Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Last season I made awards predictions with some success. Going to do it again because it gives me a chance to profile some of the best players in the league as well as some up and comers.

Obvious: Taylor Glynn - Back-to-back NL MVP. In total, he has won three of the last four. Hit 50+ HRs in each MVP season.

Not So Obvious:
Martin won NL ROY in Season 13 when he hit .352 and had 228 hits. In two seasons he's averaged 215 hits, 110 runs, 91 RBI and 25 HR. If  he bats above these averages then he has got to at least be a candidate to win the award.

NL Cy Young
Obvious: Leonardo Walker - Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. Best NL pitcher. Period.

Not So Obvious:
Delgado is a former Cy Young winner from Season 13. He will need to duplicate the 2.08 ERA from that season to challenge Walker. Has won 13 or more games in nine of 10 seasons and had a sub-3.00 ERA in six of those seasons.

NL Rookie of the Year
Obvious: Leon Padgett - Former number one overall draft pick in Season 12. Extremely good pitching ratings for a 22-year old. Looks like a future Cy Young Award winner.

Not So Obvious:
Hayashi is a $15 million free agent from Japan that rawdk27 signed in Season 11. He was later traded to Mexico City and last season he made an impression during a cup of coffee stop to the Majors. He went 7 for 13 with four extra-base hits and drove in seven runs. His carrer minor league numbers were impressive as well. .324/.425/.584/1.009

NL Batting Champion
Obvious: Pat Rivera - Has won two of the last three NL batting titles. Career .345 batting average and plays in hitter's paradise.

Not So Obvious:
Nap Sherman has the 5th highest batting average in league history (.322). He also owns a batting title from Season 10 and plays in the same extreme hitter's park that Rivera plays in.

Obvious: Louie Ma - All this guy does is win MVPs and batting titles. Has three of each.

Not So Obvious:
Lost most of last season and his hitting streak of 20+ games because of a herniated disk in his neck. McNeil, 25, has the skill to hit .300 with 40 HRs while stealing 30 bases.

AL Cy Young
Obvious: Tomas Armas - Best pitcher in Fingers history. Seven-time AL Cy Young winner.

Not So Obvious:
Rico Macias has 97 career wins in 5 big league seasons with the MAPS. He's recently been involved in a trade with Richmond but that won't stop him from contending for the Cy Young. If he limits the number of home runs allowed then he can win 20 games.

AL Rookie of the Year
Obvious: Samuel Davis - The 8th overall pick from Season 11 has destroyed mino league pitching at every stop. In 307 games he's hit .377 with an OPS of 1.234.

Not So Obvious:

Righthander Rudy MacDougal was drafted 7 picks after Samuel Davis. In 100 minor league starts he has held opposing hitters to a .232 batting average and struck out 500 batters in 510 innings pitched. MacDougal has one decent pitch and good control & splits.

AL Batting Champion
Obvious: Horacio Martin - Two-time AL Batting champ. Hit .321 despite playing in extreme pitcher's park. froidl moved the team to a hitter's ballpark and Martin will benefit greatly.

Not So Obvious:
Ramirez has quietly been one of the best hitters in the league. Only once in nine seasons has his batting average been below .313. Last season it was .342 when he moved to the hitter's park in Boise. Like always, expect Louie Ma to be in this race too.

Congratulations to Nolan Wall for becoming the 1st postion player in Fingers League history to make the Hall of Fame. While looking at his statistics I saw what he accomplished in Season 5. It made me want to pose the question: In the last decade worth of seasons, who has put up the best offensive season?

Nolan Wall - FIVE - .339/.400/.705/1.105/ 59HR / 135R / 181RBI
Pedro Alvarez - SEVEN - .322/.378/.680/1.058 / 63HR / 120R / 188RBI
Chuck Moore - TWELVE - .325/.395/.694/1.089 / 71HR / 132R/ 158RBI
Pat Rivera - FOURTEEN - .361/.442/.546/.988 / 21HR / 145R / 103RBI
Louie Ma - ELEVEN - .352/.460/.665/1.125 / 40HR / 117R / 161RBI
Horacio Martin - TWELVE - .343/.433/.552/.985 / 27HR / 167R / 90RBI

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