League Record Book: Total Bases

We’re ready for the latest installment of the Valley League record book from 2004-2017! Cue up the list of most bases in one season….

1 Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 148
2 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 139
3 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 125
Tyler Kuhn Luray 2006 125
5 Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 123
6 Michael Wielansky Charlottesville 2017 122
7 Steve McQuail Front Royal 2009 119
Bradley Picha Winchester 2012 119
9 Jonathan Griffin Luray 2010 117
10 Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 116
11 Leo Rojas Winchester 2012 115

You know what it means, Dear Reader, when we have 11 on a list- someone from 2017 broke the seal! There he is, Charlottesville’s Michael Wielansky, with 122 total bases… just about breaking the top 5.

Major Leagues: Collin Cowgill
Current Minor Leagues: Joseph Odom, Zach Sterry
Previous Minor Leagues: Jimmy Yezzo, Tyler Kuhn, Steve McQuail, Jonathan Griffin
No Minor Leagues: Jon Love, Bradley Picha, Leo Rojas
Still in College: Michael Wielansky

Jimmy Yezzo Hagerstown

Jimmy Yezzo playing for Hagerstown


#8 Hitter: Danton Hyman, Woodstock

Danton Hyman Newberry 2017Our #8 hitter, Danton Hyman, is no stranger to the folks at Central High School in Woodstock, as he has played in 71 games over the past two seasons for the ‘Stock.

A speedy outfielder, the 6-foot rising junior was ATVL’s 10th best hitter in ’16, and moved up two spots for the current year. (He is the 14th player since 2007 to make a top list twice.)

Let’s take a look at his two seasons in the Valley:

2016 30 111 23 40 6 0 0 13 9 13 12 5 0.360 0.411 0.414
2017 41 161 28 61 7 1 1 27 25 21 15 8 0.379 0.458 0.453

Pretty impressive. Danton played in 11 more games and had 50 more at-bats in 2017 than in 2016, but increased his rate stats and his BB/K ratio.

In 2016, Danton finished 2nd in the league in batting average, and was named to the All-Valley League 1st team at utility. (He pitched as well.)

In 2017, the list is much longer. Here we go: 4th in batting average, 2nd in OBP, tied for 5th in walks, 7th in total bases, tied for 9th in RBIs, 2nd in hits… and even though he was better than in 2016, this year he was named 2nd team All-Valley League in the outfield.

The pesky left-handed hitter’s best game was probably on June 14th, when he went 3-5 with a double.

Hyman has really done nothing but hit. Here are his two seasons at Division II Newberry:

2016 45 129 24 42 5 2 0 21 8 15 5 0 0.326 0.373 0.395
2017 52 192 45 67 6 0 0 25 29 24 12 6 0.349 0.438 0.380

Danton led Newberry in hits and on-base percentage this past year, and was named to the 2017 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and All-Conference Gold Glove. ATVL loves those players who perform in the classroom! And by the way, Danton is legally deaf as well.

Congratulations on your excellent two seasons in the Valley, Danton!


League Record Book: RBIs

And our next category of the 2004-2017 Valley League record book is runs batted in. I didn’t have to go back and research to add anyone into this one; he did it all by himself….

1 Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 62
2 Jeremy Terni Winchester 2004 54
Kurt Davidson Waynesboro 2007 54
4 Gunnar McNeill Staunton 2014 52
Brandon Quaranta Strasburg 2017 52
6 Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 49
7 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 48
Jermaine Berry Staunton 2012 48
9 Blake McDade Staunton 2009 47
10 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 46
11 Michael McClellan Waynesboro 2014 45

We have another Brandon Quaranta sighting- here tied at #4 with MVP Gunnar McNeill. One weird note- TWO 2012 Winchester Royals are on this list. Together, Yezzo and Odom drove in 108 runs. This is almost unbelievable when you consider that Woodstock drove in 160 in 2017…. AS A TEAM.

Major Leagues: None
Current minor leagues: Zach Sterry, Joseph Odom
Previous minor leagues: Jimmy Yezzo, Blake McDade
No pro ball: Jeremy Terni, Kurt Davidson, Gunnar McNeill, Jon Love, Jermaine Berry, Michael McClellan
Still in college: Brandon Quaranta

Chaz Weaver has the all-time record at 69- Mike Sabo, 1987 Staunton Braves.

Jeremy Terni

Jeremy Terni playing in the Independent Can-Am League in 2006

Top 2017 Prospects

Each year, two media outlets, Baseball America and Perfect Game, rank their top prospects in each summer league (well, most of them).

As usual, ATVL is there (with a little help from my friends) to keep everyone informed about what the scouting community thinks about the top players in our league.

So let’s take a look at the top ten prospects from each publication!

Baseball America Valley League Top 10 Prospects 2017
1. Zachary Peek, RHP, Strasburg, (So., Winthrop)
2. Dominic Canzone, OF, Front Royal, (So., Ohio State)
3. Tom Sutera, RHP, Purcellville (Jr., Siena)
4. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Charlottesville, (So., Old Dominion)
5. Luc Lipcius, OF, Front Royal, (So., Tennessee)
6. Nate Pawelczyk, RHP, New Market (Jr., Winthrop)
7. Jake Washer, C, New Market (RSo., East Carolina)
8. Brandon Quaranta, OF/1B, Strasburg (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
9. Mike Wielansky, 2B/SS, Charlottesville (Jr., Wooster, Ohio)
10. Cash Gladfelter, SS, Woodstock (Jr., Shippensburg, Pa.)
Perfect Game Top 10 Prospects 2017
1. Dominic Canzone, OF, Front Royal, (So., Ohio State)
2. Zachary Peek, RHP, Strasburg, (So., Winthrop)
3. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Charlottesville, (So., Old Dominion)
4. Mike Wielansky, 2B/SS, Charlottesville (Jr., Wooster, Ohio)
5. Tom Sutera, RHP, Purcellville (Jr., Siena)
6. Tony Beam, C, Harrisonburg (Sr., Texas-San Antonio)
7. Max Wood, OF, Staunton (Sr., Central Florida)
8. Chris Farish, RHP, Harrisonburg (R-Sr., Wake Forest)
9. Brandon Quaranta, OF/1B, Strasburg (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
10. Trevin Esquerra, 1B/3B, Purcellville (So., Loyola Marymount)

The Semi-Breakdown

Named on Both Lists:

  • Peek (1,2)
  • Canzone (2,1)
  • Sutera (3,5)
  • Pasquantino (4,3)
  • Quaranta (8,9)
  • Wielansky (9,4)

By VBL Team:

  • Strasburg- 2 (Peek, Quaranta)
  • Front Royal- 2 (Canzone, Lipcius)
  • Purcellville- 2 (Sutera, Esquerra)
  • Charlottesville- 2 (Pasquantino, Wielansky)
  • New Market- 2 (Pawelczyk, Washer)
  • Harrisonburg- 2 (Beam, Farish)
  • Woodstock- 1 (Gladfelter)
  • Staunton- 1 (Wood)
  • Covington, Waynesboro, Winchester- 0



#9 Hitter: Jake Washer, New Market

Jake Washer ECU 2017Our 9th best hitter in the 2017 Valley League season is New Market’s Jake Washer, from East Carolina!

Jake was on the leaderboard for many categories with the following statline for the Rebels:

2017 33 132 36 45 9 0 5 34 16 25 0 0 0.341 0.417 0.523
Play 3 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0.111 0.200 0.111

Jake finished 10th in batting average, 8th in OPS, 9th in slugging percentage, tied for 9th in total bases, tied for 3rd in RBIs, tied for 3rd in home runs, tied for 10th in doubles, and tied for 3rd in runs. Jake’s best game was on June 18, against Purcellville, when he went 4-5 with 3 runs and an RBI. He also hit 2 home runs on June 25th. The league named him 1st team All-Valley at catcher.

Baseball America named him the 7th best prospect in the league, citing his strong offensive summer, his strength, and his ability to work with pitchers.

Jake is another player who came to the Valley for at-bats, as he redshirted for the Pirates in 2016, and batted only 15 times in 2017. (He went 2-15.)

Jake did play in the Coastal Plains League in 2016- for the Holly Springs Salamanders- and performed thusly:

2016 31 102 8 27 3 0 1 13 10 18 0 1 0.265 0.336 0.324

As you can see, Jake improved his numbers across the board from one summer to the next.

With his hitting performance as a catcher, Jake should have a shot at pro ball in the future!

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Jake batting against Strasburg at home in New Market (ATVL)

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Jake at East Carolina (East Carolina)

New Project!

Now that I’m on my second cup of coffee this morning, I find myself wanting to share the latest block of information I’m trying to complete.

Many of you don’t realize this, but the information of each season of the Valley League, from years ago, anyway, is pretty spotty. (Chaz Weaver would understand this, of course!) For example, does anyone have the list of players who participated in the league in 1994? No, it doesn’t exist.

So I’ve been working on some lists over the last few years. First of all, I have what I think is a complete list of Valley League alumni who have played in the major leagues (understanding that I’ll have to add to the list as I learn of more players) (around 200 players).

I have the list of every single player who has appeared in a Valley League game since 2004 (it’s over 4,400 names long).

I have the current list of players who are active in professional, affiliated ball (over 175 players).

I also have the list of players who have played in pro, affiliated ball since the 2006 draft, but do not any longer (over 625 players).

One of the cool things about the Valley League is how many players go on to get paid for playing baseball. That should include the Independent Leagues, right? So my latest project is to build the list of former Valley Leaguers who have played in the Indy Leagues.

I am cross-referencing several lists- current pro players (17 players also played in the Indy leagues), previous pro players (I’m in the “H’s” in my research), and I’ve used thebaseballcube.com’s list of Valley League players by team since 2010.

I have to be careful, though- thebaseballcube notoriously has errors sprinkled throughout. (I was astonished a few years ago when I sent the webpage a message about one of his entries that was incorrect (a former Valley Leaguer, of course), and the answer I received was this: sponsor the page for $10 and I’ll fix it. Whaaaaaaat? Wouldn’t you want your information to be correct whether it was sponsored or not? Anyway, I’m careful with taking the site as gospel.

So, this is where I would love to have your help. If you have knowledge of Valley League alumni who have played Indy ball, please send me a message, either as a comment on my webpage or on the Facebook page. If the player appeared in the VBL between 2010 and 2016, I probably have his name already, but not necessarily. And if the player appeared in affiliated pro ball between 2006 and 2017, I probably have that, too, but not necessarily.

I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with this list from year to year, but I’m going to give it a shot. I would rather not cross-reference all 4,400 players on my master list….

Thank you to all who can help!

League Record Book: Home Runs

Ah, the home run. The major leagues are seeing a monstrous amount of home runs hit this season. Summer Collegiate ball is a little different… I believe that the “golden era” of home runs in the Valley League was probably 2012, when Joseph Odom, Jimmy Yezzo, and Brad Picha went nuts in Winchester (the ball was most likely juiced, too).

Anyway, here is the list of most home runs in one Valley League season since 2004!

1 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 17
2 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 16
Steve McQuail Front Royal 2009 16
Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 16
Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 16
6 Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 14
7 Marcus Nidiffer Covington 2008 13
Ryan Durrence Covington 2009 13
Shaun Cooper Harrisonburg 2010 13
Jonathan Griffin Luray 2010 13
Brandon Murray Waynesboro 2012 13
11 Jeremy Terni Winchester 2004 12
Tyler Townsend Winchester 2008 12
Brandon Quaranta Strasburg 2017 12

(I must admit- I went back in time to add the “12’s” from the last few years so Brandon could make the list.)

Major leaguers: Collin Cowgill
Current Minor Leaguers: Joseph Odom, Zach Sterry
Previous Minor Leaguers: Steve McQuail, Jimmy Yezzo, Marcus Nidiffer (Marcus is still active in the Indy Leagues), Ryan Durrence, Shaun Cooper, Jonathan Griffin (Also still active in Indy ball), Tyler Townsend
No pro ball: Brandon Murray, Jeremy Terni
Still in College: Brandon Quaranta

According to Chaz Weaver, the highest total ever in the league is Mike Sabo’s 28. for the 1987 Staunton Braves. I don’t see anyone equaling that anytime soon….

Joseph Odom Carolina

Joseph Odom in Carolina in 2015 or 2016