#24 - So Cal
Offense: Whole lot of corpses in this lineup.WsL Rank: 23rd
Starting Pitching: Upside is low when Ivan Nova is arguably your best SP.WsL Rank: 21st
Relief Pitching: Kimbrel could be one of the best RP in the league. He's flanked by quality in Hernandez and Perez.WsL Rank: 2nd
After making a deal with the devil to win the 2009 World Series, So Cal was lefty with a mighty debt to pay. The Thrills produced the lowest win total in league history; a meager 29 victories for an .179 winning percentage. Fans had little to cheer for other than the continued development of youngsters like Carlos Santana, Mitch Moreland and Alcides Escobar.
Final Record: 29-133, 4th in AL West
Team AVG: .230, 23rd in the WsL
Team OBP: .288, 24th in the WsL
Team SLG: .370, 23rd in the WsL
Team ERA: 6.07, 24th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .309, 24th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 208, 23rd in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
So Cal avoided the temptation of adding high-dollar free agents to a hopeless situation ala the Chase Utley to STL signing a few years back. Keeping nearly $30M in cap space open should allow the Thrills to write off Jake Peavy's albatross next year, as well as opening the door to trade possibilities in July.
Worst Offseason Move
While the team definitely needed starting pitching, So Cal reached with the #16 overall pick taking Jordan Lyles over higher upside pitchers like Zach Britton, Drew Pomeranz, Arodys Vizcaino and (though they got him later) Jarrod Parker. Lyles profiles as the type of mid-end rotation arm that could have been picked a round later.
PG's '11 Prediction
Despite having one of the better bullpens in the league, the Thrills will be hard pressed to break the 50-win plateau due to their complete lack of offense or competent starting pitching..45-117 record.