Sunday, July 13, 2008

Portland Ducks Season Recap

Portland Ducks - Season I Review
With 90 wins, the first season of the Ducks was good.
They are playing in a strong division with Pittsburgh, Fargo and Syracuse.

On the pitcher side, the Ducks have three good starting pitcher in Gene "Cy Young" Wise, the veteran Hong-Gu Kim and one of the rookie of year contender, Terry Simmons.
Some other pitcher like Steve Bevil, Randy Mullin and Luis Rivera have shown that they can do the job.
The official closer of the Ducks, Malachi Benson, has done the job by saving 18 games on 25 opportunities.

The Ducks shown an average power at bat. Ernest Lowe was the power hitter of the Ducks, with 52 HR and 118 RBI. Also, Pedro Cruz and Mark Stewart have proven that they can hit the ball.
Even with two injuries in the season, Vance "Road Runner" Coppolecchia has shown his speed and running abilities, with 112 SB. Cliff Burns and Ivan Nunez respectivly stolen 40 and 30 bases, which is not bad.

In the minor leagues, the results were good. Some young players have played very well, and are still developping theirs abilities. In the amateur draft, the Ducks put their hands on some nice player, but nothing more.
On the international market, Felipe Gandarilla was a great pick. In 23 starts, Gandarilla got 9 wins with and 2.81.

The Ducks also got some great player by trades. For exemple, Gene "Cy Young" Wise were acquire at the same time of Steve Bevil and Lawrence Hill. In this trade, they gave David Cordero and Domingo Servet who are great prospects.
Some other great players come from other teams, like Grant Dixon, Mark Stewart, Al Cortes, Charile Spencer and Randy Mullin.

So, the table are sets for the next season. The Ducks's owner knows what he need to do to improve his team, and maybe have a chance to go to World Series.

Portland Ducks

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