Five Excellent Minor League Starts….

I’m sure no one would be surprised to hear that I track every started game by former Valley League pitchers in the minor leagues. Some nights they struggle, some nights everyone does well, and most nights there is a mix.

Last night, however, there were five starts that range from pretty good to amazing. Here they are, in order of awesomeness…

  1. Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), for Double-A Springfield- 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, no decision, a game score of 71. Tied for the 10th best start of the season so far.
  2. Ryan Castellanos (Harrisonburg 2014), for Connecticut in the Low-A New York-Penn League- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, win, game score of 67. It was Ryan’s 2017 debut!
  3. Mike O’Reilly (Woodstock 2014), for Low-A Peoria- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, the win (his 5th), game score of 66. Mike has the two highest game scores of the season so far. This start wasn’t as good as those, but he’s still lights out!
  4. Steven Ridings (Charles Town 2014-15), for Low-A Everett- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, the win, game score of 60. Steven has pitched in 5 games in 2017… in 4 different levels. Ridiculous, eh?
  5. Chris Huffman (Staunton 2012-13), for Double-A San Antonio- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, the win (his 3rd at San Antonio, and 4th overall in 2017), game score of 57.

Combined, the five went 4-0, with a 1.78 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. (30.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 22 K’s) Well done!

 

Results from Friday, June 23

Scores

Front Royal 11, Woodstock 1
Strasburg 11, Purcellville 8
Waynesboro 12, Covington 5
Harrisonburg 3, Staunton 1
Winchester 7, New Market 2

Hitter of the Day

Dominic Canzone Ohio State 2017

Some excellent choices for today- three hitters tallied 4 hits! The best stat line, however, was put up by Dominic Canzone, from Front Royal and Ohio State. The rising sophomore went 4-5, with 4 runs, 3 RBIs, a double, home run, and 2 stolen bases. Dominic is now 23-61 for the summer, with a slash line of 377/473/590.

Others of Note

Thomas Johns, Front Royal: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 4-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, HR, SB
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 3-6, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2 2B
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-5, RBI, BB, 2B
Jackson Furstace, Strasburg: 2-3, run, BB, HBP, SB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 3-5, run, RBI, SB
Caleb Walls, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Malik Stephens, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B
Luke Robinson, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, SB
Cody Wilson, Winchester: 4-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 3B, 4 SB
Damian Rodriguez, Winchester: 2-3, run, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Mason Studstill, from Harrisonburg! Mason threw 8 innings against Mason Studstill Miami 2017Staunton, allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and struck out 8 for a game score of 71. Mason pitched at Miami in 2017, but will transfer to Eastern Florida State College for the 2018 season. Mason threw a whopping 128 pitches in this game; I believe that this is the first time all season that a starter in the Valley went over 100.

Others of Note

Mark Moclair, Front Royal: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K’s, win (60)
Trevor Harris, Front Royal: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 Bb, 4 K’s
Jordan Cox, Staunton: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K’s (65)

Saturday’s Games

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

Results from Thursday, June 22

Scores

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

Hitter of the Day

Bruce Strickland Felician 2017A double and home run carry the day- our HOD is Covington’s Bruce Strickland, from Felician! Bruce went 2-4, with 2 runs, an RBI, and the aforementioned double and home run. He’s now 7-16 in his young season, with a slash line of 438/450/938. Out of his 7 hits so far, 5 of them have gone for extra bases.

Others of Note

Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 3-5, run, SB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 2-4, 3 RBIs
Andrew Zban, Purcellville: 3-4, 2 RBIs
Raul Cabrera, Purcellville: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, BB
Tony Beam, Harrisonburg: 3-5, RBI, 2B
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 2-2, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Hunter Stokes, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 2B, BB
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, run, RBI, 2 SB
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 3-4, run, SB
Eric Jones, Charlottesville: 3-5, RBI, 2B
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B
Jacob Rhinesmith, New Market: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 3B, 2 SB
Jack Hartman, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Carter Bach, from Harrisonburg and Wake Forest! Carter earned a game Carter Bach Wake Forest 2017score of 64 with 5 innings, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. This was Carter’s second game- he’s now 0-0, 3.00 in 9 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Nickolas Ortega, Front Royal: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Christopher Farish, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K’s (I don’t usually include this many earned runs over 3 IP, but 9 K’s?!? Wow.)
PJ Piesko, Covington: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (57)
Brendan Smith, Strasburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Derek Duffy, Staunton: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s (6 out of 7 outs recorded by K)
Corley Woods, Staunton: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win

Friday’s Games

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

The 2017 Draft List

Here is the list of the 44 former (and current) Valley League players drafted this year…

1   28 Nate Pearson, RHP, Central Florida, Toronto Blue Jays (Staunton 16)
4  120 Michael Gigliotti, CF, Lipscomb, Kansas City Royals (Covington 15)
4  126 Garrett Cave, RHP, Tampa, San Francisco Giants (Staunton 15)
6  190 Wills Montgomerie, RHP, Connecticut, Los Angeles Dodgers (Waynesboro 15)
7 198 Nick Margevicius, LHP, Rider, San Diego Padres (Staunton 15)
7 218 Ben Breazeale, C, Wake Forest, Baltimore Orioles (Harrisonburg 14)
8 243 Billy Cooke, CF, Coastal Carolina, Seattle Mariners (Charlottesville 15)
8 251 Zach Sterry, 1B, Oakland, Boston Red Sox (Waynesboro 2016)
11 321 Ryan Gridley, SS, Mississippi State, Oakland A’s (Waynesboro 2015)
11 338 Trevor Craport, Util, Georgia Tech, Baltimore Orioles (Harrisonburg 16)
11 339 Donnie Sellers, RHP, Wake Forest, Toronto Blue Jays (Harrisonburg 2016)
13 385 Kevin Williams, LF, Samford, Los Angeles Angels (Front Royal 2016)
13 398 Reed Hayes, RHP, Vanderbilt, Baltimore Orioles (Staunton 15)
15 451 Kyle Davis, 2B, West Virginia, Houston Astros (Charlottesville 15)
15 458 Juan Escarra, 1B, Florida International, Baltimore Orioles (Staunton 14)
17 524 Tyler Ratliff, 3B, Marshall, Texas Rangers (Purcellville 16)
18 551 Dominic LoBrutto, LHP, Florida International, Boston (Winchester 16)
19 574 Irving Lopez, 2B, Florida International, St.Louis (Staunton 16)
19 583 Jonathan Pryor, OF, Wake Forest, Washington Nationals (Harrisonburg 16)
20 598 Will Reed, RHP, Harford CC, Pittsburgh Pirates (Purcellville 16)
21 618 Greg Lambert, CF, S.Illinois Carbondale, San Diego (Front Royal 15)
22 655 James Ziemba, LHP, Duke, Arizona (Harrisonburg 14-15)
22 658 Brett Pope, SS, Western Carolina, Pittsburgh (Charlottesville 15)
23 681 Malik Jones, RHP, Missouri Baptist, Oakland (Purcell, Harrison 16)
24 732 Riley Echols, RHP, Freed Hardeman, Cleveland (Charles Town 15)
24 734 Brooks Wilson, RHP, Stetson, Texas (Waynesboro 15)
25 765 Mitch Stophel, RHP, King, Chicago Cubs (Front Royal 16)
26 772 Abraham Almonte, LHP, Philadelphia, Arizona (Strasburg 16)
26 776 Aubrey McCarty, RF, Florida A&M, Colorado (Waynesboro 15)
26 785 Drew Crosby, LHP, Memphis, Detroit (Winchester 15)
26 793 Kameron Esthay, OF, Baylor, Washington (Harrisonburg 15)
27 808 David Lee, RHP, Florida, Pittsburgh (Winchester 15-6)
27 810 Nick Hutchins, C, S.Illinois Carbondale, Kansas City (Front Royal 15)
27 812 Alex Mauricio, RHP, Norfolk State, New York Yankees (Waynesboro 15)
28 835 Bernabe Camargo, SS, Galveston, Arizona Diamondbacks (Front Royal 16)
28 848 Zach Jarrett, OF, UNC CHarlotte, Baltimore (Woodstock 14)
29 876 Frank Rubio, RHP, Florida, San Francisco (Front Royal 16)
30 891 Cody Puckett, LHP, Middle Tennessee, Oakland (Front Royal 15)
31 936 Keenan Bartlett, RHP, Richmond, San Francisco (Winchester 15)
33 996 Peyton Maddox, C, VMI, San Francisco (Charles Town 15, Staunton 16)
34 1019 Karl Craigie, LHP, UT San Antonio, Miami (Charles Town 14)
35 1060 Colby Nealy, RHP, Washington State, LA Dodgers (Strasburg 15)
37 1107 Ted Andrews, RHP, Tulane, Chicago White Sox (Front Royal 17)
39 1185 Cooper Coldiron, INF, Houston, Chicago Cubs (Charles Town 15)

Results from Saturday, June 10

All five games were played yet again. We’re more than a week into the 2017 season, and I believe only 2 games have been rained out so far. That has to be some kind of record.

Results

Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 0
Front Royal 4, Winchester 3
Woodstock 6, Purcellville 2
Harrisonburg 11, Staunton 7
New Market 12, Strasburg 10 (10 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Greg Popatak George Mason 2017Our hitter of the day, in a close call, is Harrisonburg’s Greg Popatak, from George Mason! Greg went 3-4, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a double, walk, and home run. Greg, the 15th best hitter in the Valley last summer, is 4-18 so far in 2017.

Others of Note

Jared McDonald, Front Royal: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: 2-3, RBI, BB, 3 SB
Jaden Hassell, Front Royal: 3-4, 2B
Cash Gladfelter, Woodstock: 2-4, RBI, BB
Andrew Stone, Woodstock: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2 2B
Andrew Zban, Purcellville: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 2B, HR, SB
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, BB, 2B
Brenton Sanders, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run ,RBI, 2 BB
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 3-3, 2 runs, BB, SB
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-3, run, RBI, BB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, HR
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B
Austin Bogart, New Market: 2-3, run, 3 BB, SB
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-6, run, 3 RBIs, game tying 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th
Jose Bonilla Traverso, Strasburg: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 3-4, 2B
LT Struble, Strasburg: 2-5, 2 RBIs, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is an easy call- it’s Charlottesville’s Sean McCracken, from Johns Sean McCracken John Hopkins 2017Hopkins! Sean threw 7 shutout innings yesterday while allowing only 3 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 5. He earned the win and a game score of 76. Sean has thrown 11 shutout innings so far this summer! By games score, this is the best start so far in he 2017 season.

Others of Note

Braden Olive, Waynesboro: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Leckich, Front Royal: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K’s, win (64)
Trent Spikes, Woodstock: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K’s, win (64)
Brady Jones, Woodstock: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s
Brock Robinson, New Market: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s

Sunday’s Games

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

Results from Friday, June 9

“Only” four games on tap this evening. Let’s take a look, with the assumption I got at least the final scores correct…

Results

Purcellville 11, Winchester 5
Waynesboro 8, Covington 6
Harrisonburg 4, Charlottesville 3 (14 innings!)
Front Royal 8, Strasburg 7 (10 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Bradley McClain Wofford 2017Our hitter of the day, on a night when there were MANY worthy candidates, is Waynesboro’s McClain Bradley, from Wofford. McClain went 5-5 for the Generals, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a double, and a stolen base. He’s now an insane 15-22 on the year so far. What?!?

Others of Note

Cody Wilson, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B, 2 SB
Andrew Zban, Purcellville: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, 2 SB
Nolan Ritchie, Purcellville: 2-5, run, BB, 3B
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 4-5, run RBI, 2 2B
Hunter Wilson, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, BB, SB
Orley Arellano, Covington: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Aaron Stamper, Covington: 2-4, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Cole Migliorini, Charlottesville: 3-6, RBI
Zach Kuchmaner, Harrisonburg: 3-6, run
Luc Lipcius, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day (All pitchers listed pitched in relief!)

Our POD is Harrisonburg’s Davis Kirkpatrick, from East Carolina, who threw 8 shutout Davis Kirkpatrick ECU 2017innings in relief against Charlottesville. He allowed 6 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 6 to earn the win. Whoa.

Others of Note

Nick Roth, Charlottesville: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K’s, loss in relief
Hunter Jones, Strasburg: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Ted Andrews, Front Royal: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s, win

Schedule for Saturday

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

Minor League Record Book “Movement”

Some of you know that I spent a few weeks working on my overall list of former Valley Leaguers who have played in the major leagues, but at the same time, I was updating both the major league AND the minor league record books. And, of course, being the nerd that I am, I love to keep track of the movement throughout both the major league and minor league seasons.

So, Brilliant Reader, read on to see some movement (and some potential milestones) on the minor league record books.

  • Erik Kratz (Waynesboro 2000, Harrisonburg 2001) was drafted in 2002, so he’s slowly moving up in a couple categories.
    • Doubles. Erik started the year with 199, in 14th place. He now has 4 on theErik Kratz Columbus 2017 season, putting him at 203, and 11th all time. He passed Tony Thomas (Harrisonburg 2005), Ryan Shealy (Harrisonburg 1999), and Wes Timmons (Winchester 1998-99). Tenth place is held by Tommy Murphy (Staunton 1998), who finished with 205 career doubles.
    • Home runs. Erik started 2017 with 110, in 12th place. He now has 115, and is in 10th place. He passed Jack Voigt (Staunton) and Stephen Smitherman (Winchester 1998-99). Next up, in 9th place, is Ryan Schimpf (Luray 2008), who has 120 dingers.
    • RBI. 440 pre-season, which was out of the top 20. Erik now has 450, which is 4 RBIs away from the player at #20- Pat Watkins (Staunton).
  • Clint Robinson (Harrisonburg 2005-06) is on the leader board several times as well.
    • Runs. Clint had 534 pre-2017, and was in 19th place. He now has 545, and is in 14th place. He passed Timmons, Andy Barkett (Winchester 1992), Joe Koshansky (Staunton 2002-03), Emil Brown (Waynesboro 1994), and Watkins. Clint RobinsonNext up is Kevin Reese (Winchester 1998), who has 546 career runs.
    • Hits- 1,016, 10th place pre-2017. Clint now has 1038. He’s still in 10th place, and is 22 hits away from Murphy at #9.
    • Doubles- 238 before the season, tied for 6th place (with Jon Zuber (Harrisonburg 1991). Now 242, in 6th alone, and 7 doubles away from Barkett in 5th place.
    • Home runs- 141 preseason, tied for 6th place (with Alan Cockrell (Staunton)). Now 146, alone in 6th, but only 1 home run away from 5th place (Christopher Carter (Waynesboro 2001)).
    • RBIs- 587 preseason, in 9th place. Now with 608 (milestone!), and in 6th place, after passing Carter, Shealy, and Barkett. Next is Koshansky with 658.
    • Walks- 409 preseason, tied for 18th (with Joey Butler (New Market 2006), who is still active). Now with 418, he passed Butler and Steve Decker (Front Royal). Koshansky is in 16th place with 420.
    • Batting average- .302 preseason, tied for 12th place. Now at .299, he’s dropped into a tie for 17th place.
  • Joey Butler, as mentioned above, is on the leader board or close in several categories. He has been on the disabled list for a while, so he hasn’t moved as much as Robinson.
    • Runs- 523 pre-2017, tied for 20th place (with Louie Meadows (Staunton)). Now Joey Butlerwith 524, he’s alone in 20th, and 11 runs behind Timmons in 19th.
    • Hits- 941 through 2016, 17th place. He’s now at 946 hits, still in 17th, but 7 hits behind Reese. And 54 from 1,000!
    • 2B- 177 pre-2017, 178 now, and still 14 doubles behind 20th place (Reese and Carter).
    • HR- 90, and has not hit one yet in 2017. #20, Marshall McDougall (New Market 1998), has 92.
    • RBI- 441, now has 443, 11 from #20 (Watkins).
    • Walks- 409, tied for 18th with Robinson. Now has 410, in 18th place alone, 2 walks from Decker.
  • Rudy Flores (Haymarket 2010) entered 2017 with 83 home runs. He now has 89, and is only 3 behind McDougall for 20th place.
  • Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10) is nearing 20th place on two lists…
    • Triples. Sherman had 29 through 2016, and now has 30. This puts him 2 away from tying for 20th place.
    • Walks. He had 369 before the season, and he now has 390, which is only 5 away from 20th place!
  • Tyler White (Haymarket 2010) is our last hitter.
    • Batting average- started 2017 at .301, in 14th place. He’s dropped to .298, which puts him in a tie for 19th place.
  • Scott Copeland (Staunton 2007) is our first pitcher.
    • Wins- Scott had 52 pre-2017, with put him in a tie for 18th (with Mike Ballard (Staunton 2004)). He has 55 now, which puts him in a tie for 14th place (with Jamie Brewington (New Market 1992)). He passed Mike O’Connor (New Market 2001), Matt Fox (Staunton 2003), and Brandon Dickson (New Market 2006). There is a 4-way tie for #10 with 59 wins- that’s next for Scott.
    • Strikeouts- 529 pre-2017, now has 556. #20 on the list is Ralph Citarella (Staunton) with 654.
  • Stephen Kohlscheen (Harrisonburg 2010)
    • ERA- Stephen was at 3.21 pre-2017, and is now at 3.20. He hasn’t moved from #11. Colter Bean (Winchester 1997) is 10th, with an career ERA of 3.16.
  • Brad Mills (Harrisonburg 2005) deserves a mention here. He’s currently 8th in wins with 62, and 5th in strikeouts with 858, but he has not pitched yet in 2017 due to an injury.