Groups Decided for the Premier 12

April 15th, 2019

The three groups for the Premier 12 have been decided. Group A will be from November 2-5 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Group B will be played in Taiwan from November 5-7. Group C will be played November 6-8 in Seoul Korea. The top two teams from each group will travel to Tokyo, Japan to play in a Super Round from November 11-16. The top two teams will qualify to participate in the 2020 Olympics (with the third place team qualifying if Japan should finish as one of the top two teams).

Group A

United States (2), Mexico (6), Netherlands (8) and Dominican Republic (12)

Group B

Japan (1), Taiwan (4), Venezuela (9) and Puerto Rico (11)

Group C

Korea (3), Cuba (5), Australia (7) and Canada (10)

International Bonus Caps

April 12th, 2019

Below are the International bonus caps for major league teams for the 2019-20 international signing periods which begin July 2. These are hard caps that cannot be exceeded. In years past teams could exceed their caps and be subject to penalties. That is no longer the case. You could always be like the Braves and try to cheat the system, but you will be subject to penalties if you get caught, as you can see from the Braves international bonus cap. They will not be able to sign any international players, almost like the Orioles who in years past always traded their international bonus money for organizational players, not because of penalties but because of a philosophical policy. That policy got them 115 losses last year.

1. Cardinals $6,481,200
2. Diamondbacks $6,481,200
3. Indians $6,481,200
4. Orioles $6,481,200
5. Padres $6,481,200
6. Pirates $6,481,200
7. Rockies $6,481,200
8. Royals $6,481,200
9. Athletics $5,939,800
10. Brewers $5,939,800
11. Marlins $5,939,800
12. Rays $5,939,800
13. Reds $5,939,800
14. Twins $5,939,800
15. Astros $5,398,300
16. Angels $5,398,300
17. Blue Jays $5,398,300
18. Cubs $5,398,300
19. Giants $5,398,300
20. Mariners $5,398,300
21. Mets $5,398,300
22. Rangers $5,398,300
23. Red Sox $5,398,300
24. Tigers $5,398,300
25. White Sox $5,398,300
26. Yankees $5,398,300
27. Dodgers $4,821,400
28. Nationals $4,821,400
29. Phillies $$4,821,400
30. Braves $0

Braves Hope to Repeat with Pitching

April 12th, 2019

The Braves are the last team reviewed by myworld for their prospects. Myworld rated them the top minor league system for prospects in 2017 and 2018 and number three in 2016. The last time the franchise was in the top ten for prospects was in 2010 and 2011 when they finished with the third rated system both years. Some of the players on that team that are still making an impact on the newer version of the Braves are Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman and Arodys Vizcaino. Two other top prospects are Mike Minor and Craig Kimbrel.

Some of the top prospects from the 2016 and 2017 seasons are - Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, Kolby Allard, Aaron Blair, Mike Soroka, Kevin Maitan, Sean Newcomb, Ian Anderson, Max Fried, Touki Touissaint, Austin Riley, Ronald Acuna and Luiz Gohara. Some of the top prospects from the 2018 team are Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley and their gang of pitchers, Luiz Gohara, Kyle Wright, Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, Ian Anderson, Max Fried, Joey Wentz and A.J. Minter. Cristian Pache is another highly rated position prospect from 2018.

This year the Braves top prospects are pitchers. Trying to find the best one is like trying to identify the winner in a beauty contest. Mike Soroka was a first round pick in 2015. The Canadian should have been in the Braves rotation in 2019 but injuries ended his season in 2018 after five starts. Prior to his shoulder issues he was the Braves best pitching prospect with a low 90s fastball, excellent control and above average slider. The shoulder issues still lingered this spring, putting a delay to his 2019 start. At 6′5″ he has a good frame for pitching. By mid-season he should be in the rotation if he has success in AAA and the other pitchers are struggling.

Touki Toussaint is another first round pick ready for the rotation. He was drafted in the first round in 2014 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they traded him to the Braves to eliminate salary (Bronson Arroyo). Finding the plate was the biggest issue for Touki when he was with the Diamondbacks. The fastball comes to the plate in the mid-90s and he has a plus curve and change. He started finding the plate more frequently with the Braves which reduced his walks and ERA. Last year he got five starts with the Braves but struggled finding the plate, walking 21 in 29 innings. The Braves felt a little more seasoning was needed in AAA.

Ian Anderson was the Braves first round pick in 2016. His fastball also sits in the mid-90s with a knee buckling curveball and plus change. His walks have been a little high (49 in 119 innings last year) but it is not expected to be a long term concern. Last year he made his AA debut reaching four starts. He gets lots of swings and misses with his pitches. He should start the season in AA but with the surplus of starting pitching in the minor leagues it will be tough for him to crack the Braves rotation in 2019.

Kyle Wright was the first round pick of the Braves in 2017. Drafted out of college he rose quickly, already appearing in four major league relief appearances last year. His fastball sits just south of 95 with decent secondary pitches (curve and slider). Walks have caused a problem for him but he elicits soft contact. Last year the opposition hit him at a .152 clip in four AAA starts. Kyle may be a player the Braves call up by mid-season.

Joey Wentz was a supplemental first round pick in 2016. He spent a couple months on the disabled list last year with an oblique injury, limiting him to just 16 starts and 67 innings. The one plus he has is he throws lefthanded, something the pitchers above him don’t do. His fastball sits in the low 90s with a quality curve and change. He does not get a lot of swings and misses with his pitches, but the opposition could only hit .206 against him. The 2019 season should see him starting at AA.

Other pitchers with a long shot to make the rotation include Bryse Wilson, Luiz Gohara and Kolby Allard. Bryse has a flaming fastball that reaches the high 90s. The 2016 fourth round pick needs improvement on his secondary pitches (curve and change). Gohara may have the best fastball hitting triple digits and can keep hitters off balance with strong secondary pitches. Only his slider is above average. His change is still a work in progress, which could limit him to the bullpen. Staying in shape could also be an issue, with the down side reducing his fastball to pedestrian levels. Allard is a lefthander who does not throw hard. The 2015 first round pick relies more on his curve and change. His fastball rarely reaches 90. He is a back end of a rotation starter or situational reliever.

On the position front Austin Riley is their top prospect. The Braves signed Josh Donaldson to fill the position for one year and then Riley takes over in 2020. The 2015 first round supplemental pick hits for big time power, last year slugging 18 homeruns. His defensive tools, including a rocket arm should keep him at third. When he arrives with the Braves he should be an annual lock for 30 plus homeruns per year.

Cristian Pache is their best fielding centerfielder. The Braves don’t have an immediate need for that position with Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte playing with the big club now. Pache has gold glove potential. The bat is a little light, lacking in power but his speed could make him effective as a second lead off bat in the nine spot. Improving his patience at the plate (20/97) would enhance his ambitions to become a major league player. He will start his season in AA and is an injury away from contributing to the Braves.

Drew Waters, the Braves second round 2017 pick has a little more bat but is not as strong defensively in the outfield. The speed is there to play center but it pales when compared to Pache. His arm is strong enough to play right. His bat has some pop to it and with his speed there is the potential to be a 20/20 player. Like Pache, Waters needs to improve his patience at the plate (29/105). Drew will start the 2019 season in High A with a quick promotion to AA if he has continued success.

Alex Jackson was a first round pick of the Mariners. They moved him to the outfield from catching where he failed to hit. The Mariners traded him to the Braves where they returned him to catching. His bat seemed to find some life going back to his old position. Last year he again struggled with the bat, his average barely squeezing above .200. Defensively he has a strong arm, but his other tools need a lot of work. Preventing balls from greeting the back stop is the biggest concern. Last year he played in AAA so he is an injury away from the major leagues.

The Braves catcher of the future is probably William Contreras. He is the younger brother of Wilson. Like his younger brother, he has a strong bat with the potential for power. His defense is also above average with a strong arm to slay baserunners. He is still a couple years away from appearing in the Braves lineup.

Top Ten Canadian Prospects

April 10th, 2019

This list did not change a lot from last year. No players from last year’s list graduated, though Tyler O’Neil was close. The 8th and 9th rated players Miles Gordon and Landon Leach dropped from the list, replaced by recently drafted Bo Naylor and Tristan Pompey, who both have older brothers in the minor leagues. Other than that the names are the same from last year.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B (Blue Jays) - This is a no brainer. The number one Dominican prospect is also the number one Canadian prospect. He is the top prospect in baseball. The son of Vlad Sr. was born in Canada. His dad played in Montreal and Jr. plays for Toronto. He probably has more Canadian blood than Dominican. The big issue with Jr. is his ability to stay healthy with a body that is not svelte. It is difficult to hit when you are on the disabled list. There is less concern of his ability to play third defensively, though a move to first could be possible to accommodate Bo Bichette, if he gets pushed from short. Once Jr. gets healthy he will be on the major league roster and compete for the Rookie of the year award. Batting and homerun titles could be in his future.

2. Mike Soroka RHP (Braves) - If not for a shoulder injury that shelved him for the season after just five major league starts, he should have graduated from this list. The 6′4″ first round pick of 2015 should see the rotation by mid-season. His fastball is not overpowering, but still crosses the plate just south of 95. The command of his fastball and the quality of his slider are keys to his success. In five AAA starts last year hitters batted .204 against him. In the same number of major league starts that upped to .288, His K’s to innings pitched also dropped. He’ll bide his time in AAA as the Braves try to figure out who they want in their rotation.

3. Tyler O’Neil OF (Cardinals) - The Mariners traded Tyler to the Cardinals for Marco Gonzalez. His dad was a body builder and the Mariners were concerned that Tyler focused too much on bulk and not quickness. He does seem to hit a lot of homeruns with his bulk, last year going deep 35 times. A major league 7/57 walk to whiff ratio is a cause for concern. Based on the number of major league at bats he has had this year Tyler will have graduated from this list after this year. The Cardinals will be happy with his 30 plus homerun bat. His defense is good enough to cover a corner outfield.

4. Josh Naylor 1B (Padres) - The Marlins drafted him in the first round in the 2015 draft. They traded him to the Padres for Andrew Cashner, concerned about his character issues. Josh can hit the ball as far as anyone. Light tower power is a common phrase used to describe his power. His defense is better suited for DH, but the National League has yet to adopt the position. The Padres tried him out in left field, but that is a desperate move since his lack of speed will not allow him to reach a lot of balls. Eric Hosmer has first base covered for a number of years so the Padres will have to hope the National League adopts the DH to get Josh’s bat in the lineup. Last year his 17 homeruns showed he can hit them far in more than just batting practice.

5. Bo Naylor C (Indians) - Bo may not be able to hit the ball as far as his brother Josh, but he could become the better prospect. He plays a position of need, showing a good arm but still needing refinement in the other areas of the game. Josh is 5′11, 250. Bo is listed at 6′0″ 190. Bo has above average speed and could move to the outfield if catching does not work out. Making contact and hitting the gaps will be more his game than sending balls over the fence. Bo should start the 2019 season in Low A.

6. Cal Quantrill RHP (Padres) - His father was a major league reliever, but Cal hopes to fit in the starting rotation. The first round 2016 pick may get lost in the plethora of starting pitchers in the Padres minor league system. The fastball sits in the low 90s and can reach the mid-90s. The change is the plus pitch that will get swings and misses. Last year he got six starts in AAA. His numbers seem a bit too pedestrian to earn a spot in the Padres rotation, with the offensive batting average is six AAA starts sitting at .300. He’ll pitch in AAA and wait for his name to be called up in 2019.

7. Tristan Pompey OF (Marlins) - The younger brother of Dalton hopes to stay healthier than his older brother. The third round 2018 pick out of Kentucky has a good frame at 6′4″ that should scream power. His defense is not strong enough to play center and his arm is fringe average to discourage a right field settlement. The bat will get him to the major leagues. Before the 2019 season is over Tristan should be showing off his bat in AA.

8. Adam Hall SS (Orioles) - The second round 2017 pick has improved his defense enough that he should be able to stick at short. The bat may not pan out enough to play in the major leagues, especially his lack of power. His legs do carry some speed to steal bases. After two years in short season ball the 2019 season should be his first year in the full season league.

9. Andy Yerzy C (Diamondbacks) - A second round 2016 pick may not have the defensive chops to stick at catcher. The bat appears to have the ability to hit for average as well as power. The acquisition of Carson Kelly may also make it more difficult for Andy to win a job behind the plate. Like Hall, the 2019 season should be his first season in AA.

10. Demi Orimoloye OF (Blue Jays) - He is a five tool athlete. Born in Nigeria, Demi moved to Canada as a youth. He was projected to be a first round pick in 2015 but he dropped to fourth. Despite all his tools he needs to improve his ability to make contact. Last year the Blue Jays acquired him from the Brewers for Curtis Granderson. He has speed, a strong arm, good power in his bat and if he improves his ability to make contact his average should be good. Demi will start the season in High A. It will be a couple years before he sniffs an ability to make the major leagues, but if he makes it he could be the first player born in Nigeria to play.

OFAC Disapproves Cuba/Major League Baseball Agreement

April 8th, 2019

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has ruled the agreement between Cuba and major league baseball can not be implemented. Any payments made to the Cuban Baseball Federation as a percentage of the payment made to a player is in essence a payment to the government and is illegal. The law as it applies to Cuba prevents any agency, organization or individual from compensating the Cuban government.

So it is back to the current form of free agency, where Cuban players arrange with smugglers to get them out of the country and into another country where they can negotiate with major league teams for their contracts. In the past Cuban players have found themselves in dangerous situations when smuggled out of the country.

Rosenthal versus Davis; Matter/Anti Matter

April 8th, 2019

What would the result be if Trevor Rosenthal of the Nationals faced Chris Davis of the Orioles. It kind of reminds me of a Star Trek episode where two identical people from different universes could not come into contact with each other otherwise the world would explode. A sci fi matter/antimatter thing that goes beyond my intellect.

For those of you not paying attention Trevor Rosenthal has faced 9 batters this season. He has given up hits to four of them, walked four and hit a batter. That is an ERA of infinity and a WHIP that is also not calculable. The last pitcher to allow the first 9 hitters to reach base was John Hope, who did it in 1995. His career was not too memorable. Rosenthal did not pitch last year after Tommy John surgery so he could be a bit rusty after having a year off.

Chris Davis as a hitter this year has gone 0 for 23 with 13 whiffs. He has walked four times and driven in two runs so at least there has been some positives in his at bats. The previous year he did not get a hit in his last 21 at bats. Tony Bernazard holds the record for most hitless plate appearances with 57 (1974). Eugenio Velez holds the record for most consecutive at bats without a hit at 46 (2010-2011). Velez ended his major league career without getting that hit so the record stopped at 46 by default.

Since Trevor Rosenthal can not find the plate and Chris Davis is patient enough to take a walk the result would probably end in a walk. But if we took that result away as a possibility who would win this battle? The universe would probably not survive to find that question out.

Hanwha Eagles Break Scoring Record

April 8th, 2019

The Hanwha Eagles defeated the Lotte Giants 16-1. Those scores are not unusual in a KBO game. Except Hanwha scored all 16 of their runs in the third inning breaking a KBO record for most runs scored, RBIs and hits in an inning. Mercifully the game was called after 6.5 innings because of rain.

Sloppy fielding made eight of the runs unearned. Ji-Seong-Jun opened the inning with a walk and then got two more hits before the inning ended, driving in three runs. Jung Eon-Won drove in five runs in the inning with a three run homer and two run single. Jared Hoying mashed a three run homer. Only in the KBO can you have this kind of offense.

With the win the Eagles improved to 7-7 while the Giants dropped to 7-7.

Sanchez Mashes Three; Yankees Maul O’s

April 7th, 2019

The announced attendance was just over 33,000. It seemed quite a bit less, with most of the upper deck empty. For a Yankee game you expect more, especially on a warm, sunny spring day. The Yankees thrashed the O’s 15-3 with Gary Sanchez depositing three balls into the left field bleachers. The Orioles turned to second baseman Hanser to pitch the ninth. He gave up a two run homer to Austin Romine after hitting the first batter he faced. In all the Yankees slugged seven homeruns. It was a nightmare game for the Orioles, the kind of game they hoped their fans would never witness.

It was Gleyber Torres who got the scoring started in the second for the Yankees. He slammed a pitch from David Hess deep into the bullpen in centerfield to lead off the second. One out later Clint Frazier blasted one just over the glove of a leaping Cedric Mullins in left centerfield. In his first start Hess did not give up a hit. In his second start of the season the first two hits he gave up for 2019 left the park.

Bret Gardner led off the third with a double. With two outs Gary Sanchez hit his first homerun, lining a pitch into the second row of the left field bleachers. That gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. It is not how far you hit them, just that they carry over the fence. A double by Gio Urshella in the fourth was the last hit Hess gave up in his five innings of work. All five hits went for extra bases, three homeruns and two doubles.

Mike Wright came on to pitch for the Orioles in the sixth. The Yankee bats found his pitches just as enticing. With one out Gleyber Torres doubled off the right field scoreboard, a hit Trey Mancini may have misjudged since it struck the lower part, a ball Mancini might have been able to catch if he continued to pursue the ball. Clint Frazier drove in Torres with a single, the Yankees first single in the game.

In the seventh the Yankees poured it on. Gary Sanchez hit his second homerun of the game, a two run shot. A second walk by Wright brought in the recently acquired Dan Strailey. He gave up a double into left centerfield to score Torres. Back to back singles by Frazier and Urshela drove in the fourth run of the inning, putting the Yankees up 9-0.

The Orioles gave the fans something to cheer about in the bottom half. An infield single by Jonathan Villar that should have been ruled an error on shortstop Gleyber Torres, a walk and a lined single by Renato Nunez into left field loaded the bases with one out. With Chris Davis up a passed ball scored the first run. Davis went on to whiff. A wild pitch scored the second run. Another walk and a single by Hanser Alberto plated the Orioles third run of the inning. They were to get no more.

The Yankees bats were still hot. Gary Sanchez mashed a two run homer off Dan Strailey in the eighth. In the ninth Clint Frazier hit his second homer of the game, a two run shot off Strailey. That was when Hanser Alberto was called on to pitch. He hit Urshela with his first pitch, a 64 mile per hour fastball. Austin Romine launched one into the left field bleachers to make it 15-3.

Two more walks put two runners on. Luke Voight grounded out for the first out. That brought up Sanchez, looking to park his fourth homerun. He got a little underneath a 72 mile per hour fastball, sending a high drive into shallow left field. Gleyber Torres drove one to the warning track in right center field to end the inning.

Game Notes: Chris Davis went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. He is now hitless in 23 at bats, 13 of them strikeouts. Last year he had the worst season in the history of the major leagues, hitting just .168 with 192 whiffs in just 470 at bats. If you go back to last season he is now 0 for 44, the third worst streak in major league history (the worst being Eugenio Velez at 0 for 46, finishing his career without getting that hit to break the hitless streak). The Orioles would probably release him if they did not have to pay him more than $20 million per year for the next five seasons…David Hess was throwing his fastball at 94-95 the first three innings. By the fourth and fifth it had dropped to 91-92…Hanser Alberto was lobbing his pitches in the mid-60s. As he got more loose he was slinging it to the plate in the low 70s…Domingo German had a no hitter into the sixth. Hanser Alberto lined a one out single into right centerfield. German had a perfect game until his one out walk in the fifth,..Orioles pitchers gave up 14 homeruns in this three game series, the highest number of homeruns they have given up in a series in franchise history. They gave up seven Sunday, the highest single game total for the Bombers in 19 years.

White Sox Close to Contending

April 7th, 2019

After having the second best farm system in 2017 and 2018 the White Sox are close to contending. The 2017 graduates were Yoan Moncada, who was at one time considered the top prospect in baseball, and Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, two players acquired from the Nationals that are now in their rotation. The 2018 top 100 list included Eloy Jimenez, who is now with their major league club, Michael Kopech, Luis Robert, Alec Hansen, Zack Collins, Dylan Cease, Blake Rutherford and Dane Dunning. Carson Fulmer appeared on the 2018 list and has been a disappointment. Some players to watch in 2019.

Eloy Jimenez is one of the top prospects in baseball. He recently signed a multi million dollar extension that will keep him a White Sox a year after his free agency. This allowed the White Sox to make him part of their opening day roster, rather than send him down for a month of “seasoning” to earn one more year of service time. Jimenez has probably one of the more potent bats in baseball, one that could win batting titles as well as homerun titles. He and Vladimir Guerrero could be competing for MVP titles in five years. His defense is not strong so left field or DH will be his best position. A move to first base could also be an option, though myworld has heard no talk of that.

A five tool player who could join Jimenez in the outfield is Luis Robert. The speed is there to play centerfield and the arm could fit in right. Ironically, in Cuba Luis played first base, a spot not suitable for his defensive capabilities. The bat has the potential to hit for power even though he failed to hit a homerun last year in close to 200 at bats. Torn ligaments in his thumb limited him to just 50 games and could have impacted his power swing. The White Sox will start his season in High A in 2019.

Micker Adolfo is another talented outfielder who will probably be restricted to DH most of the year because of Tommy John surgery. The bat will still play though there is a lot of swing and miss in his game. If he can improve his ability to make contact the power numbers will start to appear. Prior to the surgery he had the arm to play right field. Once healthy the White Sox outfield could get a little crowded but his bat will start in AA.

Blake Rutherford was a first round pick of the Yankees in 2016 and traded to the White Sox in the Todd Frazier/David Robertson trade. He was a star for the United States collegiate National team but has yet to live up to expectations in the minor leagues. He lacks any outstanding tool and could end up a fourth outfielder. With the talented outfielders in the White Sox system myworld sees him as trade bait to another club. The speed is not there to play center and the bat lacks the power you want to see play in the corner.

The infield looks a little thin. Jake Burger was a first round draft pick in 2017. He was drafted mainly for his bat. There was some question whether he could stick at third or have to move to first. A torn Achilles tendon prevented him from contributing in the 2018 season. The White Sox hope he will be ready by mid-season in 2019 so they can see what they have.

Nick Madrigal was the first round pick in 2018. He is compared to Jose Altuve because of his short stature (5′8″), his defensive position (second base) and his ability to wallop the ball. He also has the glove to move to short if the White Sox want to use him there. Currently his power is limited to the gaps where he should consistently rip doubles. If he does develop over the fence pop it will be for double digit homeruns less than 20. The speed is there for him to steal bases. He should move quickly, starting in High A and moving to AA by mid-season once he achieves some success.

Zack Collins was the first round pick in 2016. There is some pop in his bat that could see him move from catcher to first base. The White Sox would like to see him work out behind the plate, but his defense still needs a lot of work. He has a strong arm, but a lack of speed and the number of quality outfielders in the White Sox system makes a move to the outfield doubtful. Last year he slugged 15 homeruns with a 101/158 walk to whiff ratio. There are a lot of balls not put in play in his at bats. Next year he should see AAA. Where he plays will depend on his defensive improvement behind the plate.

The White Sox top pitcher Michael Kopech will not be pitching this year after Tommy John surgery. Prior to the surgery his fastball was one of the top five in the minor leagues, if not number one, often hitting triple digits. A lack of command and average secondary pitches held him back, making him more hittable than he should have been with his stuff. The elbow injury occurred just when he was starting to put everything together and had been slotted in the White Sox rotation. He should be with the White Sox in 2020 after a half season of rehab.

Dylan Cease also has a fastball that hits triple digits. He was originally drafted by the Cubs and traded to the White Sox in the Jose Quintana trade. Like Kopech command has been an issue. His curveball is considered a pretty good pitch and a show me change needs improvement. He should start the season in AAA but get slotted into the White Sox rotation by mid-season, especially if injuries and innings useage makes other young pitchers unavailable.

Dane Dunning was the Nationals first round pick in 2016. He was the third pitcher sent to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton trade and was getting good vibes as being the better prospect over Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito. Tommy John surgery will prevent him from pitching in 2019. His fastball is not overpowering but he has excellent secondary pitches in a curve and slider combination. He also can control the strike zone. He was ready to make an appearance in the White Sox rotation in 2019 but the surgery will delay his debut until 2020.

Zack Burdi is coming back from Tommy John surgery. His triple digit fastball came mainly out of the bullpen. His season ended last year after just seven appearances. In 2017 he pitched in AAA. Finding the strike zone was a challenge then. It could still be a problem now. The 2019 season will probably be for rehab to get him ready for 2020.

Myworld likes Alec Hansen and his 6′7″ frame. After striking out more than 12 hitters per nine innings in 2017 season he stumbled last year. His delivery was out of synch walking 59 hitters in just 52 innings. The velocity in his fastball dropped from the mid to upper 90s to the low 90s. Perhaps he was trying too hard to control the pitch. The 2019 season will be key. He will probably repeat AA.

Uganda and Kenya Qualify for Africa Cup

April 6th, 2019

Uganda and Kenya both defeated Tanzania and advanced to the Africa Cup to be played in South Africa May 1-5. Burkina Faso and Nigeria were the first two countries to advance. The third Zonal playoffs will be played this weekend between the favorites South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. The winner of the Africa Cup (probably South Africa) will advance to Europe to attempt to qualify for the Olympics in 2020.

Kenya downed Tanzania 14-12. Uganda beat Tanzania 23-1. Uganda walloped four homeruns in the first inning in their win. They hit eight homeruns total, one an inside the park job. Kenya and Uganda play each other tomorrow for the seeding.