#3 Hitter: Max Wood, Staunton

Max Wood Central Florida 2017

Our #3 hitter, Max Wood, was one of the most consistent hitters in the 2017 Valley League season. He started his season going 2-4 on June 10th, went 0-for his next seven, but then proceeded to get a hit in 27 of his last 29 games. This included ending his season on a 23-game hitting streak (including his two playoff games). While not the longest in history, he surely came close (at least two players had streaks of 25 games), and had the longest hitting streak in the 2017 season. He also had 18 multi-hit games to boot.

Let’s take a look at his overall stats in his regular season and playoffs:

VBL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 31 123 33 48 12 1 5 21 14 19 8 2 0.390 0.457 0.626
Play 2 8 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0.375 0.444 0.500

It should come as no surprise that Max was named first team All-Valley in the outfield with numbers like these. Overall, he finished 3rd in the league in batting average, 2nd in OPS, 3rd in OBP, 3rd in slugging percentage, 4th in total bases, tied for 3rd in home runs, 3rd in doubles, 10th in hits, and 7th in runs. He finished in the top 5 in 7 different categories!

His best game was probably on June 30th at Covington, when he was on base 6 times. He went 3-3, with a triple, home run, 3 walks, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs. The Braves won the game, 9-4.

Max’s performance caught the eyes of Perfect Game, too, as they named him the #7 prospect in the league.

Max has had a bit of an odd road to get here. Here are his first two years in college, at San Jacinto, and his 2017 season at Central Florida:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2015 51 139 41 46 5 2 6 41 15 15 13 2 0.331 0.406 0.525
2016 63 205 44 76 8 0 7 50 17 42 14 6 0.371 0.441 0.512
2017 23 23 3 3 0 0 0 4 2 9 0 0 0.130 0.222 0.130

He was named first team All-Conference in 2016 at San Jacinto, but then obviously had trouble breaking into CF’s lineup the next year. Pinch hitting is a tough gig, and Max went 3-23 in that role. With the summer he’s had, though, Max has proven that he’s a dynamic player, and hopefully will get more at-bats in his senior year!

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Three Named Top College Prospects

Back on January 6, Baseball America posted a list of the top 100 college prospects for the 2017 draft. As usual, ATVL scoured the list looking for former Valley League players. This year, three players are listed:

  • Michael Gigliotti, Lipscomb (Covington 2015) is listed at #14. Over his freshman and sophomore years at Lipscomb, Michael has hit 320/408/454 in 425 at-bats, along with a 56/66 BB/K ratio. He hit 280/349/320 in 75 at-bats in ’15 for the ‘Jacks.
  • Nate Pearson, JC of Central Florida (Staunton 2016) is listed at #41. The hulking righthander (he’s 6-foot-6) pitched in one game for the Braves last summer.
  • Garrett Cave, Tampa (Staunton 2015) is listed at #56. Garrett transferred to D-II Tampa for 2017 after two years at Florida International. He pitched in 14 games for the ’15 Braves, finishing 1-0, 4.34, with 1 save, 27 walks and 37 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.

Hopefully all three will be drafted this coming June!

Michael Gigliotti

Michael Gigliotti

#7 Starting Pitcher: Campbell Scholl, Waynesboro

campbell-scholl-c-florida-headshotThe 7th best starting pitcher in the 2016 Valley League season is Campbell Scholl, from Waynesboro and Central Florida!

The 6-foot-6 righthander finished with a rather unique statistical profile in the Valley. Over 6 starts and 34 2/3 innings, Campbell went 2-0, 1.04, with a 0.836 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 3.4 K/9. Those numbers come from allowing only 14 hits, walking 15 batters… and striking out only 13. It is rather odd for a pitcher with such a low K/9 to dominate to the extent Campbell did, but as his numbers from college show (keep reading), he is certainly capable of missing more bats.

Anyway, Campbell finished tied for first in the league in ERA and WHIP, but his K/9 was last among all pitchers considered for this list. He pitched a shutout inning in the All-Star game in July as well. His best two starts were June 29, at Winchester, and July 23, against Harrisonburg. Against the Royals, Scholl allowed only 1 hit and 3 walks in 6 shutout innings, while striking out 5 in a no-decision. Against the Turks, Campbell threw 8 shutout innings while allowing 3 hits, 4 walks, and not striking out anyone. He also threw 5 shutout innings in the playoffs against Covington while allowing 5 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 3. He was named 2nd team All-Valley League after the season. VBL hitters clearly had trouble hitting him!

Scholl spent his first two college seasons at Walters State Community College. In 2014, as a freshman, Campbell went 1-1, 4.34 in 19 appearances out of the bullpen, spanning 29 innings. His WHIP was 1.24, BB/9 was 4.0, and K/9 was 8.1.

His stats took a jump in 2015, when he went 12-5, 4.66 in 19 games (17 starts) and 75 1/3 innings. He had a 1.31 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 10.3 K/9, which reflects 86 strikeouts in those 75 innings.

In 2016, he transferred to Central Florida, and went 1-0, 7.71 in 24 games and 21 innings out of the bullpen. He finished with a 1.57 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, and 9.9 K/9.

Campbell was also one of 8 players to be listed on both the Baseball America and Perfect Game top prospect lists- he was #4 in the first, and #10 on the latter.

Look for an excellent spring season out of Campbell in 2017!

(Photo by Mike Janes)

(Photo by Mike Janes)

Everything That Happened, Monday July 25

Six games were played last night, so now we have just 5 games left in the regular season!

Results

Charlottesville 4, Harrisonburg 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Waynesboro 11, Covington 3
Purcellville 6, Winchester 3
Staunton 6, Strasburg 3 (10 innings)
New Market 8, Woodstock 1
Harrisonburg 7, Charlottesville (Game 2 , 7 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Dan Wondrack Charleston 2016The hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Dan Wondrack, from Charleston! Dan, in game one of the doubleheader last night, went 3-3, with a run, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles, and a home run. He accounted for 3 of his team’s 4 runs in the contest. Overall this summer in 119 at-bats, Dan is hitting 269/351/412, with 11 doubles and 2 home runs.

Others of Note

Sam Palensky, Waynesboro: 2-4, 4 runs, RBI, BB
Zack Sterry, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Marques Inman, Purcellville: 3-3, run, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Adam Sisk, Staunton: 1-3, 3-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning
Ryan Hall, Staunton: 2-5, run, RBI, 2B, HR
Luke Manzo, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, 3B
Brendan Donovan, New Market: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-3, BB
Cameron Pearcey, Woodstock: 2-3, BB, 3 SB
Jake Kusz, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 3 RBIs
Jack Morris, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, HR
Ben Socher, Charlottesville: 3-3, RBI, 2 SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Staunton’s Thaddeus Ward, from Central Florida! Thaddeus threw 8 innings against Strasburg and Thaddeus Ward Central Florida 2016allowed 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, and struck out 5. He didn’t get the win, as it took the Braves another couple innings to break the tie, but he earned a game score of 65, which is the highest from last night. Over 9 games (8 starts) this summer, Thaddeus is 2-2, 4.74, with 44 hits, 21 walks, and 27 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched.

Others of Note

AJ Franklin, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (54)
Vince Braman, Waynesboro: 7 IP 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win (62)
Andrew Green, Purcellville: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s (58)
Jared Silva, Strasburg: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (63)
Dustin Lander, New Market: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (63)
Nathan Pawelczyk, New Market: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K’s, save
Daniel Brumbaugh, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s (57)

Tonight’s Games

Purcellville (Nicholas McIntyre) at Strasburg (TBD)
Charlottesville (Matthew Sullivan) at Covington (Justin Heckert)
Staunton (Eric Harp) at Waynesboro (Brett Sasse)
Front Royal (Andrew Honiotes) at New Market (Ryan Evans)
Winchester (TBD) at Woodstock (Drew Mancuso)

Daily Update, Friday June 10

Five games on the slate last night, just after rounds 3-10 of the MLB draft were held….

Results

Purcellville 5, Front Royal 4
Waynesboro 10, Charlottesville 0
Winchester 9, Covington 6
Strasburg 9, Harrisonburg 3
Staunton 11, New Market 4

Hitter of the Day

Gabriel Garcia Broward 2016The hitter of the day is Winchester’s Gabriel Garcia, from Broward! The young man from Coamo, Puerto Rico went 3-4, with a run, 4 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He’s now 12-24 in the young Valley League season; he has a hit in all 6 Royals games. At Broward, he hit 263/387/537, and was named 2nd Team All-Conference.

Others of Note

Christopher Medina, Front Royal: 3-5, 2B
Brent Sakurai, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, SB
Tanner Poole, Waynesboro: 3-3, 2 runs, 2 SB, HBP
Jeffery Scott, Strasburg: 3-4, run, 2B
Erick Delgado, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, walk, triple, 2 SB
Daulton Weeks, New Market: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Eli Kashi, Staunton: 3-3, 3 runs, RBI, HBP
Ryan Hall, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 2B, 3B
Keegan Maronpot, Staunton: 1-2, 4 RBIs, run, grand slam

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is Waynesboro’s Campbell Scholl, from Central Florida! Campbell threw 5 shutout innings

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against the Tom Sox, while allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 4. He earned the win and a game score of 62. It was his first start in the 2016 VBL season. The 6-foot-6 righthander struck out 23 batters in 21 innings at UCF this spring.

Other of Note

Kristopher Van Camp, Front Royal: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s, game score of 60

Tonight’s Schedule

Harrisonburg (Tucker McCoy) vs. Covington (Jason Polgano)
Winchester (Joey Jones) at Front Royal (Zachary Mort)
Charlottesville (Matt Olson) at New Market (Jonathan Bowlan)
Waynesboro (Alex Ernestine) at Staunton (Damon Frazier)
Strasburg (Justin Freeman) at Woodstock (Zachary Perkins)

#3 Hitter: Christian Khawam, Charles Town

Christian Khawam FIU 2016Our 3rd best hitter in the 2015 Valley League season, Charles Town’s Christian Khawam, has already had a rather illustrious career in junior college, so his hitting in the Valley should have come as no surprise.

Christian hit a whopping 367/448/495 in 109 at-bats for the Cannons, along with 6 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, and a super 12/9 BB/K ratio. He was 3rd in the league in batting average, 2nd in on-base percentage, and 7th in slugging percentage. He had 4 hits in a game an incredible 4 times. (28% of his games played for Charles Town ended with Christian tallying 4 hits!) He left the Cannons right after the league all-star game, unfortunately, or he may have added a few more to that total.

Christian had two amazing seasons at the College of Central Florida. In 2014, as a freshman, Christian hit 392/433/651 in 209 at-bats, along with 57 runs, 53 RBIs, 22 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, and a 15/18 BB/K ratio. After Central Florida finished 3rd in the state, Christian was named FCSAA (Florida College System Activities Association) all-tournament, and 1st team All-State. He was also named to the 1st team All-Conference, and topped it all off with the Central Florida male athlete of the year (and was , almost obviously, the baseball team’s MVP). He paid attention in the classroom, too: the business marketing major made the Dean’s List.

In his sophomore year, Khawam hit 366/438/559 in 186 at-bats, with 37 runs, 34 RBIs, 19 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, and a super 24/17 BB/K ratio. He was named Mid-Florida 1st team All-Conference, and made the Dean’s List for a second straight year.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is an amazing junior college career. Christian has signed with Florida International for his junior year.

Christian Khawam CF 2015

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