Update on Lang, Villanueva, Jones, and O’Reilly

For our afternoon post, here are four quick updates on former Valley Leaguers!

  • Michael Lang (Haymarket 2009), a free agent signee of the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2012, spent parts of two seasons in the Diamondback system. He was scooped up by Sioux City of the Independent American Association, and has now spent parts of 5 seasons there. A few days ago, he set the franchise record for career triples- he has 23 in his Indy ball career. He already owned the single season record, by the way.
  • Elih Villanueva (Luray 2007) is an old name among ATVL’s regular readers. He started 170 minor league games between 2008 and 2015, and 1 major league game in 2011 (against the Phillies, who whacked him pretty good). Elih was released by the Baltimore Orioles after the 2015 minor league season. He pitched in the Dominican Winter League, but was not signed by another club. He didn’t pitch in 2016, but signed with the Independent Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League this spring, where he went 5-1, 2.72 in 7 starts. All this to say that Elih was signed by the Red Sox a couple days ago, and is scheduled to start for Double-A Portland tonight. (I moved him back into the “active” file!)
  • You might remember Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015) from his monster home run derby at the All-Star game in 2015, but he should also be known for being a darn good hitter in games, too. An 18th round pick in 2016, he was assigned to Low-A Lansing of the Midwest League in April. But after hitting 326/395/560 in 184 at-bats, he’s been promoted to High-A Dunedin of the Florida State League.
  • The Cardinals drafted Mike O’Reilly (Woodstock 2014) in the 27th round of the 2016 amateur draft. Today he was named a Midwest League All-Star after going 3-1, 2.08 in 39 innings. He’s given up 29 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 39. Way to go, Mike!

That’s all for now….

Results from Tuesday, June 6

A crisp, cool night in the Valley- a little cold for this dude from East Africa. But all 5 games were played, so at least there’s that.

Results

Charlottesville 8, Woodstock 1
Strasburg 7, Harrisonburg 3
Covington 10, Purcellville 2
New Market 13, Staunton 8 (Runs for NM!)
Front Royal 12, Winchester 6 (This game was never “finished” on the website last night (or yet this morning). This drives me crazy when this happens, I must admit. So, Cardinals and Royals, I had to go off of the Gamelive stats, which do not give all the detail that a regular boxscore would. Hopefully the final boxscore will be posted sometime today.)

Hitter of the Day

Brandon Quaranta Phil U 2017For once, this was an easy choice (relatively): the hitter of the day is Strasburg’s Brandon Quaranta, from Philadelphia University! Brandon was on base 5 times for the Express last night, going 4-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, home run, and a hit-by-pitch. Clearly he has picked up right where he left off in 2016, as he is now 6-11 after three games, with 2 doubles, a home run, and 7 RBIs.

Others of Note

Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2B
Caleb Walls, Covington: 3-4, run, RBI
Sean Lawlor, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B
Allan Berrios, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs, 2 HR
Seth Hunt, New Market: 2-6, 3 runs, 2B
Alec Aleywine, NM: 3-5, run 3 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR
Patrick Overstreet, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 SB (8 already??!!!)
Payton Robertson, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2B, 3 SB
Garrett Marchand, Staunton: 3-3, RBI, BB
Seth Woodard, Winchester: 2-4, 4 RBI
Trevor Rosenburg, Front Royal: 2-3, 3 runs, RBI, BB
Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 1-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

From what I can tell, the pitcher of the day really needs to be Front Royal’s Joshua Andrews, from Grand Canyon. He threw 7 shutout innings against Winchester, allowing Josh Andrews Grand Canyon 2017only 1 hit, 0 walks, and struck out 12. He earned the win and a game score of 87- the best game score by far this season.

Others of Note

Sean Byrnes, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win (64)
Ben Dum, Strasburg: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win (57)
Kyle Craft, Covington: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s, win
Joe Bobiak, New Market: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (60)

Schedule for Wednesday

Front Royal at Purcellville
New Market at Charlottesville
Winchester at Covington
Strasburg at Woodstock
Harrisonburg at Waynesboro