Olivera, Morozowski, and Bennie….

The first weeks of school, along with a new schedule, heavy workloads, and a new basketball season (coaching), can put a really large damper on my posting time.

However, here are three stories about former Valley Leaguers who are putting up big numbers in the minor leagues!

  • Joe Bennie (Strasburg 2011) went on an unholy tear starting August 1st, hitting a home run in 4 straight, and 8
    Joe Bennie takes a hack
    Joe Bennie takes a hack

    of 9 games. Josh Jackson covered him with an article on milb.com, including this quote from Joe:

“I’ve never hit eight home runs in a season — going back through college, high school, Little League, never — so to hit eight in nine days, it’s something I’ll always remember,” he said. “It’s just clicking in my approach in what I’ve been looking for, being on time and ready to hit. I think it’s finally being a professional hitter.”

Bennie is hitting 266/362/429 in 403 at-bats, along with 29 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 home runs this season.

  • Orlando Olivera (Luray 2011-12) was the 1151st overall draft pick this June, in the 38th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s done nothing but rake in the pros, though, putting up a combined 347/400/556 stat line at two different levels. He has 8 doubles, 6 home runs, and 30 RBIs in only 33 games!
  • Jason Morozowski (Staunton 2013) was a 13th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks this June after a standout career at Mount Olive. He was just named the Pioneer League hitter of the week by milb.com, after putting up a 409/435/864 week! This is what Sam Dykstra wrote about Jason:

Morozowski jumped onto the D-backs’ radar after producing a .424/.481/.790 line with 21 homers and 82 RBIs in 55 games at the University of Mount Olive, a Division II school in North Carolina, this spring and Arizona was able to grab him with their 13th-round pick in June. The 21-year-old, right-handed-hitting outfielder hasn’t been able to replicate those absurd numbers entirely in the pros, but he’s certainly held his own in the Pioneer League, where he had a .305/.387/.494 line in 45 games. He broke out in the power department last week with three homers after entering the week with only one in his first 40 games with the Osprey.

Congratulations to all three players!


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