#9 Starting Pitcher: Daniel Collins, Winchester

daniel collins Montreat College 2017Our 9th best starting pitcher in the 2017 Valley League season is Daniel Collins, the 6-foot-4, 190 pound righthander who threw for Winchester!

Here is what Daniel did for the Royals in the regular season, along with his one start in the playoffs:

2017 3.73 1 3 8 8 43.3 45 27 18 11 47 0.259 1.293 2.3 9.8
Play 3.52 1 0 1 1 7.7 5 3 3 0 10 0.185 0.649 0.0 11.7

Among the pitchers surveyed for this list, Daniel finished 2nd in innings pitched, 2nd in K’s, 9th in batting average against, 10th in WHIP, 6th in BB/9, and 3rd in K/9. Including his 10 playoff strikeouts, Daniel led the league in that category (slipping past Woodstock’s Nick Fuchs, who struck out 53 in the regular season).

His best start was turned in on July 7th vs Strasburg, when he went 6 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 hit, 1 earned run, and struck out 9. He earned a game score of 70. Winchester gave Daniel the Hugh Irwin Sportsmanship Award at the end of the season, and the league named him 2nd team All-Valley.

Daniel has spent his first two college years at Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina. Here are his stats for his freshman and sophomore years:

2017 7.21 4 7 13 12 68.7 83 62 55 27 50 0.290 1.601 3.5 6.6
2016 7.41 1 7 22 5 54.7 86 56 45 20 49 0.368 1.938 3.3 8.1

Watch for an uptick in Daniel’s stats after his excellent summer!

Daniel Collins resized

Daniel during the Royals’ playoff game in Strasburg (ATVL)



League Record Book: Strikeouts

Along with the reduction in innings (the last entry of the 2004-2017 record book), comes the reduction of strikeouts. Here we go….

1 Tim Gudex Harrisonburg 2004 89
2 Dustin Umberger Luray 2007 88
3 Cody Weiss Luray 2010 87
4 Drew Granier Harrisonburg 2010 84
5 Robert Gilliam Luray 2007 81
6 Jeff Dagenhart New Market 2004 79
Josh Eidell Woodstock 2007 79
8 Kevin Herget Strasburg 2012 77
9 Omar Aguilar Covington 2004 76
Sean Stidfole Winchester 2004 76

The highest total in 2017 was turned in by Winchester’s Daniel Collins, with 57 total. Nick Fuchs, from Woodstock, led the regular season with 53. The highest in history belongs to John Radosevich, who struck out 212 batters for Harrisonburg in 1964.

Major Leagues: none
Current minor leagues: Kevin Herget
Previous minor leagues: Tim Gudex, Dustin Umberger, Cody Weiss, Drew Granier, Robert Gilliam, Omar Aguilar, Sean Stidfole
No Minor leagues: Jeff Dagenhart, Josh Eidell

So that does it- we’re finished the league record book from 2004. We will move on to the minor league record book next- more fun!


Tim Gudex long ago

League Record Book: Total Bases

We’re ready for the latest installment of the Valley League record book from 2004-2017! Cue up the list of most bases in one season….

1 Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 148
2 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 139
3 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 125
Tyler Kuhn Luray 2006 125
5 Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 123
6 Michael Wielansky Charlottesville 2017 122
7 Steve McQuail Front Royal 2009 119
Bradley Picha Winchester 2012 119
9 Jonathan Griffin Luray 2010 117
10 Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 116
11 Leo Rojas Winchester 2012 115

You know what it means, Dear Reader, when we have 11 on a list- someone from 2017 broke the seal! There he is, Charlottesville’s Michael Wielansky, with 122 total bases… just about breaking the top 5.

Major Leagues: Collin Cowgill
Current Minor Leagues: Joseph Odom, Zach Sterry
Previous Minor Leagues: Jimmy Yezzo, Tyler Kuhn, Steve McQuail, Jonathan Griffin
No Minor Leagues: Jon Love, Bradley Picha, Leo Rojas
Still in College: Michael Wielansky

Jimmy Yezzo Hagerstown

Jimmy Yezzo playing for Hagerstown

League Record Book: RBIs

And our next category of the 2004-2017 Valley League record book is runs batted in. I didn’t have to go back and research to add anyone into this one; he did it all by himself….

1 Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 62
2 Jeremy Terni Winchester 2004 54
Kurt Davidson Waynesboro 2007 54
4 Gunnar McNeill Staunton 2014 52
Brandon Quaranta Strasburg 2017 52
6 Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 49
7 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 48
Jermaine Berry Staunton 2012 48
9 Blake McDade Staunton 2009 47
10 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 46
11 Michael McClellan Waynesboro 2014 45

We have another Brandon Quaranta sighting- here tied at #4 with MVP Gunnar McNeill. One weird note- TWO 2012 Winchester Royals are on this list. Together, Yezzo and Odom drove in 108 runs. This is almost unbelievable when you consider that Woodstock drove in 160 in 2017…. AS A TEAM.

Major Leagues: None
Current minor leagues: Zach Sterry, Joseph Odom
Previous minor leagues: Jimmy Yezzo, Blake McDade
No pro ball: Jeremy Terni, Kurt Davidson, Gunnar McNeill, Jon Love, Jermaine Berry, Michael McClellan
Still in college: Brandon Quaranta

Chaz Weaver has the all-time record at 69- Mike Sabo, 1987 Staunton Braves.

Jeremy Terni

Jeremy Terni playing in the Independent Can-Am League in 2006

League Record Book: Home Runs

Ah, the home run. The major leagues are seeing a monstrous amount of home runs hit this season. Summer Collegiate ball is a little different… I believe that the “golden era” of home runs in the Valley League was probably 2012, when Joseph Odom, Jimmy Yezzo, and Brad Picha went nuts in Winchester (the ball was most likely juiced, too).

Anyway, here is the list of most home runs in one Valley League season since 2004!

1 Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 17
2 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 16
Steve McQuail Front Royal 2009 16
Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 16
Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 16
6 Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 14
7 Marcus Nidiffer Covington 2008 13
Ryan Durrence Covington 2009 13
Shaun Cooper Harrisonburg 2010 13
Jonathan Griffin Luray 2010 13
Brandon Murray Waynesboro 2012 13
11 Jeremy Terni Winchester 2004 12
Tyler Townsend Winchester 2008 12
Brandon Quaranta Strasburg 2017 12

(I must admit- I went back in time to add the “12’s” from the last few years so Brandon could make the list.)

Major leaguers: Collin Cowgill
Current Minor Leaguers: Joseph Odom, Zach Sterry
Previous Minor Leaguers: Steve McQuail, Jimmy Yezzo, Marcus Nidiffer (Marcus is still active in the Indy Leagues), Ryan Durrence, Shaun Cooper, Jonathan Griffin (Also still active in Indy ball), Tyler Townsend
No pro ball: Brandon Murray, Jeremy Terni
Still in College: Brandon Quaranta

According to Chaz Weaver, the highest total ever in the league is Mike Sabo’s 28. for the 1987 Staunton Braves. I don’t see anyone equaling that anytime soon….

Joseph Odom Carolina

Joseph Odom in Carolina in 2015 or 2016

#11 Hitter: Cody Wilson, Winchester

I’m just going to go ahead and put it down: this guy, Cody Wilson, from Winchester, reminds me of Mike Trout.

I know, I know, it’s ridiculous to put such a declaration on a college player- to compare him to the best baseball player on the planet (yeah, Parker, he’s better than Manny Machado- significantly better, even with a supremely awesome walk-off last night). And while Trout has 35 pounds on Cody, Cody’s game- a little power, a little speed- reminds me of Trout. And Cody looks like him a little bit, too.

Ok, we can pump the brakes on that analogy.

The truth, though, is that Wilson, from Palm Beach State and a Florida Atlantic signee, had an excellent summer for the Royals. Here are his summer stats:

2017 37 152 36 51 11 6 0 23 22 34 21 3 0.336 0.426 0.487
Play 6 29 4 8 1 1 1 7 2 4 0 1 0.276 0.323 0.483

Cody finished 9th in the league in OPS, tied for 9th in walks, 6th in total bases, 1st in triples, while setting the record (since 2004), tied for 4th in doubles, tied for 7th in hits, tied for 3rd  in runs, and was named to the All-Valley League 2nd team at outfield. His best game was on July 21st against New Market, when he went 3-4, with 5 runs, 2 triples, 2 walks, and 2 stolen bases. A little bit of everything.

Cody’s stats for Palm Beach look like this:

2016 49 192 34 62 9 3 5 34 8 42 11 1 0.323 0.375 0.479
2017 8 25 1 8 2 0 1 7 2 8 2 0 0.320 0.393 0.520

In 2016, Cody was the Palm Beach team leader in runs, triples, home runs, RBIs, and slugging. Cody has reportedly signed with Florida Atlantic for this fall. Congrats on your excellent summer season!

Cody Wilson for 11th hitter

Cody before a game in Strasburg (ATVL)

League Record Book: Triples

Moving right along, today we have the best triple totals since the 2004 Valley League season….

1 Cody Wilson Winchester 2017 7
2 Tyler Kuhn Luray 2006 5
Grant Escue Woodstock 2007 5
Cody Hudson Waynesboro 2010 5
Brady Wilson Winchester 2011 5
Shane Billings Harrisonburg 2015 5
Jose Carrera Covington 2016 5
Tanner Poole Waynesboro 2016 5
Zach Evers Waynesboro 2017 5
10 Steve Head Harrisonburg 2005 4
Bo Davis Covington 2005 4
Lucas DeLong Harrisonburg 2005 4
Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 4
Pat Irvine Waynesboro 2007 4
Adalberto Santos Woodstock 2008 4
Dave Fallon Winchester 2009 4
Ben Hammer Winchester 2009 4
Grant Fillipitch Waynesboro 2010 4
Mike Garza Woodstock 2010 4
Tyler Molinaro Rockbridge 2011 4
Stephen Oswald New Market 2011 4
Brad Noland Waynesboro 2012 4
Caleb Palensky Waynesboro 2012 4
Thomas Spitz Harrisonburg 2013 4
Demetrius Moorer Covington 2013 4
Justin Harris Charles Town 2014 4
Matthew Koehler Woodstock 2015 4
Michael Wielansky Charlottesville 2017 4

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new leader! Winchester’s Cody Wilson crushed this list, hitting 40% more triples than the previous record. Waynesboro’s Zach Evers and Charlottesville’s Michael Wielansky also joined up this year.

Major leaguers: Collin Cowgill
Current Minor Leaguers: Shane Billings, Jose Carrera, Thomas Spitz
Previous Minor Leaguers: Tyler Kuhn, Bo Davis, Pat Irvine, Adalberto Santos, Mike Garza, Tyler Molinaro
Pro Independent Ball: Cody Hudson, Brady Wilson, Caleb Palensky, Justin Harris
Still in College: Cody Wilson, Tanner Poole, Zach Evers, Matthew Koehler, Michael Wielansky
No pro ball: Cody Escue, Steve Head, Lucas DeLong, Dave Fallon, Ben Hammer, Grant Fillipitch, Stephen Oswald, Brad Noland, Demetrius Moorer

Phew. That’s a ton of players!

Cody Wilson resized for triples list

Cody Wilson getting ready to swing against Strasburg in the playoffs in 2017 (ATVL)