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Team: Presque Isle Vikings [ID #703] Bookmark Presque Isle Vikings

Location: Presque Isle, ME (New England)

League: V.12 - East

Owner: Cactusguy21 send message
          [since July 25th 2017 | last seen January 19th 2018]

Manager: Michael Sinclair

Ballpark: Presque Isle Stadium

Rank: #140 - Rating: 146.62

Fan Mood: 119.00

Prestige: 25

Color: Purple & Gold

Team Notes:

• Apr 21 2035: Rudy Escobar was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 21 2035: Sugiarto Hartono was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 18 2035: Hinata Matsumoto was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 07 2035: Pete Mantle was released.
• Feb 05 2035: Pete Mantle was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 22 2035: Kacper Zieliński was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2035: Marco Valera was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2035: Ties Meijer was selected to the national team of South Africa.
• Jan 15 2035: Luis Roldán was selected to the national team of Dominican Republic.
• Jan 15 2035: Theo Pate was released.


League Record:

Wins: 15 Losses: 13 Pct: .536 Last10: 7-3 Streak: W2

Ave: 5.4 - 5.6 RS: 150 RA: 158 DIFF: -8

Cup:

Group 51 [0 | Still Alive]

Press Releases:

Apr 01 2034: Ownership losing patience - by Cactusguy21 on October 25th, 2017

After a 1-4 league start against some subpar teams, the ownership has given everyone on the starting pitching staff a warning. If they don't start performing better, the various AAA prospects will come and take their place. Manager Sinclair is also rumored to be on the hot seat.


Mar 16 2034: Relocation! - by Cactusguy21 on October 21st, 2017

The Vikings have now relocated to Presque Isle, Maine as their new home, after 9 years in their temporary home in Berlin. The new turf field looks amazing, and we can't wait for the season to begin!


Aug 02 2033: Wyatt reaches 500 career stolen bases! - by Cactusguy21 on September 11th, 2017

Over the weekend, during the series finale at Garland, Vikings superstar and presumptive V.12 MVP Russ Wyatt stole his 500th base of his career. The milestone came in the 3rd inning with a swipe of third base, his fourth of a day that would see the speedster snag six stolen bases in a single game. He scored during that same at-bat off of a home run by center fielder Cory Sheppard. The Vikings went on to win the game 5-2.

Said manager Mike Sinclair after the game: "Russ, he's always been great about baserunning. He earned this. But knowing him, he's already looking to 1,000. He's only 27, if he has maybe six more good seasons he's there."

Wyatt has 64 stolen bases this season, which has allowed him to take over the Vikings franchise record, which was previously set at 489 by Shawn Jones (2005-2020). In third place is active bench player Matt Chambers with 483.


May 21 2033: Berlin's Impending Catcher Crisis - by Cactusguy21 on August 23rd, 2017

BERLIN, NH— Juan Pablo Berrios is having one heck of a season. The two-time all-star Catcher is currently sporting a .330 batting average, which would be a career high if the season ended today. The 32-year-old catcher is in his seventh season as a big league catcher. After being drafted in the 6th round out of college in 2023, Berrios bounced around various minor leagues before ending up on the then Bennington Grizzlies, and made his big league debut in 2027 for the newly relocated Berlin Vikings. Since then, he has posted a career .296/.354/.463 slash line as a powerful offensive threat in the lineup. However, his time may be coming to an end.

Berrios is reaching the age where his skills will take a sharp decline. Baseball Prospectus grades him at a 97 skill index, three points lower than last year. While that hasn't made a difference yet, his age will catch up with him soon, and a replacement needs to be found. This is where Berlin's crisis comes in,

At the start of the 2033 season, there was not a single player in the minors who was being groomed as a catcher. Heck, there wasn't even a backup catcher on the big league squad, beyond utility man Julian Gonzalez. This was certainly a problem.

The front office made some decisions in order to try to fill this gap. While it's still not as effective as the draft, progress has been made through free agency and the waiver wire. Let's evaluate.

First, the quest to find a backup. Journeyman Mateo Fernandez was signed in the offseason, however he was released on May 6 to make room for a different journeyman catcher, Benito Ontivaros. "The Jet" is now 34 years old however, and he is at best a one-year stopgap. So assuming that Berrios will decline to the point of being released, there won't be a catcher on the roster. The minors needed help.

First, GM Cactusguy made the decision to move 3B prospect Leonard Porter to catcher. The Vikings have a lot of depth at 3B, and so Porter became redundant. Rather than releasing him, the Vikings gave him a chance to start at catcher for the AAA Skyhammers.

Next, the Vikings signed Shane Takamatsu. Takamatsu did not play in 2032, but
the team still has hope in the 24 year old. Takamatsu, over the course of his minor league career, has played remarkably well for a player with his build, but only against righties. He has a .276 career averse against RHP, as opposed to a .192 against southpaws. So at best he could be a platoon player.

Thankfully, the team found on the waiver wire Evan Schmidt, a 2B with a hell of an arm, but terrible fielding and range. In otherwords, a perfect catcher. The 26-year old is grossly underdeveloped, but has sported a .292 average against lefties in AAA Masardis, and could easily slot into a platoon once he gains enough experience as a catcher. Schmidt has played 105 career minor league games behind the dish.


So the Vikings are taking steps to address their concerns at catcher, but the big question will be if it will work. After all, they will likely find themselves in a higher league next year, and will need production from their catchers. But what should they do? Could Porter start next year? Or perhaps a Takamatsu/Schmidt platoon? Julian Gonzalez? Or perhaps simply relying on free agent journeymen like Fernandez and Ontivaros? Or maybe even Berrios again? We will have to see. Tune in next week for another in-depth look at the Berlin Vikings!


May 06 2033: New Acquisitions - by Cactusguy21 on August 19th, 2017

Several roster moves were made today, as a result of league restrictions being lifted. Here are the important ones:

C Benito "The Jet" Ontivaros signed. C Mateo Fernandez released. Ontivaros will get the start in the upcoming series against Montgomery, in place of the injured Berrios.

Contract of 2B/SS Anibal Andrade selected from AAA Masardis. SS Ryo Shimizu released. Andrade will be thrust into the starting 2B role, as RF Ricardo Madrid will no longer play the position against lefties, and 2B Matt Chambers has been struggling as of late.

Contract of 3B Tony Versalles selected from AAA Masardis. Versalles will provide depth at 3B, as U Julian Gonzalez continues to see an expanded role. He will likely get the start against Salisbury in the final cup series.

Many other cuts and signings were made in the minor league system, the most significant being the release of Gabriel Wolfe and Jimmy Thomas, who have been in AAA since late April.

In other news, All-Star and two-time Gold Glove SS Cruz Toca will not be starting against LHP for the immediate future. Despite his excellent work with the glove, Toca has struggled his way to a measly .088/.162/.147 slash line against southpaws. Julian Gonzalez will be starting in his place. Gonzalez has experience at many positions, but this will be his first appearance at SS. Manager Mike Sinclair has gone on record as stating that this is a temporary measure. "Cruz has been struggling as of late, and I thought it would be a good idea to give him a bit of a break so that I can get a look at some of the younger guys on the roster. However, I expect him to recover his form soon and make a return to the lefties lineup."