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

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Sterry, Reed, Cave Named Summer All-Americans

After the summer leagues wrap up each year, Perfect Game publishes three teams, plus honorable mentions, of All-Americans covering all the leagues.

I believe there is an inherent conflict of interest with these lists, as PG sponsors its own league, but the lists are still worth checking out, especially since a couple current and former Valley Leaguers usually make the lists each year. Also, it’s worth noting that lists like this are almost impossible, as many, many players worthy of a notice are left off, which of course must happen when there are more than 20 summer leagues operating out there.

So, three players with connections to the Valley were named this year.

First of all, Garrett Cave (Staunton 2015) was named to the 2nd team as a reliever. Garrett pitched in the Cape Cod League this year, and went 0-2, 1.86, with 10 saves, 10 hits allowed, 13 walks, and 34 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched.

Secondly, Zach Sterry (Waynesboro) was named in the honorable mention section at designated hitter. Zach was the 2016 Valley League MVP, and is no stranger to these pages, for sure. Much more will be posted on him later this offseason.

Thirdly, Will Reed (Purcellville) was named honorable mention at relief pitcher. Will was named All-Valley in 2016, and will also be mentioned in these pages later on.

Congratulations to all three!

Cave

Cave

Sterry

Sterry

Reed

Reed

Daily Update, Tuesday July 5

I’m hoping to post two separate pieces today. The first will be this one- the daily update. Later on, I’m hoping to post on the “Cy Young Predictor,” with a look at this summer’s Valley League pitchers, of course.

The update!

Results

New Market 5, Charlottesville 3 (12 14 innings)
Waynesboro 6, Covington 3
Strasburg 8, Winchester 2
Woodstock 5, Staunton 4

Hitter of the Day

Irvin Lopez FIU 2016Our hitter of the day from last night is Staunton’s Irving Lopez, from Florida International! Irving, who also won the HOD on June 18, went 3-4, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a hit-by-pitch, and 2 home runs. Check out this slash line in 56 at-bats: 411/484/768, with 6 doubles and 4 home runs. Looks like a bat to watch!

Others of Note

Luke Manzo, New Market: 3-6, run
Luke Bolka, New Market: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, BB, HR
Jack Morris, Charlottesville: 2-6, BB, 2B
Devin Gearhart, Winchester: 2-2, run, 2 BB, SB
Haiden Lamb, Strsaburg: 2-4, run, RBI, HBP
Erick Delgado, Strasburg: 3-4, run, 4 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jeffery Scott, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Drew Avans, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, BB, 2B
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 2-4, 2 RBIs, 2 2B

Pitcher of the Day

The pitcher of the day is New Market’s Terrell McCall, from Alabama State! Terrell threw 5 Terrell McCall Alabama State 20162/3 innings, and allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and struck out 4 against the Tom Sox. He earned a game score of 61. Terrell is 2-0, 1.73, with 28 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched so far this summer.

Others of Note

Mat Oset, New Market: 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win
AJ Franklin, Charlottesville:  3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Alex Schnell, Strasburg: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s, win
JT Hintzen, Woodstock: 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s, win
Samuel Crocker, Staunton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Tonight’s Games

Harrisonburg (TBD) at Covington (Mike Hanchar)
New Market (Jonathan Bowlan) at Winchester (John Lollar)
Staunton (TBD) at Purcellville (Brandon Caples)
Strasburg (Ryan Anderson) at Front Royal (Erne Valdes)
Waynesboro (Adam Tarver) at Woodstock (TBD)

Daily Update, Saturday June 18

Fun fact: Did you know that in 2016, Valley League teams are 62-0 when leading going into the 9th inning?

Not-as-interesting-fact: All five games were played last night. But there might be SIX tonight!

Results

Strasburg 5, Purcellville 3
Charlottesville 5, Covington 1
Waynesboro 4, Winchester 3
Staunton 9, New Market 8
Front Royal 9, Woodstock 6

Hitter of the Day

Irvin Lopez FIU 2016Our hitter of the day is Staunton’s Irvin Lopez, from Florida International! Irvin went 3-5 against New Market, with a run, 3 RBIs, a triple, and a home run. He’s now hitting 429/500/810 in 21 at-bats this summer. For FIU this spring, the junior hit 335/394/437 in 197 at-bats. He led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, and hits!

Others of Note

Michael Curry, Strasburg: 3-3, run, 2B
Brian Fortier, Charlottesville: 2-3, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, BB
Tracy Hadley, Waynesboro: 1-4- walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th!
Andrew Kuwalo, Staunton: 2-4, 2 RBIs, BB
Peyton Maddox, Staunton: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
John Cable, New Market: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB
Brady Lloyd, New Market: 3-5, run, RBI
Reynaldo Pastrana, Front Royal: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B, HR
Jacob Tisevich, Woodstock: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, HR

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is Strasburg’s Keegan James, from Mississippi State, making his Valley League debut! KeeganKeegan James Miss St 2016 threw 5 innings against Purcellville, and allowed 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and struck out 4. He did not get a decision, but his game score was 61. The true freshman, a 6-foot-2 righthander, went 3-0, 3.24 in 25 innings this spring for the Bulldogs.

Others of Note

Riley Arnone, Charlottesville: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, win (60)
Colin LoCurto, Covington: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville (Brooks Crawford) at Harrisonburg (John McCarren) (First game of a doubleheader- starts at 6 PM)
Charlottesville (Matt Olsen) at Harrisonburg (Donnie Sellers), Game 2
Front Royal (Stephen Xirinachs) at Purcellville (Wade Arduini)
Woodstock (Zachary Perkins) at Strasburg (Justin Freeman)
New Market (Alex Hicks) at Waynesboro (Campbell Scholl)
Covington (Mike Hanchar) at Staunton (Eric Harp)

#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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#11 Hitter: Spencer Levine, Winchester

Spencer Levine Seminole St 2016According to ATVL, the 11th best hitter in the 2015 Valley League season is Spencer Levine, from Winchester and Florida International!

Spencer, a 6-foot-1 sophomore outfielder/catcher, hit 308/374/504 for the Royals. He also had 17 runs scored, 21 RBIs, 6 doubles, a triple, 6 home runs, and a 13/38 BB/K ratio. He also went 1-5 in his team’s “seeding game” on July 27th.

At FIU as a freshman in 2015, Spencer only had 44 at-bats. He hit 159/260/273, with 2 doubles, a home run, and a 6/12 BB/K ratio. According to the internet, Spencer has transferred to Seminole State, a junior college, for his sophomore year.

Good luck at your new school, Spencer!

Levine sliding into second base and Front Royal's Chase Lunceford (Scott Mason)

Levine sliding into second base and Front Royal’s Chase Lunceford (Scott Mason)

Valley League Summary Friday June 19

Five of the six scheduled games were played last night. The results are…..

Results

Strasburg at Woodstock (Postponed)
Aldie 4, Charles Town 0
Covington 5, Waynesboro 4
Harrisonburg 8, New Market 7 (12 innings- and this one was a wildly entertaining game!)
Front Royal 7, Winchester 0
Staunton 14, Charlottesville 1

Hitter of the Day

Jack Schaaf

Jack Schaaf

Our hitter of Friday’s games is Staunton’s Jack Schaaf, from Florida International! Jack went 3-5, with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, and a walk against the Tom Cats. Jack now has 25 at-bats this summer, and his stat line is 400/407/480. Quite a good start!

Others of Note

Ryan Gridley, Waynesboro: 3-5, run, 2B
Mike Gigliotti, Covington: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, 3B
Shane Billings, Harrisonburg: 4-6, run, 2 SB
JJ Bissell, Harrisonburg: only one hit, but it was a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th
Spencer Levine, Winchester: 3-4
Brad Jarreau, Staunton: 2-6, run, 4 RBIs
Austin Edens, Staunton: 3-3, 2 runs
Andy Szamski, Staunton: 3-4, run, 3 RBIs, SF

Pitcher of the Day

There were several very, very good pitching performances last night, but the best was Aldie’s Burk FitzPatrick, from Delaware! Burk went 6 shutout innings, and allowed only 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 4. He earned the win and a

Burk FitzPatrick

Burk FitzPatrick

game score of 72. After three starts this summer, Burk is 1-0, 2.16, with 8 hits, 8 walks, and 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Kyle McCormack, Aldie: 3 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 BB, 2 K’s, save
Brandon Caples, Charles Town: 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 run, 1 earned, 3 BB, 8 K’s, loss (65)
Brett Sasse, Waynesboro: 7 Ip, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 0 Bb, 6 K’s (69)
Corey Sessions, Front Royal: 7 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 3 K’s, win (70)
Nick Margevicius, Staunton: 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 1 Bb, 6 K’s, win (65)

Tonight’s Schedule (Flash flood watch on for the Valley, so we’ll see…)

Charles Town (Austin Stephens) at Winchester (TBD)
Woodstock (TBD) at Front Royal (TBD)
Aldie (Joe Williams) at Strasburg (TBD)
Staunton at Covington (Matt Picucci)
Charlottesville at Harrisonburg (Matt Hartman)
Waynesboro (Matt Horkey) at New Market (Brian Murphy)