Five Excellent Minor League Starts….

I’m sure no one would be surprised to hear that I track every started game by former Valley League pitchers in the minor leagues. Some nights they struggle, some nights everyone does well, and most nights there is a mix.

Last night, however, there were five starts that range from pretty good to amazing. Here they are, in order of awesomeness…

  1. Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), for Double-A Springfield- 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, no decision, a game score of 71. Tied for the 10th best start of the season so far.
  2. Ryan Castellanos (Harrisonburg 2014), for Connecticut in the Low-A New York-Penn League- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, win, game score of 67. It was Ryan’s 2017 debut!
  3. Mike O’Reilly (Woodstock 2014), for Low-A Peoria- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, the win (his 5th), game score of 66. Mike has the two highest game scores of the season so far. This start wasn’t as good as those, but he’s still lights out!
  4. Steven Ridings (Charles Town 2014-15), for Low-A Everett- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, the win, game score of 60. Steven has pitched in 5 games in 2017… in 4 different levels. Ridiculous, eh?
  5. Chris Huffman (Staunton 2012-13), for Double-A San Antonio- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, the win (his 3rd at San Antonio, and 4th overall in 2017), game score of 57.

Combined, the five went 4-0, with a 1.78 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. (30.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 22 K’s) Well done!

 

Results from Saturday June 24

Scores

New Market 8, Front Royal 4
Strasburg 8, Winchester 2
Woodstock 6, Purcellville 4
Charlottesville 8, Harrisonburg 1
Staunton 7, Covington 6

Hitter of the Day

Deacon Medders Alabama 2017Our hitter of the day is the only player with 4 hits last night- Staunton’s Deacon Medders, from Alabama! Deacon went 4-4, with a run, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. He is 7-15 at the plate so far, and he has also started 3 games on the mound.

Others of Note

Simon Landry, Strasburg: 3-5, 2B, 2 runs
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, 2B, 2 SB, BB
Reuban Ball, JR, Winchester: 2-3, run, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Derrick Herd, Woodstock: 3-4, run, RBI, 2B
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI, 2B
Haiden Lamb, Charlottesville: 3-4, run, 3 RBIs
Orley Arrellano, Covington: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD was pretty clear by game score last night; Nick Fuchs, from Gannon and Nick Fuchs Gannon 2017pitching for Woodstock, put up a game score of 74 after 6 shutout innings and 95 pitches. He allowed 3 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 9 to earn the win. Nick is now 2-1, 1.77 over his first 20 1/3 innings.

Others of Note

Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, win (58)
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s (59)
Drew Loepprich, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win
Eric Yankey, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Peter Soporowski, Staunton: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s (54)

Sunday’s Games

Harrisonburg at Covington
Waynesboro at Charlottesville
Winchester at Woodstock
New Market at Staunton

Povse Makes Major League Debut

Max Povse Seattle 2017It is my pleasure to announce that Max Povse (Staunton 2013) has made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners!

Max was called up a few days ago, but finally appeared in a game last night, against the Detroit Tigers. Max gave up 3 earned runs in his 2/3 of an inning, including a home run to perhaps the best righthanded batter in the game, Miguel Cabrera. Despite this shaky start, Max has a very bright future!

Max becomes the second former Valley Leaguer to make his debut in 2017, joining fellow Mariner and former Turk Emilio Pagan (2010). By my count, Max becomes the 204th former VBLer to play in the majors.

Results from Tuesday June 20

Results

Waynesboro 10, Strasburg 4
Front Royal 9, Woodstock 8 (12 innings)
Covington 7, Staunton 6
Harrisonburg 3, New Market 2 (10 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Antwaun Tucker Longwood 2017Our HOD is Antwaun Tucker, from Staunton and Longwood! Antwaun went 3-4, with a run, 2 RBIs, and a triple. Antwaun in 16-47 so far this summer, good for a slash line of 340/415/468. He’s also 7 for his last 10.

Others of Note

Simon Landry, Stasburg: 3-5, run, RBI
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 3-4
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs
Connor Pohl, Front Royal: 3-6, run, 3 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jordan Greene, Front Royal: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, BB, HR
Richard Miller, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Bruce Strickland, Covington: 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B
Tevin Mitchell, Harrisonburg: 2-5, 2 runs

Pitcher of the Day

Two starts, two PODs- once again, it’s Zachary Peek, from Strasburg and Winthrop! ZachZach Peek Winthrop 2017 threw 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and struck out 10 (game score of 66). He’s thrown in 3 games so far in 2017, and is 2-0, 1.28, with 6 hits, 3 walks, and 19 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Keegan McGinnis, Front Royal: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K’s (54)
Nate Schweers, Covington: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K’s
Davis Kirkpatrick, Harrisonburg: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s

Wednesday’s Games

Staunton at Waynesboro
Charlottesville at Strasburg
Front Royal at Covington
Winchester at Purcellville
Woodstock at Harrisonburg

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)

Results from Monday, June 5

After a rainy day in the Valley, half of our games were rained out, but that means there are still two to look at……

Results

Waynesboro at Purcellville and Front Royal at Covington postponed to June 19th
Woodstock 4, Staunton 3- Bandits score 3 in the 9th to win it
Winchester 6, Harrisonburg 5 (11 innings)- Royals score 3 in the 9th to tie the game at 5, and then once in the 11th to win

Hitter of the Day

Seth Woodard Old Dominion 2017Our hitter of the day is pretty clearly Seth Woodard, from Winchester and Old Dominion! Seth went 4-5 against the Turks yesterday, with 2 runs scored, an RBI, double, and home run. He is now 7-11 after three games this summer!

Others of Note

Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, 2 SB
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-4, BB, SB
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 BB
Alex Reynolds, Winchester: 3-4, run, BB, HBP, 2 SB
Alejandro Rivera, Winchester: 2-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, game-tying home run

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is none other than Jordan Cox, from Staunton and Dayton! Jordan Cox Dayton 2017(Dayton the university, not Dayton the town south of Harrisonburg.) Jordan threw 5 effective innings for the Braves, while allowing 4 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 walks, and striking out 4. His game score is 58, the highest on the day.

Others of Note

Dean Straman, Staunton: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Trent Spikes, Woodstock: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (55)
Drew Mancuso, Woodstock: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, win

Tuesday’s Schedule

Winchester at Front Royal
Woodstock at Charlottesville
Purcellville at Covington
Strasburg at Harrisonburg
New Market at Staunton