In our latest installment of the best Valley League seasons since 2004, we have doubles in a season! Let’s get right to the list:
|2||Matt Holland||Front Royal||2010||19|
|4||James Roche||Front Royal||2010||18|
|Hunter Newman||Front Royal||2014||17|
|Jared Simon||Front Royal||2009||16|
There’s Jimmy Yezzo, who just finished his first full pro season for the Hagerstown Suns, all by himself at #1. What a year he had in 2012! Matt Holland played in the Phillies’ system in 2011, but was released. Zebedis was covered earlier- he just finished his career at Presbyterian.
James Roche played in the Indy Leagues for a while, and for Brooklyn in the New York Mets minor league system in 2013. Jamie McOwen played in the Mariners’ system from 2007 to 2011. In 2009, he had a hitting streak last 45 games!
Steve Sabins is no stranger to the Valley League- not only did he hit 17 doubles in 2010, but he managed the Winchester Royals in 2012, and was the General Manager for the Charles Town Cannons in 2013. (Couldn’t find info for 2014- is he still the GM?)
And then our two most recent VBLers! Both Gunnar McNeill (Staunton) and Hunter Newman (Front Royal) are tied for the 5th most doubles in the last 11 seasons.
Daniel Murphy is the starting second baseman for the New York Mets. That’s kind of a big deal.
Jared Simon has been in the Colorado Rockies’ system since 2010, and AJ Wirnsberger did not play pro ball.
Front Royal comes in first with 4 players on the list, while Luray has 3, Winchester 2, and Strasburg and Staunton each have one.