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)


#3 Reliever: Will Reed, Purcellville

Will ReedTalk about your homecomings… our #3 reliever in the 2016 season, Purcellville’s Will Reed, is actually from Purcellville!

Well, he surely gave the hometown fans something to cheer about. In the regular season, Will went 4-1, 0.81 with 7 saves in 14 games. He had a 1.091 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, and 14.3 K/9 in 22 total innings. He finished 2nd in K/9, 3rd in strikeouts, and 3rd in ERA from the list of surveyed relievers. He gave up an earned run in only 2 of his 14 appearances. He threw 2 innings against Strasburg in the playoffs, allowing 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 4. He was named first team All-Valley, too.

At Harford Community College in 2016, Will went 1-1, 1.35, with 2 saves, 7 hits, 8 walks, and 20 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. He has signed to play at West Virginia in 2018. He’s also planning to return to Purcellville in 2017!

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Will!


Sterry, Reed, Cave Named Summer All-Americans

After the summer leagues wrap up each year, Perfect Game publishes three teams, plus honorable mentions, of All-Americans covering all the leagues.

I believe there is an inherent conflict of interest with these lists, as PG sponsors its own league, but the lists are still worth checking out, especially since a couple current and former Valley Leaguers usually make the lists each year. Also, it’s worth noting that lists like this are almost impossible, as many, many players worthy of a notice are left off, which of course must happen when there are more than 20 summer leagues operating out there.

So, three players with connections to the Valley were named this year.

First of all, Garrett Cave (Staunton 2015) was named to the 2nd team as a reliever. Garrett pitched in the Cape Cod League this year, and went 0-2, 1.86, with 10 saves, 10 hits allowed, 13 walks, and 34 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings pitched.

Secondly, Zach Sterry (Waynesboro) was named in the honorable mention section at designated hitter. Zach was the 2016 Valley League MVP, and is no stranger to these pages, for sure. Much more will be posted on him later this offseason.

Thirdly, Will Reed (Purcellville) was named honorable mention at relief pitcher. Will was named All-Valley in 2016, and will also be mentioned in these pages later on.

Congratulations to all three!