Two Named NY-Penn League All-Stars

Two former Valley Leaguers have been named to the New York-Penn League All-Star teams, released a few days ago. Both of these players were drafted in June, and are off to very good starts!

  • Ben Breazeale (Harrisonburg 2014) was named to the NYP South team. Ben was drafted in the 7th round in June, and plays for the Aberdeen Orioles. He’s hitting 361/466/521 in 144 at-bats, with 14 doubles, 3 home runs, and a solid 28/35 BB/K rate.
  • Ryan Gridley (Waynesboro 2015) was named to the North squad. Ryan was drafted this June in the 11th round by the Oakland A’s, and plays for the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Lake Monsters. Sigh. Anyway, he’s hitting 269/372/328 in 134 at-bats, with 8 doubles and a 20/18 BB/K rate.

Congrats to both!



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)

Two Named to Brooks Wallace Watch List

Two former Valley Leaguers have been named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year “watch list,” and in a strange twist, they were teammates in the Valley just last summer! (Both played for the Waynesboro Generals.)

The first player is Michael Brosseau, the shortstop at Oakland. Michael is currently hitting 340/440/549 in 162 at-bats for the Golden Grizzlies. Michael leads Oakland in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, run, hits, home runs, walks, and stolen bases. Wow.

The second is Ryan Gridley, who plays at Mississippi State. Ryan is hitting 284/342/347 in 146 at-bats for the Bulldogs.

Congrats to both! The winner will be announced on July 2nd- half way through the Valley League season!





Valley League Summary, Tuesday June 23

Four games played; two games rained out. Seemed like a typical evening in the Valley; a violent storm charged through, but then things settled down. The sunset was amazing in Harrisonburg around 9 PM last night!


Strasburg 7, Winchester 4
Charlottesville 5, Waynesboro 4 (12 innings)
New Market 5, Covington 3
Harrisonburg 5, Staunton 3
Charles Town vs Front Royal and Aldie vs Woodstock postponed

Hitter of the Day

Ryan Gridley

Ryan Gridley

ATVL’s hitter of the day is Waynesboro’s Ryan Gridley, from Mississippi State, who went 4-6 with 2 runs scored! Ryan is hitting very well in his first 62 at-bats- he’s slashing 355/382/387.

Others of Note

Jeffrey Scott, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2B, SB
Kyle Davis, Charlottesville: 3-6, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Jose Carrera, Covington: 3-5, run, SB
Josh Smith, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, HR, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is also from Waynesboro- Robert Pearson, from Texas Southern! Robert threw 7 innings last

Robert Pearson

Robert Pearson

night and allowed 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 1. He earned a game score of 59. This was Robert’s first start this summer, and third game overall.

Others of Note

Colby Nealy, Strasburg: 8 IP, 7 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win (58)
Daniel Brumbaugh, Winchester: 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Alexander Mauricio, Waynesboro: 3 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Hayden McCutcheon, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 3 BB, 6 K’s (54)
Joshua Sharik, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s- five innings in relief?!?!
Kale Morton, Harrisonburg: 5 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 2 BB, 3 K’s, win (56)
Jared Datoc, Harrisonburg: 2.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s, save

Schedule for Wednesday

Charlottesville at Strasburg (Casey O’Donnell)
Front Royal at Covington (Nolan Krivijanski)
New Market at Charles Town
Winchester (Drew Crosby) at Waynesboro
Harrisonburg (Jordan Meyer) at Aldie
Staunton (Sam Vincenzo) at Woodstock