So now that we’ve finished up the career section for pitchers, let’s take a look at season highs. (I can’t help but think about how much pitching has changed since I was pitching in college- pitch counts, innings limits…. things are so different now! (Not necessarily worse, just different.))
Take a look at the most wins in one season in the minor leagues by a Valley League alumnus since the 2006 draft…
|1||Rowdy Hardy||Staunton ’04||2007||15|
|Levi Maxwell||Waynesboro ’06||2008||15|
|Austin Gomber||Luray ’12||2015||15|
|4||Mike Ballard||Staunton ’04||2007||14|
|Elih Villanueva||Luray ’07||2010||14|
|Ben Alsup||Luray ’09, Stan ’10||2012||14|
|Brandon Sinnery||Winchester ’09||2014||14|
|Logan Boyd||Charles Town ’13||2016||14|
|9||Brad Mills||Harrisonburg ’05||2008||13|
|Joey Williamson||Luray ’05||2009||13|
|Ben Alsup||Luray ’09, Stan ’10||2013||13|
|Chad Kuhl||New Market ’12||2014||13|
The first thing you should notice about this, Brilliant Reader, is that only 2 wins separate the bottom from the top! That’s pretty amazing. The other thing is that there are 12 seasons represented here, but only one pitcher- Ben Alsup– is listed twice. Ben went 27-13 over 2012-2013, but then fell to 3-14 in 2014, and then left baseball.
The newest member of this list is Logan Boyd, who went 14-7 in the South Atlantic League in 2016.
Major leaguers: Elih Villanueva, Brad Mills, and Chad Kuhl (Who made his major league debut in 2016!)
Out of affiliated ball: Rowdy Hardy, Levi Maxwell, Mike Ballard, Villanueva, Alsup, Brandon Sinnery, Joey Williamson
Still hanging in there: Austin Gomber (who might pitch in the majors in 2017), Boyd, Brad Mills, Kuhl
Next up: saves!