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Team: Brentwood Bearcats [ID #628] Bookmark Brentwood Bearcats

Location: Brentwood, CA (West)

League: IV.6 - West

Owner: Eric83 send message
          [since February 06th 2018 | last seen August 20th 2019]

Manager: Omar Becerra

Ballpark: Brentwood Ballpark

Rank: #329 - Rating: 97.56

Fan Mood: 76.30

Prestige: 6

Color: Blue & Gold

Team Notes:

• Feb 19 2042: Gavin Zeller was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 19 2042: Rob Gibson was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 05 2042: Luis Cedeño was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2042: Julio Delgado was released.
• Jan 15 2042: Carmelo Marroquín was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2042: Benito Ortega was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2042: Lorenzo Chavez was released.
• Jan 15 2042: Lanh Ly was selected to the national team of Vietnam.
• Jan 15 2042: Luis Figueroa was selected to the national team of Puerto Rico.
• Jan 15 2042: De Li was selected to the national team of China.


League Record:

Wins: 0 Losses: 0 Pct: .000 Last10: 0-0 Streak: -

Ave: 0.0 - 0.0 RS: 0 RA: 0 DIFF: 0

Cup:

Group 21 [0 | Still Alive]

Press Releases:

Jan 15 2042: 2041 recap - by Eric83 on August 11th, 2019

After two straight dominant seasons that ended with division crowns, the Brentwood Bearcats finally succumbed to tougher competition, finishing their first ever season in League IV in 4th place. The team finished with a 67-93 (.419) record, but that includes an 8-25 stretch to close the season after management decided to get some AAA players reps in the big league. The Bearcats’ 59-68 (.465) record in mid-September was probably a better reflection of the team’s success.

As in recent years, the pitching and defense were team strengths that were dragged down by a punchless offense. The team finished with a .246 team average and near the bottom in the league in most offensive categories. The pitching rotation rounded into shape as the season progressed, finishing middle of the pack in the league while the bullpen was very strong.

While the performance on the field wasn’t much to celebrate, there was plenty to cheer about in the GM’s office after a massively successful draft season. For the first time in franchise history, all eight draft picks remained on the roster at the end of the season, including a franchise-best four 14 POT players, as well as two other 13 POT players. Two players from last year’s class (15 POT pitcher Miura, and 2B Toyoda) got their first taste of the big leagues, although both struggled.

Other season highlights:
• Best signing: Salvador Rios, who finished .274 15 HRs 64 RBIs, and solidified the shortstop position.
• Mark Spangler won Rookie Pitcher of the Year. The 25 year old unheralded prospect finished with a 7-4 record, 3.44 ERA, and .188 BAA against lefties in 32 relief appearances.
• Figueroa won his first Gold Glove at catcher, throwing out 47% of would-be base stealers, and a league-low 5 passed balls. He was also one of the most consistent offensive players on the team (18 HRs, .366 OBP, .789 OPS, 48 SBs)
• Nielsen had his 3rd straight 45+ save season, and his 4th consecutive All-Star nomination.
• Former 1st round pick Juan Mireles looked like a potential ace in his first full year as a starter, carrying a sub-4 ERA for most of the year before finishing with a 4.19 ERA with 125 Ks in 169 IP.

Looking ahead:
The team will look to build on what it learned in the season, but will face some significant challenges in 2042. These include: Overcoming clear signs of aging from some veterans (Rios, Delgado, Evans, and Cormier to name a few), the perpetual hole at 2B, the lack of offense, and integrating an overflowing pool of players in AAA into the big leagues while still remaining competitive.


Nov 04 2040: 2040 Recap: Back-to-back titles lead Bearcats to D4 for first time - by Eric83 on May 24th, 2019

Despite a late season swoon, the Brentwood Bearcats are advancing to D4 for the first time in franchise history after winning 96 games (and a franchise best 17 Cup wins).

A division title seemed all but certain in early September, as the Bearcats held a 7-game division lead over Huntington and a 79-44 record, but they stumbled down the stretch, finishing 17-20. Huntington went on a 23-12 tear to take a half game lead with two left to play. It was the first time all season that the Bearcats didn’t have at least of share of first place. However, Huntington dropped the final two games to last place Wheeling Mountaineers, and finished one game back in the final standings.

The year was a far cry from Brentwood’s only other taste of D5, when they finished with 109 losses in 2036, prompting a full rebuild. That rebuild has paid dividends as the team has developed a strong core and a deep and often dominant pitching rotation. The team’s 3.40 ERA led the league by a wide margin, and all starters posted ERAs below four.

Montoyo (14-7, 3.21 ERA, 176 K, 23/31 QS) and Aello (17-6, 3.31 ERA) earned Cy Young votes for their efforts. 27-year old Damon Nielsen again dominated as the team’s closer. His 2.54 ERA and 46 games saved earned him his third consecutive All-Star nomination, and second straight All-League honor. Former first round pick Juan Mireles won Rookie Pitcher of the Year award after accumulating 13 wins and a 2.39 ERA in relief. Team brass is salivating at the prospects of moving Mireles into a more prominent role over the next decade. With the closer role seemingly locked down for the foreseeable future, that is likely to be a promotion to front-end starter.

The offense was barely middle of the pack, but did enough to support the pitchers. Cormier (53 SBs), Figueroa (.390 OBP, 48 SB) and Evans (.305/.392/.456) set the table while veteran newcomers Campos (.280/.370/.556) and LeBlanc (25 HR, 116 RBI, 13 POTG awards) held down the middle of the lineup. The only disappointments for the team were probably the bottom third of the lineup, and the lack of production of the formerly highly touted prospect Big Dong Ahn, who was relegated to a part-time role for the first time in his career. Heading into the offseason, the team will once again look to improve both their middle infield positions, an area that they have never found a long-term prospect.

Draft update: A pair of 21-year olds out of the Asian League are looking like true keepers, and both will start next season in AAA. 1st round pick Toshiya Miura is the first 15-POT draft pick in franchise history while Akio Toyoda is a 14-POT outfielder that they hope to develop as a second baseman. 5th round pick Anthony Wallace and 8th round pick Claudio Villegas are both 17-year olds currently in Rookie ball and will likely be given a chance to develop over the next couple years as well. [EDIT: since this was originally written Toyoda has been downgraded to a 13-POT, limited his chances of making it as a 2B at higher levels. Villegas has been downgraded to a 12-POT, making him a more likely cut candidate in the near future]


Jan 15 2040: 2039 Recap: Dominant pitching propels division title, best season in franchise history - by Eric83 on March 10th, 2019

Despite falling short in its playoff series, the Brentwood Bearcats are promoting following a historic 110-50 season (+303 run differential), led by a dominant pitching rotation, small-ball offense, and clutch wins. The team won 14 of their first 17 games against the eventual 2nd place team, which turned a tight race into a comfortable 12 game lead by season’s end.

Aiello led the charge with a 2.69 ERA and 23 quality starts in 29 games, but the pitching staff really excelled from top to bottom. The starting rotation featured four 14-game winners and four starters with ERAs below 3.50. Nielsen didn’t start the season as the closer, but finished with 48 saves (2nd highest in franchise history) to go with his 1.37 ERA. The team’s overall ERA of 3.07 was the best in team history.

The team’s offense improved from a below-average team to one that was middle of the pack overall, which was enough to support the great pitching. Despite lackluster power numbers, the team’s “small ball” strategy helped them lead the league in walks, OBP and stolen bases, while also striking out the fewest times. Instrumental in this was a major improvement from 3rd year third baseman Li (.313, 17 HR, 95 RBI, .864 OPS). More prominent roles for Evans (.319/.415/.480) and Figueroa (.311/.401/.483 with 30 SB) were also key.

The Bearcats now return to V.11, where they had a disastrous 51-109 campaign 4 seasons ago. That was the team’s only experience outside of League VI, and is what prompted the complete tear-down rebuild that has netted a few of the team’s current starters. The road gets much tougher from here, but team management believes the Bearcats are in much better position to stick this time around.



Mar 18 2039: 2038 Recap: Bearcats improve across the board and are ready for 2039 - by Eric83 on January 5th, 2019

After consecutive losing seasons amid a rebuilding effort, the Brentwood Bearcats returned to their winning ways in 2038, finishing with an 89-71 record, good enough for a 2nd place division finish. The team had the best run differential in the four years under the current management regime, with improvements across the board. The offense continued to emphasize speed over power, but was much more balanced from top to bottom and averaged more than a full run better than in 2037. The pitching staff was the area of most improvement, with the lowest ERA in Bearcat history.

Despite success from the start of the season the Bearcats were never seriously in contention for a division title or promotion. The Kansas City Colts got off to a hot start and ran away with the division crown finishing with 108 wins. After falling 17 games behind first place in early August, the Bearcats knew it wasn’t their year for promotion and decided to focus more on developing younger players and selling a couple veterans who had just been added a few months earlier. Youngsters Perrin and Abel both moved from the minors into the starting lineup, and unproven pitchers Sanu and Kong were added to the pitching rotation. The team ended up improving their winning percentage from that point on, finishing the year 35-26. It seemed to be a strong testament that both the core and the future of the team seems bright.

Looking ahead to 2039, the team will take a similar approach but have a few changes to their starting lineup. No surprise is that the team will introduce their third Opening Day second baseman in 3 years (29-year old slugger Benito Andujar, who was picked up on waivers in the off-season). What may be more surprising is that Feliciano and Ferraro will start the season on the bench, as coaches have been frustrated with their slow progress and production on the offensive end. Free agent Julio Delgado will get the first crack at shortstop, and is almost a polar opposite to Feliciano, with strong contact ability but little-to-no power. 28-year old Luis Figueroa was a midseason waiver acquisition last year and was extremely productive in limited at bats as Ferraro’s backup (.404/.485/.570 splits with 2 HRs and 6 SB). Feliciano (130 Ks, .216 AVG) and Ferraro (.189 AVG, .513 OPS) will have to earn their way back into the lineup.

Only three players from the 2038 draft class remains with the team. High school draftees Jason Allen and Ron Rust are in single-A and years away from the majors. The true gem though was lefty Lahn Ly, who was drafted in the 1st round out of the Asian League. “Lightning Ly” made an immediate impact in the majors, finishing 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA and is expected to be a rotation fixture for years to come.




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Mar 06 2038: 2038 preview: Brentwood ready to win some games again - by Eric83 on October 14th, 2018

After two years of a complete unapologetic rebuild, Brentwood Bearcats management has finally become confident enough in the development of their young core to start fielding a more competitive team. A number of veterans that had taken a backseat during this time will return to their starting roles, while a couple newcomers have been added to fill the offensive void at second base, as well as bolster the pitching staff. The unspoken goal seems to be to win a conference title within the next two seasons, while longtime players such as Keith Hodson remain on the team.


2037 recap

Coming off a disastrous 109-loss season in Division 5 in 2036, the team showed signs of life back in Division VI in 2037, finishing 75-85. The offense still struggled, but several young players showed development. The pitching staff was steadier than any year in the past, and the defense was solid throughout. The biggest bright spot was the best draft class for the current ownership team. After whiffing on their first-round selection, their next four picks are all 13POT or higher, including immediate starters 1B Big Dong and 3B De Li. Six picks in total remain on the team today. The team also made a few key waiver pickups including a pair of 24-year old pitchers, and a few younger minor league pitching prospects.

A few fun facts:
  • No pitcher had double digit wins
  • Evans was not a starter, but played in 159 games, batted .372, and made the All-Star team
  • Team led league in stolen bases, but was last in most offensive categories
  • Oliver saved a franchise record 49 games, leading the league. He is now 7th in franchise history.

Update on the young prospects:

Childs (26) - the team has finally found its lead-off hitter. Led team in runs, hits, walks, and triples. Led starters in on base percentage and batting average (against both lefties and righties). Played in all 160 games. Finished 3rd on the team in HRs with 11. Led the league in stolen bases (60 in 73 attempts). Only ding is poor defense that has left him as a designated hitter with below-average power.

Carrizales – what a difference a year makes. Was a near cut after last season’s miserable campaign but really blossomed as a platoon lefty hitter. Was the only player who showed any consistent power this season, leading the team with 22 HRs and 81 RBIs. Among regular starters, his .535 SLG was tops on the team, while his .282 AVG and .843 OPS were 2nd only to Childs. Decent defender in OF. Looks like a sure fire keeper now.

Ramirez (28) – had already carved out a role due to his elite speed (27 SBs) and defense (9 outfield assists). But showed enough improvement with his bat this year (.719 OPS) to merit being included as an occasional starter, rather than just a defensive replacement and pinch runner.

Ruben Fortune (27) - didn’t show much improvement after a promising start in D5 last year. Led the team with 12 outfield assists, and remains worth keeping around. But will probably cede his starting position to one of the veterans next year.

Feliciano (24) / Hasebe (24) – both finished below .200 batting for the 2nd straight year. Feliciano at least showed flashes of offensive power (led the team in doubles and POTG awards, 2nd in RBIs, 3rd in HRs), and may be able to hold on to a roster spot. Hasebe was the worst hitter on the team bar none, and has since been cut.

Sandy Free (22) – struggled in limited playing time. Despite his youth, poor OF defense and competition at position limits his chances of development and carving out a long-term role.

Ferraro (23) – really struggled with his bat (.193 AVG, .529 OPS), but picked up power as the season went on (8 HRs was 4th on the team). Elite defensive catcher, led the league in CS% (46%, while throwing out 26 runners). Promising player, but needs to get batting average up. Other promising catchers are in the minors.

Clemons (23) - had one of the worst offensive (.212 AVG, .520 OPS) and defensive stats (14 errors) this year, and STILL outplayed Hasebe enough to earn the starting job. The team will hope he develops faster than Hasebe, but will continue to look for veteran options via free agency.

Ahn (24) / Li (23) - back-to-back Asian draft picks (2nd and 3rd rounds), have a lot of potential but put up middling stats in their rookie years. For now they are the clear-cut starters at 1B and 3B, so should have room to develop and grow in the coming years.



Silvestri (28) – finally seemed to turn the corner after a couple uneven seasons. Earned an All-Star bid and looked like a staff ace through the 1st half of the year. Finished with a 3.89 ERA and .229 BAA, and will hopefully be a permanent part of the rotation going forward.

Aiello / Nielsen (25) - a pair of 24-year olds that were added via waivers mid-season showed a lot of promise. Aiello (3.51 ERA, 14 QS in 24 starts) has back-end starter material. Nielsen’s ceiling is probably a dominant reliever (71% strike percentage led the team, while his 1.58 VLHB was 2nd).

Elliott / Houghton / Agosto / Wilson – got some innings, but too early to tell what their roles might be going forward. Several young pitchers wait in AAA for their chance as well.