NEW SET! – 2014 Carolina League

With a 5-1 win over Myrtle Beach, the Potomac Nationals won the Carolina League title, capping a banner year for the Nationals’ minor league affiliate. It is Potomac’s fifth title in team history, third in seven years, and first since 2010. Potomac was the Northern division first-half winner and overall division champion.

Powered by strong pitching and hitting, Potomac went 4-1 in the playoffs, and didn’t lose at home in Woodbridge. Potomac swept Lynchburg in the first round. They fell to Myrtle Beach, 2-0, in the opening game of the Mills Cup. Myrtle Beach finished the regular season with the best overall record and had home-field advantage for the championship series. But Potomac then won three straight, outscoring Myrtle Beach 20-8 in the final three games.

The Carolina League featured top prospects like 3B Joey Gallo, SS Raul Mondesi, Jr., 2B Jose Peraza, SS Tim Anderson, OF Nick Williams, C Jorge Alfaro, CF Bubba Starling, SS Erik Gonzalez, SP Chi Chi Gonzalez, SP Lucas Sims, SP Sean Manaea, SP Tyler Danish & many more.

2014 Sample Card – 14CAR_Sample_Gallo

2014 Cal League Rosters/Lineups – 14CAR_Rosters-Lineups

NEW! 1968 International League Set

1968IL-Header

The 1968 international League set is an 8-team, 277 card, APBA-compatible set in color pdf format that features many 60’s, 70s & 80s stars like Amos Otis, Richie Hebner, Al Oliver, Manny Sanguillen, Freddie Patek, Dave Campbell, Brant Alyea, IL MVP and batting champ Merv Rettenmund, Mike Fiore, Terry Crowley, Mike Hegan, Joe Lahoud, Mike Marshall, Jim Rooker, Dick Drago, Gary Gentry, Tug McGraw, Jim McAndrew, Steve Renko, Tom House, Dock Ellis and many more. Included with the set is a roster/lineup card for each team and Master Game numbers are on each players’ card.

The 1968 International League season was the 83rd in the league’s history, and ended with the Jacksonville Suns winning their first and only Governors’ Cup. The league’s best regular season record belonged to the Toledo Mud Hens at 83-64 just 1/2 game better than the Columbus Jets. The Jacksonville Suns, the New York Mets affiliate, were led by their strong pitching staff of Gary Gentry (12-8, 2.91 ERA), Tug McGraw (9-9, 3.42 ERA), Jim McAndrew (8-3, 2.54 ERA), Bill Connors (8-5, 2.97 ERA), Danny Frisella (4-2, 2.72 ERA) and Steve Renko (4-1, 3.00) and hitters like Amos Otis and Duffy Dyer. Toledo had a strong team led by the power of 2B Dave “Soup” Campbell and 1B prospect Don Pepper with another strong pitching staff made up of Mike Marshall  (15-9, 2.94 ERA), Jim Rooker (14-8, 2.61 ERA), Dick Drago (15-8, 3.36 ERA), Dick Radatz. The best hitting team in the league was the Columbus Jets with Pirates prospects Richie Hebner, Al Oliver, Manny Sanguillen, Freddie Patek but their pitching was middle of the road led by Dave Roberts (18-5, 3.17 ERA).

For a list of my available Minor League sets and how to orderhttps://archrivalsbaseball.wordpress.com/available-sets/

Take a look who’s in these set with the 1968 International League Roster/Lineup sheet: 68IL_LineupsRosters

2014 Season Pitching Predictions

The final stats are in and I have looked over League Averages. The ERA in the AL (3.82) is a it’s lowest since 1981 and walks per 9 at their lowest since 1918!!! (thanks Phil Hughes). The ERA in the NL (3.66) is at it’s lowest since 1992 and walks per 9 at their lowest since 1968.

Control Ratings done … ZZs in NL – None (Seth Maness closest to ZZ), AL has Chad Qualls, Phil Hughes, Joakim Soria, Joe Thatcher and Dan Otero (maybe Michael Pineda)

Z cutoffs: NL Z cutoff .0592 AdjBB/AdjTBF – Joaquin Benoit in, Alfredo Simon misses out. AL cutoff .0586 AdjBB/AdjTBF – Brian Matusz in Scott Feldman and Jose Quintana just miss out.

These are initial calculations so I may adjust them.

2014 All-Star Futures Game Set

Working on the 2014 Futures Game set…. Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant are pretty good, like Ruth and Gehrig good. On paper the USA team should crush the World team.

My son and I played the Futures Game with my APBA compatible cards. Just as I suspected the USA won 17-7. Joey Gallo went 3 for 4, with 4 RBI and a HR,  reaching base all 5 times. Corey Seager blasted two HRS, one in the 2nd and one in the 9th, going 3 for 6. Also adding a homer was Peter O’Brien while Jesse Winker opened the scoring with a bases clearing double in the 1st. The World Team scored all their runs on home runs by Renato Nunez, Javier Baez and Gabby Guerrero but with the USA up 8-0 in the second these HRs were pretty much meaningless.

Now available: https://archrivalsbaseball.wordpress.com/available-sets/

2012 Texas League now available

The 2012 Texas League set is completed. The color set of pdfs include every player on the team he ended the season with. This 8 team, 382 card set with Lineup Cards is now ready for order.

Baseball’s Top Prospect Jurickson Profar, Wil Myers, TL MVP Oscar Taveras, Mike Olt, Jonathan Singleton, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, Jarred Cosart, Dan Straily, A.J. Griffin, Sonny Gray, Justin Grimm and many more top prospects.

Here is my list of my available Minor League sets:  ArchRivals Minor League Sets Available

2012 Texas League Roster/Lineup sheet: 12TL_Rosters-Lineups

2012 Frisco Jurickson Profar sample card: 12TL_Sample_Profar

2012 Texas League Overall Standings:

Texas League North

Club W L PCT GB

Team Affiliate W L Pct GB

Springfield Cardinals# STL 77 61 .558 –

Tulsa Drillers* COL 75 64 .540 2.5

Arkansas Travelers LAA 62 78 .443 16.0

Northwest Arkansas Naturals KC 58 81 .417 19.5

Texas League South

Club W L PCT GB

Corpus Christi Hooks# HOU 81 59 .579 –

Frisco RoughRiders* TEX 80 60 .571 1.0

Midland RockHounds OAK 64 74 .464 16.0

San Antonio Missions SD 60 80 .429 21.0
* first-half division winner

# clinched division

For more info go to: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=l109

Back from Vacation

Just spent 7 days in Florida with my kids. WEnt to 3 Twins Spring Training games and really like what we saw from Aaron Hicks.

I continue work on the 2012 Texas League set with everyone’s Top Prospect Jurickson Profar.

I hope to be done soon.

Bruce