In our last “in a season” record book installment (since the 2006 draft), we have batting average, with the additional caveat that the batter must have had 400 at-bats. This is a pretty strong list:
|1||Collin Cowgill||Covington ’05||2011||0.354|
|2||James McOwen||Luray ’05-06||2009||0.340|
|3||Clint Robinson||Harrisonburg ’05-06||2010||0.335|
|4||John Raynor||New Market ’04||2007||0.333|
|Tyler Kuhn||Luray ’06-07||2011||0.333|
|6||Clint Robinson||Harrisonburg ’05-06||2011||0.326|
|7||Jeff Kindel||Covington ’03||2007||0.317|
|8||Tyson Auer||Luray ’05-06||2010||0.316|
|9||Joey Butler||New Market ’06||2011||0.313|
|10||Jon Jay||Staunton ’04||2008||0.312|
|John Raynor||New Market ’04||2008||0.312|
|Clint Robinson||Harrisonburg ’05-06||2014||0.312|
Cowgill, Robinson, Raynor, Butler, and Jay have all played in the major leagues. Auer and Kuhn reached Triple-A, and Kindel played in Double-A for three seasons. McOwen also reached Double-A, but is best known for setting the California League record with a 45-game hitting streak in 2009. It was the 8th longest streak in minor league history.
After this post, the record book attention will turn to minor league career numbers, which will focus an inordinate amount of attention to Clint Robinson, who holds first place in 6 of the 9 categories. Stay tuned!