Apr 18 2041: Vikings Mailbag: Is it time to panic about Ortega and Sutherland? - by Cactusguy21 on June 16th, 2019
PRESQUE ISLE - Gold Glove winner Federico Ortega has been, in a word, atrocious at the plate. He's still throwing out 40% of base stealers (which is also worse than last year), but in 62 AB he is hitting .113/.141/.194. Obviously, the Vikings will give a young player a long leash, but the fact of the matter is that he's actively hurting the team right now. This isn't just a slump. It's an Ice Age.
Oliver Sutherland is also a dead weight at the minute. The former first rounder is hitting .145/.185/.194. He has yet to break the mendoza line in a season, and time is running out for him. The lack of second basemen in the system is the only thing protecting him.
And to be clear, these are really, really bad performances, and are by players with very little or even negative hitting track records. Other slumping players include SS Rodolfo Paez (.197/.286/.443, 61 AB) and 3B Julian Gonzalez (.220/.283/.244, 41 AB). But these guys differ in that they both have had sustained success in the majors, and that those statlines are nowhere near as atrocious as Ortega or Sutherland. Paez and Gonzalez are simply slumping. And in the case of Gonzalez, he's been hampered by injury.
And yes, the rest of the lineup has been stellar. Diaz and Russell are having career years. Jolly and Roldan have been solid, and Zelaya has shown improvement. The Vikings are treading water. But they need to start winning, and to do that, they need bats 6-9 to start warming up.
Apr 03 2041: Vikings Mailbag: Ybarra Pitches Shutout, Roldan On Fire - by Cactusguy21 on June 12th, 2019
PRESQUE ISLE- The Vikings started off their season with a 2-2 Cup performance and a 5-2 regular season performance.
On March 31st vs. Fairfax, Uncontested Waiver Signing Julio Ybarra pitched a 4-hit complete game shutout in only 90 pitches. The journeyman pitcher, on his ninth team, was elated to throw his fourth shutout of his career, and his first since 2037. Upon making the final out, he ran and hugged catcher Federico Ortega for what seemed an eternity.
"When you're unopposed claim, or a free agent signing, you know you're running out of chances. So to prove I belong, that's special", said the Lousiville, KY native.
Ybarra pitched 6.2 IP, surrendering 1 ER, in a stellar cup start. The Vikings lost, 2-3.
Other notes of interest:
DH and leadoff hitter Luis Roldan is off to a scorching start, going 9/19 with 2 HR and 3 SB in the first seven games. The reigning MVP is looking to keep his late-career resurgence alive.
After an abysmal cup showing that led to widespread rumors of the end of his PI tenure, Arnold Kaufman tossed 7.1 scoreless IP in League play, racking up 2 SV and 2 HLD.
In a spot start for the injured Percy Singleton, Sonny Harter shined with a 1 ER 6 IP performance. He could see a starting role if Cervantes or Doyle continue to falter.
Feb 19 2041: Offseason Day 3: The Best Day Yet. - by Cactusguy21 on May 30th, 2019
Presque Isle made four claims today, let's dig right into them:
First off, we have an unopposed claim on 2B/SS Juan Carlos Cantu. Cantu is a 9-year vet with a .262/.327/.402 career slash line. He is ideal for our backup middle infielder in that he has experience at both second a short, is a good fielder, a solid hitter, on league minimum salary, and a lefty. That last point is especially important if Oliver Sutherland falters at 2B.
SS Jung Woo Lee was released in a corresponding move.
The second player is OF prospect Jonathan Redding. Redding is a good hitter with decent speed who has had respectable numbers in the minors. He could displace 47-claimer Rowe from the team.
C/3B Todd Kennedy was released in a corresponding move.
Salvador Romero and Jim Cote are very similar. Both are rookie ball 2B prospects with sky high potential but below average contact ability. Romero had 20 claims, Cote 17. Both were late round picks and have yet to play a game in the minors. Both are 18 years old. Of these though, Romero looks the safer prospect, already having 5 hitting.
2B prospects Sebastian Figueroa and Leonardo Valdez were released in corresponding moves.
RP Arturo Cordero was also released. The PI organization wishes him the best moving forward.
Check back tomorrow for Day 4!
Feb 05 2041: Offseason Day 2: Vikings win some reclamation projects - by Cactusguy21 on May 29th, 2019
It's Day 2 of the Waiver period, and the Vikings have some claim wins.
Against 47 claims, OF/3B Ryan Rowe was signed. Rowe has great potential, but lacks experience in the outfield, which is likely where he'll see the most playing time. It's possible he could platoon, but it's honestly possible he could be cut. Definitely on the fringe. For his career, Rowe .272/.332/.422 in the minors.
A more exciting signing, against 19 claims, Presque Isle announces that RP Geoffrey Bennington will sign with the team. Bennington has limited major league experience, and logged poor numbers in the minors. But scouts believe he has the talent to put it together this year, and he will be given a chance in the PI pen.
A third and final claim was a lone claim of SS/3B Jung Woo Lee. Lee is a 32-year-old veteran infielder who has logged a career .244/.259/.396 slash line. However, his defense is superb, and he likely will be the utility infielder to start the season.
Pedro Meza and Carmelo Carizanes were also claimed. Carmelo was shortly released. Meza is making a return to the organization.
Check back in tomorrow!
Jan 22 2041: Offseason Day 1: Two minor claims. - by Cactusguy21 on May 28th, 2019
The Vikings were looking for help, and for the most part wiffed on the first waiver day. 2B prospect Alvin Guidry and SP Julio Ybarra were the only signings of the day. Let's take a look at them:
First, the Vikings won Alvin Guidry in a 2-claimer. Guidry was drafted out of Saint Louis University last August, and had very limited action in Single-A. Although he was a catcher in college, the team plans to use him at second base. He is said to have the potential to be a great fielder, and a decent hitter with decent power. This is a decent prospect claim for the Vikings.
The other waiver win was Julio Ybarra, who could also be a steal for the Vikings. The 33-year-old hurler has bounced around a lot, but spent the majority of his career with the Seattle Rickey and Yorba Linda Scorpions. He has pitched to a career 4.77 ERA and 4.49 FIP. Although he's struggled of late, he still had a run of success in Legends League as a youth, and has consistently pitched to a low FIP, suggesting bad luck or bad defense may have been at fault for his decline in the later part of his career. He will likely start or be a long reliever, but at $0.5m, he could be a cheaper Steve Baugman replacement.