2016 Full Season A Pitcher of the Year

MiLB: MAY 02 Clearwater Threshers at Tampa YankeesOur full season A-ball pitcher of the year is James Reeves (Staunton 2013)!

In a season full of stiff competition, James has risen to the top with his performance at High-A Tampa in the Florida State League and Low-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. James pitched 17 times out of the bullpen and started 12 games for Tampa, and appeared 4 times out of the bullpen for Charleston. Overall, he went 6-2, 2.32, with a 0.90 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 10.51 K/9 in 93 1/3 innings pitched. He finished the year at Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League, and couldn’t be hit there, either. In 4 games, he gave up 0 earned runs, and struck out 8 in 4 innings.

James was drafted in the 10th round in 2015 by the Yankees. After the draft, he has assigned to Staten Island of the New York-Penn League, where he went 1-1, 3.08, with 27 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

I imagine Reeves will start 2017 at Trenton- congrats on your excellent season!

Past Winners:

2015- Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), for Peoria of the Midwest League
2014- Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012), for Bradenton of the Florida State League

Others in Consideration (whew- what a list!):

  • Kevin Herget (Strasburg 2012), Palm Beach- 0-0, 0.00, 6 svs in 23 IP
  • Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), Palm Beach- 6-8, 2.92, 1.07 WHIP, 8.44 K/9 in 107 2/3 IP
  • Matt Hockenberry (Woodstock 2013), Clearwater- 3-1, 1.39, 7 saves in 58 1/3 IP
  • Sam Howard (Staunton 2012), Modesto- 4-3, 2.47, 10.00 K/9 in 65 2/3 IP
  • Chris Huffman (Staunton 2012-13), Lake Elsinore- 10-5, 3.78 in 131 IP
  • Conor Kaden (Harrisonburg 2013), Augusta- 6-3, 3.71, 3 svs in 87 1/3 IP
  • Tyler Cyr (Waynesboro 2014), Augusta/San Jose- 5-4, 2.32, 3 svs, 10.87 K/9 in 73 2/3 IP
  • Reece Karalus (Aldie 2014), Bowling Green- 2-3, 3.33, 9.39 K/9 in 46 IP
  • Luke Leftwich (Aldie 2013), Lakewood/Clearwater- 10-7, 3.37, 10.05 K/9 in 122 2/3 IP
  • Keegan Long (Front Royal 2014), Kane County- 1-1, 1.87, 7 svs in 67 1/3 IP
  • Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014), Delmarva/Frederick- 6-4, 1.57, 5 svs, 11.33 K/9 in 74 2/3 IP
  • Sarkis Ohanian (Harrisonburg 2012), Dayton- 0-3, 3.31, 13 svs, 15.55 K/9 in 35 1/3 IP
  • Armando Ruiz (Woodstock 2013), Beloit- 3-4, 3.46, 3 svs in 52 IP
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James Reeves firing a pitch for Tampa

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)

Everything That Happened, Sunday July 17

All five games were played last night, with an appropriate amount of craziness. Let’s take a look…

Results

Covington 9, Charlottesville 8 (Jacks score THREE in the bottom of the 9th to walk off. Brandon Vicens tied it with a 2-run double, and Bruce Martin drove in Vicens with a sac fly to win it. Jacks solidify hold on 3rd place in South, while Tom Sox stay 1.5 games behind Staunton for the last playoff spot in the South.)

Winchester 10, Front Royal 3 (Royals score 5 times on 3 hits and 2 errors in the 5th inning. Winchester now has a 3-game lead over the Cardinals for 2nd position in the North, with only 7 to play. Front Royal still is ahead of New Market (in 4th place) by 2 games, also with 7 to play.)

Purcellville 3, New Market 2 (Cannons’ Denathan Dukes scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to win it. Purcellville pulls to within one game of the Rebels for the last playoff spot in the North.)

Waynesboro 11, Woodstock 9 (12 innings) (Play-by-play is not available for this one, but I can tell you that Kyle Jackson hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 12th to win it. Gens stay a half game ahead of the Turks for 1st place in the South, and poor Woodstock is 4.5 games behind the last playoff spot in the North, with 8 games to play.)

Harrisonburg 6, Staunton 5 (Tanner Dofflemyer scored on a Bryan Arias fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 9th to win it. A walk-off fielder’s choice! My hunch is that Staunton tried to turn an inning-ending double play, but Arias beat the throw to first. Turks stay a half game behind Waynesboro for 1st place in the South, and Staunton falls 6 games behind 3rd place, but stay 1.5 ahead of Charlottesville for the last playoff spot.)

Hitter of the Day

Riley Mihalik Rider 2016Our HOD is Covington’s Riley Mihalik, from Rider, who went 3-3, with 3 runs, an RBI, 2 doubles, and 2 walks. A little bit of everything. Riley’s first game this summer was on July 5th, but he’s been raking the whole time. He’s hitting 462/563/692 in 26 at-bats, along with a whole lot of sixes- 6 runs, 6 doubles, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hmm.

Others of Note

Justin Novak, Charlottesville: 3-6, run, RBI
Brandon Vicens, Covington: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, HR
Michael Hartnagel, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, 2B
Zach Sterry, Waynesboro: 2-6, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR (#12)
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 4-6, 3 runs, BB, 2B (Now hitting .402)
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 4-6, 2 runs, 2B
Jacob Tisevich, Woodstock: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR, 2B
Charles Zaloumis, Waynesboro: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

For the second time, the POD is Purcellville’s Pat Doudican, from Charleston. Also the POD back on June 22nd, PatPat Doudican Charleston 2016 went 7 innings and allowed 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, and struck out 8. His game score of 66 was the highest. After 7 starts this summer, Pat is 1-4, 4.40, with 32 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Joey Johnson, New Market: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s (58)
Brandon Miller, New Market: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Merritt Huber, Waynesboro: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Will Reed, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win

Tonight’s Games

Woodstock (TBD) at Covington (Daniel Schiller)
Harrisonburg (TBD) at Waynesboro (Vince Braman)
Strasburg (Benjamin Dum) at New Market (Jonathan Bowlan)

Daily Update, Saturday July 9

All five games were played last night… with only one scheduled for today. Here we go…

Results
Strasburg 5, Front Royal 1 (Strasburg now a league-leading 21-8)
Purcellville 12, Covington 3 (Cannons now tied for 4th in North Division)
Harrisonburg 14, Woodstock 0 (Three Turks hold Bandits to one hit)
Staunton 11, Charlottesville 10 (17 runs were scored from the bottom of the 7th to the end. Braves score 4 in the bottom of the 9th to win it. Walk-off walk!)
Waynesboro 9, New Market 5 (Generals win 5th in a row)

Hitter of the Day

Dupree Hart Charleston 2016The hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Dupree Hart, from Charleston! Dupree went 2-4, with 3 runs, 5 RBIs, a walk, sacrifice fly, and home run. He did a little bit of everything! Overall, in 88 at-bats this summer, he’s hitting 295/373/398.

Others of Note

Tyler Halas, Strasburg: 2-4, RBI, 2 2B
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4 run, 4 RBIs, HR
Raul Cabrera, Purcellville: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 3B, SB
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, SB
Greg Popatak, Harrisonburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR (#8)
DJ Lee, Charlottesville: 3-6, run, RBI
Brooks Crawford, Charlottesville: 2-5, BB
Brian Fortier, Charlottesville: 3-4 RBI, BB
Irving Lopez, Staunton: 2-5, run, 4 RBIs, BB, 2B
Adam Sisk, Staunton: 2-3, run, BB, HBP, SB
Andrew Bullock, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B, HR

Pitcher of the Day

The pitcher of the day is Malik Jones, from Georgia Gwinnett and the Harrisonburg Turks! Malik, who played for Pensacola this spring, threw 6 one-hit, shutout innings against the River Bandits. He allowed 1 walk, and struck out 3. He was assigned the win, and ended with a game score of 72. He’s now 3-1, 0.52 in 17 innings this summer. By the way, he has a 13-inning scoreless streak going…)

Others of Note

Derrick Mount, Strasburg: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K’s, win (69)
Kevin Fuentes, Purcellville: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, win (56)
Matt Kaster, Purcellville: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Patrick Wiseman, Harrisonburg: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Jack Alkire, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (62)
Zach Neff, Waynesboro: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s, win

Tonight’s Game

The All-Star game, in Harrisonburg! See the league website for times and activities. If you’re anywhere close, or have an important person playing in the game, you should be there! (Alas, I won’t be there… I’m still pretty far away.

Daily Update, Wednesday June 22

All five games were played last night…

Results

Covington 5, Front Royal 4 (11 innings)
New Market 7, Strasburg 4 (10 innings)
Purcellville 6, Woodstock 1
Winchester 7, Charlottesville 4
Harrisonburg 3, Staunton 2

Hitter of the Day

Bernabe Camargo Galveston 2016Our hitter of the day is Bernabe Camargo, for Front Royal, and from Galveston! Bernabe went 4-6 in the 11 inning game against Covington, along with 2 runs, a double, and a triple. He’s now hitting 325/378/450 in 40 at-bats this summer. For the junior college Galveston, the freshman hit 288/332/457 in 184 at-bats.

Others of Note

Zac Wiley, Front Royal: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, BB, HR
John Cable, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Jason Costa, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Luke Bolka, New Market: 1-5, 3-run HR in top of 10th inning
Diandre Amion, Purcellville: 3-5, 3 RBI
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI
Bruce Steel, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3B, HR
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 3-4, 2 runs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

For the third day in a row, a Purcellville Cannon wins this thing; this time, it’s Pat Doudican, from Charleston! Pat Pat Doudican Charleston 2016threw 7 shutout innings against Woodstock, while allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 72. For the summer, he’s now 1-3, 2.94, with 19 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings!

Others of Note

Mark Hendricks, Covington: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, win
Blake Whitney, Front Royal: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (59)
Benjamin Dum, Strasburg: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (55)
Jake Lee, Harrisonburg: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s, win (66)
Sam Vincenzo, Staunton: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, loss (68)

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville (Jake Alkire) vs Strasburg (Peyton Plumlee)
Front Royal (Erne Valdes) at Covington (Jesse Ferreira)
Staunton (Brandon Gochenour) at Waynesboro (Tyler Howe)
Winchester (Jon Peterson) at New Market (Davis Kirkpatrick)
Harrisonburg (Corey Childress) at Woodstock (Hunter Morgan)

Five Off to Scorching Starts

Five of the players that ATVL listed as top hitters in the 2015 Valley League season are off to scorching hot starts in their respective college season. Let’s take a look:

  • Shane Billings (Harrisonburg), Wingate: The MVP of the 2015 season is crushing the ball so far for Wingate. He’s hitting 453/520/686 in 86 at-bats, along with 31 runs scored, 16 RBIs, 9 doubles, 4 triples, a home run, a 12/4 BB/K ratio, and a perfect 12 steals in 12 attempts.
  • Bradley Jones (Charles Town), Charleston: He may be hitting “only” .262, but his on-base percentage is .407 and he’s slugging a ridiculous .786, thanks to 4 doubles and a whopping 6 home runs in only 42 at-bats.
  • Andrew Seigel (Aldie), Concord: Andrew is hitting 452/511/548 in 42 at-bats. He’s scored 12 runs, and hit 2 doubles and a triple. His BB/K ratio is 5/5, and he’s stolen 5 bases in 7 attempts.
  • Austin Edens (Staunton), Samford: Austin is hitting .373 in 51 at-bats, along with 12 runs, 14 RBIs, 5 doubles, and 5 home runs. He has a 2/10 BB/K ratio.
  • Jared Baker (Harrisonburg), Oklahoma City: In 21 games and 70 at-bats, Jared is hitting 457/512/886. (Slugging .886?!?!) He has scored 27 runs, driven in 19, and has 10 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 home runs. His BB/K ratio is 7/8.

Great job, guys! Keep on raking….

#2 Hitter: Bradley Jones, Charles Town

Bradley Jones Charleston 2015ATVL’s 2nd best hitter in the 2015 Valley League season is College of Charleston’s Bradley Jones!

Bradley may be best known for crushing home run after home run in the second-to-last round of the 2015 Home Run Derby (with his dad pitching), but he produced at the plate in “normal” circumstances as well. Bradley was a mainstay in Charles Town’s lineup, finishing the season with a 333/380/590 stat line in 117 at-bats. He scored 19 runs, drove in 24, hit 12 doubles and 6 home runs, stole 5 bases, and had a 10/22 BB/K ratio. he finished tied for 6th in batting average in the league, and first in slugging. His home run total tied with 3 others for the top spot in the regular season. He appears to have a pretty bright future ahead of him, too, as two of my Valley League contacts said he was the best pro prospect in the entire league.

At Charleston in 2014, as a freshman, Bradley hit 210/275/270 in 100 at-bats. He hit 3 doubles, a home run, and had a 9/30 BB/K ratio.

He took a huge step forward in 2015, hitting 309/ 394/586 in 181 at-bats, along with 40 runs, 45 RBIs, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs, and a 24/52 BB/K ratio. He was named All-CAA 2nd team after the season. I can’t help but wonder how he might produce in 2016 with another step forward in his development!

Congratulations, Bradley!

Bradley Jones Charleston swinging

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