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

Results from Monday, June 12

All five games were played last night, with 60 total runs scored. Will the hitting stay ahead like this?

Results

Charlottesville 6, New Market 2
Purcellville 4, Waynesboro 3
Strasburg 15, Covington 0
Woodstock 10, Harrisonburg 3
Winchester 9, Staunton 8

Hitter of the Day

Tyler Martin Georgia SOuthern 2017This one was super tough. The guy with 2 doubles and 2 singles? The guy with 5 singles? The guy with a single and 2 home runs? Well, I decided to go with total bases, which means that our HOD is Strasburg’s Tyler Martin, from Georgia Southern! Tyler went 3-6, with 3 runs, 4 RBIs, and 2 home runs. He’s 13-40 on the season so far, with a slash line of 325/417/625.

Others of Note

Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 4-5, run, RBI, 2 2B
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 2-4, run, BB, SB
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, 3B
Grant Suponchick, Waynesboro: 2-2, BB
Jose Bonilla Traverso, Strasburg: 5-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, HBP
Tyler Halas, Strasburg: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2B
Philip Madonna, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, SF
Jordan Braniff, Woodstock: 3-5, 2 runs
Connor Golden, Woodstock: 3-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB, SB
Cody Wilson, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 3B
Alejandro Rivero, Winchester: 2-5, run, 5 RBIs, 2B, HR
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-4, run, RBI, 2 BB, 3B, 2 SB
Richard Miller, Staunton: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

There were two outstanding performances on the bump last night- two games with Zach Peek Winthrop 2017games scores over 70. The highest score belongs to Zachary Peek, from Strasburg and Winthrop, who nailed a 74 over 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 6. It was his first game in the Valley!

Others of Note

Grant Suponchick, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s, 70 game score- 5 no-hit innings!
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win (64)
Dalton Whitaker, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s, win
Nick Fuchs, Woodstock: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s, win (58)

Tuesday’s Schedule

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

Results from Tuesday, June 6

A crisp, cool night in the Valley- a little cold for this dude from East Africa. But all 5 games were played, so at least there’s that.

Results

Charlottesville 8, Woodstock 1
Strasburg 7, Harrisonburg 3
Covington 10, Purcellville 2
New Market 13, Staunton 8 (Runs for NM!)
Front Royal 12, Winchester 6 (This game was never “finished” on the website last night (or yet this morning). This drives me crazy when this happens, I must admit. So, Cardinals and Royals, I had to go off of the Gamelive stats, which do not give all the detail that a regular boxscore would. Hopefully the final boxscore will be posted sometime today.)

Hitter of the Day

Brandon Quaranta Phil U 2017For once, this was an easy choice (relatively): the hitter of the day is Strasburg’s Brandon Quaranta, from Philadelphia University! Brandon was on base 5 times for the Express last night, going 4-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, home run, and a hit-by-pitch. Clearly he has picked up right where he left off in 2016, as he is now 6-11 after three games, with 2 doubles, a home run, and 7 RBIs.

Others of Note

Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2B
Caleb Walls, Covington: 3-4, run, RBI
Sean Lawlor, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B
Allan Berrios, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs, 2 HR
Seth Hunt, New Market: 2-6, 3 runs, 2B
Alec Aleywine, NM: 3-5, run 3 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR
Patrick Overstreet, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 SB (8 already??!!!)
Payton Robertson, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2B, 3 SB
Garrett Marchand, Staunton: 3-3, RBI, BB
Seth Woodard, Winchester: 2-4, 4 RBI
Trevor Rosenburg, Front Royal: 2-3, 3 runs, RBI, BB
Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 1-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

From what I can tell, the pitcher of the day really needs to be Front Royal’s Joshua Andrews, from Grand Canyon. He threw 7 shutout innings against Winchester, allowing Josh Andrews Grand Canyon 2017only 1 hit, 0 walks, and struck out 12. He earned the win and a game score of 87- the best game score by far this season.

Others of Note

Sean Byrnes, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win (64)
Ben Dum, Strasburg: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win (57)
Kyle Craft, Covington: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s, win
Joe Bobiak, New Market: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (60)

Schedule for Wednesday

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

Results from Saturday, June 3

All five games were played last night! Here we go, day 2:

Results

Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2
Front Royal 3, Woodstock 1
Purcellville 17, Winchester 8 (Whoa)
Strasburg 8, New Market 0
Staunton 8, Covington 3

Hitter of the Day

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsOur 2nd hitter of the day in this young season is Purcellville’s Trevin Esquerra, from Loyola Marymount, who went 4-5, with a run, 3 RBIs, and a double. Trevin singled in his one at-bat in the Cannons’ first game, so he’s 5-6 so far in 2017.

Others of Note

McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 3-4
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-6, run RBI
Alex Reynolds, Winchester: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 BB
Alejandro Gonzalez, Winchester: 3-5, run, RBI, SB
Nolan Ritchie, Purcellville: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Payton Marshall, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Andrew Zban, Purcellville: 2-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HR, BB (A close 2nd to Esquerra)
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 0-2, BB, 4 BB
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B (Picking up right where he left off in 2016)
Orley Arrellano, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, 2B
Richard Miller, Staunton: 3-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 3B, 3 SB
Henry Kreienbaum, Staunton: 2-3, run, RBI, 2 BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Connor Radcliff, from Strasburg and Samford. Radcliff’s 5 shutout innings Connor Radcliff Samfordobviously helps the Express get off to a good start as the seek to win yet another VBL crown. Connor allowed 1 hit, 6 walks, and struck out 5 to earn a game score of 64.

Others of Note

Robbie Price, Front Royal: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win (game score of 56)
Will Heflin, Front Royal: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Brady Wilkinson, Woodstock: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Thomas Nicoll, Strasburg: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Zach Perkins, New Market: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s (Recorded 8 total outs; 7 by strikeout)
Kyle Craft, Covington: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Ryan Williams, Staunton: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s, win (60)

Sunday’s Schedule

Strasburg at Front Royal
Winchester at New Market
Charlottesville at Staunton
Waynesboro at Harrisonburg (ATVL will probably be at this game)

Howard Killing Double-A; Bennie Released

Two noteworthy news items from last night, or, I suppose, recently:

  1. Sam Howard (Staunton 2012) threw the second-best minor league start of the entire 2017 minor league season last night, a 7-inning one-hit shutout. He walked one a and struck out 4. This puts his Double-A numbers at 1-3, 1.61, with 13 hits, 6 walks, and 24 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. He has a 0.68 WHIP, and batters are hitting .135 against him. I would not be shocked if Sam bounces to the major leagues at some point this season.
  2. On a sad note, on May 13 the Oakland A’s released former Strasburg Express (2011) Joe Bennie. Joe is coming off a 2016 season in which he was named ATVL’s full season A-ball hitter of the year, after hitting 302/376/449 in 439 at-bats in the California League. He was assigned to Double-A Midland to start 2017, and hit 238/337/350 in 80 at-bats. Over 1,279 career at-bats in the minors, Joe hit a rather robust 275/362/412. He probably struck out too much- 369 times, roughly 25% of his plate appearances- but this release seems pretty quick to me. Perhaps there’s more to the story than what meets the eye.

Photos of the Week

Every week, milb.com (that’s the official website for minor league baseball, for the uninitiated) posts a collection of fun photos that they call the “photos of the week.” Of course, ATVL watches for Valley League alumni every week, too. Months can pass with no pictures at all, and then a week like this comes around- when FOUR of the photos are of former players in the Valley!

Here are the photos from this week:

21 Players Released

We have reached the time of year when major league organizations start culling players from their system. More than usual, anyway. It seems to be a constant numbers game- new free agents signed are moving in, players are moving up levels, and there just isn’t enough space for everyone. Things change quickly.

So that means that players are released. Sometimes these players are grabbed right away by other organizations (Jon Fitzsimmons (Front Royal 2012), released by Arizona, signed immediately by the Angels, James Alfonso a couple days ago), and some move on to Indy Leagues (Stephen Cardullo (Covington 2007) spent years toiling in Indy Ball, and Fitzsimmons fits here, too), but for many, their careers are over.

21 former Valley Leaguers have been released in the last three months. Let’s give them what might be their last moment in this space:

  • Jamill Moquete (Winchester 2012), picked in the 32nd round of the 2014 draft. Jamill played 82 games in 2014-15 in Baltimore’s system, finishing with a 212/325/431 stat line. He did not play in 2016 due to injury.
  • Logan Longwith (Front Royal 2014-15), Detroit’s 20th round pick in 2015. Logan went 3-4, 4.14 in 41 games and 78 1/3 innings over his two seasons in the minors. He finished with a 1/3 BB/9 and 7.6 K/9.
  • Brandon Glazer (Waynesboro 2013). The Angels signed Brandon as a free agent in 2015. (Interestingly, he was a high school draftee in 2010, but did not sign.) Brandon went 3-9, 4.84 in 32 games and 96 2/3 IP over two seasons. He finished with a 1.324 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and 6.0 K/9.
  • James Alfonso (Front Royal 2012), a 30th round pick of Seattle in 2014. James got a total of 524 at-bats in 3 minor league seasons, and hit 254/329/358. He hit 20 doubles in 276 at-bats in Clinton in 2016. BREAKING NEWS: James was signed by the Los Angeles Angels just a few days after being released!
  • Ray Guerrini (Rockbridge 2013), who was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2016. He received a total of 83 plate appearances, and hit 250/415/313. His OBP is so high because he walked 12 times and was hit by a pitch 6 times. Ray is the 2nd-to-last Rockbridge Rapid left in organized ball. Can anyone name the last?
  • Orlando Olivera (Luray 2011-12)- drafted in 38th round in 2015 by the Cardinals. Overall, he hit 265/324/385 in 533 at-bats in 2 seasons. Hit 340/392/521 in 2015 to win ATVL’s prestigious (hah) short season A-ball hitter of the year, but he didn’t duplicate those numbers the next year in full season ball.
  • Aaron Attaway (Haymarket 2011)- drafted in 2014 by Toronto. Over 3 seasons and 357 at-bats, he hit 210/311/297.
  • Jordan Edgerton (Woodstock 2013)- drafted in the 9th round in 2014 by Atlanta. Jordan hit 239/286/331 in 1085 at-bats over 3 seasons. He hit 27 doubles in the Carolina League in 2016.
  • Josh Gardiner (Strasburg 2012)- signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2016. Josh got a grand total of 77 plate appearances in organized ball, hitting 250/377/328 for Pulaski in the Appy League.
  • Jake Johnson (Charles Town 2013)- 16th round pick in 2015 by the Reds. Jake went 4-7, 6.80, with a 1.915 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, and 9.1 K/9 in 82 total innings.
  • Joe Maloney (New Market 2010)- 10th round pick in 2011 by the Texas Rangers, spent 2 seasons in Indy Ball. Overall, hit 234/302/386 in 1066 total at-bats. He hit 27 doubles and 14 home runs at two different minor league levels in 2013.
  • Chaz Pal (Charles Town 2014), a 38th round pick of the Astros in 2016. Chaz hit 269/336/462 in 104 at-bats for Greeneville in the Appy League.
  • Ben Paullus (Woodstock 2010). Originally drafted by the Yankees in 2011, Ben spent the last couple seasons in the San Diego Padres’ system. Ben went 14-8, 4.47, with a 1.427 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 8.2 K/9 in 143 games and 231 1/3 innings pitched.
  • Andy Perez (Harrisonburg 2013)- a free agent signing out of Duke by the Boston Red Sox. Andy played in the minors for parts of two seasons only, and hit very well, putting up a 318/391/393 slash line, albeit in only 201 total at-bats.
  • Chris Diaz (Staunton 2012). Chris was a 5th round pick of the Braves back in 2014. Chris pitched in 10 games in 2014, but had labrum surgery and missed all of 2015 and 2016.
  • Garrett Cortright (Front Royal 2011-12)- 40th round pick in 2013 of the Orioles. Over 4 seasons, Garrett went 9-10, 2.32, with a 1.167 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 6.2 K/9 in 198 total innings.
  • Michael Katz (Waynesboro 2012)- 9th round pick of the Mets in 2014. The Mets released him a month ago, the Orioles signed him, and subsequently released him a couple days ago. Michael hit 236/305/335 in 200 minor league games.
  • Alexander Fernandez (Staunton 2012). 25th round pick in 2015 of the Marlins, Alex was released in 2016, signed by the Tigers, and now has been released again. He hit 244/346/362 in 399 minor league plate appearances.
  • Garrett Kelly (New Market 2014), signed as a free agent in 2016 by the Twins. He pitched in 18 games in the Gulf Coast League in ’16.
  • Josh Judy (Haymarket 2006-07). Josh is an “old” name to readers of this space. He pitched in 12 games in the majors in 2011 for the Indians. He pitched in the Mexican League in 2016, and was signed by the Mariners before spring training. Alas, they released him a few days ago.
  • David Carpenter (Covington 2004). David has had the most illustrious major league career of the players on this list, as he’s pitched in 211 major league games. (He made $1.3 million for the Yankees in 2015!) The Rays signed David as a free agent in January, but was released at the end of spring training.
  • Matt Tindall (Aldie 2013), a free agent signee in 2015 of the Angels. He finished in the National’s system in 2016. Overall, he went 5-6, 5.44 in 48 minor league innings.

Two last updates:

  • Rico Noel (Covington 2008) signed with the Indy ball Lancaster Barnstormers. Rico played in 15 games for the Yankees in 2015. He only got 2 at-bats, but he stole 5 bases. Rico holds most of the stolen base record in the minor leagues for the VBL, or at least since the 2006 draft.
  • Tyler Bortnick (Front Royal 2006) also signed with an Indy team- the Somerset Patriots. Tyler hit 280/380/408 in over 2,400 minor league at-bats. He did not make the majors, but played almost 200 games in Triple-A.

Well, guys, you got to chase the dream for a while. I would love for all VBLers to make the major leagues, but as we all know, that’s just not the way it works.

(By the way, according to my records, including Japan, there are 155 active minor and major league players at the moment- and 607 former players (from the 2006 draft))