*March Thru History 2016*

Rule 5 Draft Results

2016

Chase dArnaud - Orioles to Braves
Wei Yin Chen - Orioles to Marlins
Jed Lowrie - Red Sox to A's
Justin Smoak - White Sox to Blue Jays
Luis Valbuena - Indians to Astros
Ezquiel Carrera - Indians to Blue Jays
Matthew Joyce - Tigers to Pirates
Tommy Milone - A's to Twins
Daniel Descalso - Cardinals to Rockies
James Shields - Rays to White Sox
Kirby Yates - Rays to Yankees
Marc Rzepcynski - Blue Jays to A's
Chris Gimenez - Nationals to Indians


2015
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Jim Johnson - Orioles to Braves
Phil Hughes - Reds to Twins
Roberto Hernandez - Indians to Astros
Matt Albers - Astros to White Sox
Jason Vargas - Angels to Royals
Ricky Nolasco - Marlins to Twins
Burke Badenhop - Brewers to Reds
Ryan Webb - Padres to Indians
Tim Hudson - Padres to Giants
Dan Haren - Cardinals to Cubs
Ryan Mattheus - Nationals to Reds

Cincinnati Reds - 2015 World Series Champions


The Cincinnati reds owned the 2015 season. Taking their 125 win season into the playoffs, the Reds swept the Brewers and Padres in route to the World Series. Behind a dominant pitching staff, the Reds completed a near perfect post season with a 4-1 World Series title over the Oakland A’s.
The Series started with a 17 inning marathon. Series MVP and 2015 Cy Young winner Travis Wood allowed 5 hits through 10 and Gio Gonzalez allowed 3 hits through 6. The Reds won the game 2-1 in the bottom of the 17th on an RBI double by Cody Ross. The Reds dominated game 2; Tony Cingrani struck out 10, and the Reds scattered 11 hits, taking a 9-2 victory and a 2-0 Series lead.
Coming home to Oakland, the A’s took an early game 3 lead in the 2nd inning when Stephen Vogt hit a 2 run double. Rich Harden pitched 6 shutout innings, but the Reds came alive in the 8th . Devin Mesoraco and Timothy Pagliarulo hit back to back Home Runs giving the Reds the victory 5-3, and a 3-0 series lead. Avoiding the sweep, the A’s fought hard in game 4, scoring 5 runs on 5 hits, earning a 5-4 victory. The A’s took a first inning lead in the game on Daric Barton’s two run, bases loaded single.
Travis Wood returned to the mound for the Reds in game 5, and once again pitched brilliantly, holding the A’s to 2 runs on 4 hits, leading the Reds to a 5-2 victory giving the Reds their second championship in 3 seasons. Travis Wood took the Series MVP striking out 14 in 18.2 innings with a .98 ERA, .87 WHIP. Cody Ross led the Reds on offense batting .333, hitting 1 Home Run and 2 Doubles with a 1.167 OPS.

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San Diego Padres - 2014 World Series Champions


Behind stellar pitching, the San Diego Padres swept the Oakland A's 4 games to none to win the 2014 World Series. The Padres staff held the A's to a .181 team batting average, striking out 42 batters.

The Padres dominated game 1 behind Carlos Zambrano who allowed 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 9 and the bat of Hank Blalock who drove in 4 on 2 Home Runs. The A's were one out away from evening the series in game 2, leading 5-2 in the 9th with 2 outs, when the Padres bats caught fire. Bautista and Grandal hit Home Runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings, where Jason Hayward hit the game winning Home Run in the 10th.

The Padres pitching staff sealed the series in game 3 behind Greinke's 9 K/O performance as Everth Cabrera hit the game clinching Home Run in the 8th. Cliff Lee's 3 hitter in game 4 brought the championship to the Padres.

The Padres championship was truly a team effort, but we must give the series MVP to Jose Bautista who started the game 2 rally. Bautista led the Padres with a 1.615 OPS, hitting .308 with 3 doubles and 1 HR, and that 1 HR was a big one. Troy Tulowitzky led the A's offense, finishing with a .353 Avg, 1.176 OPS with 2 doubles and 1 HR.


Cincinnati Reds - 2013 World Series Champions


The World Champion Cincinnati Reds ruled the 2013 season from opening day through the World Series. Taking the best record in baseball to the playoffs, the Reds brought their brooms to the World Series, sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays 4 games to none.

The Big Red Machine pounded 16 home runs, and a scorching 46 runs in the 4 game series. The Reds were led by Series and League MVP Wily Mo Pena, who batted an incredible .563 with a head spinning 3.188 OPS. No, that is not a typo - 3.188 OPS ! 7 of Pena's 9 hits were Home Runs, and he scored 11 Runs, and drove in 12 RBIs.

Not to be outdone was the Reds dominating pitching. The Reds Starters combined for a 0.810 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, striking out 20.

Matt Kemp led the hitting for the Blue Jays, batting .333 and 1.133 OPS.


Tampa Bay Rays - 2012 World Series Champions


The Rays won an exciting 2012 World Series in a 7 game slugfest, 50-39 over the Milwaukee Brewers; most of those runs coming in the final 3 games, each finishing by the same 11-6 score.

The Rays began the series with a 13-2 win, led by World Series MVP Melvin Upton Jr, who finished the series with .345 Avg, 1.552 OPS, 9 Runs, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 9 RBI.

The Brewers won games 2 and 3 behind the stellar pitching of Carlos Villanueva and Yovani Gallardo, holding the Rays to 5 hits in each game. Villanueva won game 2 striking out 8 and Gallardo pitched a gem in game 3, striking out 13 batters. The Brewers offense was led by Prince Fielder who finished with .346 Avg, 1.731 OPS, 3 Doubles, 4 HR and 10 RBI.

The Rays evened the series 2-2 behind the pitching of James Shields, with a masterful 1 hit shut out, striking out 8. The Rays offense then exploded with 11 runs in game 5. Cy Young winner David Price won game 7 behind the bats of the middle of the Rays' lineup, Upton, Young, Pena, and Longoria drove in 9 runs on 11 hits, 5 for extra bases.

Kansas City Royals - 2011 World Series Champions


The Kansas City Royals finished a terrific post season, defeating the Atlanta Braves 4 games to 2, in a hard fought World Series.

In the decisive game 6, the Royals fell behind early, but powered their way to the World Series Championship on Home Runs by Mark Teahen, Billy Butler and World Series MVP Carlos Beltran. Beltran finished the series batting .385 with a 1.50 OPS on 2 Doubles, 2 Triples and 1 HR.

The Royals evened the Series in game 2 when Beltran hit a 12th inning game tying RBI single, and scored the winning run on Butlers Sac Fly. Game 3 was not to be outdone, and the Braves took a 2 games to 1 lead with a thrilling 13 inning 3-2 victory.

The Royals got to work taking games 4 and 5 behind the power of their bats, and 6 shutout inning from their bullpen, who were dominant the entire Series. Mark Teahen finished the series batting .296 with a 1.11 OPS, 3 HR, 6 RBI.

Chipper Jones led the Braves batting .391 with a 1.39 OPS and 4 doubles.




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