Minor League Record Book: Walks in a Season

Next up: walks in one minor league season. You’ll see some new names on here, Brilliant Reader!

2006-2017
1 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2015 89
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 88
3 AJ Kirby-Jones Waynesboro ’09 2012 86
4 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 2015 84
5 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 79
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2012 79
Joey Butler New Market ’06 2012 79
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2013 79
9 Rob Kral Waynesboro ’09 2013 78
10 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2016 74

The name here, of course, is Sherman Johnson. Sherman is on this list three times, for the seasons 2014-2016. His plate discipline has earned him a spot on some prospect lists in past years, but he’s coming up on his age-28 season, so he’s not considered a “prospect” anymore. I really think he can help a major league team, though!

Johnson, Tyler White, Joey Butler (free agent), and Ryan Schimpf are all still active.

All-Time
1 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1984 138
2 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1986 128
3 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1983 126
4 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1987 123
5 Gene Richards 1975 116
6 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 109
7 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 1997 105
8 Jeff Manto Front Royal 1987 102
Shawn Fagan Front Royal 2002 102
10 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 1995 96
11 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 1984 95
12 Cliff Pennington Harrisonburg 2008 93
13 Mark Davidson Winchester ’82 1985 92
14 Lauro Felix Harrisonburg ’91 1996 92
15 Gene Richards 1976 91
Jeff Manto Front Royal 1989 91
17 David Eckstein Harrisonburg 1999 89
Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2015 89
19 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 88
20 David Eckstein Harrisonburg 1998 87

Welcome to the Gary Jones list! Holding down the top four spots is pretty significant. Jones has to have one of the most interesting minor league stat lines for players who never reached the major leagues. In 8 minor league seasons, Gary hit 283/437/370, with 783 walks to only 542 strikeouts. He topped out in Triple-A. But, he’s been the Chicago Cubs’ third base coach the past couple years, so that’s pretty cool. Will he get a managing gig someday?

Gene Richards, Frank Menechino, Jeff Manto, Sherman Johnson, and David Eckstein all appear twice. And there’s Cliff Pennington at #12, currently a free agent at the major league level.

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Minor League Record Book: Triples in a Season

After Kevin Reese’s 50 doubles, let’s move on to the most exciting play in baseball… the triple. Right?

2006-2017
1 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 13
2 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 12
Chad Oberacker Fauquier ’09 2013 12
4 Scott Cousins Harrisonburg ’05 2009 11
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 2010 11
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2010 11
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 11
8 Ruben Sosa Harrisonburg ’10 2014 10
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2014 10
10 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2008 9
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2008 9
Steven Bumbry Woodstock ’09 2010 9
Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2011 9
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 2013 9
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2013 9
Michael Garza Woodstock ’09-’10 2013 9
Kyri Washington Woodstock ’13 2016 9

Kyri Washington is the newest member of this list, with his 9 triples in 2016. (Kyri missed much of 2017 with an injury.)

All-Time
1 Louie Meadows Staunton 1983 14
Louie Meadows Staunton 1984 14
Louie Meadows Staunton 1987 14
4 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1977 13
Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 13
Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 13
7 Allen Battle Front Royal 1993 12
Clay Timpner Staunton ’02 2005 12
Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 12
Chad Oberacker Fauquier ’09 2013 12
11 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1986 11
Tommy Murphy Staunton ’98 2005 11
Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 2008 11
Scott Cousins Harrisonburg ’05 2009 11
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 2010 11
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2010 11
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 11
18 Gene Richards 1975 10
George Vukovich Harrisonburg 1979 10
Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 1983 10
Darren Lewis Harrisonburg 1991 10
John Massarelli Front Royal 1994 10
Kennard Bibbs Harrisonburg ’01 2004 10
Ruben Sosa Harrisonburg ’10 2014 10
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2014 10

Some fascinating names on this list- a mix of old and new. Louie Meadows wins the day, obviously.

Louie Meadows

Minor League Record Book: Career Walks

Next category: career walks in the minor leagues!

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 454
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 432
3 Joey Butler New Market ’06 420
4 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 394
5 Eric Campbell Luray ’06 378
6 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 338
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 320
8 Ben Guez Covington ’06 304
9 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 286
10 Brian Bocock Luray ’04 272

Don’t look now, but Sherman Johnson is closing in on Clint Robinson! Clint has walked 454 times in 1,053 minor league games, while Sherman has walked 432 times in 683 minor league games.

Weird- the top 5 are still active, while the bottom 5 are not (at least not active in affiliated ball).

All-Time
1 Jeff Manto Front Royal 859
2 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 783
3 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 671
4 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 603
5 Jon Zuber Harrisonburg ’91 599
6 Alan Cockrell Staunton 577
7 Jack Voigt Staunton 537
8 Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 522
9 Louie Meadows Staunton 510
10 Wes Timmons Winchester ’98-9 492
11 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 481
12 Andy Barkett Winchester ’92 473
13 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 454
14 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 437
15 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 433
16 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 432
17 Sam Perlozzo New Market ’72 423
18 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 420
Joey Butler New Market ’06 420
20 Steve Decker Front Royal 412

Jeff Manto is dominating the all-time minor league record book the way Clint Robinson dominates the 2006-2017 version….

Robinson had 409 walks going into 2017. With 45, he flew all the way up to #13. Johnson walked 63 times, and Joey Butler walked 11 times (he was injured much of 2017).

Arkansas Traveler Baseball

Sherman Johnson playing for Arkansas

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.

Minor League Record Book: Walks in a Season

Now we come to walks. Controlling the strike zone is much more important now than it was back when I was growing up, so who, out of all the VBL alumni in the minor leagues since 2006, controlled it the best in one season?

1 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2015 89
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 88
3 AJ Kirby-Jones Waynesboro ’09 2012 86
4 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 2015 84
5 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 79
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2012 79
Joey Butler New Market ’06 2012 79
Ryan Schmipf Luray ’08 2013 79
9 Rob Kral Waynesboro ’09 2013 78
10 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2016 74

The easy answer to the question above is obviously Sherman Johnson, who take the top 2 spots along with #10. He is the only repeat player on the list. He played in Triple-A in 2016.

Tyler White, Clint Robinson, Joey Butler, and Ryan Schimpf have all played in the majors, and are still active. Johnson, obviously, along with Tyler Bortnick, is still active as well.

AJ Kirby-Jones and Rob Kral are out of affiliated ball (although both played in the Indy Leagues recently).

Stolen bases are next!

Sherman Johnson

Sherman Johnson

Minor League Record Book: Triples in a Season

Next category in our minor league seasonal record book since the 2006 draft is triples…. and thanks to a major tie for last place, we have a plethora of names!

1 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 13
2 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 12
Chad Oberacker Fauquier ’09 2013 12
4 Scott Cousins Harrisonburg ’05 2009 11
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 2010 11
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2010 11
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 11
8 Ruben Sosa Harrisonburg ’10 2014 10
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2014 10
10 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2008 9
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2008 9
Steven Bumbry Woodstock ’09 2010 9
Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2011 9
Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 2013 9
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2013 9
Michael Garza Woodstock ’09-’10 2013 9
Kyri Washington Woodstock ’13 2016 9

The only names repeated on this entire list are Tony Thomas, Tyler Kuhn, and Cory Spangenberg. Major leaguers are Scott Cousins, Ryan Schimpf, Spangenberg, and Jason Kipnis. Still in organized ball: Sherman Johnson, Schimpf, Ruben Sosa, Kipnis, Spangenberg, and Kyri Washington. Washington joined the list in ’16.

Next up is home runs!

Sherman Johnson

Sherman Johnson

Minor League Record Book: Runs in a Season

Now that we’ve finished the look at the minor league career record book for hitters, we’ll turn our attention to the seasonal records. For some of these, of course, not much has changed in years. (And, keep in mind, these records are over the past 11 seasons- starting in 2006.) So let’s start with runs.

1 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 110
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 107
3 John Raynor New Market ’04 2008 104
4 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2010 96
Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 96
6 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 95
Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 2011 95
8 Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 94
9 Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 2008 93
Joey Butler New Market ’06 2012 93

Nothing new since Sherman Johnson scored all the way to 2nd place in 2014. John Raynor holding down 1st AND 3rd looks pretty good.

Major leaguers: Raynor, Jason Kipnis, Collin Cowgill, Mac Williamson, and Joey Butler. (I would hope that Johnson makes it in 2017, but, obviously, there are no guarantees…)

Out of affiliated ball: Raynor, Auer, Mitchell.

Raynor in 2008

Raynor in 2008