Aug 01 2047: Ivan Ventura Honored With 2nd Straight All-Star Appearance - by Rdub29317 on October 18th, 2020
While there has not been too much to cheer for in another rebuilding year in Indianapolis, the play of the Hammerin Hawai'ian Ivan Ventura this season was good enough to earn his second All-Star recognition in a row.
"It's always an honor to get to play in the All-Star game," said Ventura, "this is my second trip so I am still pretty new to it all. I'll keep working hard to continue to make trips in the future."
While Ventura's season this year has been a slight step back in production from last year, when he ranked top 6 in the league in major categories like home runs, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS and walks drawn, he still has performed at a high level for the 2047 campaign. His 11 home runs at the All-Star break were in the top 12 in the league.
"We truly feel Ivan is establishing himself as one of the best all-around hitters in the league," president Rdub29317 said. "He is very much deserving of the praise he gets from these accolades and we are happy to say he's a core member of our organization."
With the team in a rebuilding mode and not winning many games, there are questions about Ventura's future with the Ducks. Whether his pricetag will get to high, or he will want to start winning sooner than the team around him is capable.
"I wouldn't buy into that talk," Ventura said of the rumors. "Indianapolis is where I want to be and I am proud to represent this organization as it's All-Star."
Apr 07 2047: As Youth Movement Continues, Ducks Call Up Top Prospect Edwards - by Rdub29317 on September 18th, 2020
Indianapolis baseball has been on a down swing the last few years, with a flurry of young projects and prospects flooding the roster and starting lineup to get a chance to grow into what could be a very good team in the future. Now, the most exciting of those young players has reached the major leagues.
Dennis Edwards, the 20 year old 2044 first round pick of the Ducks, has officially been called up from AAA and is expected to make his debut as a starter in the upcoming 4 game cup series against Ft. Lauderdale.
"It is really exciting," Edwards said in his first media availability, "every kid who plays baseball dreams of being able to play in the majors at some point. I understand there's a bit of hoopla around me being called up, but for me I am just excited I get to live out my dream."
Edwards is hailed as a top prospect because of his high-level stuff and advanced understanding of pitching tactics for a young man his age. From those who have worked with him, they say he loves the game and he has a passion for being the best pitcher he can be, so as far as his potential goes many people believe the sky is the limit for how good Edwards can become.
"Dennis was a young man already in the minor league system when I got here," GM Rdub29317 said of Edwards, "but I still knew from the first time I watched him he was special. We believe the timing is right to call him up and give him a chance to prove himself at the major league level."
At just 20 years old, Edwards is the youngest player in the Majors across all of VI.30 this year, and the Ducks look like they will be giving him a long leash to play his game and learn to grow at the highest level.
Jul 21 2046: Three Ducks Named 2046 All-Stars - by Rdub29317 on July 31st, 2020
With the 2046 All-Star game having come and gone, three Indianapolis Ducks were selected to be in the game as part of the East division team.
Second baseman Joseph Elrod is a nearly 10 year veteran of the organization, and he received his second All-Star not of his career this year, making the starting lineup. After a season where he struggled hitting the ball in the first half of last year, he has looked much more like himself this season, with a career high OPS and on pace for his first 20+ home run season of his career.
"Joseph is a pro," club manager Alden Lemon said about his All-Star, "at the plate he goes about his business and does a great job for us. His walk and strikeout rates are fantastic, the stuff you dream about being able to rely on as a manager. This year he has been great and I am really happy for him to receive the All-Star recognition he deserves."
Ducks reliever Julio Olivia made it onto the All-Star pitching staff for the East, and he is a name that might surprise some people to have gotten an invitation. However, despite coming out of the bullpen, Olivia has pitched more innings in the league than any Duck this year, and he has proven his value with numerous quality outings. After pitching in the Legends League during the prime years of his career, and winning a Cup Championship in 2038 to boot, the tail end of Olivia's career has ended up with him in Indianapolis, and earning his first ever All-Star appearance at any level at age 34.
"It's a cool honor," Olivia said, "I've done a lot of cool things in my career, pitched at the highest level. But to be an All-Star, that's a high-level distinction to earn at an individual level, and I am really proud to say that in my career I was able to become an All-Star. That means a lot to me."
The final All-Star for the Ducks is the guy most Ducks fans definitely thought they'd see in this spot after his tremendous start to the season: Designated Hitter Ivan Ventura. After his first year as a starter last season, earning Rookie of the Year honors at age 25, the Hammerin' Hawaiian has taken another step forward this year to establish himself as one of the best hitters in the league. This year Ventura sits in the top 6 in the whole league in home runs, slugging percentage, and OPS. He's on pace to beat almost every hitting stat he established last season, except for home runs. He's already blasted 16 over the fence this year, compared to 12 all of 2045.
"Ivan is someone that we really decided to invest in last year and to see him grow into an All-Star is everything we envisioned for him." said GM Rdub29317. "He's been fantastic for us this year, and we truly feel his best baseball is yet to come."
Congratulations to Joseph Elrod, Julio Olivia and Ivan Ventura, your Indianapolis Ducks 2046 All-Stars!
Jan 15 2046: Ducks Rookie Ivan Ventura Named 2045 VI.30 Rookie of the Year - by Rdub29317 on June 13th, 2020
The Indianapolis Ducks didn't make the playoffs this year, but one standout performer came home with some hardware at season's end. Designated hitter Ivan Ventura took home the VI.30 Rookie of the Year award for his play for the Ducks this season.
"It's a tremendous honor for me," Ventura said at the award ceremony. "It was a long journey for me to get to this point in my career to get to play in the majors. While a championship would have been sweeter, it always feels good for the work you put in to be recognized."
The 25 year old Hawai'i native played his first full season in the majors this year, and posted a .280/.355/.439 line with 12 home runs. Ventura is highly praised by scouts in the Ducks organization for his hitting skills and they expect him to continue to grow and produce at a high level in the coming years.
Jul 16 2045: Ducks’ Benton and Acosta earn All-Star Honors - by Rdub29317 on May 13th, 2020
Congratulations are in order for two Indianapolis Ducks today as star centerfielder Jeremy Benton and newcomer third baseman Jose Acosta were named as VI.30 All-Stars and participated in the All-Star game this week.
“Both of these guys have had great seasons so far, and we are excited to see them honored heading into the second half of the year.” Indianapolis GM Rdub29317 said.
The 34 year old Benton has been a staple in the organization since he was drafted, and has been a staple at the All-Star game throughout his career. Being selected as a starter this year marks his 13th consecutive All-Star appearance.
“It never gets old.” Benton said, “The game is always a great time, and to be honored as one of the best among your peers is truly a special thing.”
Acosta’s journey to the game took quite a different route than Benton: after being drafted as a highly regarded senior out of Baylor, Acosta was released by the team that drafted him before ever playing a single game for them in the majors. He then bounced around from team to team looking for a home. After a couple of solid seasons in Orem, they released him before the end of the 2043 season. The next year, at age 30, he was not on any team’s roster.
“When Rdub called and said he wanted me to come to play third base in Indy I was surprised,” Acosta commented, “I hadn’t played in almost two years. But this organization said they believed in me, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t take the chance for granted, just play as hard as I can.”
Acosta took the chance to be a Duck and ran with it: he’s posted career best numbers this season in almost every offensive category, and has been as sure-handed as they come at the hot corner defensively. Along with leading the team in batting average, on base percentage and performance with runners in scoring position, Acosta earned his first career All-Star nod at the age of 31.
“Jose has been tremendous for us,” Ducks manager Alden Lemon said about his corner man, “we are really lucky to have him and it’s shocking to me that I took so long for someone to give a man of his talent level a chance.”
“I’ve learned in my career to not take anything for granted.” Acosta said, “The opportunity to be in an All-Star game doesn’t come around often, so I am going to cherish it for the rest of my life.”