Minor League Record Book: Home Runs in a Season

Next record book entry is home runs in one minor league season, starting with the players drafted after 2005….

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 29
2 Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 28
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 28
4 Michael Snyder Haymarket ’11 2013 25
Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 25
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2014 24
7 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-07 2011 23
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2013 23
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2015 23
10 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2012 22
Ryan McBroom Haymarket ’11-12 2016 22

There’s Clint Robinson at the top again, but also take a look at Ryan Schimpf- he’s listed four times- 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015! Four years in a row. He hit 15 minor league home runs in 2016, and 19 in 2017. (20 in the majors in 2016, and 14 in 2017)

Robinson just retired; Rudy Flores, Mac Williamson, and Ryan McBroom are all still active. Both Jonathan Griffin and Michael Snyder played in the Atlantic League the last couple years. In 2017, Griffin hit 278/348/419 in 448 plate appearances for New Britain, and Snyder hit 280/361/517 in 523 PA’s for Southern Maryland.

The all-timers:

All-Time
1 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2005 38
2 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 1984 33
3 Jeff Manto Front Royal 1994 31
Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 2005 31
Luke Scott Staunton 2005 31
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2006 31
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2008 31
8 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 1997 30
9 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 2004 29
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 29
11 Nick Stavinoha Front Royal ’03 2011 28
Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 28
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 28
14 Pat Watkins Staunton 1994 27
Luke Scott Staunton 2004 27
16 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 1998 26
T.R. Marcinczyk Staunton 1998 26
Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 2005 26
Ben Harrison Harrisonburg ’01 2006 26
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2010 26

Now a different name shows up four times- Joe Koshansky! Joe hit 36 home runs in Asheville in 2005, and added 2 more in Double-A Tulsa. Lest anyone think that his output that year was solely based on the short right field dimensions in Asheville, he hit 31 in Tulsa in 2006, and then 31 again for Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2008. Three of his four seasons represented here are from different minor league levels.

Interesting that only one player is on this list from the entire decade of the 1980’s- Dan Pasqua. Then there are 5 entries from the 1990’s, 9 from the 2000’s, and the remaining 5 from 2010-2017.

Counting every entry (including players on the list more than once), Staunton has 8 lines, Harrisonburg has 4, Waynesboro 3, Front Royal 2, and New Market, Luray, and Haymarket all have 1.

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A Couple Quick Hits

The end of my basketball season has come and gone, which means a week of utter collapse, and then getting back to work.

We’ll start the process of returning to work by taking a quick look at a couple stories that have come across my desk in one way or another in the past couple week…

[In 2007], He was the ACC Player of the Year, first team All-ACC and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award the same season.

During his career, Thomas became the first Seminole to register 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 stolen bases in a single season.  He finished that junior campaign with 33 doubles, which tied for the second most in a single-season at FSU.

Thomas led the ACC in batting average with a.430 mark while ranking first in six other offensive categories as junior.  He also finished among the Top 10 in four other categories enroute to earning consensus All-America honors.

Thomas’ 14 career triples are still the fourth most in school history.

Tony was drafted by the Cubs in the third round in 2007, spent 9 years in the minors in affiliated baseball, and now two years in Independent ball. Tony appears in the all-time minor league record book in the categories of doubles (tied for 13th), triples (3rd), and stolen bases (18th).

While Tony fell just a little bit short of the major leagues (he played in 164 Triple-A games), he has made a career for himself while playing baseball, which is much more than most of us can claim.

Taylor has also done what probably seemed like an internship with ATVL; a few years ago (when she was still a college student, I believe) she helped me with the statistics for park factors for a past Valley League season. Maybe 2012? She very cheerfully saved me dozens of hours of work.

Congratulations, Taylor!

Clint has had an illustrious minor league career- he’s on the all-time minors record book list for runs (12th), hits (7th), doubles (4th), home runs (3rd), RBIs (5th), and walks (13th). He has played in 1,053 minor league games since he was drafted in 2007, and appeared in 243 major league games as well.

  • The Express are also doing something fun in the offseason- reports uploaded to youtube! Kyle Gutshall, the broadcaster extraordinaire, posted the first one on November 18th. Good stuff!

Minor League Record Book: Doubles in a Season

Most doubles in a minor league season by a Valley League alumnus?

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 41
2 Dalton Hicks Luray ’09 2013 39
Ryan McBroom Haymarket ’11-’12 2015 39
4 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-07 2012 37
Ryan Schmipf Luray ’08 2012 37
6 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2010 36
7 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2010 35
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 35
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 35
Joseph Bennie Strasburg ’11 2015 35

Clint Robinson is on this list three times! Ryan McBroom and Joe Bennie are the most recent- 3 seasons ago.

All-Time
1 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2004 50
2 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1997 47
3 Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 2001 45
4 Allen Battle Front Royal 1994 44
5 Marshall McDougall New Market ’98 2001 43
6 John Kruk New Market ’81 1983 41
T.R. Marcinczyk Staunton 1997 41
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 41
9 Aubrey Huff Staunton 1999 40
Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 2007 40
11 T.R. Marcinczyk Staunton 1999 39
Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2002 39
Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 2005 39
Dalton Hicks Luray ’09 2013 39
Ryan McBroom Haymarket ’11-’12 2015 39
16 Larry Sheets Staunton 1983 38
Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 1996 38
Joseph Hastings Staunton 2002 38
Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2005 38
20 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 1993 37
Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 1996 37
Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 1997 37
Peter Zoccolillo Front Royal ’98 2004 37
Luke Scott Staunton 2004 37
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-07 2012 37
Ryan Schmipf Luray ’08 2012 37

Kevin Reese in 2004: He started the season in Double-A Trenton, and hit 298/348/489 with 37 doubles in 78 games. Called up to Triple-A Columbus, he proceeded to hit 323/370/521, with 13 doubles in 53 games. Overall? 308/357/502, 50 doubles in 546 at-bats. Wow.

Kevin Reese NYY bball card

Minor League Record Book: Career Walks

Next category: career walks in the minor leagues!

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 454
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 432
3 Joey Butler New Market ’06 420
4 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 394
5 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 378
6 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 338
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 320
8 Ben Guez Covington ’06 304
9 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 286
10 Brian Bocock Luray ’04 272

Don’t look now, but Sherman Johnson is closing in on Clint Robinson! Clint has walked 454 times in 1,053 minor league games, while Sherman has walked 432 times in 683 minor league games.

Weird- the top 5 are still active, while the bottom 5 are not (at least not active in affiliated ball).

All-Time
1 Jeff Manto Front Royal 859
2 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 783
3 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 671
4 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 603
5 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 599
6 Alan Cockrell Staunton 577
7 Jack Voigt Staunton 537
8 Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 522
9 Louie Meadows Staunton 510
10 Wes Timmons Winchester ’98-9 492
11 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 481
12 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 473
13 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 454
14 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 437
15 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 433
16 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 432
17 Sam Perlozzo New Market ’72 423
18 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 420
Joey Butler New Market ’06 420
20 Steve Decker Front Royal 412

Jeff Manto is dominating the all-time minor league record book the way Clint Robinson dominates the 2006-2017 version….

Robinson had 409 walks going into 2017. With 45, he flew all the way up to #13. Johnson walked 63 times, and Joey Butler walked 11 times (he was injured much of 2017).

Arkansas Traveler Baseball

Sherman Johnson playing for Arkansas

Recent Transactions

Major league teams have started the post-season purge of their minor league systems, which unfortunately means that a few former Valley Leaguers will have to move on to something else in their lives. Or, perhaps, wait for another team to scoop them up.

Over the past three weeks, six alumni have have their status change. First of all, three have declared free agency. They are:

  • Clint Robinson (Harrisonburg 2006-07). A 25th round draft pick in 2007, Clint has had a solid career to this point. He is the 2006-2017 VBL minor league record holder in many categories. He’s also appeared in 243 major league games in that time span. Hopefully Clint can find a team that needs a lefthanded bat.
  • Alex Wimmers (Luray 2008). Alex was the 21st overall pick in 2010 by the Twins. A Tommy John surgery survivor, Alex has appeared in 165 minor league games and 22 major league games over his career.
  • Josh Edgin (Winchester 2007). Josh was drafted in the same year as Wimmers, but 30 rounds later. Josh played in the majors for almost the entire 2017 season, appearing in 46 games and going 0-1, 3.65 in 37 innings, with a 1.54 WHIP, a 4.4 BB/9, and 6.6 K/9. (He also appeared in 3 games at Triple-A.) Oddly, as a left handed pitcher, Josh was a little bit worse against lefty batters than righties in 2017.

These players have been released:

  • Ryan Castellanos (Harrisonburg 2014). Ryan was picked in the 25th round of the 2015 draft by the Tigers. Over parts of three seasons, he went 16-13, 4.02 in 40 games (31 starts). He finished with a 1.334 WHIP, along with a 1.5 BB/9 and 4.1 K/9 over 201 2/3 innings.
  • Joe Napolitano (Harrisonburg 2013). Joe was a free agent signee in 2016 by the Mets, out of St. John’s. Over 31 career games, he went 4-5, 5.49, with a 1.55 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, and 8.2 K/9 in 39 1/3 innings.
  • Tyler Howe (Waynesboro 2015-16). Tyler was signed as an undrafted free agent just this summer, and then appeared in a whopping 10 games in the Gulf Coast League. He actually threw really well, ending up at 3-1, 1.57, a 1.17 WHIP, 5.1 BB/9, and 11.0 K/9 in 23 innings.

If anything changes with the status with any or all of these players, you’ll be updated on ATVL….

Minor League Record Book: Career RBIs

Next up in our minor league record book is career RBIs. Once again, we will look at 2006-2017 (also known as the “Clint Robinson” record book), and then look at the all-time list.

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 661
2 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 456
3 Joey Butler New Market ’06 449
4 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 422
5 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 396
6 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 377
7 Ben Guez Covington ’06 376
8 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 374
9 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 353
10 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 336

Made the majors: Clint Robinson, Ryan Schimpf, Joey Butler, Eric Campbell, Collin Cowgill, Blake Tekotte
Still active: Robinson, Schimpf, Butler, Flores, Campbell (in Japan) (Tony Thomas and Tekotte are still in the Indy Leagues)

All-Time
1 Jeff Manto Front Royal 920
2 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 842
3 Alan Cockrell Staunton 776
4 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 691
5 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 661
6 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 658
7 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 604
8 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 597
Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 597
10 Steve Decker Front Royal 575
11 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 562
12 Jack Voigt Staunton 555
13 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 543
14 Louie Meadows Staunton 509
15 Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 498
16 Marshall McDougall New Market ’98 490
17 Erik Kratz Way,Harr ’00-01 477
18 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 476
19 Emil Brown Waynesboro ’94 465
20 Mike Eylward Staunton 463

Only two active players appear on this list- Clint Robinson and Erik Kratz. Erik had 37 RBIs in 2017, pushing him onto this list and all the way to #17. Clint had 74 in ’17, pushing him from #10 to #5. Ryan Schimpf and Joey Butler are close to joining the all-time list as well.

Alan Cockrell NYY recent

A recent photo of Alan Cockrell, the current New York Yankees hitting coach (and #3 on the all-time list)

Minor League Record Book: Career Home Runs

Next up in the career minor league record book is home runs…. the one you’ve been waiting for, Brilliant Reader?

As usual, we’ll look at 2006-2017 first, and then “all-time” after that.

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 159
2 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 147
3 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 95
4 Joey Butler New Market ’06 92
5 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 84
Ben Guez Covington ’06 84
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 83
8 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 76
9 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 73
10 Jon Griffin Luray ’10 71
11 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 70
12 AJ Kirby-Jones Waynesboro ’09 64

Things are getting tight up there at the top; Clint Robinson will likely not hold onto the top spot if Ryan Schimpf has a full year in the minors in 2018. (And Robinson played at Syracuse, in the International League, in 2017, when Schimpf played at El Paso, of the Pacific Coast League. The PCL plays better for hitters than the IL, so that matters, too.)

Anyway, Robinson, Schimpf, Rudy Flores, Joey Butler, and Tyler White are all active. White hit 23 home runs in 2017, and jumped up to #9 on this list. But hopefully all of these guys will play more in the majors than the minors in 2018.

All-Time
1 Jeff Manto Front Royal 243
2 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 186
3 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 159
4 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 158
5 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 157
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 147
7 Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 146
8 Alan Cockrell Staunton 141
9 Luke Scott Staunton 125
10 Erik Kratz Way,Harr ’00-01 123
11 Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 114
12 Jack Voigt Staunton 111
13 Steve Decker Front Royal 101
14 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 100
Nick Stavinoha Front Royal ’03 100
16 Larry Sheets Staunton 99
Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 99
18 Pat Watkins Staunton 95
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 95
20 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 93

Robinson, Schimpf, and Flores are on both lists. Erik Kratz is also active, and all the way up there at #10, after adding 13 home runs in 2017.

Joe Koshansky also has another connection to the VBL, as he was one of the people responsible for bringing the VBL back to Charlottesville back in 2014.

Joe Koshansky minor leagues

Joe Koshansky