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    The Highlanders' pitching staff surely shed some silent tears as the team announced the signings of Braggo Roth and Johnny Koeller today.
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    Several players that look worthy of the #1 pick, but none of them really stand out from the others. Tough choice who to take, I'll probably be debating with myself right up until the end of my time slot.
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    Seems very believable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollis View Post
    Seems very believable.
    The thing is, I really need a corner outfielder but this draft is so much stronger at other positions. Like some of those pitchers, man it’s hard to see them ever allowing a single base runner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zacto View Post
    The Highlanders' pitching staff surely shed some silent tears as the team announced the signings of Braggo Roth and Johnny Koeller today.
    The Highlanders pitching staff finished #1 easily but the hitting was so bad that the team failed to make the playoffs. Hitting needed. To be fair to the batters injuries were a big part of it. Michaud had a 6.9 WAR in 1924 but a 6 month injury limited him to just 12 games. His hitting alone might have been enough to get into the playoffs. Hauser had a 5.0 WAR in 1924 but injuries limited him to 85 games. With Hauser moving to 1B (finally), Roth will provide a platoon in RF with Jimmy Welsh. BTW, Welsh was the object of some scorn during last year's draft but he's turned out to be a very nice pick.

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    I was looking through the league history and was surprised by a couple of things I saw in the No-Hit history section.

    First in August of 1916 Cleveland had three no hitters, two by the same guy (Ed Burnham). Only two other pitchers have pitched multiple no-hitters, both had two no hitters in the same season. The first was also for Cleveland, Alex Leon in 1909. The other was Mike Maldrum for Kansas in 1914. "Maniac Mike" pitched a total of 4 No hitters, one for Boston in 1907, one for Kansas in 1911, and the two for Kansas in 1914. He was an above average starter over his 10 year career; 209 Wins, 2.68 ERA, Fip- of 98, for a WAR of 47.4. His best season was 1910 when he went 32-18 with a 1.88 ERA for the only all-star appearance of his career. In real life the only two pitchers to throw 4 no-hitters are Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. Maldrum was good but not anywhere near Ryan/Koufax levels.
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    Maldrum took advantage of the doldrums of the deadball era like none other.

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    Well crap, my starting SS is now out for the season after breaking his hand while trying, and failing to beat his wife. And to top it off I traded his backup this offseason. Well crap.

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    Seattle enters the 1926 after losing over 20 WAR for the second straight year. Last season's 82-80 record barely kept the franchise's 15 year winning streak alive, and the team will face an uphill battle to extend the streak another year.

    Last years elite starting rotation either left in free agency or was traded away. Recent free agent signings have had great turn arounds in the Emerald City - SP Mike Prendergast and SP Bob Noble both had career best seasons in their 30's after signing with Seattle. The team hopes to continue this trend with their 1926 starting rotation. Leading the way is SP Marty Dimaske, who was acquired from Pittsburgh over the off-season. Dimaske was a highly touted German import back in 1919 but has failed to find success in the majors; mostly working out of the bullpen for Detroit before putting up a 2-11 record with a 5.57 ERA in his only time as a starter with Pittsburgh. The middle of the rotation is manned by a duo of Canadians. SP Brent Lintell is a veteran who has been around the league a bit. His last shot at a starting gig was in 1920 with Detroit when he was an average starter after a horrible 1919 season. SP Pat Morin is getting his first real chance in the majors. He was an indy league purchase by Seattle in 1924. In his one season in AAA he 30-15 with a 3.46 ERA and a WAR of 10.2. Hopefully he can transfer that success into the majors. The final starter is the former Detroit all-star outfielder SP Paul Strand. He had a chance as a "starter" for Kansas last year where he went 0-9 with a 5.31 ERA. But that horrid line hides the fact he wasn't a bad pitcher, FIP- of 96, and he helps balance the rotation with a lefty pitcher. These 30 year olds are holding the line for a year while a trio of potentially elite starters develop in AAA. Top prospects Mike Wood (#10) and Freddie Fitzsimmons (#27) were both acquired in return for SP Roy Lee Swift and SP Chris Siebel respectively. They are joined by Seattle's top pick from the 1926 draft, Willis Hudlin, who has the potential to be a true #1 ace starter.

    Seattle's offense was bottom of the barrel in 1925 and should improve with some key additions and continued development of young players. The most exciting new player is the Dutchman RF Vaclav Kleinveld, who was acquired for a team record $75,000 from the dutch league. "Trout" is 27 years old and boasts solid contact and an elite eye, combine that with blazing speed and good defense and he is the perfect lead off man. Batting second is C Christian Bernard , who had a breakout year in his first season in Seattle, 130 OPS+ and 5.3 WAR. Batting Third is 1B Frank McGee, who will look to build upon a stellar rookie season in his effort to replace team icon Joe Harris. Batting Clean-up is LF Floyd "Babe" Herman. He has had a solid bat and bad defense in his first full year as a starter in Seattle. The team's brass think he should continue to improve and hopefully he will be able to step out of that other Babe's shadow and take his place as one of the best hitters in baseball. He showed up in spring training, batting .450/.511/.613. I know it is just spring training but those are crazy numbers. Following the acquisition of Kleinveld, veteran power-hitter Oscar Charleston had to return to center field. Hopefully he is able to do something other than hit home runs, unfortunately Yessler Way Park is not kind to lefty hitters who rely on contact. In the 6-hole is rookie 3B Steve Hinman, who was acquired from Detroit in exchange for SS Louwe Albas. Hinman is still developing but he boasts a good eye and solid contact and should be a solid contributor from the bottom of the order. Batting 7th is SS Home Peel, who is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign. Peel should have solid contact, a great eye, good defense and some power; which would make him an elite player. But he has not shown up that way in his time in the majors. Hopefully he can display his talents in his sophomore season. 2B and the 8th spot in the lineup will be manned by veteran Englishman Eddie Kell as elite 2B prospect Hughie Critz takes another year in AAA to develop.

    This is the most home-grown team Seattle has ever had. It also is a few years away from really competing but if everything goes right the team should be able to compete for a winning record and potentially extend the franchise's winning streak to 16 years.
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    Paul Strand is a nice pickup, I tried to bring him back but he wouldn’t resign with me. Besides the fact that he’s an OK pitcher, the impact of his hitting isn’t trivial either- a typical SP will cost you a couple of WAR with his bat over the course of a season.
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