#7 Starting Pitcher: Grant Suponchick, Waynesboro

Grant Suponchick Nebraska Omaha 2017The 7th best starting pitcher is not only the second pitcher on this list from Waynesboro, but also the second pitcher from Nebraska Omaha as well!  Grant Suponchick, our #7, made quite the dynamic duo with #10, his teammate both in Waynesboro and Omaha, Payton Kinney.

Here are the stats that Suponchick put up for the Generals:

Way ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 2.57 2 3 8 7 35.0 37 18 10 5 21 0.253 1.200 1.3 5.4
Play 2.57 1 0 1 1 7.0 8 2 2 2 4 0.296 1.429 2.6 5.1

Grant pitched the clinching game against the Turks in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In the regular season, out of the pitchers considered for this list, Grant finished 5th in ERA, 8th in batting average, 5th in WHIP, and 1st in BB/9, with a ridiculous 5 walks in 35 innings pitched. His best game was on June 12th, against Purcellville, when he threw 5 no-hit, shutout innings while allowing 1 walk and striking out 4.

Grant has been a two-way player at Nebraska, putting up a 293/368/371 slash line over 280 at-bats in his freshman and sophomore year, but because he only got 37 regular season at-bats for the Generals, let’s focus on his pitching in college:

N-O ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K WHIP BB/9 K/9
2016 8.71 0 2 4 2 10.3 15 10 10 6 2 2.039 5.2 1.7
2017 8.44 0 4 17 6 42.7 60 42 40 15 24 1.756 3.2 5.1

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Grant!

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Minor League Record Book: Career Triples

Moving right along, today we have the highest total of triples in the minor leagues by Valley League alumni, both from 2006-2017, and “all-time.” (Quotation marks because I’m almost 100% positive that players have been missed. But it’s what I have at the moment.)

2006-2017
1 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 48
2 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 42
3 Chad Oberacker Fauquier ’09 34
4 Ben Guez Covington ’06 33
5 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-’10 32
6 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 30
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 30
8 Adam Calderone Woodstock ’04 28
9 Scott Cousins Harrisonburg ’05 26
Ruben Sosa Harrisonburg ’10 26
11 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 24
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 24
13 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 23

The active players on this list are Sherman Johnson, Cory Spangenberg, Ruben Sosa, and Ryan Schimpf. Johnson will most likely climb into the top three in 2018.

All-Time
1 Louie Meadows Staunton 78
2 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 54
3 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 48
4 Tommy Murphy Staunton ’98 43
5 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 42
6 Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 39
7 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 37
Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 37
9 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 36
10 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 35
Allen Battle Front Royal 35
Eddie Pye Front Royal 35
Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 35
14 Alan Cockrell Staunton 34
John Massarelli Front Royal 34
Chad Oberacker Fauquier ’09 34
17 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 33
Ben Guez Covington ’06 33
19 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 32
Clay Timpner Staunton ’02 32
Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 32

A little more overlap here- the top five from recent years are on the all-time list as well. Louie Meadows seems to have this one wrapped up for the foreseeable future. He “only” hit one triple in the majors, but hit double digits twice in the minors, topping out at 14 in 1987. (Triples in a season is coming later.)

Louie Meadows

Louie Meadows

#8 Starting Pitcher: Dylan Hall, Strasburg

Dylan Hall Virginia TechThe 8th best starting pitcher in the 2017 VBL season is Strasburg’s Dylan Hall, from Virginia Tech!

Dylan was one of the (admittedly many) reasons that the Express came within a game of a third straight Jim Lineweaver trophy. Let’s take a look…

Stras ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.34 2 1 9 6 35.0 32 17 13 13 35 0.239 1.286 3.3 9.0
Play 0.00 2 0 3 2 12.7 10 1 0 10 10 0.208 1.575 7.1 7.1

Of the pitchers considered for this list, Dylan finished 8th in ERA, 10th in innings pitched, 6th in K’s AND batting average, 9th in WHIP, 10th in BB/9, and 5th in K/9. After a solid regular season over 35 innings, Dylan then threw 12 2/3 playoff innings while allowing only 1 unearned run. His best start was in the playoffs, against New Market on July 30th, when he threw 5 shutout innings, while allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 5.

Dylan, a Stafford, Virginia, native, is a current sophomore at Virginia Tech. Here are his stats for his freshman year, in which he threw 23 innings:

VT ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 7.04 1 1 17 0 23.0 29 23 18 10 20 0.312 1.696 3.9 7.8

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Dylan!

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Dylan warming up before the deciding game of the 2017 championship series (ATVL)

Minor League Record Book: Career Doubles

Next up in our charming series on the minor league record book is career doubles. As usual, we’ll start with the 2006-2017 list, and then look at the “all-time” list…

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 263
2 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 201
3 Joey Butler New Market ’06 180
4 Ben Guez Covington ’06 176
5 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 174
6 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 172
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 167
8 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 147
9 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 146
10 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 143
11 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 140
12 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 135

The same four are still active: Clint Robinson, Joey Butler, Ryan Schimpf, and Rudy Flores. Robinson, Butler, Schimpf, Eric Campbell, Blake Tekotte, and Collin Cowgill have all played in the major leagues.

Now the all-time list…

All-Time
1 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 292
2 Jeff Manto Front Royal 270
3 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 269
4 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 263
5 Alan Cockrell Staunton 251
6 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 249
7 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 238
8 Erik Kratz Way,Harr ’00-01 215
9 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 213
10 Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 210
11 Tommy Murphy Staunton ’98 205
12 Wes Timmons Winchester ’98-9 202
13 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 201
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 201
15 Jack Voigt Staunton 198
16 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 196
17 Steve Decker Front Royal 195
18 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 194
19 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 192
Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 192

Notice #8- Erik Kratz, who is still active, but who doesn’t fall into the 2006-2017 category (Erik was drafted in 2002).

Triples are next…

Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas when he was in the Red Sox organization

#9 Starting Pitcher: Daniel Collins, Winchester

daniel collins Montreat College 2017Our 9th best starting pitcher in the 2017 Valley League season is Daniel Collins, the 6-foot-4, 190 pound righthander who threw for Winchester!

Here is what Daniel did for the Royals in the regular season, along with his one start in the playoffs:

Win ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.73 1 3 8 8 43.3 45 27 18 11 47 0.259 1.293 2.3 9.8
Play 3.52 1 0 1 1 7.7 5 3 3 0 10 0.185 0.649 0.0 11.7

Among the pitchers surveyed for this list, Daniel finished 2nd in innings pitched, 2nd in K’s, 9th in batting average against, 10th in WHIP, 6th in BB/9, and 3rd in K/9. Including his 10 playoff strikeouts, Daniel led the league in that category (slipping past Woodstock’s Nick Fuchs, who struck out 53 in the regular season).

His best start was turned in on July 7th vs Strasburg, when he went 6 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 hit, 1 earned run, and struck out 9. He earned a game score of 70. Winchester gave Daniel the Hugh Irwin Sportsmanship Award at the end of the season, and the league named him 2nd team All-Valley.

Daniel has spent his first two college years at Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina. Here are his stats for his freshman and sophomore years:

Mont ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 7.21 4 7 13 12 68.7 83 62 55 27 50 0.290 1.601 3.5 6.6
2016 7.41 1 7 22 5 54.7 86 56 45 20 49 0.368 1.938 3.3 8.1

Watch for an uptick in Daniel’s stats after his excellent summer!

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Daniel during the Royals’ playoff game in Strasburg (ATVL)

 

Minor League Record Book: Career Hits

Our next category in our minor league record book is hits!

First up, the most career hits from 2006-2017…

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 1123
2 Joey Butler New Market ’06 958
3 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 814
4 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 762
5 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 725
6 Ben Guez Covington ’06 722
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 707
8 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 692
9 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 684
10 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 683
11 Brian Bocock Luray ’04 633
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 633

Robinson, Butler, Schimpf, and Flores are still active. If Joey Butler hadn’t gotten hurt in 2017, he probably would have topped 1,000….

Robinson, Butler, Eric Campbell, Blake Tekotte, Ryan Schimpf, Collin Cowgill, and Brian Bocock have all played in the majors.

Here is the “all-time” list…

  All-Time
1 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 1464
2 Alan Cockrell Staunton 1322
3 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1270
4 Jeff Manto Front Royal 1253
5 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 1156
6 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 1155
7 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 1123
8 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1085
9 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 1075
10 Tommy Murphy Staunton ’98 1060
11 Pat Watkins Staunton 977
12 Steve Decker Front Royal 975
13 Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 969
14 Wes Timmons Winchester ’98-9 966
15 Joey Butler New Market ’06 958
16 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 957
17 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 953
18 Jack Voigt Staunton 933
Emil Brown Waynesboro ’94 933
20 Danny Godby Harrisonburg 898

Two players, Clint Robinson and Joey Butler, are on both lists. The next closest active player to the all-time list is Ryan Schimpf, who is over 200 hits away.

Andy Abad

Andy Abad

#10 Starting Pitcher: Payton Kinney, Waynesboro

Payton Kinney NEbraska Omaha 2017The 10th best starting pitcher in the 2017 Valley League season is Waynesboro’s Payton Kinney!

Payton, a 6-foot-3, 215 pound righthander from Nebraska-Omaha, put up the following statline for the Generals:

Way ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WHIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.40 4 0 9 7 37.0 38 20 14 12 32 0.260 1.351 2.9 7.8
Play 1.00 1 0 1 1 9.0 6 1 1 1 4 0.212 0.778 1.0 4.0

Of the pitchers considered for this list, Payton finished 9th in ERA, tied for 7th in strikeouts, 10th in batting average against, 8th in BB/9, and tied for 6th in K/9. His best start was the playoff start you see above, which was against Harrisonburg on July 29th. He also threw 6 shutout, one-hit innings against the Turks on June 14th. He was named 2nd team All-Valley.

Here are his college stats:

ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.88 3 3 16 3 51.0 39 25 22 31 56 0.204 1.373 5.5 9.9
2016 5.40 4 4 11 7 41.7 44 34 25 18 62 1.487 3.9 13.4
2015 4.17 8 2 14 12 69.0 71 47 32 22 52 1.348 2.9 6.8

Payton redshirted in 2014, and spent 2015 and 2016 at Southeast Community College, a junior college in Nebraska.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Payton!

Payton Kinney Nebraska Omaha 2017