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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 April 19th 2018]

Manager: Michael Sinclair

Ballpark: Presque Isle Stadium

Rank: #127 - Rating: 149.34

Fan Mood: 115.28

Prestige: 25

Color: Purple & Gold

Team Notes:

• Aug 31 2035: Juan Pablo Berrios was signed as a free agent.
• Aug 14 2035: Ramón Arenas was claimed off of waivers.
• Aug 14 2035: Diego Juarez was released.
• Aug 13 2035: Diego Juarez was signed as a free agent.
• Jul 23 2035: Jose Ulloa was claimed off of waivers.
• Jul 07 2035: Leonardo Moya was released.
• Jul 07 2035: Ross Buchanan was claimed off of waivers.
• Jul 02 2035: Rodrigo Ureño was claimed off of waivers.
• Jun 27 2035: Leonardo Moya was claimed off of waivers.
• Jun 08 2035: Miguel Roche was released.


League Record:

Wins: 72 Losses: 52 Pct: .581 Last10: 4-6 Streak: L4

Ave: 5.8 - 5.1 RS: 715 RA: 629 DIFF: +86

Cup:

Group 98 [1 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

Mar 06 2035: Vikings Prospect Rankings - by Cactusguy21 on February 26th, 2018

The Presque Isle Vikings are pleased to announce the release of the first-ever annual Prospect Rankings. These rankings are NOT the ones generated by the system, instead they are compiled by coaches, scouts, and the front office, in order to get a more accurate list.

This list will be released during each Spring, and includes all players who have not exceeded their rookie limit in the majors.

THE RANKINGS

1.SS/CF Rodolfo Paez (AA, 21yo): Selected in the second round of last year’s draft, Paez wowed scouts with his incredible range and arm in both the outfield and at shortstop. He hit to a very solid slash line in his first season at AA Monticello, and scouts consider him to be well ahead in ability for his age. If he can improve his fielding enough, Paez could grab a platoon shortstop spot as early as 2037.
2. CF/LF Marcos Diaz (AA, 20yo): The gem of the offseason, Diaz is the highest potential player to play for a Vikings affiliate since Cory Sheppard. While he isn’t as much of a sure bet as Paez, he certainly has talent and could become a great player for this team.
3. OF Nicolas Zelaya (A, 19yo): The scouting report on the 2033 second-round pick showed that he would become a powerful slugger, and would have a solid glove in the outfield. The front office saw him as a solid third outfielder option, perhaps a platoon bat. However, what no one predicted was that he would show solid contact skills in his first two years in the minors, hitting to over a .290 average between Bingham and Topsfield. He is still many years away, but this youngster has a chance to be a really special player in the majors.
4. C Federico Ortega (Rookie, 19yo): Ortega has a long way to go, but on his current trajectory, he could become a really special player with the bat. In addition, his defensive work at catcher looks to be pretty solid as well.
5. 1B/LF Kieran Allen (A, 21yo): The most recent draft pick is a little behind in development, but if he lives up to his potential then the Vikings have a great first baseman of the future. Now we just have to hope his speed plays well as a base-stealing weapon in the minors.
6. LHP (SP) Percy Singleton (AAA, 25yo): Singleton is gearing up for his rookie campaign, in which he will likely slot in at long reliever alongside Stan Seeley. Singleton has made incredible progress in the past few years to jump from the chopping block to the top prospects, and the club views him as the replacement to Carlos Marroquin at starting pitcher.
7. RHP (RP) Armando Cardenas (Majors, 25yo): The flame-throwing reliever has a ton of upside, and the team is hoping he finds a groove heading into this season. Hopefully he will improve a bullpen devoid of talent, especially young talent.
8. C Todd Kennedy (AA, 23yo): Kennedy should provide a solid catching option moving forward, as the team continues to shuffle players in the wake of the retirement of Hall of Famer Juan Pablo Berrios. The team likes his defense, and thinks he could develop into a solid contact hitter in a few more years.
9. 3B Denny Tackett (A, 18yo): Tackett isn’t lighting the world on fire, but he has some potential to start at third base in the future. This first full season of A-ball should be important in determining his value.
10. RHP (RP) Carlos Arenas (AAA, 22yo): There are a ton of question marks surrounding this youngster, but the results in the minors can not be denied. Hopefully he will learn a lot from AAA before making the jump.
11. 1B/DH Hinata Matsumoto (Majors, 23yo): Matsumoto did well in the practice league, and has earned the trust of the organization. He will provide good depth at 1B in his first season, and perhaps earn playing time.
12. RHP (RP) Mateo Velazquez (AAA, 24yo): Velazquez has done nothing to impress, but nothing to dissapoint either. He should be a wild card when he makes his debut later this year.
13. C/1B/RF Preston Gill (Majors, 26yo): The only 14+ POT outside of the top 3, Gill has shown strong development as a player but still struggles with basic hitting skills. He will get time in the majors this year to see if he sticks.
14. C Shane Takamatsu (AAA, 26yo): Takamatsu projects as a potential platoon bat, but he is quite underveloped and will not make the big league squad initially.
15. RF Alfredo Jimenez (A, 19yo)
16. LHP (SP) R. J. Dickey (AAA, 24yo)
17. RHP (SP) Emilio Cervantes (A, 19yo)
18. 2B Elian Ramos (Rookie, 20yo)
19. DH Matias Ramirez (A, 19yo)
20. RHP (RP) Jose Segura (AAA, 25yo)
21. 1B Ben Russell (AAA, 24yo)
22. C/DH Gerardo Lagos (AA, 19yo)
23. OF Fabian Coronado (AAA, 26yo)
24. RHP (RP) Ricardo Bermudez (A, 22yo)
25. CF/LF Clark Jolly (AAA, 22yo)
26. DH Juan Manuel Martinez (AAA, 25yo)



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!