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)

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)