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The New York Tough Guys and the Minnesota Skeeters kicked off season 26 in World Camp with a blockbuster of a deal. The Tough Guys got all around 3B Butch Reliaford. He is coming off a stellar season with 43HRs and driving in 120RBIs. He also hit a career best 312 and had an OPS of 912. The Tough Guys are hoping he had duplicate those numbers. The Skeeters got SP Alex Astacio. Astacio has had some bad luck with wins and losses as hes only 3gms over 500 in his career but hes got about 50more innings pitched in his career then hits allowed and his ERA is at a very respectable 3.36. The Skeeters also got 3B slick fielding and swift base running Tripp Heiserman. Heisermans range has diminished as hes getting older but anything he gets to he should make the play with an above average glove for 3B. The Tough Guys are banking Reliford keeps up what he did last season. I dont think he does. This deal favors the Skeeters but not by much.
The San Franciso Fish Tacos cut a deal with new ownership, the Houston Dessert Sluggers. The Fish Tacos needed an upgrade at SS defensively and they got Keith Beliz. His range is off the charts and his glove is a little below par but he can get the job done. He wont hit much but hes not their to hit, hes their to field. In Houstons first move of the franchise they got long relief pitcher Allan Wheeler and prospect starting pitcher Tony Lee. If Tony Lee can help out on the big league squad then Houstons first deal of their franchise is a winner.
Cheyenne Cherokees made a deal with another new franchise in Camp this season with the Arizona wranglers. The Cherokees got SS John Dong. Dong is a power hitting SS who should probably play 3B as he is a liability defensively as a SS. He has gold glove potential at 3B but if he is used as a SS expect a lot of errors as hes below par for every defensive rating for a SS. Arizona got prospect C RJ Paredes. This boy can hit but he should never see the major leagues as a catcher. hes more suited for the AL as a DH or play 1B where he cant hurt defensively as much as he can hurt a team behind the dish. Arizona also got future SP Max Flores. Flores has all the tools to be a number 2 or 3 starter at the ML level. Hes only 20 and still has a few years to develop properly if allowed to and not rushed to the bigs to quick, like a lot of new owners like to do. He should have pinpoint accuracy when all said and done and will have legit ML fastball. The Wranglers also got closer Tomas Andino. He probably wont develop much more as hes has been in the minors for 4yrs. Hes got 1 of the best knuckleballs you will ever see and on top of that he throws it with such velocity it makes hitters off balance. He also has above average control of it which is the hardest pitch to control. Alot of people have had some issues with the wiley vet getting over on some of the new blood in the world but honestly, Arizona wins this deal. Dong is consistant and will hit arond 30hrs and drive in close to 100rbis but his defensive skills for a SS are really bad and he will also strikeout consistantly more then he drives in runs. for a guy to hit close to 30HRs and have a career OPS of just at 800 is not that great to be honest. If the prospects Arizona got pan out the proper way this was a steal for them. Paredes is a better all around hitter then Dong. Flores should be a middle of the rotation guy for many years. Andino is a run of the mill relief pitcher, nothing special. Flores and paredes can be special.
Syracuse Orange iguanas and previously owned Helena which has moved their franchise to the great aloha state, capital Honolulu Fighting Pineapples have made a deal. Syracuse got two prospects from Honolulu in exchange for 3B kaito Zhang. The Fighting Pineapples stockpiled talent last season. Zhang is gold glove caliber at 3B. His glove and arm are above average and his range right where it needs to be. Syracuse recieved SS Bill Weston. He probably wont play much SS at the big league level as hes projected to beunder par defensively for a SS at all of the key ratings. Syracuse also got 2B Greg Boehringer. Boehringer was in a lose lose situation with Honolulu as they have so much talent at 2B with players at the ML level and the minor league levels all made it a logjam at that position for them, it made someone expendable. Boehringer should project to be a really good all around hitter and is capable of playing 2B at the ML level. I would say the Fighting Pineapples got the better of this deal as both prospects wont be better then Zhang and honestly weston, I feel is way overated and they didnt have to give up any of their top of the line prospects to recieve Zhang.