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The 2033 CBL Draft Primer

With the league’s annual crapshoot rookie draft taking place in less than 48 hours, it seemed wise to take a slightly deeper look into the incoming draft class and some possible storylines surrounding the 2033 CBL Amateur Draft. Let’s dig in. Draft Order (Top 50): What will happen at the top? Traverse City continues to be relatively unlucky, securing the top pick now in two drafts that seemed weaker than most, at least at the top. Former #1 overall pick Eric Pogue has become a very good player for the Bullet Club, to be sure, but isn’t quite the can’t miss talent that will help bring a franchise back from the bottom of the league. This draft looks to be similar, where there is no real consensus on who should go #1 overall. First baseman Joe Castle is arguably the be...

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, Rasputin posted a 1.35 ERA in 60 innings as a junior, decided to return for his senior season, and posted a 1.88 ERA in just over 62 innings this season. Scouts feel he’s yet to fully tap into his massive potential, as his strikeout numbers are solid but not quite as dominant as one would expect given his natural ability and sheer size. With a fastball that has touched 96 MPH and four pitches th...

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 the CBL free agency period on November 18. Years ago, Aguilar would’ve been forced to try and defect from the island, forced to gain citizenship in a more US friendly country. The risks involved and the time necessary to clear a Cuban refugee for professional baseball in the United States, however, led to an agreement years ago that allowed Cuban players to become free agents at a certain poi...

Trade Deadline Deals and Rumors

[Author’s Note: This blog post will be updated throughout the day as more deals and rumors come in] As we approach the always exciting CBL trade deadline, several teams have already been tweaking their rosters leading up to today. With today being the last good opportunity to add real talent to your ball club, though, teams are expected to be very active in acquiring that difference maker, and moving the pieces they don’t want. Rumors San Diego continues to shop big names like Eric Hosmer and Jose Reyes. Both players have solid track records and post season experience, and are free agents at season’s end. Teams looking for a rental or two should get in touch with the Surf Dawgs. Minneapolis, Syracuse and potentially Dayton all made heavy runs at Vallejo’s Stephen St...

Surf Dawgs Shopping Troy Tulowitzki?

In 2014 Inaugural Draft, the Eugene Emeralds selected staff ace, Matt Harvey in the first round. After selecting an Ace in the first round, it is obvious that the Emeralds would go for a bat in the 2nd round. GM of the Emeralds Tim Imasa was in shocked when Troy Tulowitzki fell on his lap in the 2nd round. “I am very surprised he wasn’t selected in the first round. I guess all teams were targeting pitchers first.” said by Imasa. In 2014 Spring Training, the team was ready to go, but Tulowitzki’s stint in Spring Training did not last long. On the 2nd week of Spring Training, he injured his rib cage muscle, as a result, he was put on the DL for 3 weeks. The good news was, Tulo was set to go on Opening Day. GM Imasa had two options. Let Tulo play in the bigs right away...

Emeralds Extending Masterson?

The Eugene Emeralds are currently talking to starting pitcher Justin Masterson on a possible ‘long-term’ extension according to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian. However, Fox Sports’ Scott Miller Tweets this morning that both parties ‘aren’t making progress’ on the deal. In addition to Miller’s Tweet, the 29-year old Masterson is testing the free agent market in the off-season. If this report is true, Eugene will lose two pitchers from their rotation next season. One of the pitchers is Francisco Liriano, who will test the free agent market according to this report few weeks ago. Tim Kurkjian also Tweets that slugger Adrian Gonzalez is not ‘currently talking to Eugene about contract extensions’. The 32-year old 1st baseman is asking for long-te...

Liriano On His Way Out Of Eugene?

EUGENE, OR — ESPN’s Buster Olney thinks that extension talks between the Eugene Emeralds and Francisco Liriano are “all but over” and the left-hander will hit free agency, he said on 1090 AM Eugene Sports Radio. Olney states that the Emeralds was ready to match Lirano’s contract demands, but the left-hander was not ready to talk contract extension during the regular season. According to a source, he’s not ready to talk extensions with the Emeralds, period. In Onley’s opinion, Lirano is ‘good as gone’ after this year. Liriano is considered as an important piece of the Emeralds rotation this year as they continue their journey to the CBL playoffs.The 30-year-old left-hander has a 4.26 ERA, 57 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched this year. ...

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