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)

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#8 Reliever: Mitch Stophel, Front Royal

mitch-stophel-king-headshotAnother back-to-back: our #8 reliever is Front Royal’s Mitch Stophel, coming in one place ahead of his teammate, Brandon Valentin!

Stophel, a 6-foot-3 righthander from Division-II King College (the Tornado!), was dynamite out of the ‘pen for the Cards in 2016. Overall, Mitch went 1-3, 2.14, with 1 save, a 1.024 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, and 9.5 K/9 in 15 relief outings and 29 1/3 innings pitched.

Mitch was almost unhittable in the playoffs, going 1-0, 0.00 and 1 save in 2 games. He struck out 10 in 5 playoff innings! His best outing was when he threw 4 shutout innings against Strasburg on August 2nd.

He’s currently a senior at King. In 2014, as a freshman, he went 2-3, 8.04 in 8 games, 5 of them starts. He walked 18 and struck out 13 in 28 innings. As a sophomore, he improved to 3-1, 4.82, with 17 walks and 21 strikeouts in another 28 innings (weird). Then, as a junior in 2016, he went 1-0, 7.15 in 13 games out of the bullpen. He walked 19 and struck out 14 in 22 2/3 innings. Awesomely, he was named Academic All-Conference Carolinas in 2016.

Here’s to a blowout senior year, Mitch! Nice job for the Cardinals!

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Top Playoff Relief Pitchers

Due to popular request, today we’ll take a look at the top relievers in the playoffs. Pitchers had to pitch in more than one inning to be eligible.

9. Dylan Burns, Waynesboro and South Florida: 0-0, 2.45, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s

8. Tanner Kirby, Waynesboro and Arkansas State: 0-0, 1.80, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

7. Will Reed, Purcellville and Harford: 0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s

6. Tyler Elwer, Waynesboro and Georgia State: 0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

5. Tanner Muovich, Covington and Bluefield State: 0-0, 2.25, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s

4. Nicholas Purpera, Covington and Cumberlands: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

3. Abraham Almonte, Strasburg and Philadelphia University: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s

2. Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg and Philadelphia University: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K’s

and the top reliever in the playoffs is:

Mitch Stophel, Front Royal and King: 1-0, 0.00, 1 save, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K’s

Congrats to all!

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Playoffs Day 6: Tuesday August 2

For the first time in the 2016 playoffs, a series did not end with a sweep! The reason for this is that the Front Royal Cardinals, riding two swings from Martin Napleton, defeated the Strasburg Express 7-2.

Result

Front Royal 7, Strasburg 2 (Series tied, 1-1) (As written below, Martin Napleton took care of almost all the scoring for the Cardinals, and Mitch Stophel shut down the Strasburg offense over the last 4 innings to tie the series.)

Hitter of the Day

Martin Napleton St Josephs 2016This is an easy one. Front Royal’s Martin Napleton, from St. Joseph’s, accounted for 6 of the Cardinals’ 7 runs with just two swings of the bat. He hit a bases-loaded double in the 6th inning, clearing the bases, and added a 3-run home run in the 8th for good measure. If you’re counting at home, that’s a double, home run, one run scored, and six RBIs. Martin is now 2-7 in the playoffs, after hitting 218/463/327 in 55 at-bats in the regular season.

Others of Note

Haiden Lamb, Strasburg: 2-5, run
Carter Pharis, Strasburg: 2-4
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, 2B
Jacob Tisevich, Strasburg: 3-4, 3B

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Mitch Stophel, from King College, who threw 4 shutout innings in relief for Front Royal. In those 4 innings, Mitch allowed 4 hits, 0 walks, and struckMItch Stophel King College 2016 out 7. He was credited with the win. Mitch went 1-3, 2.14 in 29.1 innings in the regular season, and has thrown 5 shutout innings so far in the playoffs.

Other of Note

Peyton Plumlee, Strasburg: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K’s (59)

Tonight’s Game

Front Royal (Joseph Catalani) at Strasburg (Jared Silva) (Winner moves on to face Waynesboro)

(Barring rain, the league will crown the 2016 champion by Saturday!)