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Independent League Roundup: American Association and Atlantic League

Independent League Roundup: American Association and Atlantic League

American Association

The American Association began play in 2006. Today there are a total of 13 teams in the league spread throughout 3 divisions. Teams range from Canada to the south of Texas. As well, some teams have been in operation since 1993 while one is new for 2012.

The league includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Doug Simunic and Ricky Van Asselberg.

Currently the Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Wichita Wingnuts lead the South and Central divisions. While the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Winnipeg Goldeyes are tied for first in the North division.

League Leaders

Jake Kahaulelio (Wichita) is the league leader in batting with an average of .381. Tim Alberts (Amarillo) is second at .369.

Cristian Guerrero (S. Falls) leads the league in home runs with 14. CJ Ziegler (Wichita) is second with 13.

Nic Jackson (Fargo) leads the league in RBI with 55, with John Alonso (Lincoln) second with 50.

Zach Penprase (Fargo) leads the league in stolen bases with 25.

Nick DeBarr (Grand Prairie) is the league leader in wins with 9, as Josh Lowey (Wichita) has 8.

The strikeout leader is Matthew Rusch (Winnipeg) with 66. In second are Ryan Mitchell (Amarillo) and John Brownell (Grand Prairie) with 61.

Shaun Garceau leads the league in ERA at 2.25 with Matthew Rusch close behind at 2.52.

American Association Standings:

North Division
1. Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 32-21
2. Winnipeg Goldeyes 32-21
3. Sioux Falls Pheasants 27-25
4. St. Paul Saints 24-28

Central Division
1. Wichita Wingnuts 33-20
2. Kansas City T-Bones 29-26
3. Sioux City Explorers 24-30
4. Gray SouthShore RailCats 23-31
5. Lincoln Saltdogs 20-33

South Division
1. Grand Prairie AirHogs 37-17
2. Amarillo Sox 29-25
3. Laredo Lemurs 23-29
4. El Paso Diablos 20-31

Atlantic League

The Atlantic League has been in operation since 1998. The league has a higher salary cap than most independent leagues and thus will routinely employ higher level players including many ex-Major Leaguers.

The league includes 8 current teams with a 9th team slated to start play in 2014. It also includes two of the Top 10 Independent League Managers in Sparky Lyle and Andy Etchebarren.

The league is broken down into two divisions with the Lancaster Barnstormers leading the Freedom Division and the Long Island Ducks leading the Liberty Division.

League Leaders

Adam Goodwin (Lancaster) leads the league in hitting with a .349 average. Andres Perez (York) is second in the league at .328.

Brock Peterson (Bridgeport) is the league leader in home runs with 16. Jaime Pedroza (Lancaster) and Brandon Sing (Long Island) are tied for second with 13.

The all-time Atlantic League RBI leader Jeff Nettles (Somerset) and Ramon Castro (York) are tied for the league lead in RBI with 50.

Adam Goodwin also leads the league in stolen bases with 21 where he is tied with 3 others including former Major Leaguer Freddie Bynum (Somerset).

Bobby Livingston (Sugar Land) leads the league in wins with 9. Paul Phillips (Somerset) and Corey Thurman (York) are tied with 8.

Mark Brackman (Lancaster), Paul Oseguera (Bridgeport), and Mike McGuire (Camden) are all tied for the league lead in strikeout with 74.

Dwayne Pollok (Lancaster) is the league leader in ERA at 2.33. Former Seattle Mariner John Halama (Lancaster) is second in ERA at 2.62.

Atlantic League Standings:

Freedom Division
1. Lancaster Barnstormers 47-25
2. York Revolution 36-36
3. Somerset Patriots 36-36
4. Sugar Land Skeeters 30-42

Liberty Division
1. Long Island Ducks 39-32
2. Camden Riversharks 35-36
3. Bridgeport Bluefish 33-39
4. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 31-41

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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