Author: Erik Voldness

CBL History: Don Sanders was acquired for $1

The date was November 1, 2022. 32-year-old outfielder Anthony Gose, coming off an injury-plagued .227/.311/.318 season while playing in just 20 games, informed the Richardson City Blood Raven he would not exercise his opt out clause, meaning his $10.5M salary was officially guaranteed for the 2023 season. It was widely expected, but it was an issue for Richardson City because they were near their ...

2032 CBL Mock Draft

With the annual June amateur draft scheduled for this Saturday afternoon (11 AM PST), here’s our best guess at how the first two rounds (42 picks) will unfold. Round One 1. Connecticut Colonials: Piotr Rasputin, Starting Pitcher, Yale University The 6’8, 275 pound Russian senior has had quite a collegiate career. “Colossus” as he’s known to friends and teammates, Rasp...

2032 Sim Week 1 Review

2032 Sim Week 1 Review [Author’s Note: I will try to do one of these every Saturday night or Sunday morning for the regular season. It won’t be quite a month every time, so it’s not exactly a monthly review, but close enough.] With the weather finally warming up a bit as we head into May, let’s take a look at some of the interesting parts of April. Kings of the Castle The P...

The Crystal Ball: 2032 CBL Predictions

[Editor’s Note: Not all teams were done using the same template for the write-ups, that’s why some teams look different than other teams write-ups. You’ll survive.] It is warming outside, the grass is beginning to turn green and Spring 2032 is in full effect.  What a year we had last year with the Dreamers winning their first Cup in a resounding sweep of the number one HL seed, M...

The Cuban Missile

Just before dawn, Lucio “Cranky” Aguilar awakens to the all-too-common obnoxious screeching of his alarm clock. While awaking before dawn is nothing new to Aguilar, he’s not getting up for an early morning workout today. The date is November 15, 2031, and Cranky has an early morning flight to the United States, to meet with his agent for a few days prior to the the beginning of t...

An Underrated Career: Trace Loehr

Few CBL players are as polarizing on the field as Minneapolis Millers long-time shortstop Trace Loehr. A career .233 hitter with a .720 OPS is, some argue, worthy of being a first ballot Hall-of-Famer when he retires, and that drives some fans crazy. Offense is what seems to drive popularity, but Loehr’s body of work is impressive for it’s overall value and even more so for it’s ...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on the Rest

For part three of our Down on the Farm series, we will be reviewing some of the elite seasons from rookie league to the A level, the Midwest League, the Arizona Summer League and the Florida State League. Part one covered the AAA level and can be read here, while part two covered the AA level and can be read here. Anibal Cardenas, Shortstop, San Diego Surf Dawgs Organization Originally signed out ...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on AA

Today we continue our deeper look into this past minor league season by checking in on the AA level, the Southern League. Our first piece covered the AAA level, the Pacific Coast League, and can be read here. Art Wee-Bey, Catcher, Austin Bats Organization Originally signed as undrafted free agent out of the University of Louisville by Erie, Art Wee-Bey was traded as basically a throw-in along with...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on AAA

As we enter the final weeks of this long season, it might be a good idea to take a deeper look into the minor leagues of this wonderful CBL. Today, I’ll take a look at some of the top prospects at the AAA level, and over the next week or two I’ll work my way through each minor league level. Anyone who’s been promoted to the big leagues, even just recently, wasn’t eligible f...

CBL America’s Top 5 Draft Prospects

CBL America, the finest amateur baseball publication in this universe, has released their top 5 draft prospects as the CBL Amateur Draft gets underway. Notes: The odds on favorite to win the Golden Arm award this season, Gleyvin Sternisha went a remarkable 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA for Louisiana State, leading them to the College World Series final. He struck out 62 batters in 65 innings, while walking ...

Roque Vela: Meet CBL’s Best Trainer

Roque Vela was the youngest student in his medical school graduating class, at just 21 years old. A childhood genius from Mexico, Vela was always destined to one day be educated in the United States, and was accepted into the University of Michigan as a 15-year-old college freshman. He graduated in just 3 years, and was accepted into the school’s medical program. On May 10, 2004, one month before ...

Nearly Down and Out, Millers Go Down Under

Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis Millers have clinched a playoff spot tonight, despite being three games under .500 at 78-81. A mostly rebuilding FL is to thank, to be sure, but a month ago the playoffs seemed like an impossibility for this team. *One Month Earlier* The date is August 31, and the Minneapolis Millers playoff hopes are fading fast. The team has just lost 9-2 to their division...

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