Culiacan Wins First Half of Mexican Winter League

November 29th, 2018

The Culiacan Tomateros won the first half of the Mexican Winter League, giving them eight points and qualifying them for the playoffs.

Culiacan Tomateros (21-14)

Issmael Salas 3B - Salas is their big bat with a .306 average and a team leading 5 homeruns and 23 RBIs. His last play in the United States was in 2008.

Manny Barreda RHP - The 30 year old has been lights out with a 4-0 record and 1.47 ERA in seven starts. Opponents are hitting him at a .201 clip. Manny last played for the Braves in 2017.

Casey Coleman RHP - When you play for a winner you get a lot of save opportunities. Casey has 15 saves to go with his 1.46 ERA. Opponents are hitting him at a .163 clip. Last year Casey pitched for the AAA Cubs and finished with a 6.91 ERA.

Hermosillo Naranjeros (18-17)

Francisco Peguero OF - Spraying the gaps for 9 doubles with a .376 average. His four homeruns have put his OPS at 1.005.

Jasson Atondo 3B - Not a lot of power in his bat for a corner infielder but he is hitting .375. Only 23 years old with no minor league experience.

Danny Espinosa SS/2B - Still swinging and missing with 38 whiffs in 32 games. His five homeruns are tied for first on the team but a .242 average and all those strikeouts won’t attract a lot of major league scouts.

Mazatlán Venados (18-17)

Alex Liddi 1B - The Italian slugger is hitting .319 with three homeruns and 20 RBIs. He also has 40 whiffs in 38 games. He may be searching for a job in one of the foreign leagues.

Konner Wade RHP - He sits at 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in seven starts. Not overpowering, he last pitched in the minors in 2017.

Obregon Yaquis (18-17)

Cheslor Cuthbert 3B - He leads the team in RBIs with 23 but is only slugging .342. That was his downfall in the minor leagues - a lack of power for a corner infielder. He is hitting .228 with four homeruns.

Mexicali Aguilas (17-17)

David Harris OF - Harris is the Aguilas big bat with six homeruns and a .329 average. He leads the team in homeruns and RBIs with 25. Harris last played in High A in 2016. He is showing a little more pop in his bat in the Mexican League.

Navojoa Mayos (17-17)

Jovan Rosa 3B - Jovan leads the Mexican League in homeruns with 10. His 31 RBIs and .322 average put him in Triple Crown territory. The Puerto Rican last swung a bat in the minor leagues in 2010. He is hitting .408 against lefthanders with a 1.167 OPS.

Alonzo Harris 2B - Alonzo is on the opposite spectrum. He is hitting .325 but leads the Mexican League in stolen bases with 19. Alonzo gets on base for Jovan, allowing him to score 32 times.

Marc Flores 1B - He is only hitting .250 but his 34 walks has his OBA rise to .480.

Mochis Caneros (15-20)

Ramon Urias 2B - The Cardinals prospect is tearing up the Mexican League. In his last game he hit three homeruns and has four in his last two games to put his total number at 9, second in the league. He is also hitting .358 with 32 RBIs and 28 runs scored. His walk to whiff ratio of 31/30 is impressive. Ramon is killing lefthanded pitching with a .467 average.

Leandro Castro OF - Leandro has slugged six homeruns and is hitting .299 with a team leading 29 runs scored. His seven stolen bases in nine attempts leads the team.

Jalisco Charros (15-20)

Manny Rodriguez 2B - His 35 RBIs leads the league. Manny is hitting .297 with 8 homeruns.

Dariel Alvarez OF - Dariel is back in the outfield after having Tommy John surgery in a failed attempt to convert to the mound. The 30 year old Cuban is hitting .307 with five homeruns.

Elian Leyva RHP - The 29 year old Cuban pitched last year for the Braves in AA and AAA, mainly in relief. Elian is starting in the Mexican league and doing well (3-2, 1.99). He will not dazzle you with power but keeps the ball around the plate. In his last three starts he has only allowed two runs.

Top 25 Latins at or Under 25

November 28th, 2018

La Vida provided a list of the top 25 Latins at or Under 25 years old. Below is their list. You can read more about their assessment at lavidabaseball.com. Teaser - four of the top five are players from Puerto Rico.

25. Jeimer Candelario (3b/1b) - Detroit Tigers (Dominican Republic) 24 years of age
24. Willy Adames (SS) - Tampa Bay Rays (Dominican Republic) 23
23. Orlando Arcia (SS) - Milwaukee Brewers (Venezuela) 24
22. Ramon Laureano (OF) - Oakland Athletics (Dominican Republic) 24
21. Yoan Moncada (2B) - Chicago White Sox (Cuba) 23
20. Seranthony Dominguez (RHP) - Philadelphia Phillies (Dominican Republic) 23
19. Ketel Marte (SS) - Arizona Diamondbacks (Dominican Republic) 25
18. Roberto Osuna (RHP) - Houston Astros (Mexico) 23
17. johan Camargo (Utility) - Atlanta Braves (Panama) 24
16. Nomar Mazara (OF) - Texas Rangers (Dominican Republic) 23
15. German Marquez (RHP) - Colorado Rockies (Venezuela) 23
14. Rafael Devers (3B) - Boston Red Sox (Dominican Republic) 22
13. Gary Sanchez (C) - New York Yankees (Dominican Republic) 25
12. Roughned Odor (2b) - Texas Rangers (Venezuela) 24
11. Jose Berrios (RHP) - Minnesota Twins (Puerto Rico) 24
10. Gleyber Torres (2b/SS) - New York Yankees (Venezuela) 21
9. Ozzie Albies (2B) - Atlanta Braves (Curacao) 21
8. Miguel Andujar (3B) - New York Yankees (Dominican Republic) 23
7. Juan Soto (OF) - Washington Nationals (Dominican Republic) 20
6. Ronald Acuna Jr (OF) - Atlanta Braves (Dominican Republic) 20
5. Edwin Diaz (RHP) - Seattle Mariners (Puerto Rico) 24
4. Luis Severino (RHP) - New York Yankees (Dominican Republic) 24
3. Carlos Correa (SS) - Houston Astros (Puerto Rico) 24
2. Javier Baez (2b/SS) - Chicago Cubs (Puerto Rico) 25
1. Francisco Lindor (SS) - Cleveland Indians (Puerto Rico) 24

NPB Japan Awards

November 28th, 2018

In Japan the MVP and Rookie of the year awards were given in both the Pacific League and Central League.

Central League

MVP - Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima Carp)
Rookie - Katsuki Azuma (Yokohama Bay Stars)

Pacific League

MVP - Hotaka Yamakawa (Seibu Lions)
Rookie - Kazuki Tanaka (Rakuten Golden Eagles)

Central League Top Nine Awards

Pitcher - Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri Giants)
Catcher - Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima Carp)
First Base - Dayan Viciedo (Chunichi Dragons)
Second Base - Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult Swallows)
Third Base - Toshiro Miyazaki (Yokohama Bay Stars)
Shortstop - Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants)
Outfield - Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima Carp), Seiya Suzuki (Hiroshima Carp), Neftali Soto (Yokohama Bay Stars)

Pacific League Top Nine Awards

Pitcher - Yusei Kikuchi (Seibu Lions)
Catcher - Tomoya Mori (Seibu Lions)
First Base - Hotaka Yamakawa (Seibu Lions)
Second Base - Hideto Asamura (Seibu Lions)
Third Base - Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank Hawks)
Shortstop - Sosuke Genda (Seibu Lions)
Outfield - Yuki Yanagita (Softbank Hawks), Shogo Akiyama (Seibu Lions), Masataka Yoshida (Orix Buffaloes)
Designated Hitter - Kensuke Kondo (Nippon Ham Fighters

Tommy Joseph Gets Opportunity in Korea

November 28th, 2018

The LG Twins are doing a good job signing foreign players. They resigned Tyler Wilson, who did a good job for them last year. They also signed former first round pick Casey Kelly, who had a good season last year in a late appearance with the San Francisco Giants (3.04 ERA in seven appearances, three starts). After not resigning Adonis Garcia the Twins went out to snag Tommy Joseph as their position player.

Joseph has the potential to slug 40 plus homeruns in the KBO. What is critical is how he adapts to Korean life. Like the Dominicans who come to the United States, it can be a challenge to arrive in a country where your language is not the primary language. Last year Joseph slugged 21 homeruns in the minor leagues but failed to get any major league time. His two previous seasons he had hit 22 (2017) and 21 (2016) homeruns for the major league Phillies. The development of Rhys Hoskins and the acquisition of Carlos Santana left him without a position last year.

For $1 million Joseph will try to resurrect his career in Korea, or work on a new career.

Venezuela Winter League Update

November 26th, 2018

Below is a brief update of the Venezuela Winter League. With all the chaos in Venezuela not a lot of major leaguers or top prospects are taking their chances playing in Venezuela.

Lara Cardenales (23-16)

Rangel Ravelo 1B - The Cuban native has lacked the power to show major league teams he can play first base. Last year he hit a career high 13 homeruns in the minor leagues. With Lara he is hitting .345 with three homeruns and a .537 slugging average. The non-slugging first baseman makes good contact as his 10/7 walk to whiff ratio shows, but the power needs to appear.

Alejandro de Aza OF - The journeyman is hitting .360 and leads the league in runs scored with 28. His only hope is to catch on as a fourth or fifth outfielder for a major league team.

Jorge Martinez RHP - The 23 year old Cuban native is looking for a major league team. He has played his last two seasons in the Mexican League. At 5′11″ he does not have the height or the overpowering fastball to attract major league scouts. For Lara he is 3-1, 2.16 with just 19 whiffs in 33.1 innings.

Ryan Kelly RHP - The closer for the Cardenales with 11 saves. He is looking for a major league team. Teams looking for bullpen help will be impressed by his 1.74 ERA and .216 opponent average, effective against both lefthanded and righthanded hitters.

Magallanes Navigantes (22-16)

Delmon Young OF - The former first round pick of many years ago is tearing it up in Venezuela with his 10 homeruns twice as many as anyone else in the league. He is hitting .327 with a .571 slugging average.

Luis Arraez 2B - The Twins prospect is hitting .326 and showing good contact with a 8/9 walk to whiff ratio. His lefthanded bat is finding the gaps with six doubles and two triples, but he lacks the power to carry balls over the fence.

Caracas Leones (19-18)

Harold Ramirez (OF) - The Colombian is getting his prospect status back with a .360 average, four homeruns and 25 RBIs. The last time myworld saw him play he was heavier and not as quick. His bat will get him to the major leagues.

Francisco Carillo RHP - He has been absent from baseball since 2015. A 0.94 ERA and a .081 average against lefthanded pitching may divert some eyes his way. Not an overpowering pitcher.

Margarita Bravos (19-20)

Daniel Mayora 3B - His career now is in the Mexican League. He leads the Bravos in hitting at .340 with four homeruns and 25 RBIs.

Omar Bencomo RHP - He has been the ace of the Venezuelan league with his 6-1, 1.39 ERA.

Pedro Avila RHP - The Padres prospect only started four games. He pitched one six inning complete game shutout and has a 0.89 ERA. A 3/25 walk to whiff ratio in his 20.1 innings of work.

Zulia Aguilas (17-20)

Alberto Gonzalez SS - The ex-major leaguer has not played since 2016 when he played in AA/AAA and the Mexican League. For Zulia he is hitting .364 with a 11/6 walk to whiff ratio. Against righthanded pitching he is hitting .393.

La Guairá Tiburones (17-20)

Jose Martinez OF - Jose may not be able to play defense but he can hit as his .360 average is evidence. He has only played in seven games.

Aragua Tigres (16-19)

Franklin Barreto 2B - Franklin is looking for his major league opportunity. He is hitting .313 with three homeruns for the Tigres. The down side is he has committed seven errors.

Anzoátegui Caribes (17-21)

Williams Astudillo (C) - The bat who does not whiff has one strikeout in 134 at bats. He is also hitting .343 with four homeruns and 29 RBIs. His defense behind the plate is not strong and his ability to play other positions is questionable. His bat lacks the power to fit at first base.

Akeem Bostick RHP - At 6′6″ he is a presence on the mound. In seven starts he has a 2.83 ERA

Dominican Winter League Update

November 22nd, 2018

Below are players who are either free agents or prospects who are still young enough to make an impact in the major leagues who are doing well in the Dominican Winter League. A good year will open some eyes with the scouts.

Estrellas Orientales (17-14)

Fernando Tatis jr - The Padres shortstop of the future has only played six games but is hitting .286 with two homeruns and five RBIs. The Padres are in talks with the Mariners about the acquisition of Jean Segura and if a deal can be made it could delay the arrival of Tatis by a year. If no trade is made Tatis could be at shortstop next year for the Padres.

Escogidos de Leones (16-15)

Enny Romero - Romero bounced around with a number of teams in 2018 before being released. He was a reliever in the major leagues. For the Leones he has been starting (six starts) and put up some good numbers. He is 2-0, 0.80 ERA, giving up only 19 hits in 33.2 innings. His walk to whiff ratio is 9/32. Romero is lefthanded and can sling the fastball in the triple digits so some team will make use of him.

Jake Thompson - Another pitcher putting up good numbers in the Dominican League (2-1, 1.93 ERA). While not overpowering he has struck out 30 in 28 innings of work, giving up just 19 hits. He and Romero have been a good 1-2 punch.

Franmil Reyes - The Padres have a surplus of young outfielders. A good winter season by Franmil will make him attractive to other clubs. So far he is hitting .273 with three homeruns and six RBIs. More importantly, his OPS is 1.199.

Franchy Cordero - A Padres teammate that is also an outfielder, Franchy missed the second half of the season because of injury. When he played he hit some of the longest homeruns in the major leagues. In seven games Franchy is hitting .333 with one homerun and three RBIs. His power results in lots of swings and misses so expect a lot of strikeouts with a low average, but good production if balls are flying over the fence.

Aguilas Cibaenas (15-16)

Michael Ynoa - The Athletics paid the tall righthander a $4 million bonus, which at the time was the largest ever paid an international player. He had trouble finding the plate and was released by the White Sox last year. Pitching in relief for Aguilas Ynoa has a 1.29 ERA in 13 games. More importantly he has only walked 4 in 14 innings with 16 whiffs.

Daniel Norris - A Tigers starting pitcher battling injuries for most of the 2018 season. With Aguilas he has a 1.82 ERA in three starts, working 14.2 innings. He has only given up 11 hits during that time, striking out 12.

Victor Robles - The Nationals starting centerfielder next year if they do not resign Bryce Harper. He lacks the menacing bat of Juan Soto but is a much better defensive player. Robles is hitting .271 with one homerun and six RBIs. He has used his speed to steal four bases in five attempts.

Gigantes del Cibao (15-16)

Jose Siri - The multi tooled outfielder is getting some at bats in the Dominican. He is showing his pop with a .260 average, three homeruns and 8 RBIs. But he is also showing some speed, with his 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts second in the league.

Tigres del Licey (15-16)

Tommy Milone - He is getting older but last year he was used by the Nationals to fill a starter’s role. For the Tigers Milone has pitched 34.1 innings and has yet to give up an earned run (0.00 ERA). He has also only given up 21 hits in 34.1 innings. The lefthander relies on his command (2 walks) but can also get his whiffs (32). He just won’t dazzle you with his velocity.

Chi Chi Gonzalez - I always think of a golfer when I see his name. Chi Chi is pitching well for the Tigres (2-3, 1.91) but like Milone will not dazzle you with his heat.

Toros del Este (15-16)

No one interesting that is doing well. Their prospects Jorge Mateo (.200), Jesus Sanchez (.200) and Dominic Smith (.133) are still scuffling.

Top Ten Prospects in the AFL

November 19th, 2018

This is a little late, but myworld is in San Diego enjoying the sunshine. We had hoped on spending a week in Arizona watching the AFL prospects but other issues came up. This top ten list is based on a combination of performance in the AFL and prospect status. If a player did not perform to expectations in the AFL he does not appear on this list.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr 3B (Blue Jays/Surprise) - He did not hit for power but still managed a .351 average. The minor league player of the year gapped seven doubles, which were his only extra base hits in the AFL. He made consistent contact, only striking out six times in 77 at bats while walking 8 times. His comfort level at third base is improving but there is still a chance a move to first could be in his future, depending on how his body transforms as he ages. Batting titles could also be in his future. With Josh Donaldson gone expect Vladimir to compete for the Blue Jays third base opening next season.

2. Keston Hiura 2B (Brewers/Peoria) - A .563 slugging percentage and five homeruns shows his ability to hit for average and power. His .323 batting average is evidence that he will be competing for batting titles in the National League while Guerrero does so in the American League. Elbow injuries prevented him from playing second base during the minor league season, but he saw some time there in the AFL. If second base does not pan out there is always a move to left field. Keston delivered the game tying RBI single in the AFL championship game which got him voted the MVP of the game. He also delivered an AFL high 33 RBIs on the season.

3. Forrest Whitley RHP (Astros/Scottsdale) - Easily the top pitcher in the AFL based on stuff alone. The only reason he was in the AFL is drug suspensions and injuries limited him to eight starts during the 2018 minor league season. The AFL was an opportunity for him to eat more innings. He feasted on AFL hitters, striking out 36 in 26 innings and finishing 1-2 with a 2.42 ERA in six starts. AFL hitters could manage only a .189 average. The 6′7″ righthander easily blazes a fastball across the plate in the mid-90s, hitting triple digits on occasion. A good spring and a fast start to his minor league season could see him compete for a starting spot in the major league rotation by midseason.

4. Luis Robert OF (White Sox/Glen Desert) - As a teenager he was dominating the Naccional Series in Cuba, vying for their triple crown. He left for the states halfway through the season. That shows you how far the Naccional Series has dropped because of defections. Luis is battling in A ball in the minor leagues, though thumb injuries at the start of the season impacted his flight up the minor league ladder. In the AFL he continued to show his tools, hitting .324 with two homeruns and a perfect 5 for 5 in stolen bases. His power should develop as he matures and he has the speed to play centerfield with an arm suited for right. Don’t expect to see him in the major leagues until 2020 but with Eloy Jimenez and Roberts in the same outfield the Sox could be scary.

5. Peter Alonso 1B (Mets/Scottsdale) - Myworld is drawn by his power. We witnessed it in the Future’s Game. In the AFL he did not hit for average (.255) but he put his power on display. His six homeruns tied for the AFL lead with two other players. His 27 RBIs was second to Huira. Driving in runs will be his forte. While he was 4 for 4 in stolen bases in the AFL he failed to steal a base in his 132 minor league games. Expect him to compete for the Mets first base job next season. If he does not win it by spring he should have it by mid-season if the power stays. The Mets need someone to draw in fans.

6. Jazz Chisholm SS (Diamondbacks/Salt Lake) - He was one of two shortstops from the Bahamas starting in the AFL championship game (Lucius Fox was the other). He did not get enough at bats to qualify for the batting title but his .442 average opened some eyes. He also hit three homeruns and contributed a 1.257 OPS. In 10 games he stole seven bases in nine attempts, scoring 12 runs. Jazz should see time in AA next season and vie for a starting shortstop job by 2020. The tools are there for him to play shortstop in the major leagues.

7. Jon Duplantier RHP (Diamondbacks/Salt River) - Last year was not the same eye popping season as 2017 when he was putting up video game numbers. Health concerns haunt Duplantier. In the minor league season shoulder problems limited him to 16 starts, making him available in the AFL. He stepped on the mound for six starts in the AFL, finishing 1-1, 3.32 with 32 whiffs in 21.2 innings. He was a little more hittable in the AFL, coughing up 23 hits. His stuff is good but if he continues to have health problems a move to the bullpen could be in his future. Another season in AA will define his role.

8. Darwinzon Hernandez LHP (Red Sox/Mesa) - He was virtually unhittable in the AFL, striking out 24 in just 11.1 innings. That put him tied for seventh in the AFL, but the six others were all starters. The lefthander did pick up one save but appears to be primarily used to get lefthanded hitters out. They only hit .118 against him with 13 whiffs in five innings. If he wants to work himself into the closer role he will need to do a better job of retiring righthanded hitters. He also needs to improve his command and conditioning if he hopes to stick in the majors.

9. Tyler Nevin 1B (Rockies/Salt River) - The son of Phil won the AFL betting title with a .426 batting average. He failed to carry a ball over the fence but still slugged .593 with his three doubles and three triples. Tyler plays third base but a average arm could make him better suited for first base. If he moves there the power will have to come. Last year he hit 13 homeruns in the California League, a career high for him. Next year he will jump to AA.

10. Jordan Yamamoto RHP (Marlins/Salt Lake) - One of the more consistent pitchers in the AFL, going 3-0, 2.08 with the opposition hitting him at a .172 clip. He also struck out 27 in 26 innings despite not having an over powering fastball. His fastball sits in the low 90s but has good spin and command of the corners. His curveball and change are good complementary pitches. The small 6′0″ frame could see him move to the bullpen, but he could also see the back end of a starting rotation.

Just missing the top ten. They would have made it based on performance.

Garrett Williams LHP (Giants/Scottsdale) - Last year in the minors his ERA was 6.06. His winter league performance was exceptional (3-0, 1.88) with the opposition hitting him at a .184 clip. He needs to be less Jekyl and Hyde. Next year he could repeat AA or based on his AFL performance move up to AAA.

Melvin Adon RHP (Giants/Scottsdale) - Perhaps the hardest thrower in the AFL. His 21 whiffs in 12.1 innings fell just short of Hernandez in the K department. His 2.92 ERA left him off the top ten. The fastball can light the radar in triple digits.

Ryan McKenna OF (Orioles/Glendale) - His .344 average put him in the top ten in batting average, but not on this list. His defense in center is also exceptional. Myworld saw too much of his performance in AA, which mark him as a fourth outfielder type. If he keeps on putting up these numbers that match what he put up in Frederick he will find himself as a starting outfielder.

Daniel Woodrow OF (Tigers/Mesa) - His .371 average was second in the AFL as was his 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. Power is lacking as evidence of his one extra base hit in 62 at bats and his three minor league homeruns in three years, all last year in AA. The AFL performance may have opened up some eyes, but it has not yet put him on the prospect map.

Peoria Wins AFL on Davidson Walkoff

November 18th, 2018

Peoria won the AFL championship, defeating the Salt River Rafters 3-2 in ten innings. The leading homerun hitter in the AFL, Braxton Davidson slugged a solo homerun in the tenth inning to clinch the victory. Peoria had to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Both scored with Keston Hiura batting. The first scored on a wild pitch and the second scored on a Hiura single.

Pitching was the story early for the Rafters with Jordan Yamamoto pitching four shutout innings. It was difficult for him to find the plate walking five and allowing two hits, but he kept the runners from scoring. Jesus Tinoco followed with two shutout innings. Monte Harrison drove in the first run for the Rafters with a single in the second inning and Daniel Johnson made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Keston Hiura was voted the MVP of the game. Six different bullpen pitchers shutout the Rafters for the final six innings.

Myworld will name our top ten prospects in the AFL based on their production.

Japan Wins Series Against the Major Leaguers

November 15th, 2018

To be fair it was not really a major league All Star team. But Japan still showed that they can play baseball with some of the best beating a group of major leaguers five games to one. Yesterday they scored all their runs in the second inning to carry them on to a 4-1 win.

Sosuke Genda got the bit hit with a bases clearing three run triple. That was about all she wrote for the major league team, who found leads very fleeting in this series. They scored their lone run in the eighth inning on a solo blast from Ronald Acuna Jr. They did outhit Japan 10 to 8 but stranded 11 runners. The major leaguers were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

Erasmo Ramirez had a dominating outing for the major leaguers after Brian Johnson could not retire a batter in the second inning. Ramirez went five innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits. That was his best outing of a ugly series.

Shotaro Kasahara got the win working 4.2 scoreless innings. Yasuaki Yamasaki picked up his second save of the series.

Under 18 Pan Am Pool Brackets

November 15th, 2018

The top four teams will go to Korea to play in the Under 18 World Cup in 2019. The teams will be broken into three pools.

Pool A (Santiago)

United States, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru and Honduras

Pool B (Las Tablas)

Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia and Bahamas

Pool C (Chitre)

Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala

The United States are the defending champions with Cuba finishing second. The top two teams from each pool will advance to a super round. The top two teams from the Super Round will play in the championship game. Chitre will be the host for the Super Round and the championship game.