Four Pitchers off to Great Starts

As I did a few days go with four batters off to hot pro starts, let’s take a look at four pitchers who have done the same!

  • Abraham Almonte (Strasburg 16) was drafted in the 26th round this June by the Arizona Diamondbacks, after wowing the Valley League with strikeouts out of the bullpen for the Express last summer. He’s pitched in 5 games so far for Missoula in the Pioneer League, and is 0-0, 0.00, with 2 hits, 0 walks, and 8 strikeouts in 5 innings (and 3 saves).
  • Garrett Cave (Staunton 15) was nabbed in the 4th round by the Giants. He’s 0-0, 0.00 after appearing in 3 games, with 2 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings (1 save). He was assigned to Salem-Keizer of the Northwest League.
  • Reed Hayes is in the Orioles’ system after being picked in the 13th inning out of Vanderbilt. They sent the 2015 Staunton Brave to Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League, where he is 1-0, 0.00, with 2 hits, 0 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings (2 saves, too).
  • Walter Borkovich (Staunton 15) was signed as an undrafted free agent in June by the Braves. Assigned to the Gulf Coast League, Walter has thrown 4 shutout innings while allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.

Keep it up, guys!

Abraham Almonte Philly U

Almonte

Garrett Cave Tampa 2017

Cave

Reed Hayes Vandy 2017

Hayes

Walter Borkovich MSU

Borkovich

 

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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)

Top 200 Draft Prospects

Each June, the Valley League has a few dozen players drafted by major league teams. (Some years many dozens.) With the draft about a month away, some outlets have started listing their top draft prospect lists.

Today we focus on Baseball America’s top 200 draft list, which includes five former Valley Leaguers. (All stats through May 9th)

30. Nate Pearson (Staunton 2016), pitcher for Central Florida JC. Nate is 5-2, 1.56, with 118 strikeouts in only 81 innings.

88. Michael Gigliotti (Covington 2015), outfielder for Lipscomb. Michael is hitting 270/442/362 in 163 at-bats. He has a crazy 42 walks on the season.

147. Garrett Cave (Staunton 2015), pitcher for Tampa. The 6-foot-4 righthander is 5-2, 4.80, with 72 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings pitched.

155. Donnie Sellers (Harrisonburg 2016), pitcher for Wake Forest. Donnie is 3-4, 4.23, with 42 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched.

174. Reed Hayes (Staunton 2015), pitcher for Vanderbilt (was pitching for Walter State when he played in the Valley). Reed is 0-1, 2.87, with 7 saves and 17 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings pitched.

Stay tuned, of course- when June 12-14 rolls around, ATVL will keep everyone updated about who gets a chance to start a pro baseball career!

 

 

Valley League Summary, Saturday, June 6

A full slate of games were played last night. So far, it looks like an offense-heavy league, if we can make an assumption after 12 games (which we really shouldn’t).

Results

Charles Town 9, Aldie 1
Winchester 4, Front Royal 1
Waynesboro 10, Covington 3
Staunton 5, Charlottesville 4
New Market 4, Harrisonburg 3
Strasburg 10, Woodstock 8

Hitter of the Day

Phillips

Phillips

The hitter of the day is Ryan Phillips, from Charles Town and Tennessee Wesleyan. Ryan went 4-5 for the Cannons last night, along with a run, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. Quite a start for the sophomore second baseman- and no wonder the Cannons won with this kind of production in the 8th spot in the lineup!

Others of Note

Michael Gouge, Aldie: 2-4, run, RBI, 2B, HR
Bryson Bowman, Charles Town: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, BB, SF
Sean Visconti, Winchester: 3-5, run, RBI, 2B
Ryan Gridley, Waynesboro: 3-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B, HBP, SF
Jeremy Taylor, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, BB, HR
Joseph Estrada, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 RBIs, BB
Michael Brosseau, Waynesboro: 2-4, 3 runs, BB, 2 2B
Lee Lipinski, Covington: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Seth Lancaster, Charlottesville: 3-3, run, 2 BB, 2 2Bs
Nate Blanchard, New Market: 2-3, run, BB, 2B, SB
Daniel Midyett, Strasburg: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 3B
Bradley Dixon, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Keith Oren, Strasburg: 0-1, run, 4 walks!, SB
Logan Hoggarth, Woodstock: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, SB
Andrew Selby, Woodstock: 1-2, 2 runs, RBI, 3 BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day was actually a reliever last night- Reed Hayes, from Staunton and Walters State Community

Hayes

Hayes

College. Reed threw a dominating 4 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit, 2 walks, and striking out 6. He earned the win for the Braves.

Others of Note

Steven Ridings, Charles Town: 6 Ip, 7 hits, 1 earned run, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win
Jordan Gard, Aldie: 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 2 K’s
John Barr, Winchester: 3 IP, 1 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 2 K’s, save
Matt Horkey, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 1 K, win
Robert Bamford, Covington: 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Daniel Johnson, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Brian Murphy, New Market: 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 5 BB, 2 K’s, win
Danny Rafferty, Strasburg: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 5 K’s, save

Schedule for Sunday Night

Strasburg at Aldie
Charles Town at Winchester (Brendan McGuigan)
New Market (Daniel Powers)  at Waynesboro (Brock Turner)
Woodstock at Front Royal (Indalecio Romo)
Charlottesville at Harrisonburg (Carlos Chavez)
Covington (Nolan Krivijanski) at Staunton