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

Location: Brentwood, CA (West)

League: II.2 - West

Owner: Eric83 send message
          [since February 06th 2018 | last seen January 27th 2022]

Manager: Omar Becerra

Ballpark: The Bear Cave

Rank: #13 - Rating: 243.41

Fan Mood: 119.17

Prestige: 20

Color: Blue & Gold

Team Notes:

• May 18 2053: Joaquín Leal was released.
• Mar 30 2053: Joaquín Leal was signed as a free agent.
• Mar 20 2053: Milton Cushman was released.
• Jan 22 2053: Alfonso Correa was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 13 2053: Toshiya Miura was released.
• Jan 13 2053: Jorge Versalles was selected to the national team of Peru.
• Jan 13 2053: Rui Omi was selected to the national team of Japan.
• Nov 02 2052: Reece Worthington was awarded the Cy Young award.
• Sep 16 2052: Mateo Pineda was released.
• Aug 31 2052: Fernando Ramirez was released.

League Record:

Wins: 61     Losses: 46     Pct: .570     Last10: 6-4     Streak: W2

Ave: 5.3 - 4.2     RS: 565     RA: 446     DIFF: +119         Power Index: 110.1


Group 23 [6 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

Jan 13 2052: 2051 recap: Worthington wins 2nd straight Cy Young - by Eric83 on September 20th, 2021

For the second year in a row, Royce Worthington took home League II.2’s top pitching honor, narrowing beating out Dayton’s Villarreal. The 25-year old phenom led the league in wins (18) and strikeouts (204), while posting the league’s second-best ERA (2.79) and WHIP (1.074). All four categories were career highs.

Worthington’s dominance proved necessary to help the Bearcats overcome a dreadful start to the season. By mid-June the team was sitting in last place with a 19-34 record, putting relegation as a serious possibility. The team went 58-39 over the next few months to finish safely in fourth place.

-Rui Omi broke out in his fourth season, earning his first All-Star nomination. The former 1st round pick was among league leaders in AVG (.298), SLG (.564) and OPS (.875), while adding career highs in several power categories (23 HR, 86 RBI, 46 2B) to go along with 22 stolen bases.
-Billy Ray “Bread” Crum earned his first All-Conference award and 2nd straight All-Star appearance, showcasing a tantalizing blend of speed (41 SB, 15 triples), power (53 doubles, 16 HR, 88 RBI) at the top of the lineup. His 107 runs scored were 2nd in the league.
-Father Time caught up with Toshiya Miura without warning, as the former ace had a career worst 16 losses and 5.24 ERA. An All-Star as recently as 2050, the team now needs to come to grips with the possibility that Miura’s is no more than a bottom of the rotation pitcher going forward.
-As a stark contrast, the ageless wonder Juan Mireles had another typically consistent season, and was the team’s second best starter (13-9, 4.12 ERA, 17/33 QS). After 15 years with the franchise, the former 1st round pick is expected to announce his retirement prior to the start of the 2052 season.

Looking ahead: The Bearcats have finished in 4th place and far from contention in both of their seasons in II.2, and appear to be "stuck". Most of the team's offensive players are in their primes, but collectively have only brought middle-of-the-pack production. Considering the team's AAA system is lacking star power, there is little motivation for the team to tear things down to get more playing time for youngsters. For the team to make a step forward they will likely have to heavily rely on the waiver market in 2052, particularly to find veteran help for the rotation, which remains a major question mark after Worthington.

Mar 23 2051: 2050 recap: Worthington Cy Young highlights otherwise blah season - by Eric83 on July 19th, 2021

Following up on a stellar rookie season that saw him take an L3 Rookie of the Year award in 2049, Reece Worthington earned the top honor in his sophomore campaign. In the Bearcats’ first season in L2, the former #1 draft pick showed no signs of pressure and delivered an excellent season (15-10, 3.50 ERA, .220 BAA, and a league-leading 194 Ks) that has the team drooling over his future potential. One of his biggest competitions for the award was from veteran teammate Miura, who finished 3rd in the voting (16-12, 3.31 ERA, 24/35 QS, 10 POTG).

The race between the two teammates were one of the few interesting storylines to a season that lacked drama. Division-winner Norman Aces held a double-digit lead in the standings virtually the entire year en route to 101 wins and the Bearcats maintained a comfortable lead above the relegation line throughout. This allowed the team to give more playing time to its youth for a second straight season, although it’s debatable how much this helped future growth. Management has to hope that young pitchers Versailles and Stockton can become fixtures in the rotation as Miura and Mireles enter the twilight of their careers. None of the batters that were called up from the minors during the year are likely to make a significant impact going forward.

And if the team is looking for the next cornerstone prospect, it won’t come from the 2050 draft class. By any measure it was the worst class the team ever drafted, as the team didn’t even scout a single 13 or higher POT player in any of the eight rounds. It’s widely believed that none of the year’s draft picks will still be in the farm system by the end of next season.

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Jan 13 2050: 2049 recap: Bearcats promote to II.2 for first time - by Eric83 on April 17th, 2021

Brentwood used a blazing hot start to hold the division lead for the entire season and stamp their ticket to II.2 for the first time. The Bearcats won 20 of their first 24 games and already had a 10 game division lead by the end of April and never looked back. Brentwood’s 91 wins was the most it has ever had in League IV or above, but likely undershoots what the team was capable of if they hadn’t used their large lead to use experimental lineups throughout most of the year. Fringe prospects Terry, Joyner and Quigley each got over 100 at bats and rookie pitchers Versailles and Worthington both started at least 25 games.

Adding two rookies to the starting rotation early in the season seemed like a gamble at first but ended up being the best decision team management made during the year. Not only did the extra playing time accelerate their development greatly - the duo combined for 51 pops while on the big league roster - but their on the field performance was stellar. They were the only team starters with sub-4 ERAs, landing them in the top two in the Rookie Pitcher of the Year voting. Worthington (3.02 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) won the award, living up to his hype as a future ace. Versailles was originally projected as a future closer, but with Nichols having that position locked down for the next few years, the 21-year old showed that he can hold his own in the rotation. A 3rd rookie, Noel Stockton, got his first 6 big league starts as well, but showed his youth while compiling a 10.04 ERA. He will likely be given a chance for the 5th starter spot next season, to round out a rotation that also includes veterans Miura, Mireles, and Carrick.

Other highlights from the year:
  • Nathan Logan had the best season of his six year career. “The Natural” was among league leaders with a .807 OPS (8th), .287 AVG (5th), 105 RBIs (2nd), and .326 RISP (2nd).
  • Last year’s 1st round pick Rui Omi (.740 OPS, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 22 SB) made big strides in his sophomore season, improving in almost every statistical category.
  • 2048’s Rookie of the Year winner Billy Ray Crum didn’t have the same success in his second season, struggling with his bat for much of the year - although he did lead the league in stolen bases.
  • Jason Allen led the team with HRs (22), but only batted .196 in 491 ABs, creating a dilemma of what to do with his playing time next season.
  • 36 year old Nielsen was as sharp as ever in his 12th year with the Bearcats, finishing with a 1.89 ERA in 66 innings.
  • Draft update: The team’s first two picks this year, 15-POT Hardin and 14-POT Howard, are the highest rated prospects in the system. but will need to work on their batting to live up their potential. 3rd rounder Tad Bianco projects as a potential versatile backup defensive infielder. No one else from the draft class is expected to make the big leagues.

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Feb 05 2049: 2048 recap: Bid for 3rd straight title falls short - by Eric83 on February 3rd, 2021

The Brentwood Bearcats were in the running for a 3rd straight title and a trip to League II throughout the year. Ultimately Brentwood finished 4 games back of division winner New London Rippers, compiling a 87-73 record.

Highlights from the year:
  • Colley had his best year as a pro, earning his 1st All-League nomination and 2nd All-Star appearance. He finished among league leaders in BAA (.311), OBP (.387) and BB (78), while adding 17 HR, 82 RBI and 96 runs scored.
  • Billy Ray Crum was the team’s highest rated draft pick ever, and lived up to the hype in his first full year in the bigs, earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. “Breadcum” showed elite speed, finishing with 40 SB and 13 3B, which helped him score 88 runs. After a slow start, his batting numbers steadily rose as the year went on, but Billy will look to improve on a high strikeout (126) and errors (18).
  • The starting rotation yet again dominated throughout the year, led by the familiar faces of Miura (3.28 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9 POTG), Mireles (3.63 ERA, All-Star), Carrick (3.69 ERA, 12 POTG), and newcomer Giles (3.14 ERA, 19/27 QS).
  • Jorgensen notched a career high 16 wins in relief
  • Top waiver pickups: 29-year old Giles was added in the offseason and may have been the team’s best starting pitcher. Late in the season, the team also added two other sub-30 pitchers within two days of each other, getting Nelson (12 claims) and Galindo (9 claims). Neither played much, but they should provide much needed depth for the aging pitching staff going into next year.
  • Draft update: 1st round pick Rui Omi instantly became an everyday player, but the 25 year old had an uneven rookie campaign. The team focused on high school players throughout the rest of the draft, none of which project to be more than marginal big league talent.
  • A fond farewell to De Li, who announced his retirement. The former 2nd round pick never fully lived up to his draft day hype, but he did provide stability in the lineup and field for nearly a decade and a strong veteran presence in the locker room after that. Li’s role had been reduced in recent years after the emergence of Nathan Logan, but he still amassed 1,344 games at 3B. Li earned one All-Star appearance in 2039, and finishes with career totals of 99 HR, 569 RBI, and 107 SB with a slash line of .254/.308/.397. Another former 2nd round pick, Irving “King” Kong, also announced his retirement, compiling a 3.84 ERA and 57 wins over 270 career games and 1,043 innings, mostly as a long reliever.

Mar 02 2048: Season 2047 recap: Bearcats win 2nd straight title, punch ticket to III.3 for first time - by Eric83 on November 20th, 2020

The Brentwood Bearcats’ return to League IV.6 was short and sweet, as they punched their ticket to a III.3 for the first time. It wasn't easy, as Los Angeles Isotopes were nipping at their heals all season, and they had to play a tough 106-win Florissant Falcons in the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Bearcats had previously spent four seasons in IV.6 from 2041-2044 but only finished with a winning record once. Since then the team completely revamped its lineup, with a new young core of position players that are just hitting their prime. And while the future of the team’s lineup seems bright, it was once again the veteran pitching staff that led the team to prominence.

Toshiya Miura (3.22 ERA, 262 IP) earned his 3rd straight All-Star appearance to lead the league’s best pitching staff (combined 92 quality starts). Miura, Carrick (3.30 ERA, league-leading 1.08 WHIP) and Harmon (3.14 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) all finished in the top 6 in the league in ERA and POTG. Along with Mireles (3.82 ERA), they formed a dominant four-man rotation.

Other notes from the season:
• In Mireles’s 7th season as a full-time starter, the former Rookie of the Year finally had his first winning record.
• Top-ranked pitching prospect Herrera struggled with control throughout his rookie season with only 1 quality start in 15 tries. Management remained encouraged, however, with his dominance against lefties (3/35 .086 VLHB) and a reasonable 4.84 ERA.
Nichols finished with a career high 46 saves. His 129 career saves is 4th highest in franchise history despite only 3 seasons as a full-time closer.
Cushman earned his first All-Star appearance, finishing with career highs in most categories and a .311/.358/.511 slash line.
• The team’s top two RBI leaders were players that were nearly cut two years ago because of their low batting averages but have carved out key roles. Allen led the team with 25 HR, 43 2B, 89 RBI, and 99 runs. Pascual had 17 HR, 80 RBI and 26 SB.
• The scouting department wasn’t quite as successful as the big league squad. The team held the rights to their first four draft picks at year end, but no one with a POT higher than 13. 1st round pitcher Wendell Fuller has the most promise, but at only 18 years old still has a lot to prove.