luis Marrero treatment. It didn't bother "Beer Barrel" as the he and the Cubs topped us 4-1.

Jorgensen went 4.2 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, and 7 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever allowed a run in 1.1 innings with 2 hits and a walk.

Jackson Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a double. Daylen Lile was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Juan Simental was 1-for-4.

The Mariners look really scary, as they swept right through the Orioles. It was a dominating 6-1 win for the hosts, as they have been unstoppable in the postseason. Janisel Rivera continues his tear, 4-for-5 with a double, homer, and 2 runs scored.

Speaking of Marrero, I did a search of him, and learned he's becoming a pitching coach. I'll have to keep him in the back of my mind, considering we ended his career and all...

October 13th, 2029: With the ALCS already over, all the focus was on our game. Pat Saitta (13-7, 3.62 ERA, 1.18 WHIP; 0-0, 4.76 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) took on Graeme Stinson (8-5, 3.40 ERA, 1.29 WHIP; 0-0, 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). It took 10 innings to declare a winner, but Juan Simental hit a walk-off solo shot off former Marlin Jorge Moya to even the series with a 7-6 win.

Saitta went 5 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever allowed 2 hits and 2 runs in 0.2 innings with a strikeout. Chad Scoles tossed 2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Hamstring soreness who?

I also don't think it's possible to realize how valuable Simental was today, a perfect 5-for-5 with 2 runs, 3 RBI's, a double, and the walk off homer. Mac Horvath was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and double. Daylen Lile was 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-3 with a sac-fly and run scored. Noah Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.

October 14th, 2029: We looked to take a lead back to Chicago with Dursun Erbakan (7-8, 3.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP; 0-1, 8.10 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) taking on Jake Florence (12-6, 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP; 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) in a rematch of Game 1. The result wasn't exactly the same, but the Cubs edged us 6-4 and were a game away from getting swept by the Mariners in the World Series.

Add insult to injury, reliever Miguel Romero hit Juan Ramirez in the face, and he'll be day-to-day for a week with blurred vision. It was the 2nd batter Romero hit in the game... I swear he's one injury from going from Iron Man all the way down to Fragile...

Erbakan was slightly better today, 4 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Steve Hudson went 0.2 innings with ahit, run, and 2 walks. Joe Kramer allowed 3 hits and 2 runs with 2 walks in 0.2 innings.

Mac Horvath was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, RBI, and 2 doubles. Isaac Nunez was 1-for-3 with a walk and solo homer. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with a RBI and walk. Chris Reid was 1-for-4 with a walk. Erbakan was 1-for-.

October 15ht, 2029: Some fun math for the off day: I have $10,985,000 to spend on extensions, and 6 Free Agents to delegate that amount to. All 6 want $20 million or more now (more then everyone on the roster except Chad Scoles) and I can give them each contracts equivilant to C.J. LaFever, a long relieber in his first year of arbitration. Seems easy right?

October 16th, 2029: Well, this could be it... Devon Peterson (11-10, 3.93 ERA, 1.57 WHIP; 1-1, 0.00 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) takes on Gabe Hines (13-5, 2.89 ERA, 1.06 WHIP; 1-1, 1.35 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) in game six. We'll live to fight another day, as we edged the hosts 6-3 to force game 7.

Peterson was excellent, 7 innings with 4 hits, a run, and 8 strikeouts. He was also 1-for-3, so he's basically the postseason MVP. Chad Scoles tossed 1.1 innings with a hir, run, and 2 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever allowed a homer to the only batter he faced.

Jarred Kelenic was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 RBI's, and a walk. Isaac Nunez was 3-for-4 with 2 runs and a solo homer. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and steal. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored, and steal.

October 17th, 2029: Alright, here we go! Game 7 baby! C.J. Jorgensen (13-9, 3.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP; 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) took on Jorge Flores (14-4, 2.57 ERA, 0.85 WHIP; 2-0, 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) in a winner-takes-all game. More Marrero tratment for Flores, but we couldn't get under his thick skin. Tied at 1 in the 9th, Tyler Freeman had a pinch hit RBI single off Joe Kramer to send the Cubs to the Series. WHY WAS KRAMER PITCHING IN THE 9TH!?!?!?!!?!?!

Man I should've left Yearick in over him...

C.J. went 5.1 innings with 7 hits, a run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Kramer was charged with a hit, walk, and run in 0.1 innings.

Isaac Nunez was 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Jackson Miller was 1-for-3. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a double.

Well, this was our year... Next year will be a lot tougher with all the roster changes, but eventually we'll get that elusive 2nd/4th title...
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World Series

October 19th, 2029: Can the Mariners sweep through the playoffs? The Cubs will host them and try to prevent that, but the Marienrs are more then well rested. There were no signs of rust, as the visitors took the opener 7-5. Sergio Barreto went 5.1 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 5 strikeouts to get the win with teammate Daulton Varsho going 1-for-4 with a three run homer and 2 runs scored. Jim Mitchell was 1-for-3 with a two run homer, walk, and 2 runs scored in the loss.

October 20th, 2029: Man these Mariners don't stop! Down 4-3 in the 9th, they managed to tie the game to force extras. THe flood gates opened in the 10th, where they piled on 4 runs to take the second game 8-4 and head home up 2-0. Janisel Rivera was 3-for-4 with 2 hoemrs, 3 RBI's, 3 runs, and a walk. He has 7 homers in just 9 games! Juan Villasenor started for Seattle, tallying 5 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. Cubs LF Kyle Tucker was 3-for-4 with 2 homers, 3 RBI's, and a walk.

October 22nd, 2029: Back home, the Mariners hosted the Cubs up 2-0. Their 9 game streak was stopped with a 7-1 victory. Jorge Flores tossed 5.1 innings with 4 hits, a run, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. Mitchell was 3-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI's, and 2 runs. Eric Larson was all the offense for the M's, 2-for-3 with a walk and solo homer.

October 23rd, 2029: The Cubs looked to even the series today, but Seattle wasn't interested, and they edged the visitors 5-4 to take a 3-1 lead. Rivera continued his power trip, 1-for-2 with a two run homer and 2 walks. Kurt Metzger was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Cubs RF Ben Henning was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and 2 runs scored.

October 24th, 2029: Will baseball end today? The Mariners took a 3-1 lead to the 8th, but Kyle Tucker tied the game with a two run homer. In the 9th, NLCS hero Tyler Freeman hti a go-ahead 2 run homer and the Cubs sent the series back home with a 5-3 win. Tucker was 2-for-4 with the two run homer and Freeman was 1-for-1 with 3 walks and his two run homer. Sergio Barreto had a great start for Seattle, 5 innings with 6 hits, a run, 2 wlaks, and 6 strikeouts.

October 26th, 2029: Back in Chicago, the Cubs looked to force a game 7. The only 7 was a 7 run 7th, as the Mariners took an 8-2 lead. The Cubs didn't fall flat, scoring 4 in the 8ht, but the rally came up short, and the Marienrs won 8-6 to win thier first ever World Series! Janisel Rivera was 1-for-4 with a big grand slam in the 7th that showed the whole world that Seattle was winning it all. Former Marlin Jordy Barley was 3-for-4 with a run scored. The Cubs got a pinch hit grand slam from Sammy Siani in the 8th, but it was just a little too late.

Janisel Rivera was rightfully named series MVP, and former Marlins Juan Villasenor, Brett Conine, Thomas Pannone, Victor Arano, Isan Diaz, and Jordy Barley were given World Series Rings.

Time for a fun offseason!
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Awards, Arbitration, and Pre-Free Agency

October 28th, 2029: The offseason officially begins today, and a few changes in the minor leagues were made.

New York N (DSL) Mets 2 will move from the Mets to the Doves organization and will be re-named the Boston N (DSL) Doves.

The Boston (DSL) Reds Sox will be known as the Boston A (DSL) Red Sox and the Boston (DSL) Red Sox 2 will move to the Seattle Pilots organization and will become the Seattle N (DSL) Pilots

The Seattle (DSL) Mariners will be known as the Seattle A (DSL) Mariners.

The Arizona (DSL) Diamondbacks 2 will move to the Washington Senators organizatoin and will be known as the Washington A (DSL) Seantors.

The Washington (DSL) Nationals will become the Washington N (DSL) Nationals.

The Texas (DSL) Rangers 2 will move to the Montreal Expos organization and become the Montreal (DSL) Expos.

Back to the Marlins, Chad Scoles decided he will not opt-out, and will now be under contract until at least 2031 with a team option for 2032.

Here's my arbitration guys:

SP Dursun Erbakan (1-year, $6,700,000)
RP Luis Alcantra (1-year, $3,400,000)
RP Steve Hudson (1-year, $3,940,000)
RP C.J. LaFever (1-year, $1,730,000)
RP Jamie Priest (1-year, $3,020,000)
2B Jon Reid (1-year, $2,340,000)
2B Noah Smith (1-year, $9,940,000)

LF Daylen Lile would not sign an extension, and will head to an arbitration hearing.

I extended qualifying offers to Josh Brown, Gene Hall, Ignacio Hinojos, Jarred Kelenic, Isaac Nunez, and Chris Reid.

October 31st, 2029: I didn't want to have to deal with Daylen Lile's arbitration hearing or fragility, so I sent him and Jake Yaerick to the Rays for RF Ernie Frye.

"Dynamo" is an absolute stud hitter with elite contact, gap power, and avoid strikeout ability. He doesn't have much power but has a plus-plus eye, and is extremely fast on the bases. He's not the best fielder, but he has an actual cannon of an arm. Frye hit .347/.424/.490 with 9 homers, 70 RBI's, and 27 steals this year, and has a .335/.404/.469 career line in 3 seasons with Tampa.

Frye is entering his first year of arbitration, and wants $7,470,000, which is much less then what Lile was demanding, and I have three years of Frye as opposed to 1 of Lile. Frye will replace Kelenic, and the Ramirez-Simental-Frye outfield will be by far the best in the league.

November 2nd, 2029: The Cubs acquired RHP Josh Keller from the Athletics for minor leauge RHP's Danny Dempsey and Amari Elvine. It's an even deal.

November 6th, 2029: Alex Moncreif (SEA: 24, 146) and Chad Scoles (MIA: 22, 140) were named Reliever of the Year winners. Scoles was great all season, 7-3 with a 2.22 ERA and 42 saves.

November 7th, 2029: Juan Ramirez was named Platinum Stick Winner for left field, the first of his career.

November 8th, 2029: 2B Kurt Metzger (SEA: 24, 150) and RF Dan Comer (STL: 34, 170) were named Rookie of the Year.

November 9th, 2029: Seattle Manager Jose Zapata and Dodgers Manager Bill Risley were named Manager of the Year.

November 10th, 2029: SP Jeremy Hynek (MIN: 34, 238) and SP Jorge Flores (CHC: 21, 199) were named Cy Young Winners. Chad Scoles (9), Pat Saitta (8), and Josh Brown (1) got a couple pitty votes.

November 11th, 2029: SS Logan Davidson (BAL: 34, 476) and 1B Xavier Carter (PHI: 25, 417) were named MVP. Juan Ramirez (250) definitely deserved to win if he was healthy. Scoles (5) and Saitta (1) got some votes for some reason.

November 15th, 2029: The Cubs acquired LHP Nathaniel Heredia and 1B Luis Colunga from the Senators for C Jorge Pabon. It's even enough.

November 19th, 2029: Some shocking news, as both Jarred Kelenic and Ignacio Hinojos accepted their qualifying offers. Nunez, Brown, Hall, and Reid filed for Free Agency. I'm not too shocked on Hinojos, but I can't belive Kelenic took the offer. I'm placing him on the block, and will hopefully be able to move him, because I can't have Frye on the bench.

Alternateively, I could move Kelenic to first, but we'll cross that bridge when it comes...

Free Agency starts tomorrow!
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Free Agency Pt. 1

November 20th, 2029: The Free Agents file today, and here's the top 10!

RHP Chad Brandenburg
3B Buddy Kennedy
LHP Cullen Dana
CF Billy Williamson
SS Isaac Nunez
3B Nick Senzel
1B Carlos Correa
LHP Sergio Barreto
RHP Colten Panaranto
RHP Josh Brown

2 of those 10 are 2029 Marlins, with a third Billy Williamson, a former Marlin.

And I have -$33,760,000 to spend...

Thanks Ignacio and Jarred...

The rotation and pen look good, but I could use a boost in the infield. I'll see what I'll be able to do with the limited funds, but don't expect too much. Worst thing is, there are a lot of actually good Free Agents available.

November 24th, 2029: A little trade action, with the Brewers acquiring RHP Aaron W. Brown and cash from the Senators for LHP Alfredo Crivelli, CF Gilberto Segarra, and 1B Ron Enloe. I like this trade for the Sens, but it's not bad for Milwaukee.

The Rays sent cash and RHP Jack DeGroat to the Angels for RHP Mike Barber and SS Jim Hallett. It's an even enough deal.

November 25th, 2029: I submitted my Hall of Fame Ballot:

LF Ryan Braun
2B Robinson Cano
SP Felix Hernandez
SP Clayton Kershaw
RF Nick Markakis
C Buster Posey
CL Francisco Rodriguez
SP Max Scherzer
SP Justin Verlander
1B Joey Votto

There were at least three other players I wanted to vote too.

More trade action, with the Senators sending RHP Jared Jackson and cash to the Phillies for 2B Shamel Penland. I like this deal a lot for Philly.

November 26th, 2029: I made a blockbuster with the Blue Jays, acquiring star 3B Fernando Tatis Jr. (100% retained) and RHP Shiro Hiraki for 3B Eric Kisela and RHP Michael Baumann.

Tatis, 30, is a 4* who's going to be a Free Agent at the end of the season. He's a top quality hitter and defender with solid speed. He's got a career .287/.354/.505 hitter with 275 homers and 856 RBI's to go with 130 steals. He gives us a great middle of the order hitter and is beloved in the clubhouse.

Hiraki, 27, is a 4/4.5* reliever who came over from Japan as a minor league free agent before the 2026 season. He's got elite stuff, plus movement, and plus-plus control. He has an elite cutter and curveball, and can occasionally hit 100. He's got good stamina as well, and is a great piece out of the pen.

November 26th, 2029: The Giants made a big splash, signign CF Billy Williamson toa 7-year, $297 million deal. The 29-year-old has a career .288/.366/.501 line with 136 homers and 531 RBI's.

The Padres acquired LHP Enrique Perez from the White Sox for LHP Jonathan Hager and RHP Juan Ulloa. I like this deal for the Padres.

November 29th, 2029: The White Sox sent LHP Trevor Rogers and LF Mike Hennessey to the Diamondbacks from RHP Jyan Delgado and RHP Jeff Kelley. It's a literal steal for Arizona.

December 1st, 2029: The Angels signed longtime SP Sonny Warner to a 4-year, $26.8 million per year deal with an opt out after the second year. He has a 75-63 record with a 3.78 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 1,275 innings with the Natoinals.

Tampa sent RHP Ryan Dease and 1B Ben Murhph along with cash considerations to the Orioles for RHP Tim Tenneson, LHP Chris Cavanagh, and 1B Jamie Collins. Absolute steal for Baltimore.

December 3rd, 2029: The Cubs made a huge splash, signing SP Sergio Barreto to a 7-year, $226.2 million deal. The longtime Mariner has a career 91-62 record with a 3.59 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He has started 33 or more games every year in his career except his Rookie season.

December 4th, 2029: The Mariners made a big signing after losing Barreto, grabbing 3B Nick Senzel to a 4-year, $20.4 million per year deal. He has a career .306/.374/.485 line with 211 homers and 876 RBI's in 7,013 at bats.

Their crosstown friends, the Pilots, signed former Marlin Jorge Moya to a 3-year, $15.6 million per year deal. The 32-year-old vet has 134 career saves and a 3.65 ERA in 444 innings pitched.

December 5th, 2029: Boston signed RHP Jhon Vergara to a 1-year, $6.5 million deal. He is 63-62 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 404 big league games (152 starts).

The Athletics sent RHP Alvaro Seijas to the Rockies for CF Mike Linear and 1B Pat Schieber. It's an even enough deal.

Deecmber 6th, 2029: The Pilots keep making moves, adding SP Chad Bradenburg to a 6-year, $147 million deal. "Black Jack" was 57-64 with a 4.65 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 193 starts with the Twins. The 30-year-old has started 31 or more games every season in his big league career.

December 7th, 2029: The Winter Meetings start today. As you might expect, a lot of things happened:

The Mariners signed SP Forrest Whitley to a 3-year, $15.2 million per year deal. He has a 96-96 career record with a 4.24 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.

The Cardinals extended 2B Brendan Rodgers to a 5-year, $108.4 million deal with a vesting option for 135 games in the final year. He's on the last year of a 6-year deal, and will make $26.2 million this year. He has a career .268/.331/.438 batting line with 205 homers and 710 RBI's.

The Boston Doves acquired LHP Derek Zorn and 2B Mike Kazmierczak from the Yankees for RHP Ernesto Estrella, RHP Juan Hurtado, and cash. It's a steal for the Yanks.

The Seattle Pilots sent RHP Greg Walston to the Giants for LHP Jaquan Pimpton and RF Jeff Bennett. It's a fair deal.

The Padres acquired RHP Connor Van Scoyoc from the Blue Jays for RF Andre Tarver. I like this deal for the Blue Jays.

The Athletics sent RHP Curt Crutchfield to the Diamondbacks for 2B Luis Espinoza. I like this for Arizona.

The Rangers acquried RHP Cody Seddlock and C Braedon Halpenny from the Pirates for RHP Bobby Burnett and RHP Jorge Ramos. I like this for the Rangers.

I added RF Jorge Escobar to the active roster to protect him from the Rule-5 Draft.

I then started to work, sending RF Jarred Kelenic and 3B Connor Royal to the Nationals for CL Bikichi Tsukamoto (75% Retained). I then sent him to the Tigers for LF Chi-yong Kym.

Kym, 23, is a 2/3.5* from South Korea. He's got elite speed and can play great defense in left field. He's got plus-plus contact, plus-plus gap, and strikes out very little. He also has plus power, but needs to work on his eye. He got his first cup of coffee this year, hitting .227/.261/.409 with a solo homer in 22 at bats.

December 8th, 2029: The Diamondbacks signed SS Isaac Nunez to a 7-year, $141,800,000 deal, netting me my first compensation pick. Nunez hit .244/.300/.383 with 93 homers, 396 RBI's, and 114 steals while playing Gold Glove Defense.

The Rangers sent RHP Kevin Larkin and 2B Dave Beam to the Cardinals for LF Corbin Carroll. I like this for both teams.

December 9th, 2029: The Angels sent LHP Tim Cate and cash to the Rockies for LF Ethan Long. I like this deal for the Angels.

The Twins acquired RHP Chad Whye and cash from the Rays for LHP Bob Barth and RHP Josh Harbrecht. I like this deal for the Twins.

Detroit sent RF Jeff Aimone and 2B Luis Camacho to the Royals for RHP Chris Helmick. It's an even swap.

I made a swap with the Nationals, sending relievers Ignacio Hinojos and Jake Hughes their way for fellow reliever Devon Green. Green is no stcrub, but the 25-year-old 2.5/3.5 out of options reliver was acquired for the sake of the salary dump.

I now have a little money for Free Agents, but will likely just hang on to it. I could use a lefty reliver, but I think for now, I'm just going to cruise for the rest of the offseason.

December 10th, 2029: THe Winter Meetings end today. Despite all the chaos, just one move occured: the Phillies sent C Joe Berg to the Rangers for RHP Amari Taliferro. It's such a minor deal...

December 15th, 2029: Today is the Rule-5 Draft. The Montreal Expos took my minor league C Nestore Pierozzi with the first pick. I selected RF Joel Smiley from the Nationals, who I almost traded for.

Smiley, 22, is a 2/4* who can play all three outfield positions. A former 32nd Rounder by the Indians, they released him draft day, and he bounced around between multiple orgnaizations. He hit really well in AA this season, and boasts a really good bat. He's good at avoiding strikeotus, has a plus-plus eye and contact as well as power. He won't hit many extra base hits, but the switch hitter sprays the ball all over the field.

I also lost RHP Juan Zamora to the Rays.

December 22nd, 2029: The Blue Jays signed RHP Gene Hall to a 3-year, $37.5 million deal. A longtime Royal, he spent last year with us. In 350.2 innings, he has a 3.11 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 486 strikeouts and 140 saves. I'll get a pick for him.

December 23rd, 2029: More helpful signigns for me, as the Mariners signed 1B Chris Reid to a 5-year, $24.4 million deal. He has a career .253/.366/.477 line with 191 homers and 522 RBI's.

The Tigers signed Cuban Free Agent Sergio Guervara to a 4-year, $43.4 million deal. The 3B is an elite defender with a really good bat. He tore up the Cuban League, and should fit into the Majors well.

I claimed LF Juan Vitro off waivers and sent him to A+ Jupiter. A 4* prospect, the Orioles selected him back in the 4th Round of the 2025 draft. He's got elite power, plus-plus contact, and is an average outfielder.

December 25th, 2029: The Astros sigend another 26-year-old Cuban Juan Arellano to a 7-year, $133.4 million deal. Another Cuban star, he's got elite stamina, plus-plus stuff, and plus control. He can hit 95-97 with his elite fastball and he does a great job of keeping the ball on the ground.

December 26th, 2029: The Rays signed LHP Cullen Dana to a 5-year, $117.6 million deal. He has a career 52-50 record with a 4.03 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.

The Expos signed 3B Anderson Franco to a 5-year, $17.2 million per year deal with a player option for the final season. The Iron Man has a career .244/.321/.478 triple slash with 356 homers and 989 RBI's.

December 29th, 2029: The Mets signed SP Wesley Scott to a 7-year, $115.5 million deal. He has a 48-63 record with a 4.32 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 188 career starts with Boston and Los Angeles.

December 30th, 2029: The Reds acquired RHP Juan Gerrero and RHP Chris Brummel from thePilots for CF Jared Behlin and C Juan Capote. It's a good deal for the Reds, but not a bad one per say for the Pilots.

December 31st, 2029: I freed up some more salary, sending the rest of Juan Coira's contrac to the Mets for RF Ben Chamness.

Chamness, 23, is a former 1st Rounder by the Mets out of South Florida. He's a 3* prospect who's an elite defender in right field with an elite arm, plus range, and he'll catch almost everything hit to him. He's got decent speed with elite gap power and plus power, with average contact and eye. He's a decent return for a relatively expensive reliever/spot starter.

2030 is going to be fun!
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January 3rd, 2030: The Astros brought back a familiar face in SS Carlos Correa. He signed a 3-year, $66 million deal with a 135 game vesting option in the final year. It's a return to Houston where he spent 2015-2022 in the majors with them. Combined with his time in San Diego and Chicago, he has a .298/.369/.516 line with 393 homers and 1,328 RBI's.

The San Diego Padres acquired LF Juan Gadea from the Pirates for RHP Ryan Wimbush and RHP Tim Sharp. I like this deal for the Pirates.

January 4th, 2030: The Boston Doves signed 2B Travis Odom to a 3-year, $28.7 million deal. A long National, they traded him to the Reds at the deadline in 2029. He h as a .245/.322/.362 line in 564 games.

January 7th, 2030: I claimed former 1st Round Pick LF/P Ken Adeniran off waivers from the Cubs. He'll be added to the active roster, and will be used primarily as a pitcher.

January 9th, 2030: The Hall of Fame class was announced, with first timer Clayton Kershaw (96.1) and second timer Joey Botto (83.7) joining the prestigious group of baseball's finest. Ryan Braun (73.9), Robinson Cano (73.5), Max Scherzer (70.3), and Justin Veralnder (68.6) are all in striking distance.

January 10th, 2030: The Braves signed SS Luis Victoriano Garcia to a 2-year, $8.2 million per year deal. The 29-year-old has a career .260/.329/.404 line with 90 homers, 359 RBI's, and 207 steals.

January 11th, 2030: The longtime Tiger Michael Fulmer joined the Boston Doves. He'll make $13.6 million this year, and if he reached 180 innings, that same amount next year. In 434 career starts, he's 121-149 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 1,5454 strikeouts and 498 walks in 2,331 innings.

The Oakland Athletics sent RHP Dave Stoterau to the Seattle Mariners for LHP Steve Stratemeyer and LF Mike El-Amin. It's a great deal for the defending champs.

A very uneventful period, and the preseason is up next!
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January 27th, 2030: My preseason started out great, with a budget raise and a Free Agent Signing. 28-year-old Cuban 1B Rodolfo Solorzano signed a 4-year, $19.9 million deal with the fourth year a $6 million player option. The Havana Native had a nice career in Cuba before making the trip stateside. He can play all four infield spots, has plus-plus homer run and gap power with plus contact and eye. He's not much of a bse runner, but he's definitely very similar to former Marlin Chris Reid.

He would have filled up my 40, but I sent Doug Parsons to the 60-Day DL as he continues to rehab his torn UCL.

February 2nd, 2030: I added a lefty to the pen, acquiring young reliever Sam Stewart from the Astros for RHP Devon Green and Rule-5 RF Joel Smiley.

Stewart, 26, was the Astros 2nd Round Pick in 2026. Rated a 4/4.5, he's a groundballer with elite stuff, elite control, and plus movement. He can toss multiple pitches out of the pen and is a very durable arm. In his rookie year, he tossed 78.1 innings in 76 games with a 3.45 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 75 strikeouts.

February 3rd, 2030: The Cardinals signed 3B Buddy Kennedy to a 1-year, $6.8 million deal. The career Diamondbcak has a .250/.317/.486 line in 2,745 at bats with 166 homers and 477 RBI's.

The Rockies signed SS Nander De Sedas to a 2-year, $10.3 million per year deal. He has a robust .294/.357/.432 career line, but with just 65 homers and 298 RBI's in 656 games.

February 7th, 2030: I made a minor trade today, sending C Dermott MacGregor to the Rays for SS Eric Strand.

Strand, 24, isn't the most special player, but he does share the name of a player I encounted in a fictional universe who was an absolute monster. I saw the name when I was shopping MacGregor in hopes of acquiring an optionable utility infielder, but he caught my eye instead, and there really were no quality options. He's a 2* prospect with decent speed and great defense at short. He's not the best hitter ever, but the former 25th Round Pick from the Royals is a decent depth option.

February 8th, 2030: The Rays went out and made another trade, sending CF Joel Brewer to the Padres for C Zack Humphreys. It's a fair deal, but I think the Rays must have a catcher fetish, as Humphreys will become the 5th on the 40 Man Roster. Granted, none of them are any good, and MacGregor is the best option.

February 10th, 2030: I signed longtime Rockies closer Juan Toribio to a 1-year, $8 million deal. Stuck with Coors Field as his home park, his 3.69 ERA isn't the most impressive, but his 680 strikeouts and 1.16 WHIP in 436.2 innings with 131 saves. He'll slot as the replacement 8th inning guy, a job formerly held by Josh Brown.

February 13th, 2030: I did want top catching prospects Pat Hughes and Jorge Tapia to sit on the bench all year, so I signed veteran backstop Joey Bart to a 1-year, $1,780,000 contract. Even at 33, the former 2nd Round Pick (2nd Overall in real life) is a plus defender with plus power. He's rated a 2* and has a .240/.286/.452 line with 159 homers and 409 RBI's in 850 games, all but 53 (with the Yankees) with the Twins.

February 22nd, 2030: The Washington Senators sent C Sam Cohen and LHP Danny Staley to the Pirates for RF Bobby Eaton. I actually really like this deal for the Senators, as Eaton is a pretty good ballplayer.

Off to Spring Training!
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February 26th, 2030: Spring Training starts today, and I brought 58 players to camp.

February 28th, 2030: The Angels signed SS Amed Rosario to a 1-year, $2,840,000 deal. He has a .266/.306/.403 line with 110 homers and 626 RBI's in 5,414 career at bats with the Mets and Giants.

March 4th, 2030: Recent Free Agent acquisition Jhon Vergara will miss the entire season with a damaged elbow ligament. He will likely never take the mound for the Red Sox unless they re-sign him in the future.

March 22nd, 2030: New Diamondback Trevor Rogers is out for the year with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. They acquired him from the White Sox with LF Mike Henessey in exchange for SP's Juan Delgado and Jeff Kelley in the offseason.

March 24th, 2030: New Marlin Rodolfo Solorzano will start the season on the DL with a strained back muscle.

March 25th, 2030: The Pilots signed RF Victor Robles to a 1-year, $3,280,000 contract. The longtime National had a career .258/.345/.415 line with 129 homers, 559 RBI's, and 301 steals in 1,469 games with the Nats. This experience in Seattle will be his first experience in a new organization, as he's been a National since 2013 when he signed as an International Free Agent.

March 26th, 2030: Juan Ramirez will also start the season on the DL with a strained achilles tendon.

March 27th, 2030: The Twins will be without SP Glen Disch for the rest of the year. "Captain Underpants" tore his labrum in his shoulder.

March 29th, 2030: Another outfielder bites the dust with Juan Simental suffering from an oblique strain.

The Dodgers extended starter Robinson Ortiz 6 years for $164,200,000. He's spent his whole career in LA, going 54-56 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, although the 30-year-old is coming off an excellent season where he was 11-8 with a 3.68 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and he struck out 148 with just 37 walks in 159 innings.

March 30th, 2030: The Dodgers made another cash splash, signign CL Colten Panaranto to a 1-year, $28.6 million deal. He has a 2.02 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and has struck out 314 hitters in 218.1 innings. He also has 90 saves, and has pitched for the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres.

With the Spring done today, I started to perfect the Opening Day roster. The current roster is as follows:

SP Dursun Erbakan (4/4)
SP C.J. Jorgensen (4/4)
SP Steve Paustian (3.5/3.5)
SP Devon Peterson (3.5/3.5)
SP Pat Saitta (4.5/4.5)
RP Ken Adenrian (3/3.5)
RP Luis Alcantra (4/4)
RP Shiro Hiraki (4/4.5)
RP Steve Hudson (4/4)
RP Joe Kramer (3/3.5)
RP C.J. LaFever (4.5/4.5)
RP Juan Toribio (4/4)
CL Chad Scoles (5/5)
C Joey Bart (2/2)
C Jackson Miller (4.5/4.5)
1B Gregorio Alvarenga (3.5/3.5)
1B Mac Horvath (4/4)
2B Jon Reid (3/3.5)
2B Noah Smith (3/3)
3B Fernando Tatis Jr. (4/4)
SS Rogelio Maldonado (3/5)
LF Chi-yong Kym (2/3)
LF Sergio Tello (2/2.5)
LF Omari Tetteh (2/2.5)
RF Ernie Frye (4/4)
RF Parker Meadows (1.5/1.5)

1B Rodolfo Solorzano (3.5/3.5), CF Juan Simental (4/5), and LF Juan Ramirez (5/5) are all on the DL and will replace Maldonado, Kym, and Tetteh when they get healthy. Once those guys are back, this roster is going to be extremely scary, and the minor league depth is really impressive.

2030 should be fun!
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April 2nd, 2030: Happy Opening Day! According to the preseason predictions, your Marlins are projected to finish just 87-75, 8 games behind the 95-67 Atlanta Braves. 87-75 is just good for tied with the Dodgers for the 2nd Wild Card. Fear not, however, as the predictions don't take into account that Juan Ramirez and Juan Simental will be playing most of the season as opposed to Sergio Tello and Gregorio Alvarenga.

The Top 100 Prospect List was published, and somehow Rogelio Maldonado still ranks #1 overall. I guess 126 at bats and 72 days of service time isn't enough to shed his prospect status. We rank 12th in the league, with just Juan Toledo (83rd) cracking the top 100 besides Maldonado.

The Mets signed LF Pu-Feng Ju to a 1 year, $11.7 million deal. A Taiwanese International Free Agent, the 27-year-old boasts elite power, plus-plus contact, and a plus eye. He's not the best defender, but he's definitely an All-Star Caliber player.

We opened the season hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. Dursun Erbakan took on his former team and teammate Jim Gilbert to start 2030. Our Opening Day lineup is as follows: RF Frye, 1B Horvath, 3B Tatis Jr., LF Tetteh, CF Kym, 2B Reid, SS Smith, C Miller, P Erbakan. It's definitely a weird lineup, but if we win we can play it every day! I think both offenses forgot the season started, and we shut the visitors out 1-0.

Erbakan got a no decision, 6.1 innings with 3 hits, a walk, and 9 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever finished the 7th to earn the win, with Juan Toribio picking up a hold and Chad Scoles the save.

Jon Reid was 2-for-2 with a walk and run scored. Erbakan was 1-for-2. Mac Horvath and Ernie Frye were both 1-for-4. Omari Tetteh was 1-for-1 before leaving with a mild abdominal strain.

Brand new Senator Bobby Eaton had a debut to remember, going 3-for-3 with 3 homers in a 8-3 win over the Angels. Arizona 3B Jorge Herrera was 5-for-5 in an 11-3 win over the Giants.

April 3rd, 2030: The Dodgers signed RHP Nate Blinf to a 1-year, $2.6 million deal.

Game two of 162 took place between C.J. Jorgensen and former Marlin Sergio Montreal. Today's affair was 14 innings, and the Phillies edged us 3-2.

Jackson Miller was ejected in the 1st for arguing a strike call...

Jorgensen allowed an unearned run in 5.2 innings with 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. So many times it seems our extra inning games are caused by stupid unearned runs... Juan Toribo allowed a run, walk, and 2 hits with a strikeout. Steve Hudson got the loss, 2 innings with a hit, run, and 2 walks. Shiro Hiraki made his Marlins debut, 3 innings with a single hit in extras.

Sergio Tello was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-4 with 2 runs and a walk. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-6.

Frye's hit streak was ended at 21.

Guillermo Tatis, who may or may not be related to Fernando, was 5-for-5 in a 11-9 Boston loss to the Rangers.

April 4th, 2030: We looked to take the finale with Pat Saitta matching up with Jonathan Childress. The Phillies offense woke up today, scoring 7 in the 4th to take the series with an 11-4 win.

Yikes...

Saitta went 3.2 innings with 10 hits, 8 runs, and 3 strikeouts. Hiraki went 2.1 innings with 3 hits, run, walk, and strikeout. Joe Kramer tossed 2 innings with a hit, 2 runs, a walk, and 5 strikeouts.

Omari Tetteh was 2-for-4 with a steal. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Chi-yong Kym was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-4 with a two run homer and walk. Mac Horvath was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, 2 walks, and a double.

Pirates C Sam Cohen, who was acquired for the earlier mentioned Bobby Eaton, launched three homers of his own in a 6-1 win over the Rockies.

Colorado is where we are heading to face those Rockies, where we'll see ex-Marlins Luis Ardon and Tim Cate, followed by Opening Day Starter Eric Dawson (1-0, 1.50 ERA).

April 5th, 2030: After just 1 game, the Giants will be without Mike Shawaryn for the year with a tore labrum. The 35-year-old allowed 2 runs in 1.1 innings with 3 hits, a walk, and strikeout.

Game 1 took place between Devon Peterson and former Marlin Luis Ardon at a packed Coors Field. Our rough start continues as the Rockies got 5 in the 3rd to win the opener 8-3. Maybe we aren't good? It's wayyyyyy toooooo early....

Peterson looked bad, 4 innings with 8 hits, 7 runs, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra tossed 2 innings with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever allowed a hit, run, and 2 walks in 0.1 innings.

Jackson Miller was 2-for-3 with a walk and solo homer. Rogelio Maldonado was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Omari Tetteh was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, the first of his career. Sergio Tello was 1-for-2 with 2 walks. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Down in Greensboro, RF Mike Guerrero was 5-for-5 in a 13-5 win over the Gastonia Expos.

The Rays returned Juan Zamora after just 3.2 innings. He walked 2, allowed 2 hits, and struck out 2. He'll report to AA Jacksonville.

April 6th, 2030: We really needed to get back on track, with Steve Paustian taking on Tim Cate. Paustian was the guy for the job, and we beat the Rox 5-1 to even the series back up.

Paustian was great, 7 innings with 2 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra allowed 2 hits and a run in the 9th. C.J. LaFever struck out 2, but also allowed 2 hits, leading to Chad Scoles getting a ground out to finish the game and earn his 2nd save.

Ernie Frye was 4-for-5 with 2 runs, a steal, and double. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with a walk and double. Omari Tetteh was 1-for-3 with a sac-fly, steal, and 3 RBI's. Noah Smith was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Joey Bart was 1-for-4 with a double and RBI. Paustian was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Ryan Wimbush made his first start for the Pirates, and tossed a 2-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out 5 and walked 3.

April 7th, 2030: The Brewers will be without CL Andy Hippler for the rest of the season with a torn flexor tendon. The former 4th Overall pick allowed 4 runs in 2 innings.

The Mariners signed SS Osiris Johnosn to a 1-year, $7.9 million deal.

We looked to take the finale with Dursun Erbakan (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP) taking on Eric Dawson (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). It was a close one, but a late inning comeback game us a 7-6 win.

Jackson Miller left with a strained achilles tendon, and will head to the DL for hopefully the minimum.

Erbakan had a rough outing, 5 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts. The pen tossed 4 innings with 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeotus. Shiro Hiraki got the win, 0.2 perfect frames while Chad Scoles had a shaky 9th to earn the save.

Frye had another 4-hit game, 3-for-5 with 2 runs and a double. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, a steal, and homer. Noah Smith was 2-for-5 with a steal and 2 RBI's. Miller was 2-for-4. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, double, and walk. Chi-yong Kym was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Steve Hudson was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

Arizona 1B Iestyn Spreckley launched 3 homers in a 9-0 win over the Pilots.

We're headed back home for three with the Brewers. We'll face Victor Mederos (1-0, 3.18 ERA), Rawley Hector (0-0, 3.00 ERA), and Charlie Neeper (1-0, 9.00 ERA).
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April 8th-April 13th

April 8th, 2030: I claimed CF Juan Alarcon off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and optioned him to Aa.

Alarcon, 22, is a 1.5/3.5* speedster who's an elite defender in center with a raw, but developing bat. He's never played above A+.

I recalled C Pat Hughes from New Orleans to replace the hurt Miller.

The first Power Rankings placed us 13th, but we've played like 20th at best...

But that means it's time for the first full year of "Prospect Watch" where I highlight certain players in the organization.

Prospect Watch: LF Chi-yong Kym (MLB Miami): Since most of the minors hasn barely played or haven't started, the first watch of the season goes to Chi-yong Kym, who finds himself a big leaguer with all the outfield injuries. The 23-year-old nicknamed "Hodge Podge" came over from the Tigers for Bikichi Tsukamoto, who we acquired that same day from the Nationals. Kym is rated a 4* prospect and checks in at #4 in the system. A great defender and baserunner, Kym has great range in left and can run down balls in the alleys. What he lacks is an arm, which prevents him from really playing right field. He's got plus-plus contact, a lot of gap power, and he rarely strikes out. He's just 3-for-18 with a RBI and walk in the majors this year, but with more seasoning in the minors once Ramirez or Simental get healthy, Kym will develop into a quality regular with All-Star potential.

The Brewers were in town for three, with C.J. Jorgensen (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) taking on Victor Mederos (1-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). The Brewers got 6 in the 5th to take the opener 9-4.

Unearned runs killed us today, and just 2 of the 8 runs were earned...

Jorgensen went 5 with 4 hits, 6 runs (2 earned), a walk, and 6 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever pitched the 9th, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 unearned runs with a strikeout.

Recently featured Chi-yong Kym was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with a run scored and steal. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a triple. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-4 with a run scored, but was charged with an error that cost us 4 runs. Despite his 71 rating at 3B and 73 error rating, he has made 3 already, and has barley hit...

April 9th, 2030: Juan Ramirez is headed to AAA to begin a rehab assignment, where I'll be giving him reps in right. I haven't been taking advantage of his 80 rated arm there, and he has very little experience anywhere except left. He'll return to left in the majors, but I'm working on increasing his versatility.

What we need more increasing is our run total, where Pat Saitta (0-1, 19.64 ERA, 2.73 WHIP) looks to start over against Rawley Hector (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Saitta looked terrible, and after 2 innigns we were down 8-0. Somehow, we managed to tie up the game and force extras. Sadly, Steve Paustian needed to come out of the pen, and we lost 12-8 in 14 innings...

Saitta went 3 innigns with 6 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Steve Hudson tossed 2 innings with 3 hits and 3 strikeouts. Paustian tossed 4 innings with 3 hits, 4 runs, 6 walks, and 4 strikeouts, but most of the damage was in his 4th inning of work...

Rogelio Maldonado was 2-for-4 with a walk and two, two run homers. Jon Reid was 2-for-6 with a walk and solo homer. Mac Horvath was 1-for-6 with a run scored and sac-fly. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-5 with a run scored, walk, and hit by pitch. Pat Hughes was 1-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 walks.

Rays RF Tim Green was 5-for-5 in a 12-5 win over the Bo Sox.

April 10th, 2030: I claimed Sam Scruggs of waivers just for the purpose of giving him tomorrow's start in place of Paustian. He'd be DFA'd directly after the game, but I needed a quick arm. I could have called someone up from New Orleans, considering their season doesn't start till tomorrow, but I thought this would be easier.

The Nationals lost LHP Mike Abrams for the year with a torn rotator cuff.

We looked to avoid the sweep with Devon Peterosn (0-1, 15.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP) taking on Charlie Neeper (1-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP). We were able to walk-it off in the 9th to avoid the sweep with a 8-7 win.

Peterson went 5 with 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Joe Kramer struggled, a hit and 2 walks wih 2 runs. Steve Hudson allowed a hit, run, and walk, in 0.1 innings. Chad Scoles got the win, allowing a hit and walk with 2 strikeouts in the 9th.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. Omari Tetteh was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI. Joey Bart was 2-for-5 with 2 run sscored. Mac Horvath was 1-for-2 with 2 runs, a RBI, a steal, and 3 walks. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-4 with a walk, double, and run scored. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-4 with an RBI and walk. Ken Adeniran was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

I changed my mine, and sent Scruggs through waivers. I'll callup Juan Maya to make the star tomorrow in Cincinatti, where we'll see Eric Walker (0-1, 11.25 ERA), Esteban Aguirre (2-0, 2.70 ERA), and Mike Kuhns (1-1, 4.00 ERA).

April 11th, 2030: The Cubs will be without Amari Ifill for the year with a torn UCL. The Brewers will be without young CL Luis Yebra for the season with a damaged elbow ligament.

I "optioned" Pat Saitta to AAA to recall Juan Maya for today's start. Maya took on Eric Walker (0-1, 11.25 ERA, 2.50 WHIP) in the opener at Great American Ball Park. We have the position advantage at every position today! And it actually helped today, with a 7-5 win to even our record at 5-5!

Maya went 3.2 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Ken Adeniran got the win, 2.2 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and a strikeout. Joe Kramer earned the save, 2.2 innigns with a hit, run, 2 walks, and a strikeout.

Ernie Frye was 2-for-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's. Mac Horvath was 2-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI's. Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-5 with a run scored, RBI, and double. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a walk. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-3 with a double, walk, and run scored. Adeniran was 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Maya went back down to AAA, with Saitta coming back up.

Giants SS Daylen Reyes was 5-for-5 in a 9-1 win over the Brewers. A 1st Round pick way back in 2023 by the Astros out of UCLA, the Rookie is finally making the majors at 28 after being selected in the Rule-5 Draft.

April 12th, 2030: The Senators will be without RHP Jose Rodulfo for the year after he ruptured his ulnar colalteral ligament. He tossed 2.1 innings with 3 hits, a run, walk, and strikeout.

We looked to break .500 with Dursun Erbakan (0-0, 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) facing Esteban Aguirre (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) in a high profile pitching matchup. It was a pretty solid game all-around, and we won 6-3.

Erbakan went 6 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, and 7 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra and Juan Toribio got holds and C.J. LaFever got a 2 inning save. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

Pat Hughes was 2-for-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, a walk, double, and his first big league homer. Omari Tetteh was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and a solo homer. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a double and walk.

April 13th, 2030: Oakland will miss SP Ben Jordan for the year with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He was 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in his 2 starts this year.

Sam Scruggs cleared waivers and was outrighted to AA.

We looked to finish our first sweep of the year with C.J. Jorgensen (0-1, 1.69 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) taking on Mike Kuhns (1-1, 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP). We attempted a late inning comeback, but fell short in a 6-5 loss.

Jorgensen went 6 with 9 hits, 5 runs (4 earned...), a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki allowed 2 hits and a run with a strikeout in an inning.

Ernie Frye went 3-for-5 with a run scored to push his average up to .415. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored, walk, and 2 RBI's. Jon Reid was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Padres starter Josh Ferland tossed a 3-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over the Mets. The 25-year-old struck out 6.

We get our first off day of the year tomorrow, which will hopefully get us back on track...
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April 14th-April 20th

April 14th, 2030: We get today off before heading to Atlanta for a three game series with the first place Braves. We'll face Juan Ochoa (1-1, 6.30 ERA), Garrison Bryant (1-0, 2.45 ERA), and Pat Vaughan (1-0, 1.50 ERA).

April 15th, 2030: Josh Brown finally signed, so we'll recieve our 4th compensation pick in what better be a strong draft class... He grabbed a 1-year, $14.5 million deal, an affordable rate for a 5* reliever (he was just a 4* with me...).

Another reliever, Cuban righty Juan Contreras, signed a 1-year, $4,320,000 deal with the Tigers to start his big league career.

We rank an impressive 22nd in the Power Rankings. At 6-6, we are just 2 games behind the 8-4 Braves who host us today.

Prospect Watch: RHP Jamie Pearson (A Greensboro):

Just 2 starts in, Jamie Pearson has looked absolutely dominate, working 12.1 innings with a 1.46 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 14 strikeouts to just 1 walk. He's got eltie stamina, plus control, and five average or better pitches. The 24-year-old signed in August last year after the Natoinals cut him around the draft. Formerly their 5th Round Pick in 2027 out of Notre Dame, Pearson excelled in limited action last year a level lower in Batavia, going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. While he's not the most exciting prospect out there, he's a great teammate that does enough things right that he could be an interesting trade piece or depth option in the higher levels.

I sent Rodolfo Solorzano on rehab to New Orleans, recalled Juan Ramirez, and optioned Chi-yong Kym.

Ramirez made his season debut in left and in the cleanup spot with Pat Saitta (0-1, 21.60 ERA, 2.70 WHIP) looking to turn around this nightmarish start against Juan Ochoa (1-1, 6.30 ERA, 1.60 WHIP). He looked great, and we edged the hosts 2-1.

Juan Toribio left with a sore back, and will hit the DL for likely the minimum. He tossed 0.1 innings with a walk and strikeout while earning his 3rd hold.

Saitta looked great, 6 innings with 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and 3 strikeotus. C.J. LaFever, Toribio, Joe Kramer, and Luis Alcantra earned holds with Chad Scoles recording the save.

Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-3 with a double, 2 runs, a solo homer, and walk. Ernie Frye was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI, and steal. Saitta was 1-for-2. Noah Smith was 1-for-4.

Phillies 2B Masyn Winn was 5-for-5 in a 9-8 victory over the Cardinals.

April 16th, 2030: I recalled LHP Sam Stewart from AAA New Orleans.

Another starter having a rough start Devon Peterson (0-1, 11.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) looked to right the ship against Garrison Bryant (1-0, 2.45 ERA, 0.91 WHIP). We got three quick runs in the top of the first to take the middle game 5-2.

Peterson left with a sore thumb, but luckily won't miss a start. He tossed just 1 inning with a walk before exiting.

Steve Hudson had to come in during the second, tossing 3.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and a strikeout. Shiro Hiraki tossed 1.1 innings with a hit and strikeout to get a hold. Luis Alcantra and C.J. LaFever tossed an inning a piece for holds before Chad Scoles got the save in the 9th.

Mac Horvath was 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Sergio Tello was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's. Joey Bart was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Parker Meadows came off the bench and was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

April 17th, 2030: Now tied for first with Atlanta and New York, we looked to sweep the Braves with Steve Paustian (1-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) facing Ken Harty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). We weren't able to finish, and the Braves salvaged the finale with a 7-4 victory.

Paustian went 5 innings with 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Joe Kramer was roughed up for 2 hits, 3 runs, and a walk while getting a strikeout. Hiraki allowed a hit and run with a strikeout in an inning.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-5 with 2 runs and an RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 3-for-5 with a triple and run scored. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and RBI. Omari Tetteh was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Joey Bart came off the bench and was 1-for-1 with a walk.

We head back home for three with the Padres. We'll face Cory Abbott (0-0, 3.75 ERA), Josh Ferland (1-1, 2.08 ERA), and Connor Van Scoyoc (0-1, 7.59 ERA).

April 18th, 2030: I activated Jackson Miller from the DL and optioned Pat Hughes to AAA.

The Padres were in town as Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) hosted Cory Abbott (0-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). It took 11 innings to determine a winner, but Jon Ried drove in Jackson Miller with a single to help us walk-off 9-8 winners.

Erbakan was hit hard, 3 innings with 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Joe Kramer contineud his struggles, 2 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and strikeout. The rest of the pen was solid, combining for 6 innings with 2 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts.

Ernie Frye raised his average to .448, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs sscored. Juan Rmairez was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and 3 RBI's. Jackson Miller was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI. Rogelio Maldonado was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-6 with an RBI. Sergio Tello was 1-for-4 with a three run homer.

Mets 3B Juan Pulido increased his hit streak to 20 games. Blue Jays starter Brendan McKay tossed a 2-hit shutou tin a 4-0 win over the Rangers. He walked 1 and struck out 6.

April 19th, 2030: Juan Simental will start rehab in New Orleans.

Former Marlin Sanshiro Onuma will not return this season. The Blue Jay lefty tore his ulnar collateral ligament. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 6 innings with 4 walks and just 2 strikeouts.

C.J. Jorgensen (0-2, 3.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) took on Josh Ferland (1-1, 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) as we looked to win in regulation. We had just 1 hit, but somehow, we came out on top 1-0 winners.

Jorgensen was near perfect, although so was Ferland. C.J. tossed 8 innings with 3 hits, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. Chad Scoles struck out 2 in a perfect 9th to earn the save.

Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-3 with aour only hit. Rogelio Maldonado was 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 0-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

Montreal snapped Pulido's hit streak as 20.

April 20th, 2030: The Angels acquired 1B Jamie Bennett from the Mariners for RHP Juan Mercedes and RF Ernesto Flores. It's an even enough deal.

We looked to finish the sweep with Pat Saitta (1-1, 12.08 ERA, 1.97 WHIP) facing Connor Van Scoyoc (0-1, 7.59 ERA, 1.78 WHIP). We had a lot more runs and hits then last game, and we took the finale 8-5.

Saitta pitched fine, 5.2 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra allowed 2 runs in 0.2 innings with a hit and strikeout. Joe Kramer got the win, 1.1 innings with ah it, run, and 2 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever got the save, an inning with a strikeout.

Jackson Miller was 2-for-3 with a three run homer, walk, and 2 steals. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with a run scored, double, and 4 RBI's. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 steals, and a walk. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-1 with 2 runs, 2 walks, an RBI, double, and hit by pitch. All his hits this season have been doubles. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double and run scored.

Sadly, we have to leave home and head to Washington for three with the Nationals. We'll face Clint Hinshaw (0-1, 3.50 ERA), Steve Vincent (2-1, 4.12 ERA), and Chris Dorman (1-2, 4.18 ERA).
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April 21st, 2030: The Cubs signed South Korean righty In-Gu Kym to a 1-year, $11.8 million deal.

I optioned Rogelio Maldonado to AAA and recalled Rodolgo Solorzano to make his big league debut.

We opened the series in our nation's capital with Devon Peterson (0-1, 9.90 ERA, 1.90 WHIP) aking on Clint Hinshaw (0-1, 3.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP). The bats came to play, and we toppled the Nats 9-3.

Peterson tossed 6 innings with 5 hits and 4 walks, but allowed just 1 run with 4 strikeouts. Steve Hudson went 2 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 2 strikeouts.

Sergio Tello was an absolute animal, 2-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, two run homer, and grand slam. He almost doubled his RBI total on the year (7 before today) and now has the team lead (Horvath has 12). Jackson Miller was 2-for-5 with 2 runs and an RBI. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with a hit by pitch and RBI. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a walk. Noah Smith was 1-for-4 with a triple, 3 runs, and walk. Hudson was 1-for-2 with an RBI double.

April 22nd, 2030: We jumped all the way up to 3rd in the Power Rankings. At 12-7, we have a 1 game lead over the Mets.

Prospect Watch: LHP Ethan Pistner (AA Jacksonville):

Acquired at the deadline last year with Dursun Erbakan from the Phillies, Ethan Pistner has been worked almost exculsively as a starter in the Marlins organization, despite being profiled by many as a reliever in the big leagues. He's started well in 2 starts for Jacksonville, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 12 innings. Formlery the 12th Overall Pick in 2026, Pistner has slowly seen his prospect status draft, and he ranks outside the Top 30. A durable arm, Pistner features a plus-plus fastball that can graze triple digits with a plus-plus splitter. His problem is he lacks a quality third pitch (below-average curveball and awful changeup) and doesn't quite have starter stamina. He gets plus movement on his pitches, but is still mastering his control. Whether he ends up a starter or reliever, the lefty will find himself a spot on a big league roster.

We looked to keep rolling with Steve Paustian (1-2, 3.94 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) facing Steve Vincent (2-1, 4.12 ERA, 1.02 WHIP). We continued to roll with a 5-2 win and we finally look like the postseason team I know we are.

Paustian was solid, 6.2 innings with a run, walk, 4 strikeouts, and 8 hits. C.J. LaFever allowed a hit and run in the 8th. Chad Scoles got the 9th, recording a save with a perfect frame and strikeout.

Noah Smith was 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and 2 runs scored. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a steal, run scored, walk, double, and 2 RBI's. Joey Bart was 1-for-1 with a double, run scored, RBI, and 3 walks. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Sergio Tello was 1-for-4 with a walk.

April 23rd, 2030: RHP Hunter Green will miss the rest of the year iwth a torn rotator cuff. The Red Sox tossed 7 innings with 3 hits, a run, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.

We looked for our second straight sweep with Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 5.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) taking on Chris Dorman (1-2, 4.18 ERA, 1.73 WHIP). Former Marlin Jarred Kelenic is making his first stat of the series after coming off the bench the first two games. It was a tight contest, but despite poor pitching from our "Ace", we edged them 8-7.

Erbakan has really struggled, this time allowing 8 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. The pen was solid if not unspectactular with 5 innings, 3 hits, 4 walks, and 3 strikeotus. Sam Stewart got the win, LaFever and Hudson holds, and Scoles a save.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, 4 RBI's, a double, rare homer, and a steal. Omari Tetteh was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, and sac-fly. Jon Reid was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Mac Horvath was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI, and steal. Rodolfo Solorzano was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a solo homer.

Former Marlin prospect Ashton McGee hit three homers in a 10-7 Mets win over the Dodgers.

We look to keep up the streak against the former Nationals, the Montreal Expos, in beautiful Miami! We'll face former #1 Overall Pick Jorge Mota (1-1, 6.59 ERA), Erich Uelmen (0-2, 5.06 ERA), and Logan Allen (1-1, 4.91 ERA).

April 24th, 2030: The Expos visited town with C.J. Jorgensen (1-2, 2.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) facing Jorge Mota (1-1, 6.59 ERA, 1.68 WHIP). The pitching was great, and we took the opener 5-1.

Jorgensen went 7 innings with 6 hits, a run, a walk, and 9 strikeouts. Steve Hudson struck out the side with a walk and hit in the 8th.

Fernando Tatis Jr. was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, a double, and a solo homer. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI's. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Sergio Tello was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Brewer Victor Mederos tossed a 3-hit shutout while striking out 14 in a 5-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

April 25th, 2030: 8 in a row? Pat Saitta (1-1, 9.33 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) looked to make it happen against Erich Uelmen (0-2, 5.06 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). Our streak was snapped, as the visitors edged us 3-2.

Saitta pitched great, 7 innings with 3 hits, a run, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever got the loss, although it should be charged to Gregorio Alvarenga, allowing 2 hits and 2 unearned run in the 8th.

Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI. Alvarenga was 2-for-4 witha run scored and double, but he made a costly error. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with an RBI and steal. Jon Reid and Mac Horvath were 1-for-3 with a walk. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a double.

Reds 3B Rafael Devers launched his 500th career homer. The 33-year-old has a career .299/.358/.563 line with 1,476 RBI's and has hit 30 or more homers every year since 2019, with all but four seasons over 40. He has a chance to at least contest Stanton's homer record of 796. Devers ranks 35th All-Time, behind the three way tie of Freddie Freeman, Eddie Murray, and Matt Olson who have 504. He's fourth among active players, behind Cody Bellinger (9th, 618), Bryce Harper (15th, 579), and Joey Gallo (20th, 548)

April 26th, 2030: I optioned Sam Stewart to AAA and activated Juan Toribio from the DL. I also optioned Omari Tetteh and recalled Juan Simental from New Orleans.

We looked to take the finale with Devon Peterson (1-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) facing Regi Grace, a 31-year-old making his first career start (made 10 relief appearences with Pittsburgh last year). Three in the first and three in the second lead us to a 9-5 series winning finale.

Peterson went 5 with 5 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Joe Kramer allowed 2 hits and 2 runs with 2.2 innings, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. For a 3/3.5, he's been awful (on pace for a laughable -4.6 WAR) and I can't option the former 1st Round Pick...

Juan Simental had a monsterous return to the lineip, 3-for-4 with a steal, solo homer, and three run homer. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, homer, and 5 RBI's. Those two single handedly carried the team. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with a steal and run scored. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, a steal, and walk.

We get an off day tomorrow before hitting the road for a three game set with the Dodgers in a season full of traveling. And while it seems like we have home-away-home-away all the time, we do eventually have a homestand and road trip, although the alternating series' is kind of annoying.
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April 27th, 2030: We get today off before heading to the West Coast to faced the Dodgers. We'l face Amari Queen (2-1, 3.38 ERA), Slade Cecconi (1-0, 6.05 ERA), and Luis Severino (1-1, 3.54 ERA).

April 28th, 2030: Steve Paustian (2-2, 3.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) took the mound against Amari Queen (2-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) as the Dodgers welcomed us to town. It was a nice pitching duel, and we topped them 2-1.

But of course, Juan Ramirez had to hit the DL, leaving with back stiffness. Luckily, he should be back after the minimum.

Paustian went 6 innings with 7 hits, a run, 3 walks, and 3 strikeotus. Ken Adeniran and C.J. LaFever got holds and Chad Scoles earned the save.

Paustian also got it done with the bat, 1-for-2 with a solo homer. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jackson Miller was 1-for-3 with a walk. Noah Smith was 1-for-3.

April 29th, 2030: Omari Tetteh is on his way back to the big league roster.

RF Juan Lera of the Jupiter Hammerheads won Player of the Week. He'll be the featured prospect in the "Prospect Watch" for this week.

We skyrocketed up to #1 in the Power Rankings. At 17-8, we have a small 2 game lead over the Mets.

Prospect Watch: RF Juan Lera (A+ Jupiter):

A red hot week made the 22-year-old corner outfielder the newest Player of the Week in the Florida State League. Juan Luera was 9-for-17 with 2 homers and 6 RBI's, and is hitting .356/.453/.622 with 3 homers and 11 RBI's in 45 at bats to start the year. Origionally acquired from the Mariners in 2026, Seattle signed the Dominican for a $1,980,000 bonus back in 2024. He's taken a tumble in the prospect sector, but perhaps the lefty's run is the sign ofo things to come. He's not much a defender, despite his cannon of an arm, and is known much more for his bat. He has plus power and doesn't strike out very much, but he really hasn't had much success in the lower levels of the minors. His only real "quality" season came last year in Greensboro, where he hit a solid .302/.341/.480 with 12 homers and 63 RBI's, and has started to build upon it this year. Right now he's just a filler outfielder, but if Juan Ramirez stays on the Marlins, you know there will be a demand for replacement outfielders...

Game two of the series matched Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 7.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) with former Marlin Slade Cecconi (1-0, 6.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP). Another well pitched game, and we needed extra frames to determine a winner. Sergio Tello launched a solo homer in the 10th, and Chad Scoles completed the save for a 3-2 victory.

Erbakan looked much better, 5 innings with 6 hits, a run, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra blew the save, 1.1 innings with 5 hits, a run, walk, and a strikeout. Juan Toribio got the win, striking out 2 in the bottom of the 9th. Scoles struck out 2 in the 10th.

Tello had most of our hits, 3-for-4 with the big homer. Juan Simental was 2-for-4 with a solo shot. Erbakan was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Omari Tetteh had a pinch hit single in the 9th.

Royals RF Jeff Aimone was 5-for-5 in a 8-4 loss to the Astros.

April 30th, 2030: The Expos will be without RHP Josh Gissendaner for the year with a torn UCL. He tossed 8 innings in 6 games with 4 hits, 2 runs, and 5 strikeouts.

We looked to finish the sweep of the first place (17-9!) Dodgers with former Dodger C.J. Jorgensen (2-2, 1.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) taking on the young budding star B.J. Russow (2-0, 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP), a former 6th Round Pick by the Dodgers, who has really blossomed and is poised to make this year his breakout season. A road sweep of the former best team in the league seemed too good to be true, but with Jorgensen on the mound, we scilenced the hosts 4-1.

C.J., or should I say "CY," tossed 6.2 shutout innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra went 1.1 innings with a hit, run, and 3 strikeouts. Chad Scoles earned save 11, striking out the side in the 9th, to increase his scorless streak to 15.1 innings to start the season.

Sergio Tello is playing like Juan Ramirez in his abscence, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Ernie Frye was 3-for-5. Juan Simetnal was 1-for-4 with a solo shot. Jackson Miller was 1-for-3 with a walk and solo homer. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Noah Smith was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with a triple.

We'll start May at home hosting the second place Mets. We'll face familiar face Juan Coira (2-2, 3.38 ERA), Arturo Romo (3-2, 4.45 ERA), and Seth Halvorsen (2-2, 4.21 ERA).

May 1st, 2030: Down in New Orleans, Charles King was named Pitcher of the Month. I grabbed the 32-year-old vet on a minor league pact in the offseason, partly because I wanted to trade for him a long time back when he was better. He's 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 24 innings (4 starts).

The opener with the Mets took place between Pat Saitta (1-1, 7.11 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) and ex-Marlin Juan Coira (2-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) who has pitched much better to start this year then he did for us... Down 5-3 in the 9th, we loaded the bases on Arturo Cuellar. With two outs, Jon Reid did a magic trick, making three runners dissapear, with a walk-off double, giving us a 6-5 win to start May how we ended April.

Saitta pitched fine, 5.1 innings with 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Ken Adenrian walked the only batter he faced. The runner scored with Shiro Hiraki on the mound, although he tossed 2 innings with just a hit, run, and 3 strikeouts. Juan Toribio got the win, striking out the side in the 9th.

Juan Simental and Fernando Tatis Jr. were both 3-for-5 with a run scored. Reid was 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 doubles, and 4 RBI's. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, a walk, and RBI. Mac Horvath was 1-for-2 with a run scored and walk.

A little minor league news, Jacksonville starter Arturo Contreras tossed a 2-hit shutout as the Jumbo Shrimp beat the Mobile BayBears 7-0. He struck out 8.

Arizona LF Michael Conforto launched 3 homers in a 10-3 win over the Braves. Rangers RF Luis Robert was 5-for-5 in a 10-4 win over the Seantors.

Speaking of the Seanotrs, their the only sophomore team not in last, sitting in 3rd at 13-15 and just 2 games out of first. With young Ace Alfredo Herrera (why did I leave him unprotected...), new acquisition RF Bobby Eaton, and a strong pen anchored by B.J. Baker, they could be an interesting team to follow.

May 2nd, 2030: Chad Scoles was changing his tire on the side of the road, when he suffered a knee contusion. He'll head to the DL for 1-2 weeks with one of the weirdest injuries I've encountered. I hope it won't effect his impressive start...

Sam Stewart is on his way back up.

We looked to keep rolling with Devon Peterson (2-1, 6.43 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) taking on Arturo Romo (3-2, 4.45 ERA, 0.92 WHIP). All good things must come to an end, and the Mets flipped the score on us, winning 6-5 to even the series.

Rodolfo Solorzano was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game. His diagnosis is the always scary "pending."

Peterson had it rough, 6.2 innings with 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Joe Kramer finished the 7th with a strikeout, and has now pitched 2 straight games (albeit a third and two thirds of an inning) without allowing a run for the first time this year. Wow...

Turning the corner???

Offensively, Juan Simental continued to tear things up, 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Omari Tetteh was great as well, 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs, 3 RBI's, a double, and homer. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Peterson was 1-for-2. Joey Bart was 1-for-4.

May 3rd, 2030: Solorzano's diagnosis came back, and it's just a bruised shoulder. He'll be day-to-day for just 5 days.

We looked to take the series with Steve Paustian (3-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) facing Seth Halvorsen (2-2, 4.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP). The Mets one upped the first two games, winning 7-5 and they cut our lead back to 2.

Fernando Tatis Jr. left with knee soreness, and he'll miss 1-2 weeks. Shiro Hiraki left with a mild shoulder strain, and he'll miss 2 weeks. Both guys will hit the DL.

Paustian had a rough outing, 3.2 innings with 5 hits, 4 runs, and 6 strikeouts. Steve Hudson went an inning with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts. Joe Kramer was back at it, allowing 2 hits and a run with a strikeout in an inning.

Mac Horvath was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Jackson Miller was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI's. Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with a double. Ernie Frye was 2-for-5. Juan Simental was 1-for-5, but launched a solo homer, his 5th in 7 games. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-2 before leaving with the injury.

I recalled Rogelio Maldonado and Andy Neidig from New Orleans.

Off to Pittsburgh for three with the Pirates. We'll take on Chris Androff (1-4, 8.37 ERA), Jonathan Kearns (1-3, 6.47 ERA), and Brad Rauter (3-1, 3.79 ERA).
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May 4th, 2030: A slight setback for Juan Ramirez, who will miss 4 more days as he clings onto his "Normal" injury proneness. The 27-year-old has already suffered his skills deteriorating with injury after injury, although he's still a clean 5*.

We were in Pittsburgh to open the sseries with Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 6.44 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) taking on the struggling Chris Androff (1-4, 8.37 ERA, 2.07 WHIP). Both teams got 2 in the 9th, and they walked us off 7-6...

If Scoles didn't get hurt changing his stupid tires...

Erbakan had a shaky start, 4.1 innings with 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Andy Neidig went 1.2 innings with 2 hits, a run, walk, and 3 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra allowed a hit, run, and walk with a strikeout in 0.2 innings. Juan Toribio got the loss, 0.2 innings with 2 runs, a hit, walk, and strikeout.

Omari Tetteh improved his average to .396, going 3-for-5 with a steal, run scored, and RBI. Rodolfo Solorzano went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, a walk, and his first big league home run. Juan Simental was 2-for-5 with a solo homer and 2 runs scored. Jackson Miller was 1-for-2 with 2 walks. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a RBI and walk. Gregorio Alvarenga had a pinch hit double. Ernie Frye was 1-for-5 with a double and run scored.

May 5th, 2030: The Cubs will be without RHP Triston McKenzie for the year with shoulder inflammation. He was 1-1 with 10 strikeouts in 10.2 innings, but he carried a high 9.28 ERA.

We looked to get back on track with C.J. Jorgensen (3-2, 1.64 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) looking to stay hot against Jonathan Kearns (1-3, 6.47 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). Despite a rough first, Jorgensen settled in and we took the middle game 6-3.

Jorgensen allowed 3 hits, 3 runs, and 3 walks in 7 innings with 6 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever got a hold and Juan Toribio bounced back from yesterday to get his first save of the year.

Simental stayed hot, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, walk, double, and 3 runs scored. He's hitting .450 with 7 homers and 10 RBI's in just 9 games. Jon Reid was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, double, and hit by pitch. Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and steal. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jorgensen was 1-for-3 with a 2 run single.

May 6th, 2030: Juan Simental was named NL Player of the Week, after going 14-for-32 (.438) with 5 homers and 6 RBI's.

We dropped to 2nd in the Power Rankings as our rough patch lowered our record to 21-11.

The draft pool was announced today, and here's who OSA ranks as the Top 10 available:

1. CF Arturo Caratagena (0.5/3.5)
2. 3B Josh Grube (1/3.5)
3. LHP Kevin Arnold (0.5/3.5)
4. CF Ron Martin (2/3.5): Selected by the Cardinals in the 6th Round in 2027
5. RHP Jonathan Cutrell (3.5/4)
6. RHP Kevin Wyman (2.5/4.5): Selected by the Twins in the 3rd Round in 2027
7. RHP Shamar DeMeritte (2/3.5)
8. RHP Remey Engstrom (1.5/4)
9. 3B Geoff Jalpa (1/4.5): Selected by your's truly in the 1st Round in 2027
10. RHP Nate Simmons (3/4.5): Selected by the Giants in the 6th Round in 2028, and then by the Orioles in the 3rd Round last year.

This pool doesn't suck, but I wish it was better with all the picks at the top I have. My #1 Target is SS Ethan Turlington, a 4.5* from UCLA that the Rangers took in the 26th Round back in 2027. I also like the Florida Natie Jeremy Richards (4), but he's just a borderline starter. There's a few other 3.5* starters, but it's likely my picks aren't going to be as good as I want them to be.

Here's where the rest of my 2027 unsigned guys are:

8th Round: 3B Zach Koford (0.5/0.5): Selected by the Cubs in the 10th Round in 2028
11th Round: CF Joe Housand (2.5/2)
15th Round: 3B Jamari Maith (0.5/0.5)
19th Round: C Jeff Kisling (0.5/0.5)
23rd Round: SP A.J. Dailey (0.5/2): Selected by the Braves in the 17th Round in 2028, released, and then signed with the Cubs
24th Round: SS Juan Tapanes (1/1)
26th Round: 3B Lupe Morales (0.5/2.5)
28th Round: CF Josh Fonseca (0.5/0.5): Selected by the Marlins in the 30th Round in 2029, traded to the Rockies, released, signed with the Mets, released, and then rejoined the Rockies.
34th Round: SP Jorge de los Santos (2/1.5): Selected by the Angels in the 9th Round in 2028

A lot of these guys aren't draft eligible, but Jalpa will definitely be a highly sought after commodity.

Prospect Watch: RHP Mike Butler (A Greensboro):

I thought it'd be fitting to do a 2027 draftee, and Mike Butler has had success to start the season. The 24-year-old was my 7th Round selection as a College Junior from St. Bonaventure. This season with the Grasshoppers, he has a nice 2.89 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks in 9.1 innings. A righty reliever with a ton of stamina, he can pitch multiple innings out of the pen if a starter gets booted early in his outing. He's got elite stuff, featuring a 88 rated cutter and plus slider. His cutfastball averages 96-98 and his slider is a hard one that doesn't have the best movement. He does have control issues, but with a little work, the New York native has a spot on a big league pen.

Now, for the finale in Pittsburgh! Pat Saitta (1-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) will take on the young southpaw Brad Rauter (3-1, 3.79 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) in the rubber match. The loss of Chad Scoles is killing us, and Spencer Jones hit a walk-of solo homer in the 3 run 9th, as we fell 4-3.

Saitta pitched well, 5.1 innings with 2 hits, a run, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Sam Stewart tossed 2.2 innings with a hit and 2 strikeouts in a hold. C.J. LaFever was roughed up in the 9th, 0.1 innings with a hit, 2 runs, and a walk. Ken Adeniran got the loss, allowing the homer to Jones, the only batter he faced.

Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored, steal, and RBI. Jon Reid was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Well, that didn't go as planned, but at least were headed back to Miami to host the incredible 9-24 Doves. We'll see ex-minor league Marlin Michael Baumann (0-2, 6.11 ERA), former Marlin two-way player Roberto Pena (0-2, 9.39 ERA), and Michael Fulmer (0-3, 5.18 ERA).

May 7th, 2030: Arizona and Cincinatti made an early trade, with the Diamondbacks acquiring CF Dave Morgan for RHP Tyrese Comier and CF Sam Prentiss. I like this deal for both teams.

We looked to get thing sback on track with Devon Peterson (2-2, 6.83 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) hosting Michael Baumann (0-2, 6.11 ERA, 1.57 WHIP). You would think this would be an easy win, but the Doves surprised us and won 5-3.

Gregorio Alvarenga left with a strained back, but he won't head to the DL.

Peterson tossed 5.1 innings with 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Joe Kramer tossed 1.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, and a strikeout. Oh Joe...

Sergio Tello was 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and 2 RBI's. Ken Adeniran played first base, and went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored.

May 8th, 2030: I sent RF Parker Meadows to the Padres for SS Tommy Whipple.

Whipple, 23, is a 1.5* prospect who's an elite defender at second with a decent bat despite having not much power. He's a former 11th Round Pick.

I'm leaving the spot open for Ramirez, who can be activated tomorrow.

Now tied for first, we looked to turn things around with Steve Paustian (3-3, 3.62 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) taking on Roberto Pena (0-2, 9.39 ERA, 2.87 WHIP). We continued to absolutely suck, and they topped us 5-4...

Paustian went just 4.1 innings with 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeotus. Steve Hudson tossed 2.1 innings with a hit, 3 walks, and a strikeout.

Gregorio Alvarenga was 3-for-4 with a run scored and double. Juan Simental was 2-for-4 with a run scored and steal. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a run scored and walk. Hudson was 1-for-1 with a triple, run scored, and sac bunt. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a RBI and walk.

May 8th, 2030: We looked to avoid the pathetic sweep with Juan Ramirez back with the club. Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 6.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) faced Michael Fulmer (0-3, 5.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) in the finale before a needed off day tomorrow. Thankfully, a three run first was all we needed, and we topped the visitors 5-2 to painfully salvage the finale. I thought this was an easy sweep, but boy was I wrong...

Erbakan went just 4.2 innings with 2 hits, a run, 5 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Andy Neidig got the win, 1.1 innings with a hit and 2 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever tossed 2 innings with 2 htis, a run, and 2 strikeouts. Juan Toribio got the save, an inning with 2 strikeouts.

Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored, steal, and 2 RBI's in his return to the lineip. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-2 with a run scored, hit by pitch, and walk. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Rodolfo Solorzano was 1-for-4 with a double nad run scored.

Oakland 1B Peter Alonso was 5-for-5 in an 8-4 loss to the White Sox.

We get tomorrow off and can stay home before the Giants come to town.
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May 10th, 2030: We got today off before the Giants came to town for three. We'll see Eric Warren (2-0, 3.57 ERA), Dan Poinsette (3-1, 3.89 ERA), and Josh Canseco (0-1, 9.00 ERA).

May 11th, 2030: The Yankees will be without RHP Frederic Lefort for the year with a torn flexor tendon. He was 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 7 starts this season.

The Giants came to town with Eric Warren (2-0, 3.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) facing C.J. Jorgensen (4-2, 1.99 ERA, 0.997 WHIP). Mac Horvath and his 1 home run this year is hitting cleanup today in an interesting batting order. It didn't prevent us from scoring runs, but the Giants took advangage of no Scoles and topped us 9-8 with a solo homer in the 9th.

Jorgensen had a rough outing, 4.1 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, but 7 strikeouts. Andy Neidig allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in 0.1 innings. Steve Hudson tossed 2.1 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever allowed 2 hits and 2 runs with a walk and strikeout in an inning. Juan Toribio got the loss, an inning with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts.

Juan Simetnal was 3-for-4 with a double, steal, walk, and 3 RBI's. Mac Horvath was 3-for-4 with a walk, run scored, and RBI. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, double, and walk. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-5 with a steal and run scored. Rogelio Maldonado was 2-for-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and run scored. Jon Reid was 1-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

May 12th, 2030: The Yankees took another hit to their pitching, losing RHP Logan Gilbert for the year with radial nerve compression. He tossed 14.2 innings of relief with a 4.30 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9 strikeouts, and a save.

We looked to even the series back up with Pat Saitta (1-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) facing Dan Poinsette (3-1, 3.89 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). Tied at 2 in the 8th, we rallied for 5 runs to even the series with a 7-2 victory.

Saitta pitched 5 with 5 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. The pen combined for 4 innings with a hit, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Andy Neidig, who I almost optioned before the game (I will tomorrow when Scoles comes up), struck out the side in the 9th.

Ernie Frye went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and a steal. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and steal. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, steal, and hit by pitch. Juan Simental was 1-for- with a run scored, steal, and double. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-3 with a steal, run scored, 2 RBI's, a steal, and a walk. Rodolfo Solorzano was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

May 13th, 2030: I optioned Neidig to AAA and activated Chad Scoles from the DL.

We dropped all the way to 7th in the Power Rankings. At 23-15, we have a tight 1 game lead over the Mets.

Prospect Watch: 1B Humberto Orozco (AAA New Orleans):

No one ever expected the 24-year-old to reach the highest level of the minors, let alone pass the DSL, but Humberto Orozco has proved the doubters wrong. And like his personality says, "He walks the Talk." Origionally signed by the Pirates out of the D.R. in 2022 for a miniscule $168,000 bonus, he fought hard through the system, eventually rising up to AAA for 30 games in 2029 where he hit .303/.386/.416, but failed to recieve a callup. A minor league free agent, the All-Bat no glove lefty slugger caught on with the Marlins this offseason and has tore up the Pacific Coast League, hitting .329/.351/.643 with 4 homers and 16 RBI's in 70 at bats. Orozco boasts plus-plus contact, power, gap power, and despite a huge swing, he rarley strikes out. He doesn't have the best eye, so he doesn't draw many walks, but he has more career RBI's then strikeotus. He could be interesting trade bait, or he could earn himself a callup later in the year.

We looked to take the finale with Devon Peterson (2-2, 6.27 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) taking on Josh Canseco (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP). It was a close one, and they edged us 6-5.

Peterson struggled, 4.2 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Joe Kramer got the loss, 1.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Sam Stewart allowed 3 hits and 2 runs with a strikeout.

Noah Smith came off the bench, and was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Rodolofo Solorzano was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and 2 RBI's. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4. Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

We're off to Seattle for three with the Pilots. We'll face Joe Holden (3-1, 3.568 ERA), Kelyn Stuckless (0-1, 7.20 ERA), and Bobby Nicholson (1-4, 5.09 ERA).

May 14th, 2030: I optioned Rogelio Maldonado to AAA to activate Fernando Tatis Jr. from the DL.

We looked to take the opener in Seattle with Steve Paustian (3-4, 4.42 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) taking on Joe Holden (3-1, 3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP). We continued to suck with a 6-3 loss.

Paustian went 5.1 with 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), a walk, and 4 strikeouts. Juan Toribio went an inning with 2 hits, a run, and walk.

Juan Simetnal was 3-for-4 with a walk and steal. Ernie Frye was 2-for-5 with a double and run scored. Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-3 with a run scored, walk, and 2 steals. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-4 with an RBI, walk, and double. Paustian was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

May 15th, 2030: We desprately looked to even the series up with Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 5.87 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) facing Kelyn Stuckless (0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1.20 WHIP). It took 11 innings to declare a winner, but we managed to edge the Pilots 5-4.

Erbakan pitched great, 6 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Okay, so great might be a stretch, but much better then I've been used to from my non-Jorgensen starters this year... C.J. LaFever got a "hold" with 0.2 innings of 3 hits and 2 run ball. Chad Scoles got the win, tossing a perfect 10th with a strikeout. Juan Toribio tossed 0.2 innings with a walk and strikeout for the hold, and none other then Joe Kramer got the save, 0.1 innings with a hit and strikeout.

Juan Simental was 3-for-5 with a walk, double, and solo homer. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and 2 walks. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and 2 steal. Sergio Tello was 1-for-5 with a run scored, RBI, and double. Ernie Frye came off the bench and was 1-for-2 with the go ahead RBI in the 11th.

May 16th, 2030: I managed to sneak Joe Kramer through waivers and outright him to AAA. I activated Shiro Hiraki from the DL.

Expect Kramer to gain his 40 man spot later in the year, or at least once the offseason starts. Hopefully the demotion will serve him well.

We looked to take the finale with our only starting pitcher C.J. Jorgensen (4-2, 2.54 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) facing Bobby Nicholson (1-4, 5.09 ERA, 1.52 WHIP). For some reason, Chad Scoles was not used in the 9th, and we lost 4-3... Yay...

Jorgensen went 5.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Sam Stewart went 0.2 innigns with 2 hits, a run, and a walk. Fresh off the DL, Hiaki got the loss, 0.2 innings with 2 hits, a run, walk, and 2 strikeouts.

Rodolfo Solorzano was 3-for-4 with a two run homer in the 9th and steal. Joey Bart was 1-for-3 with a solo homer. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Former Marlin Jorge Flores tossed a perfect game in a 10-0 win over the Pirates. He struck out 12 of the 27 batters he faced. In his career, he's 112-57 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 1,827 strikeouts. He's one of those pitchers that's so good that you almost expect him to toss a Perfect Game, even if he is 36. He's 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.80 WHIP this season.

Headed back home to face Flores' Cubs for three. We'll see Sergio Barreto (3-2, 4.63 ERA), Jake Florence (4-1, 2.79 ERA), and Gabe Hines (2-5, 5.72 ERA).
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May 17th, 2030: The Cubs were in town to start a three game series with Pat Saitta (1-1, 5.71 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) taking on Sergio Barreto (3-2, 4.63 ERA, 1.39 WHIP). I claimed way back when if he was a Free Agent I'd blow the bank on him, but since I didn't have $220 million to spare, the Cubs were able to snag the former Mariner superstar. We gave up 4 in the 9th and another in the 10th to drop the opener 7-6.

Saitta went 6 with 6 hits, a run, walk, and 6 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki allowed 2 hits and a run with a strikeout in an inning. C.J. LaFever walked 2 in 0.2 innings who both scored on a Kyle Tucker grand slam off Chad Scoles. Scoles allowed 2 hits and was charged with 2 runs before getting a strikeout to end the 9th. Ken Adenrian got the loss, an inning with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts.

Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's. Omari Tetteh was 2-for-5 with a three run homer. Ernie Frey was 2-for-6. Juan Simental was 2-for-4 with a run scored and steal.

Dodgers starter Nate Ransom tossed a 1-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Phillies. He walked and struck out 4.

May 18th, 2030: We looked to even the series up with Devon Peterson (2-2, 5.97 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) facing former Marlin Jake Florence (4-1, 2.79 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) in his return back to Marlins stadium. He got a warm welcome from the fans and we had a nice tribute video put together for him. More crappy play in the 9th, and the Cubs edged us 6-5 after Ben Henning took Scoles deep for a two run homer...

But, we still should've won, as 2 of Peterson's 4 runs were unearned... He tossed 6 innings with 6 hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Luis Alcantra earned a hold, 2 innings with a hit and 5 strikeotus. Scoles allowed 2 htis and 2 runs with a strikeout in the 9th.

That stupid tire...

Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored, but he also made the error that cost us 2 runs. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI's. Peterson was 2-for-2 with a run scored and RBI. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

May 19th, 2030: We looked to avoid the home sweep with Steve Paustian (3-5, 4.71 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) facing the some how red-hot Gabe Hines (2-5, 5.72 ERA, 1.34 WHIP). Tied at 1 in the 13th, Ken Adenrian hit a walk-off single off Steve Fettig, and we salvaged the finale 2-1.

Ahh, good ol' Steve Fettig!

Paustian pitched fine, 6 innings with 4 hits, a run, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. The pen was solid, 7 innings with 5 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Adeniran also got the win, 2 innings with a hit and 2 strikeouts.

Noah Smith was 3-for-6 with a solo homer and he scored on Adeniran's single. Ernie Frye was 3-for-6 with a steal. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with a steal. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with 2 walks.

Off to St. Louis for three with the Cardinals. We'll go head-to-head with Luis Manzano (4-3, 2.79 ERA), Juan Moralez (0-1, 4.88 ERA), and Nate Schneider (4-1, 5.68 ERA).

May 20th, 2030: We dropped all the way down to 14th in the Power Rankings. At 25-20, we're a game out of first, and a pitiful 6-12 in May...

Prospect Watch: C Juan Romero (A Greensboro):

In a system packed with top quality catchers, it seems Juan Romero sometimes gets overlooked. Back in 2025, he signed out of the Dominican Republic for $1,620,000, and the 21-year-old has showed reliability through they system so far. He's got a great arm behind the plate, doesn't strikeout very much, and he hits a lot of extra base hits all over the field. This year with the Grasshoppers, he's hitting an impressiive .330/.343/.510 with 4 homers and 18 RBI's. If he works a little more on drawing walks, the righty will be able to start in the majors. He comes from a bloodline of baseball players, with his cousin Sergio Romero a reliever in the Giants organization, and his younger brother Esteban in the Twins organization. His dad, Felix, spent time in the minors and in Italy. Profiled currently as a backup catcher, Romero will be able to find a spot on a big league roster even if he doesn't make the next jump.

We looked to string some wins together in St. Louis, as Dursun Erbakan (1-0, 5.28 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) took on the red-hot Luis Manzano (4-3, 2.79 ERA, 1.06 WHIP). We got three quick runs in the 1st and took the opener 5-2.

Of course, Juan Ramirez got injured, leaving with a concussion. He'll head to the DL for likely the minimum.

Erbakan tossed 5 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra and Juan Toribiro got holds before C.J. LaFever finished off the save.

Noah Smith was 2-for-5 with a steal and run scored. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-3 with a two run homer and hit by pitch. Ramirez was 1-for-1 with a double, run scored, and RBI before getting hit in the head with a hit by pitch. Rodolfo Solorzano was also hit so those dirty Cardinals hit three of our guys... Sergio Tello was 1-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI's.

Brewers C Carlos Perez was 5-for-6 in a 13-9 win over the Expos.

May 21st, 2030: Steve Hudson asked for an extension, and it really wasn't a bad deal for me. I just don't have the money to extend him...

I recalled Jorge Escobar to make his major league debut. Our #8 rated prospect, Escobar was hitting .313/.424/.522 with 6 homers, 19 RBI's, and 7 steals in 35 games.

Escobar hit 8th and played RF as C.J. Jorgensen (4-2, 2.60 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) took on Nate Schneider (4-1, 5.68 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). We piled on 7 runs in the 8th to win 10-2.

C.J. tossed 6 shutout innings with 6 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Steve Hudson was charged with 2 runs off 4 hits in 2 innings.

Sergio Tello was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and walk. Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and steal. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 doubles, and an RBI. Juan Simental was 1-for-2 with 3 runs, 3 steals, 3 walks, and a solo homer. Escobar was 1-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and walk in his debut. Rodolfo Solorzano had a pinch-hit grand slam in the 8th. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

May 22nd, 2030: The Pirates will be without SP Jorge Morales for the year with a torn rotator cuff. He was 2-1 with a 6.59 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 7 starts.

The Boston Doves sent RHP Andy Gregory to the Angels for 2B Luis Vega, LHP Andy Empey, and SS Jorge Cabrera. I like this deal for the Doves, although it's not a bad pickup for the Angels.

We looked to finish the sweep with Pat Saitta (1-1, 5.17 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) facing Juan Moralez (0-1, 4.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). Our longest win streak in May was stopped, as the hometown Cardinals salvaged the finale with a 7-4 win.

Saitta struggled, 5 innings with 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Sam Stewart allowed a hit and run with a strikeout in an inning. Shiro Hiraki went an inning with 2 hits, a run, and strikeout.

Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and 2 runs scored. Noah Smith was 1-for-4 with a run scored and double. Juan Simental was 1-for-3 with a walk and steal. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI's. Ernie Frye was 1-for-2 with a run scored, double, steal, and 2 walks.

Arizona starter Jeff Slezak tossed a 2-hit shutout in a 8-0 win over the Pirates. He struck out 6 and walked none.

We get tomorrow off to head home before hosting the Diamondbacks for three.
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May 23rd, 2030: We got today off before heading home to host the Diamondbacks. We'll see A.J. Alexy (3-4, 2.75 ERA), Mike Steele (6-1, 3.11 ERA), and Kevin Jalbert (2-0, 1.14 ERA).

May 24th, 2030: All Star Voting starts today!

We opened the Arizona series with Devon Peterson (2-2, 5.56 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) taking on A.J. Alexy (3-4, 2.75 ERA, 1.05 WHIP). Isaac Nunez is hitting leadoff for the D'Backs, and will make his return to Marlins Park. We gave him a nice warm welcome when he got up to bat to start the game. It was a low scoring afair, and they topped us 4-1.

Peterson went 4.1 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. The pen combined for 4.2 innings with a hit, walk, and 6 strikeouts.

Sergio Tello was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a run scored and steal. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4.

Astros SS Carlos Correa hit his 400th career homer. The 35-year-old has a career .297/.369/.516 line with 1,345 RBI's. He's been selected to 7 All-Star Games and Won the 2021 AL MVP.

May 25th, 2030: The Senators sent RHP Tim Undlin and RHP Jeff Rinella to the Pirates for LF G.I. Brierre. I like this swap for the Senators.

We looked to even the series back up with Steve Paustian (3-5, 4.31 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) facing the red-hot Mike Steele (6-1, 3.11 ERA, 1.11 WHIP). Our pitching was brilliant, and we shut them out 1-0.

Paustian went 6 with 5 hits and 6 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever got the win, 2 innings with 3 hits, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Chad Scoles got a strikeout in a perfect 9th to earn his 12th save.

Juan Simental was 3-for-4. Noah Smith was 2-for-4. Mac Horvath and Fernando Tatis Jr. were both 1-for-3 with a walk. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Ernie Frye was 1-for-5 with a double.

May 26th, 2030: We looked to win the rubber match with Dursun Erbakan (2-0, 5.11 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) facing Kevin Jalbert (2-0, 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP). An absolute slugest commenced, as the Diamondbacks out-slugged us 18-10.

Erbakan, who was starting to turn the corner, allowed 9 hits and 9 runs in 3 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Steve Hudson pitched well, 3 innings with 2 hits, just 1 run, and 2 strikeout. Luis Alcantra got just 1 out and allowed 4 hits and 3 runs. Shiro Hiraki went 0.2 innings with 3 hits, 4 runs, and a walk. Sam Stewart went 1.2 innings with 2 hits, a run, and 2 strikeouts.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-5 with a run scored, 3 RBI's, and just a homer shy of the cycle. Joey Bart was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a homer. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 2-for-5 with a double and run scored. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, a double, and walk. Juan Simental was 1-for-5 with a two run homer. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a sac-fly. Steve Hudson was 1-for-2 with a run scored, double, and RBI.

We headed to Philadelphia for three with the Phillies. We'd see Jim Gilbert (2-4, 3.83 ERA), Sergio Monreal (1-2, 4.42 ERA), and Jonathan Childress (1-3, 4.15 ERA).

May 27th, 2030: We moved up to 13th in the Power Rankings. At 28-23, we are 3 games behind the Mets for first, and 2.5 games behind the Cubs for the 2nd Wild Card.

Prospect Watch: C Pat Hughes (AAA New Orleans):

Rated the #7 Prospect in the system, Pat Hughes came over from the Rangers off Waivers in January of 2028. A former 8th Round Pick in 2023 by Texas, Hughes stalled out in the Rangers system, and the move to Miami really did him well. He hit well enough last year to earn a callup to the big league club, and has gotten another cup of coffee this year. He isn't the best defender behind the plate, but he has a solid bat and plus eye with great extra base hit power. He's been absolutely crushing it in New Orleans this year, hitting .341/.414/.545 with 5 homers and 15 RBI's. Ahead of Jorge Tapia in the farm rankings, he's likely to become the backup catcher next year, and will likely be called upon again if a replacement catcher is needed.

We opened the series in Philadelphia with C.J. Jorgensen (5-2, 2.35 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) taking on Jim Gilbert (2-4, 3.83 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). In the 9th, down 1-0, Juan Simental hit a solo homer to force extras. In the 11th, Mike Tate hit a walk-off double, and we lost the opener 2-1.

Jorgensen pitched alright, 6 innings with 8 hits, a run, walk, and 3 strikeouts. Chad Scoles got the loss, 1.2 innings with 3 hits, a run, and 2 strikeouts.

Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with a walk and double. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with the solo homer. Omari Tetteh was 1-for-4 with a double. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4.

Rays RF Tim Green was 5-for-5 in a 7-0 shutout of the Red Sox.

May 28th, 2030: We looked to even the series back up with Pat Saitta (1-2, 5.54 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) facing Sergio Monreal (1-2, 4.42 ERA, 1.53 WHIP). The offense came back today, and we beat the hosts 9-4.

Saitta pitched well, 6 innings with 5 hits, 3 unearned runs, a walk, and 7 strikeouts to lower his ERA below 5. Luis Alcantra went 2 innigns with a hit, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki pitched the 9th, allowing 2 hits and a run while getting a strikeout.

Juan Simental was 3-for-4 with a double, 2 homers, a walk, and 4 RBI's. Noah SMith was 2-for-4 with a triple, homer, and 3 RBI's. Mac Horavth was 2-for-2 with a double, hit by pitch, 2 runs, an RBI, and 2 walks. Saitta was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-5 with a run scored.

May 29th, 2030: The finale saw Devon Peterson (2-3, 5.81 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) duel with Jonathan Childress (1-3, 4.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP). We got 4 in the 9th to complete a 7-4 comeback win.

Rodolfo Solorzano left with knee soreness, and will head to the AAA DL.

Peterson went 5.2 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever got the win, 2.1 innings with 2 hits and 4 strikeouts. Chad Scoles got the sav, an inning with a hit and strikeout.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and 2 doubles. Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-2 with a run scored and RBI off the bench. Juan Simental was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and hit by pitch. Jackson Miller was 1-for-3 with a steal, 2 runs, and a hit by pitch. Solorzano was 1-for-3 with a double, walk, and run scored.

I purchased the contract of 2B Vidal Brujan from AAA New Orleans. He joined the team on a minor league deal in the spring. The longtime Rockie used to be a prospect in our system.

We're headed home for three with the Rockies as we look to finish May on a high note. We'll see Luis Ardon (2-5, 4.99 ERA), Eric Dawson (5-2, 5.28 ERA), and Ty Madden (2-3, 5.09 ERA).
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May 30th-June 5th

May 30th, 2030: The Rockies were in town for three as Steve Paustian (3-5, 3.83 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) looked to stay hot against former teammate Luis Ardon (2-5, 4.99 ERA, 1.46 WHIP). Down 4-2 heading to the 9th, we cut the deficit to just 1 before Juan Simental hit a walk-off two run double to claim the opener 5-4.

Paustian had a rough outing, 6.1 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, but 8 strikeotus. Juan Toribio got the win, an inning with a hit, walk, and 2 strikeotus.

Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mac Horvath was 2-for-3 with a walk, double, and run scored. Simental was 2-for-5 with the 2 eun double. Sergoi Tello was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Omari Tetteh had a pinch hit double and scored in the 9th.

May 31st, 2030: Juan Ramirez is healthy, so Jorge Escobar was optioned to AAA.

We looked to finish our worst month likely ever with Dursun Erbakan (2-1, 6.36 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) facing Eric Dawson (5-2, 5.28 ERA, 1.74 WHIP). We got 5 in the 8th to win 6-1. Are things turning around?

Erbakan struck out 10 and walked just 1 with 5 hits and a run in 5 innings. The pen tossed 4 hitless innings with 2 walks (courtesy of Toribio who got the win) and 4 strikeouts.

Ernie Frye was 2-for-5 with a steal. Noah Smith was 2-for-2 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 3 RBI's, and 2 walks. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with 2 runs and a walk. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-2 with a run scored and 2 walks. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI.

June 1st, 2030: Fan Vote Update: Fernando Tatis Jr. ranks 3rd for 3B. Juan Ramirez ranks 2nd for LF. Juan Simental ranks 1st for CF. Chad Scoles ranks 2nd for RP. Ernie Frye ranks 3rd for RF.

We looked to finish the sweep with C.J. Jorgensen (5-2, 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) facing Ty Madden (2-3, 5.09 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). We really tried to mess this one up, as we allowed 6 in the 9th, but escaped with a 8-2 win...

C.J. was solid, 8+ innings with 6 hits, a run, and 3 strikeouts. Steve Hudson struggled, 2 hits and 2 walks, with all 4 runners scoring. Sam Stewart allowed a hit and run. Chad Scoles finished the game, an inning with a hit and strikeout.

Juan Ramirez was 3-for-4 with 2 solo homers, a walk, and 3 runs. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Jon Reid was 2-for-2 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 walks. Vidal Brujan was 1-for-3 with a run scored and sac-fly. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a triple, walk, and 3 RBI's. Sergio Tello was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Juan Simental was 1-for-5 with a steal.

Juan Ramirez now has a 20 game hit streak. If he didn't get hurt every game, it might be 40...

Off to Milwaukee for three with the Brewers. We'll face Rawley Hector (4-1, 3.45 ERA), Rodolfo Espinoza (3-4, 4.68 ERA), and Charlie Neeper (5-3, 5.84 ERA).

June 2nd, 2030: The Diamondbacks will be without SP Kevin Jalbert for the year with a stretched elbow ligament. He was 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 4 starts and 8 relief appearences. He struck out 30 in 32.1 innings with a save and a 1.02 WHIP.

We opened the series with the Brewers with Pat Saitta (2-2, 4.97 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) facing Rawley Hector (4-1, 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP). Everything was working today, and we crushed the now 36-22 Brewers 13-0!

Only down fall was Gregorio Alvarengaleft with hip soreness, but he will avoid a DL trip for now.

Saitta went 7.1 innings with just 1 hit, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki finished the final 1.2 innigns with a hit, walk, and 3 strikeouts.

Juan Ramirez continued his hitstreak and then some, 2-for-4 with a solo homer, 2 run homer, 3 runs, and a walk. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 3-for-5 with a two run homer and 3 RBI's. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and a walk. Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with a homer, 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk. Joey Bart was 2-for-4 with a walk, solo homer, and three run homer. Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI, and walk. Mac Horvath was 1-for-4 with a hit by pitch and run scored.

Wow, that felt grat!

June 3rd, 2030: The White Sox will be without SP Juan Arenas for the year with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. This ends a rough season for the 27-year-old, who was 0-5 with a 9.25 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in 8 starts.

We jumped all the way to second in the Power Rankings. At 34-24, we're just 1 out of First and the Wild Card.

Prospect Watch: RF Juan Luera (AA Jacksonville):

Acquired in a deal with the Mariners, Juan Lurea was already past his "prospect prime." After being signed for a hair under $2 million out of the D.R. in 2024, Lurea didn't have the best transition to organized ball. Things look to be on the rise for the 22-year-old, as he dominated A+ Jupiter in a 17 game sample this year to earn a promotion to Jacksonville. He hit .345/.424/.569 in 58 at bats with 3 homers and 12 RBI's. With the Jumbo Shrimp, he's continued that momentum, hitting .324/.355/.521 with 3 more hoemrs and 13 RBI's in 71 at bats. Lurea isn't the best defender in the outfield, but he's got a plus-plus arm and he'll make most routine plays. He strikes out very rarely and has plus power, but he no longer displays the elite contact potential he was supposed to have as an amateur. His fault his whole career is his lack of hustle, but maybe now with a roster spot in jeopardy, he can fight his way back into the prospect picture.

We looked to keep rolling with Devon Peterson (5-3, 5.87 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) facing Rodolfo Espinoza (3-4, 4.68 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). Down 2-1 in the 9th, Noah Smith hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2 and force extras. Fast foward to the 13th, we put up 2 runs in the top half to give us a 4-2 lead. They got one back in the bottom half, but we managed to win 4-3 with Steve Paustian, the go to relief/starter, recording the dub.

Fernando Tatis Jr. left with an elbow contusion, and will head to the DL for 1-2 weeks.

Peterson pitched well, 6.1 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. One reliever pitched 0.2 innings, 6 other guys got just 1 out, and Chad Scoles tossed 2 innings with 3 hits and 4 strikeouts. Next was Paustian, who went 2 innings with 2 hits, a run, walk, and 2 strikeotus.

Ernie Frye was 2-for-5 with a walk, run scored, and steal. Juan Ramirez was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, a walk, and a scary hit by pitch to keep the hit streak going. Tatis was 1-for-3 with a double. His replacement, Vidal Brujan, was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Jackson Miller was 1-for-5 with a sac-fly. Noah Smith was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

June 4th, 2030: The Phillies would be without Luillly Ovalle for the rest of the year with a partially torn UCL. He was 1-1 in 20 relief appearences with a 4.58 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts.

I needed a spot starter for today, so I purchased the Contract of Eric Moore from AA. He'd be optioend after the game, but the former Padres 11th Rounder would make his MLB debut at 27. He'd face Charlie Neeper (5-3, 5.84 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) as we'd look to finish the sweep. For a short notice promotion, it was relatively impressive, and we finished the sweep with a 6-3 win.

Moore went 7 innings with 9 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 4 strikeouts to really help preserve the bullpen. Juan Toribio tossed an inning with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts. Chad Scoles finished the 9th with just 5 pitches to get the save.

Juan Ramirez's hit streak is up to 23 after he went 1-for-4 with a rnu scored. Mac Horvath was 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk. Noah Smith was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Juan Simental was 1-for-5 with a base clearing double. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Mariners CF Andy Norman launched 3 homers in a 9-6 win over the Twins.

Moore was set back down to AA.

We get tomorrow off, and it's also the Draft!

June 5th, 2030: We got today off to foucs strictly on the draft.

First, the Padres acquired LF Carlos Rodriguez from the Reds for LHP Luis Mediola. It's a steal for the Reds.

I recalled Rogelio Maldonado from AAA to replace Tatis/Moore.

We're headed to Cincy to face the Reds. We'd see Jonathan Holder (2-4, 5.36 ERA), Esteban Aguirre (5-3, 2.55 ERA), and Mike Kuhns (2-5, 3.52 ERA).

But first, the 2030 Amateur Draft! Time to get a ton of studs!
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With the first pick in the 2030 Amateur Draft, the Montreal Expos selected 21-year-old SS Ethan Turlington out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Turlington was a 26th Round Pick by the Rangers out of High School, but he declined to sign and put up insane numbers on the best team in the Pac-12.

1st Round, 26th Overall: SP Kevin Dickerson (3.5): He's listed as a starter, but I'd be naive to expect him to stay one, with his change up a borderline, although currently passable, third pitch. Even if he ends up a reliever, he's by far the best available player. The 18-year-old from Juniata Valley HS in Alexandria, Pensylvania has plus-plus stuff with plus movement and control. He's got solid stamina and hits 93-95 consistently with his plus-plus fastball. He tosses an elite curveball and average change up, but has all the tools to become a top of the rotation starter. He's got a lot of filling in to do, and with every high school pick a lot of risk, but he's definitely a solid investment.

1st Round, 38th Overall: SS Jorge Trujillo (2.5): With the pickings already slim, I'm hoping to flip the first of four compensation picks for a pick next year. The switch hitting shortstop from Puerto Rico nicknamed "Sugar," Trujillo can play all around the diamond, although he'll never quite find a position he excells at, a Ben Zobrist type per say. He's got solid speed, but won't steal too many bases, and a solid, yet unspectactular bat. He's got extra base hit power, but none of his tools really jump out at you. College either stateside or in Puerto Rico should benefit the 19-year-old.

1st Round, 30th Overall: SP Trev Deal (3): "Spiderman" is another high school arm that my scout thinks can stick in the rotation. He's got elite stamina and stuff with plus control. He throws about 91-93 with his plus-plus fastball and he has a 95 rated slider that doesn't get too much movement. The righty has a lot of developing to do, but there's nothing saying he can't be a middle of the rotation arm.

1st Round, 31st Overall: SP Wander S. Holsapple (3): The picks keep coming, as next is a teammate of Ethan Turlington, UCLA ace Wander S. Holsapple. He's a borderline starter, but he's a lot closer to fully developed then most arms I take in the higher rounds. He's got plus-plus stuff, but with just average movement and control. Holsapple throws a 89 rated fastball and plus sinker at triple digits from a 3/4 armslot. He's got solid stamina and keeps the ball on the ground, but he's got to work on his change up. It's a slighty below average pitch, but he has a change to boost it up. He's a great example in the clubhouse, and his "veteran" presence in the lower levels should help himself and those around him.

1st Round, 32nd Overall: CF Danny Congleton (2.5): The last of our compensation picks and 4th in a row, Danny Congelton is a switch hitting outfielder from my school, the University of Central Florida. Origionally a 11th Round Pick by the Twins in 2027, Congelton is a great athlete. He's got elite speed, elite range in the outfield, and he'll catch every ball hit out to him. He's a great baserunner and even has a plus arm in the outfield. He can stick in center easily, and he can play a little infield too with expereince at second base. He doesn't have the best bat, he'll spray a lot of singles on the ground to all fields, but he does have a bit of extra base pop. He's got value with his defense, and his offense can develop enough to make him a regular at the top level.

2nd Round, 71st Overall: CF Stephon Struggs (2.5): Another pick I plan on rolling over, Struggs is a really good hitter from Dallas Texas. The high school senior has a solid bat with plus power and contact to go with plus speed. He's got the range for center and the arm for right, although neither tool is elite. He's a solid player that will have a successful college career before re-entering the draft.

3rd Round, 111th Overall: C Mike Bennett (2.5): He may end up at first base, but for now, Mike Bennett will be a solid backstop. He's got a good arm and players on the team look up to him. He's not the best hitter, but he has the "all-or-nothing" approach, with a plus eye, that'll lead to a lot of homers and a lot of big swings and misses. He doesn't strike out too much, but his lack of contact currently will start to lead to that. He's also the last 2.5* non-reliever, so the rest of this draft will liekly not be the best.

4th Round, 145th Overall: RP Jim Harris (3): A senior from Vanderbuilt, Harris is the last player in the pool that currently has more then 2* potential. As a college senior, he's near big league ready, and Harris makes his name with his elite fastball. He hits 94-96 consistently and he can throw a ton of pitches out of the pen. He also mixes in a plus curveball. He started in college, but with the lack of a third pitch, Harris will begin the transition to the pen.


5th Round, 179th Overall: SP Damani Bonton (2): Origionally a 10th Round Pick by the Diamondbacks in 2027, Damani Bonton spent the last three years at Rice boosting his draft stock. "Tag" throws 93-95 with his plus-plus fastball, and also features a plus curve and average change. He doesn't get the best movement on his pitches and his control isn't much better, but he's a dependable back of the rotation starter that doesn't have too much more developing left. He's a high floor, low ceiling "safe" pick to finish the bonus players.

6th Round, 213th Overall: SS Jonathan Moran (2): A former 25th Round Pick by the Orioles, the slick fielding Jonathan Moran attended the College of Charleston and put together a solid college career. He's one of the best defenders in the NCAA, with great range, soft hands, and he turned more double plays then anyone else in the nation. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but he'll develop into a Gold Glove caliber shortstop. He's got good speed on the basepaths, but he's not the best hitter. He's got average contact potential, but he strikes out a lot and doesn't have much power. He's more of an off the bench defender then everyday starter.

7th Round, 247th Overall: RF Jake Gilbert (2): Won't sign. He's got plus range and not much of an arm, so I'm shocked he played as much as he did in right. He's more of a left fielder in the future, but he's got the speed for center. He's also got plus pop, but he doesn't always make contact.

8th Round, 281st Overall: CF Josh Knecht (2): He's got elite range and can stick in center, and he also has a plus arm comprable to Congelton who was selected earlier. He's got a great eye and won't strike out too much, but he deoesn't offer much with the bat. He's a good baserunner, but nothing more then a 4th/5th outfielder.

9th Round, 315th Overall: SP Jerry Hudson (1.5): One of the few actual starting pitchers left, Hudson is a durable starter from Sunrise, Floria. He's got plus stamina, an intriguing three pitch arsenal, and he hits 95-97 with the hard stuff. The sidearmer features a plus fastball, plus-plus slider, and average change up. He has relatively good command of his pitches, and has a little upside as a prospect.

10th Round, 349th Overall: SS Ben Chivers (1.5): With Ethan Turlington at SS, Ben Chiver's Junior Season at UCLA (he was at JUCO his first two years) saw him spend more time at second, third, and right field then at short. A 20th Round Pick by the Nationals back in 2027, Chivers has plus speed, range, arm, error, and double play tools. He's a little outspoken, but with the bat, he's got a solid eye and won't chase too much. He's a fringe prospect, but with work, he can play everywhere except pitcher and catcher.

11th Round, 383rd Overall: RP Danny Lee (2): He may be listed as a reliever, but I think he could eventually start games. He doesn't have ideal stamina, but the Junior from Cal-State Fullerton tosses three pitches, including a plus-plus change up. He won't blow you away, throwing just 89-91 with his fastball and cutter, but he's got plus movement and control. More of a finesse pitcher then control artist, he's an interesting addition to either the pen or possibly the rotation.

12th Round, 417th Overall: SP Amari Frelix (1.5): Won't sign. He's got starter potential, but needs to work on going deeper into games and increasing his velocity. He throws just 86-88 with his fastball, but as he matures, that number could go up.

13th Round, 451st Overall: SS Josh Pollock (1.5): A versatile defender, Pollock can slot at second, third, short, left, and right, with the range for center. An extremely raw prospect, his value lies in his defensive ability, not his bat. He's a great depth piece, but doesn't currently profiles as a regular.

14th Round, 485th Overall: 3B Tim Blatcher (1.5): An gifted power hitter, Blatcher will end up on either corner due to his plus arm, but lack of range. He's got great speed and is a solid base runner, but he boasts an elite eye with plus-plus gap and homer power. He doesn't make a lot of contact and will strike out a lot, but he's an intriguing youngster.

15th Round, 519th Overall: SS Chris Holman (1.5): Won't sign. The San Francisco Native is a solid defender with an average all around back. He may not end up at short, but he has the range to stick in the middle infield. College should do him well.

16th Round, 553rd Overall: 1B Zach Skaggs (1.5): A Senior from Brown, he graduated with a legitimate degree from the prestigious university. He's a solid defender with plus power and a plus eye. He's a smart base runner despite his lack of speed, and he's extremely adaptable. He's also nearly fully developed, so what you see is what you'll get.

17th Round, 587th Overall: SP Eric Simons (1): A four pitch pitcher, Simons features a plus-plus change, average cutter and splitter, and below-average slider. He averages 89-91 with his cut-fastball. He's a durable right arm that can give you solid innings.

18th Round, 621st Overall: 3B Mike Levering (1.5): All bat, no glove, Mike Levering is an excellent hitter with a cannon of an arm. The only problem is almost everything gets past him, and even if it doesn't, it's likely not going to be fielded all too well. He's got plus contact and power, but screams DH.

19th Round, 655th Overall: C Tibor Rispan (1.5): He's got a great eye at the plate, but he doesn't make enough contact to avoid striking out. He'll spray doubles to each field as a switch hitter, and occasionally hit a long ball. He's not the best behind the plate, and may eventually shift to first base, but he prepares well and executes a strong gameplan for his pitchers.

20th Round, 689th Overall: RF Eric Reid (1): We're running out of players! And here's one who's set on College. Reid can play a little bit of everything, taking reps in left, right, and center as well as both corner infield spots. He's got good speed and great pop for a small guy. He just wants to get better, and could shoot up the draft boards in three years.

21st Round, 723rd Overall: SS Zach West (1.5): He's a solid defender in the infield with experience in center as well. He's got good speed and a good eye, but isn't much of a hitter. His value lies in his versatility, but he really doesn't stand out.

22nd Round, 757th Overall: CF Sergio Rivers (1): Won't sign. He's got the range for center, and is a very smart kid. He'll go to a good school and try to work on his bat. Right now, all he features is his strong eye.

23rd Round, 791st Overall: CF Deshawn Shingles (1): Honestly, really love the name. He's also got elite speed, a plus-plus arm, and plus range in the outfield. He's going to pile up steals, but he'll just have trouble getting on base to do it. He strikes out a ton, and really doesn't do much when the ball is put into play. He's a flyball hitter that would do better if he kept the ball on the ground.

24th Round, 825th Overall: SP Tim Welgarz (1): He throws three average pitches, but can hit 90-92 with his faastball and sinker. He's got starter stamina and average control. He was captain of his varsity team, and shows great leadership qualities.

25th Round, 859th Overall: SP Kevin Walton (0.5): A Florida Native, he's got plus-plus stuff and stamina. The durable right doesn't throw very hard, but he's got an elite curveball. He doesn't get much movement or have much command, and doesn't make many good decisions on and off the field, but not too many guys left have 74 stuff potential.

26th Round, 893rd Overall: SP Brad Alexander (0.5): Won't sign. He has 100 stamina, so something could come of that. The only problem, he throws just 84-86, so the 17-year-old has a long way to go.

27th Round, 927th Overall: CF Juan Maldonado (0.5): Won't sign. He has his intentions of coming to the states for college. He's an average defender with an okay bat, but he's got his work cut out for him.

28th Round, 961st Overall: SP Jim Wright (0.5): Won't sign. The lefty could be good if he works on his control. He gives up too many homers after he walks the bases loaded.

29th Round, 995th Overall: 3B Eric McDaniels (0.5): Won't sign. He's a third basemen who doesn't do anything expect throw well. He's got a developing bat.

30th Round, 1,029th Overall: SS Joe McDonald (1.5): Don't let the rating fool you, you have to really suck to be anything less then a 1.5* if you play short. The Miami naitve is really fast and a good defender, but he sometimes make the routine plays look hard. He's a light hitting switch hitter that was undrafted out of high school. He wasn't great at Miami Springs, but I like good defenders.

31st Round, 1,063rd Overall: C Ernesto Gaxiola (1): Another undrafted high schooler, Gaxiola went from Puerto Rico to Winner/Colome College where he did alright. Another light hitter, he's great at calling games and could be a plus defender behind the plate. Not Jackson Miller, but also not Pat Hughes. He does have a plus eye as well.

32nd Round, 1,097th Overall: 2B Ben Escobar (0.5): Won't sign. He's got a plus contact tool, but he lacks power. He doesn't play much defense either, as evident by his position as a high school senior.

33rd Round, 1,131st Overall: SS Tim Morales (1): More of a third basemen due to his cannon of an arm, Morales also boasts plus range in the infield. He plays a little second, third, short, center, and right. The switch hitter has great speed, but is an awful base stealer. He's got a passable bat, but there's a reason no one took him in high school and he attended Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas for College (no offense).

34th Round, 1,165th Overall: SS Luis Polanco (0.5): Won't sign. The Florida Native is very versatile, and will likely play all outfield positions average and excell in the infield. He isn't the fastest and can't really hit.

35th Round, 1,199th Overall: SP Dave D'Arrigo (0.5): Won't sign. He's got a ton of stamina, but he throws three garbage pitches. And not the good garbage.

36th Round, 1,233rd Overall: CF Jake Brown (0.5): There are worst picks out there. He's a plus runner with plus range, plus contact, and plus gap power. He hits the ball on the ground, and will likely never hit a non-inside the park homer.

37th Round, 1,267th Overall: C Kevin Snow (0.5): Won't sign. I actually wanted to sign him as a two-way player, as he has plus control, but he had other ideas. He's got a decent eye, and could be a solid catcher. He doesn look to improve all the time.

38th Round, 1,301st Overall: SP Mike O'Conner (0.5): I really hope this guy makes it. He's a sidearm flyball pitcher that throws mid 80s with a fastball, cutter, changeup, forkball, circle change, and screwball. And, he's a lefty! He has to be the coolest garbage pick and likes to be the center of attention, but I'm going to give him every tool he needs to succed.

39th Round, 1,335th Overall: SS Layne Valcour (0.5): Won't sign. Love the name though! The Mississauga Native has offers from the states to play in the NCAA. He's got good speed, is a solid defender, and isn't a terrible hitter.

40th Round, 1,369th Overall: CF Dave Harrell (0.5): An extremely fast runner, Dave Harrell shattered the stolen base record (and every other record) at American Christian Academy where he attended university for four years. He can play five positions, has an average eye, and plus range, but 98 speed. So yeah, I'll waste my 40th Round Pick on a speedy lefty with on-point facial hair.

A dissapointing class, perhaps, but maybe Mike O'Conner is the best pitcher to ever grace Out of the Park? Who knows with these scouts...

In honor of it's 10 Year Aniversarry, let's look at the success rate of my Mimai Marlins Amateur Class of 2020!

Considering I don't even vaguley remember (before checking) who my 1st Round Pick was, it was probably great!

Major League Experience:

1st Round: SP Josh Weske: How could I forget about him?!?!?! He was supposed to be the next big thing! He got a 7.2 big league audition in 2024 and he was amazing. So good I traded him, Adam Haseley, and Jimmie Sherfy to the Phillies for Isaac Nunez. In hindsight, absolute steal for me! Haseley and Weske were both effective, but Nunez was really good for me. Back to Weske though, he had three productive seasons with the Phillies from 2025-2027 where he ate up innings for the rebuilding club. He then took a few years off in the Majors before being selected in the 2028 Rule-5 Draft by the Rays. He spent all of 2029 getting humiliated with the Rays, walking a league leading 86 hitters in 108 innings. He had a 6.67 ERA and 1.84 WHIP and was worth -1.8 WAR, still better then Joe Kramer, before dissapearing to Durham this year.

Active, no Major League Experience:

13th Round: RP Andy Ackley: If he wasn't wrecked, he'd have played in the big leagues. Still clinging to a 1.5 overall rating, he's tossed 436.1 minor league innings, topping out in AA Jacksonville. After I finally let him file for minor league free agency, he pitched a little with Toronto, Detroit, San Francisco, Baltimore, and now Cleveland. He's currently in A+ Lynchburg,

Retired, with Major League Experience:

2nd Round: LF Joe Brewer: It may have been short, but Brewer appeared in 12 games with the Blue Jays in 2026, hitting .053/.122/.132 with a homer and 2 RBI's. He was part of the package that sent me Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in 2024 during the All-Star Break.

Retired, no Major League Experience:

3rd Round: 3B T.J. Paskert: He accumulated 1,052 minor league at bats in the GCL, with Batavia, Greensboro, and Jupiter from 2020-2026. And he wasn't any good...

9th Round: SP Doug Daniels: He tossed 30 innings out of the pen with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Washington, going 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. I traded him, Thomas Hatch, and Nicky Delmonico to the Brewers in 2021 for Keston Hiura. In 2025, he went to Pittsburgh via. waivers He was claimed off waivers by the Cards in the 2027 Preseason, then claimed 4 days later by Washington. He pitched a little with the Jays in the minors after, but retired last year.

5th Round: CF Frederico Soto: He wasn't any good either, and I released him in 2021 before he signed with the Brewers and then eventually with the Rays in 2028. He reached AA with Biloxi of the Brewers organization in 2027.

6th Round: RP Billy Burgess: He looked promising before he tore his rotator cuff. Tossed 251.2 innings in our system from 2020-2025 before retiring.

7th Round: 3B Juan Preciado: Spent one season in the GCL before getting released with Soto in 2021. He then retired in 2023 without playing again.

8th Round: 1B Nate Riley: Recorded 979 at bats in our organization from 2020-2026. He topped out in Greensboro.

10th Round: C Colt Schmitt: Recorded 1,108 at bats in our organization, topping out in Jupiter.

14th Round: CF Chad Shaw: Recorded 1,229 minor league at bats in cluding 5 in AA Richmond. Traded to the Mets in 2021, he spent time with them, the Angels, Rays, Pirates, Athletics, and Giants.

16th Round: 1B Mike Turgeon: Spent 45 games in the GCL in 2020 before being released Opening Day 2021. Retired without playing again.

17th Round: C Dave Raschke: Released after one year before signing with the Dodgers. He spent 2021-2025 with them before retiring in 2027.

18th Round: RP Chris Valdez: Tossed 29.1 innings with us between 2020-2021. Released in 2022 and retired in 2024.

19th Round: CF Jimmy Thompson: Traded to the Royals in 2021. Spent time with the Royals, Mets, White Sox, Astros, and Reds before retiring in 2025.

20th Round: CF Tyshawn Browley: Just retired last year. Was traded to the Rockies in 2021, and then later released and resigned with us. Traded again to the Rockies, with current Marlin Vidal Brujan, and he stuck until 2024. He then went to Tampa, Oakland, Boston, Tampa again, and Oaklan again. Boston was the only team he didn't do two tours with. Never got past Class A, but played almost 300 games.

23rd Round: RP Jake Carnes: Spent 2020-2022 in the GCL. Pitched 3 games with the Cubs A team in 2024. Retired in 2026.

25th Round: 2B Nate Herman: Traded to Atlanta in 2021. Spent 2021-2023 with their farm system before retiring in 2025.

27th Round: LF Bobby bin Fatin: Released before playing with us. Signed with Cleveland, and later played in the Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Houston organizations. Retired in 2026.

30th Round: RF Robby Mogle: Traded to the Royals in 2021, but released the day after. Bounced around system to system, but got just 2 at bats (both strikeouts) in 2022 before retiring in 2024.

33rd Round: LF Esteban Primero: Spent 2020 and 2021 with the GCL Marlins. Released in 2022 and retired in 2024.

35th Round: C Joe Huerta: Spent 2020 with the GCL Marlins and Batavia. Released in 2021, but spent it in the Indians organization where he appeared in 17 games with their AZL team. Retired in 2024.

36th Round: C Mike Knowls: Released before appearing with us. Spent time in Houston, Arizona, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston's organization before retiring in 2027. Appeared in just 18 games, but reached A+.

38th Round: RP Sam Confer: Tossed 11 innings in 2020 with the GCL Marlins. Released in 2021, retired in 2023.

39th Round: SS Tim Bernard: Spent 2020 with the GCL Marlins before being traded to the Braves. Released the next day. Spent time with Texas and Pittsburgh, including a 6 game stint with the GCL Pirates. Retired in 2024.


Well, 3 out of 25 players made their majors league debuts, with a possible 4th. Last year (2019), just 2 guys debuted. Granted Tyler Callihan is light years better then these guys, but maybe I'm getting better at drafting? Or not...

Only time will tell if I can draft as well as I make International signigns...
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June 6th, 2030: We opened the series with the Reds at Great American Ballpark with Dursun Erbakan (2-1, 5.97 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) facing arguably the best pitcher in the league, Esteban Aguirre (5-3, 2.55 ERA, 0.85 WHIP). Neither team scored in the first 9 innings, but Ramon Flores hit a walk-off single off Chad Scoles to send the Reds home 1-0 winners.

Erbakan didn't pitch well, despite just 1 hit in 4.1 innings. He walked 6 and struck out 4. Steve Hudson tossed 2.2 solid innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Scoles allowed 2 hits and a run in 0.1 innings.

Ernie Frye was 2-for-3. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4. Juan Ramirez had a pinch hit single for Frye in the 9th to luckily keep his hit streak going.

June 7th, 2030: 31-year-old reliever Nick Hanson retired after tearing his UCL. Appearing in his first big league game since 2024, he allowed a hit in 0.1 innings with the White Sox before suffering the injury. His only other big league experience came in 2024 with the Angels, where he tossed 9.2 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, 7 walks, and 8 strikeouts.

We looked to even the series back up with C.J. Jorgensen (6-2, 2.15 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) facing Jonathan Holder (2-4, 5.36 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). We got 5 in the 5th and won the middle game 6-3.

Jorgensen left after 4 (due to a rain delay), and allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, and struck out 4. Luis Alcantra got the win, 2 innings with a strikeout. Juan Toribio went an inning with a hit, run, and 2 strikeouts. Chad Scoles got the save, an inning with a hit and strikeout.

Juan Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, 2 runs, and 3 RBI's. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and walk. Juan Simental was 1-for-5 with a double, run scored, and RBI.

Ramirez's hit streak is up to 25, and he doesn't look like he's slowing down.

June 8th, 2030: Fan Vote Update: Fernando Tatis Jr. ranks 2nd for 3B. Juan Ramirez ranks 2nd for LF. Juan Simental ranks 1st for CF. Ernie Frye ranks 3rd for RF. Chad Scoles ranks 2nd for RP.

We looked to take the series with the red-hot Pat Saitta (3-2, 4.41 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) facing Mike Kuhns (2-5, 3.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP). The pitching fell apart, and we were crushed 12-3.

Saitta went just 3 innings with 7 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), a walk, and 2 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki went 2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts. Steve Hudson went 1.1 innings with a hit, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Steve Hudson allowed 3 runs in 1.1 innings with a hit, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Sam Stewart went 1.2 innings with 3 hits, a run, and strikeout.

Juan Ramirez moved the hit streak to 26, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, a double, and homer. Jon Reid was 1-for-3. Juan Simental was 1-for-4. Ken Adeniran got a pinch hit single in the 9th.

We're headed home to host the Braves for three. We'll see Curt Schneider (4-6, 5.37 ERA), Ken Harty (5-2, 2.90 ERA), Juan Ochoa (3-7, 5.77 ERA).

June 9th, 2030: One of the supplemental picks Danny Congleton agreed to a $600,000 bonus.

We opened the Braves series with Devon Peterson (2-3, 5.55 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) facing Curt Schneider (4-6, 5.37 ERA, 1.34 WHIP). We got the upper hand today, topping the guests 6-2.

Peterson went 7.1 innings with 6 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. Four relievers combined for 1.1 innings with a hit, walk, and 2 strikeouts.

Ernie Frye was 3-for-5 with 3 runs and a solo homer. Juan Ramirez stayed hot, going 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI's. Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-2 with 2 walks and a steal. Mac Horvath was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, double, and walk. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Jackson Miller was 2-for-4.

June 10th, 2030: Jacksonville LF Juan Virto was named Player of the Week. He hit .433 with 4 homers and 12 RBI's.

Jupiter SP Joe Martin was also Player of the Week, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 14 strikeotus.

We dropped to 4th in the Power Rankings. At 38-26, we are still 2 out of first.

Prospec Watch: LF Juan Virto (AA Jacksonville):

Claimed off Waivers in the offseason from the Orioles, Juan Virto was a 4th Round Selection by Baltimore in 2025. The Puerto Rican Native didn't go higher then A+ in Baltimore's system, but he's appeared in games in AA and AAA with us this year. He's been much better in AA, hitting .317/.396/.488 with 7 homers and 33 RBI's. Virto isn't that good of a defender, profiling as an average at best left fielder, but he's got an excellent bat. Our 5th ranked prospect, Virto has elite power with plus contact and eye tools. He's a decent, although not fast, base runner who may end up striking out a lot. Rated at 3.5* potential, he will likely be protected in the offseason from the Rule-5 draft if he's not traded for upgrades later in the year.

We looked to take the middle game with Steve Paustian (4-5, 4.04 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) facing Ken Harty (5-2, 2.90 ERA, 1.03 WHIP). They put up 6 in th 6th to even the series with a 8-5 win.

Paustian allowed 7 runs off 6 hits and a walk in 5.1 innings while striking out 6. Sam Stewart allowed 3 hits and a run with a strikeout in 0.2 innings. Luis Alcantra struck out the side in the 7th and 8th inning.

Add another to Ramirez's hit streak, as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Rogelio Maldonado was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and a double. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-4 with a triple and run scored. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI. Ernie Frye was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Mac Horvath wasd 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Orioles RF Sean Stahl hit three homers in a 12-2 crushing of the Blue Jays.

Interesting enough, I was playing around trying to trade for Esteban Aguirre, it is possible. I could move Erbakan, Virto, Jorge Escobar, Mason House, and Tetteh for him, but it's not something I want to do. Yet...

June 11th, 2030: Three of my draftees, Kevin Dickerson, Jim Harris, and Damani Bonton agreed to their bonuses of $950,000, $280,000, and $220,000 respectively.

We looked to take the finale with Dursun Erbakan (2-1, 5.55 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) taking on Juan Ochoa (3-7, 5.77 ERA, 1.42 WHIP). We couldn't score, and they shut us out 4-0...

And we're back to losing again...

Erbakan went 5 innings with a hit, 2 runs, 4 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Juan Toribio went 1.1 innings with 2 hits, a run, 2 walks, and a strikeout. Shiro Hiraki went 2 innings with 2 hits, a run, and a strikeout.

Rogelio Maldonado was 1-for-4 with a double. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with a double. Erbakan was 1-for-2. Juan Ramirez was 1-for-4 to keep the hit streak going.

We look to shake off the rough stretch in San Diego with the Padres. We'll see Josh Ferland (5-6, 2.86 ERA), Cory Abbott (1-0, 4.54 ERA), and Kinnon Linfoot (4-1, 2.22 ERA).
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June 12th-June 17th

June 12th, 2030: The Washington Senators will be without RHP Chris Gunnell for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He was 3-2 with a 7.78 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

We were in San Diego to start a three game series with the Padres. C.J. Jorgensen (6-2, 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) took on Josh Ferland (5-6, 2.86 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) ini the opener. We failed to score a run, and were shutout 6-0...

Jorgensen went 6 with 7 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Hudson and Stewart went 2 total innings with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts.

Juan Ramirez continued the hit streak, going 2-for-4 with a double. Jon Reid was 2-for-3 with a double. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-2 with 2 walks. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a double.

Down in AAA, Luis Puerta was 5-for-6 as New Orleans beat Alburguergue 11-9.

Ramirez's hit streak is now up to 30 games, the longest since Francisco Lindor's 38 game hit streak back in 2019.

June 13th, 2030: 39th Overall Pick Trev Deal agreed to a $650,000 signing bonus.

We looked to even the series up with Pat Saita (3-3, 4.87 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) facing Alfredo Minjares (0-1, 15.75 ERA, 2.75 WHIP). The offense woke up today, and we toppled the Friars 8-2.

Saitta tossed 6 solid innings with 3 hits, a run, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki allowed a hit and run in an inning.

31 games for Ramirez, as he was 2-for-5 with a two run homer, two runs scored, and a double. Mac Horvath was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI's. Ernie Frye was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, a double, sac-fly, and steal. Jackson Miller was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored, and a walk. Juan Simental was 1-for-4 with a double and walk.

Pirates southpaw Brad Rauter tossed a 4-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Nationals. He struck out 3 and walked 1.

June 14th, 2030: Fernando Tatis Jr. was activated from the DL and Rogelio Maldonado was optioned to AAA.

3rd Rounder Mike Bennett agreed to a $380,000 signing bonus.

The Doves will be without rookie Jadon Gaiters for the year with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. A 9th Round Pick by the Pirates in 2028, he made his debut this year, tossing 23.2 innings with a 5.70 ERA and 1.99 WHIP.

We looked to take the finale with Devon Peterson (3-3, 5.21 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) facing Kinnon Linfoot (4-1, 2.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). We did just about everything right, and dominated 12-1.

Only problem is Devon Peterson left with hamstring sorenss. Luckily, he won't likely miss his next start.

Peterson went just 1.2 innings with a hit. Shiro Hiraki came in to get the win, 3.1 innings with 4 hits and a strikeout. Luis Alcantra tossed 3 more with 2 hits, a run, walk, and strikeout.

32 games for Ramirez, as he went 3-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, 2 doubles, a walk, and hit by pitch. Mac Horvath was 3-for-5 with a run scored, double, and 4 RBI's. Gregorio Alvarenga was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, a RBI, double, and 2 walks. Juan Simental was 2-for-6 with a run scored and RBI. Jon Reid was 2-for-2 with a run scored, hit by pitch, and walk. Jackson Miller was 2-for-6 with 2 runs scored. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Ernie Frye and Omari Tetteh both had pinch hit singles and scored. Frye also stole second.

We'll head back home for three with Washington. We'll face Steve Vincent (6-4, 4.24 ERA), former Marlin Ignacio Hinojos (4-4, 3.56 ERA), and Luis Escolastico (3-4, 5.94 ERA).

June 15th, 2030: Fan Vote Update: Tatis is 2nd for 3rd. Ramirez 1st for LF. Simental 1st for CF. Frye 3rd for RF. Scoles 2nd for RP.

We opened the Nationals series with Steve Paustian (4-6, 4.66 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) hosting Steve Vincent (6-4, 4.24 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) and the Nationals. It was another great game, and we won the opener 6-1.

Fernando Tatis Jr., however, left with injury, and his diagnosis is pending. When I got him, he was "Normal" although now he is "Fragile" for his injury proneness...

Paustian went 7 with 6 innings, a run, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. C.J. LaFever went 2 innings with a hit, walk, and strikeout.

Ramirez's streak continues, as he went 1-for-4.

Gregorio Alvarenga was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Juan Simental was 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a homer. Sergio Tello was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Noah Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, and walk. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Vidal Brujan came off the bench for Tatis, and went 1-for-3.

Jacksonville C Esteban Moreno was named MVP in the Southern League All-Star Game. He was 2-for-2 with a two run homer.

June 16th, 2030: Dursun Erbakan (2-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) took on Ignacio Hinojos (4-4, 3.56 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) in his return to Marlins Park. He got a great welcome home and recieved a standing ovation when he was announced in the starting lineup. We got 5 runs in the 8th to pull away for a 8-2 win.

Erbakan was great, 5.1 innings with 2 hits, 3 walks, and 11 strikeouts. Please, please, please keep pitching like this! Sam Stewart, Juan Toribio, and C.J. LaFever all got holds efore Chad Scoles struck out the side in the 9th. Stewart was charged with 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), and 1 walk.

Make it 34 for Ramirez! He was 1-for-3 with a run scored and hit by pitch.

Gregorio Alvarenga was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jon Reid was 1-for-3 with 2 runs, a RBI, and walk. Jackson Milller was 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, and walk. Noah Smith was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI's. Mac Horvath was 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, and walk. Ken Adeniran had a pinch-hit, base clearing double, and later scored in the 8th. Ernie Frye was 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI.

June 17th, 2030: Tatis Jr. was diagnosed with a sprained knee, and he'll head to the DL for 2 weeks. I recalled Rodolfo Solorzano to replace him.

Wander S. Holsapple agreed to a $600,000 bonus. He was the 40th Overall Pick.

We remained 4th in the Power Rankings. At 42-29, we are 2 out of first, but tied with the Brewers for the 2nd Wild Card spot.

We looked to finish the sweep with C.J. Jorgensen (6-3, 2.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) taking on Luis Escolastico (3-4, 5.94 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). We couldn't finish off the Nats, and they took the finale 8-4.

Jorgensen went just 4.2 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, a walk, and 12 strikeouts. Steve Hudson went 1.2 innings with a hit, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Shiro Hiraki went 0.2 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 strikeouts. Luis Alcantra went 2 innings with a strikeout.

35 for Ramirez! He was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, walk, and sac-fly. Gregorio Alvarenga was 1-for-3 with a walk, double, and run scored. Mac Horvath was 1-for-3 with 2 walks. Jon Rreid was 1-for-3 with a double and walk. Ernie Frye was 1-for-5 with a run scored and triple.

Braves starter Garrison Bryant tossed a 1-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Pilots. He struck out 4. The only blemish was a Jon Keefe single to lead off the 5th, but he was quickly erased when the next batter, Royce Lewis, grounded into a double play.

Cubs CF Jim Mitchell was 5-for-5 in a 5-1 win over the Reds.

We get tomorrow off before heading north of the border to face the Expos!
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