Sep 10 2036: "Mighty" Mateo Espinoza Promoted to Majors - by wickersty on July 5th, 2018
The Deadwood Ambulators have promoted "Mighty" Mateo Espinoza to the majors. The rookie has made admirable strides since being called up, slashing .302/.296/.509 over his first 50 at bats, earning a starting spot in the lineup.
Mar 14 2036: Gavin Jones Promoted to the Majors - by wickersty on May 18th, 2018
Deadwood has announced that Gavin Jones has been promoted to the big leagues, after the scouting department declared him ready to make the jump. He'll be inheriting RF, moving Roy Mason to 1B and bumping Hector Escalante to backup OF/1B duties and a limited platoon role against lefties.
Mar 13 2036: Deadwood Prepares for 2036 - Position Players - by wickersty on May 17th, 2018
The Deadwood Ambulators, fresh off a down-to-the-last-series survival in League V.8, are preparing to open 2036 with only a couple minor adjustments to the starting lineup.
Returning at DH is Major "Muscles" Flynn, the man to whom no one would give a chance, has blossomed into a star despite his low potential. Flynn, an All-Star as well, returns in 2036 as DH. Deadwood envisions his presence at DH for the long term future.
Returning at C is Daniel McElroy, the first real super-prospect of the modern Deadwood era. He has an elite arm at C, but his offensive capabilities remain to be shown. Ownership has expressed concern that his bat may not fully develop, but so long as he continues to catch 45-60%+ attempted steals, he will likely continue to be the starting C for Deadwood throughout his career.
Debuting at 1B is Hector Escalante, who is new to the starting lineup in 2036 and a bit of an underdeveloped recovery project. Ownership expects to use Escalante as the starting 1B for as long as he can preform offensively and show improvements, while also acting as the backup C for McElroy. He has shown impressive offense in very limited plate appearances in 2035, and his 2036 Spring Training has also caught the eye of ownership. If he fails to hit, he'll be relegated to backup catching duties.
Returning at 2B is Marshall Adams, although he expects to take most of his at bats against righty pitchers, as his L/R splits were pretty awful last season. Adams turned in an excellent 2035 season defensively.
Returning at 3B is Marco Mesa who has improved greatly after a mostly poor defensive season spent learning 3B on the fly. Towards the end of 2035, he was competent, and ownership expects him to soon begin showing prowess at 3B. Offensively, he continues to improve as well. Mesa, a former underdeveloped recovery project, has been rounding out rather decently, and has solidified his position as starting 3B for what is likely years to come.
Returning at SS is Glenn Peters, the soft hitting SS with occasional power. Against lefties he was more than sufficient, and ownership will accept his struggles against righties in exchange for his excellent glove and range at SS.
Returning at LF is Roy Mason, another former underdeveloped recovery project. Mason has quieted his doubters in LL5 and had a wonderful 2035 season. Despite his average range and weak arm, he returns to man LF.
Returning at CF is Alex Contreras, who is becoming a perennial All-Star and MVP and enjoyed a wonderful 2035 season.
Returning at RF is Manuel De La Garza, after splitting 2035 between 1B and the OF. De La Garza, a somewhat streaky hitter with some legitimate power, has won the hearts of Deadwood fans and ownership and will play exclusively in the OF in 2036. However, ownership has made it known that if he does not improve his ability to hit for average, his everyday job is not guaranteed.
As a 1B Backup/Platoon, in limited duty, is Orlando Calderon, who hit decently but does not have much to show defensively. With Flynn at the DH role for the next 8+ years, Calderon is essentially a platoon 1B and backup DH.
As a 2B Platoon, in limited duty, is Victor Velasquez. Velasquez, who has yet to truly prove what he's capable of offensively, is an ideal candidate as a backup for every infield and outfield position. Ownership would like to get him the at bats necessary to finish his development, hence the promotion to lefty platoon.
New to the club entirely is bench player Ivan Gonzalez, a grizzled veteran who provides a late inning pinch hit bat and the ability to serve as a backup in the outfield, in case of injuries.
Also on the bench, and equally gray haired, is Peter Tucker, who provides a decent bat off the bench and some sub-par but passable outfield skills in an emergency.
Mar 13 2036: Deadwood Prepares for 2036 - Pitching Staff - by wickersty on May 17th, 2018
Deadwood Prepares for 2036 - Pitching Staff
The Deadwood Ambulators, fresh off a down-to-the-last-series survival in League V.8, are preparing to open 2036 with some minor adjustments in the starting rotation.
Lazaro Ledesma has been named the club's opening day starter and ace, taking the mantle from Brent Peters, who has settled into the SP3 role in his age 32 season. While a little wild from time to time, Peters has shown that he can still be a middle of the rotation presence.
Eric Peterson, a long time middle reliever, has been promoted to the starting rotation and will take the SP2 slot. In the latter parts of the 2035 campaign, Peterson showed an ability to provide quality start after quality start, albeit with limited innings per start.
The rest of the rotation is up for grabs at the moment, with underdeveloped recovery project Guillermo Saenez, 27 year old rookie Joe Lawson, and unproven Garret Thomas all vying for the SP4 and SP5 spots. The odd man out will surely remain as a sport starter and long reliever.
Young hopefuls Rafael Hood, Curtis Barnett, and Hidetoshi Nagashima have made the club as middle relievers. Ownership has very high expectations for Barnett, who has a chance to become a setup man if his season goes well.
Deadwood managed to avoid relegation in 2035 with a pitching staff that saw countless additions and subtractions throughout the season. In 2036, they are hopeful that a solidified and mostly proven staff will make more of a run at the division lead.
Sep 12 2034: The McElroy Era Begins - by wickersty on December 8th, 2017
McElroy has long been a coveted prospect due to his abilities behind the plate as a catcher and his elite rated arm strength. Hit bat has been improving during his time in the minor leagues, and management feels he is ready to join the big club and finish his development at the major league level.
McElroy will assume all catching duties for the remainder of the season, as Darrin Abbott assumes the backup catcher role.
"We're excited about what McElroy can do for us," said team owner wickersty, "both in our 2034 postseason push and into the future."
Deadwood is currently leading the West in LLVI.16.