Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America publishes a list of their top 100 prospects each year, and have done so since 1990.

So, you know what I had to do, Brilliant Reader… here is every Valley League alumnus who has been named in the history of the BA 100 list!

1990-1997: None

1998: Mike Lowell, #71, 3B, New York Yankees (Waynesboro 1993)

1999: None

2000: Adam Everett, #76, SS, Houston Astros (Winchester 1996)
Aubrey Huff, #98, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays (Staunton 1997)

2001: Jon Rauch, #4, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Harrisonburg 1998)
Aubrey Huff, #43

2002: Jon Rauch, #92

2003: Jon Rauch, #92

2004-2005: None

2006: Cliff Pennington, #83, SS, Oakland A’s (Harrisonburg 2003)

2007: None

2008: Chris Perez, #97, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Staunton 2004)

2009: Yonder Alonso, #35, 1B, Cincinnati Reds (Luray 2006)

2010: Yonder Alonso, #45

2011: Jason Kipnis, #54, 2B, Cleveland Indians (Covington 2006-07)
Yonder Alonso, #73

2012: Yonder Alonso, #33
Cory Spangenberg, #78, 2B, San Diego Padres (Winchester 2010)

2013-2017: None

If I had to guess who will make the list in the coming year, I would say Nate Pearson (Staunton 2016) had a solid shot, especially with his velocity (he’s hit 100+ on the radar gun a number of times).

So, if you’re keeping score at home, 9 different players have been named a top 100 prospect. Two come from Harrisonburg, Winchester, and Staunton, and one comes from Waynesboro, Luray, and Covington. Every single one of the nine has had a nice career in the major leagues.

Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox

Mike Lowell with the Red Sox

Playoff Result from Wednesday, August 2

Just one game last night. Charlottesville has already cleared the South, so to speak, and they are waiting for Winchester and Strasburg to finish up the North semifinals.

Score

Winchester 16, Strasburg 6 (The Royals scored 13 runs in the 5th inning, making the outcome rather obvious.)

Hitter of the Day

Dillon Reed Santa Fe 2017Our HOD is Winchester’s Dillon Reed, from Santa Fe CC, who went 3-5, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a walk, and a home run. Dillon hit 347/414/413 in 167 at-bats in the regular season, and is now 7-20 in the playoffs. Dillon will be attending Flagler this fall.

Others of Note (almost the whole Royal lineup)

Cody Wilson, Winchester: 4-6, run, RBI
Kenneth Gilmore, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 1-3, 2 runs, RBI, 3 BB
Matt Allen, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Nick Goode, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, HR
Seth Woodard, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, HBP
Sean Scales, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, HR
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-4, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

Pretty obviously, our POD is Winchester’s Kyle Fulton, from Central Methodist. Kyle Kyle fulton Cent Methodist 2017threw 4 shutout innings against the Express while allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 6. He earned a game score of 62. He went 2-2, 3.85, with 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings pitched.

Tonight’s Game

Strasburg at Winchester (Winchester will try to finish off the Express to move on to the finals)

Playoff Results, Tuesday August 1

Two games on tap last night, and both ended up being elimination games…

Scores

Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2 (Tom Sox win series, 2-0; I’ve got them also in a 14-game winning streak! Now the Sox will wait for the winner of Winchester vs Strasburg in he North)
Winchester 9, Purcellville 4 (Royals win series, 2-1, move on to face Strasburg in the semifinals)

Hitter of the Day

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsOur hitter of the day, for the last time, is Purcellville’s Trevin Esquerra, from Loyola Marymount! Trevin went 3-5, with a run, 2 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He hit 362/407/632 in 152 at-bats in the regular season, and hit 385/385/923 in 13 at-bats in hte playoffs. Spoiler alert- he will be on the top hitters countdown that will begin after the season.

Others of Note

Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 3-4, 2 RBIs
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-6, 3 runs, RBI, 3 SB
Kenneth Gilmore, Winchester: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

In a huge elimination game, Winchester’s Trent Rider came up big; he threw 6 2/3 Trent Rider Charleston 2017innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 59. The young man from Charleston went 4-2, 4.24 in 46 2/3 innings in he regular season.

Others of Note

Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s, win (56)
Bobby Hearn, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, save
Daniel Tolano, Waynesboro: 5 Ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, loss (52)
Patrick OShea, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s

Tonight’s Game

Winchester at Strasburg (Game 1 of the semifinals in the North)

 

Results from Sunday, July 23

Scores

Front Royal 6, New Market 2
Harrisonburg 6, Waynesboro 3
Purcellville 12, Strasburg 0
Woodstock 6, Winchester 5

Hitter of the Day

Ady Szamski Radford 2017Our HOD is Purcellville’s Andy Szamski, from Radford! Andy’s 5 RBIs carried the day, along with 2-5, with a run and a home run. Andy is now hitting 180/234/300 this summer in exactly 100 at-bats.

Others of Note

Trevor Rosenberg, Front Royal: 2-3, 2 runs, BB
Mark Moclair, Front Royal: 3-4, run, RBI, 2B, SB
Nick DiPonzio, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, HR
Lamarr Briggs, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Shaggy Freeland, Purcellville: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-3, run, 2 BB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-5, 3 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Winchester’s Jaret LaCagnina, from Davidson! Jaret went 4 1/3 shutout Jaret LaCagnina Davidson 2017innings in relief, with 1 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He’s 0-0, 2.25, with 21 K’s in 20 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Kyle Luigs, New Market: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s, loss
Robbie Price, Front Royal: 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, win
Matthew Young, Harrisonburg: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K’s
Payton Kinney, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Colin Reid, Purcellville: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K’s, win

Monday’s Games

Covington at Winchester 130
Covington at Purcellville 700
Harrisonburg at Strasburg
Woodstock at Charlottesville
Staunton at Front Royal

 

Results from Wednesday, July 12

All five games were played last night!

Results

Covington 4, Winchester 2 (Jacks win their 9th. One more win, and they will clinch a not-the-worst-ever record)
Front Royal 10, Waynesboro 6
Staunton 15, Woodstock 7
Purcellville 6, Strasburg 4
Charlottesville 6, Harrisonburg 5 (2 in the 9th to walk off for the Sox, the team is now 21-6)

Hitter of the Day

Shaggy Freeland Faulkner 2017ATVL loves those multi-home run games, and we got one last night from Purcellville’s Shaggy Freeland, who is transferring to Faulkner this fall. Shaggy went 3-5, with 2 runs, 5 RBIs, a double, and 2 home runs. He’s been in the league for 4 games so far, and is hitting 231/375/769 in 13 at-bats.

Others of Note

Alex Reynolds, Winchester: 2-2, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: 4-6, 3 runs, BB, SB (Now hitting .418)
Jaden Hassell, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI
Jared McDonald, Front Royal: 2-4, BB, 2B
Kenny Bergmann, Front Royal: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Dylan Hardy, Front Royal: 4-5, run
Max Wood, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Richard Miller, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 3B
Henry Kreienbaum, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Jacob Reimold, Woodstock: 2-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Tevin Mitchell, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, 2B
Bryce Windham, Charlottesville: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 2-4, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Jared Drayton, from Winchester and Alabama State! Jared threw 5 1/3 Jared Drayton Alabama Stateinnings while allowing 2 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, and striking out 5. He earned a game score of 58. Jared is now 1-4, 4.72, with 28 K’s in 26 2/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Jarred Scott, Covington: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K’s, win (55)
Tyler Swiggart, Winchester: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Alex London, Purcellville: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (52)
Zach Peek, Strasburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Layne Looney, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s, win

Thursday’s Games

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

Four Hitters off to Screaming Starts

(Not a Daniel Murphy scream, but a scorching hot start…)

  • Tyler Ratliff (Purcellville 2016-7) was drafted by Texas in the 17th round just a couple weeks ago. After signing, he was sent to the Arizona League, where he is annihilating the pitching. Overall, he’s hitting 500/541/618 in his first 34 pro at-bats, with 13 runs scored, 9 RBIs, and 4 doubles. He went 5-5 with 5 RBIs in his second game as a professional.
  • Ben Breazeale (Harrisonburg 2014) was drafted by the Orioles ten rounds before Ratliff. He’s appeared in ten games so far, and hit safely in nine of them for Aberdeen. He’s at 486/571/771, with 6 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, and a 7/8 BB/K ratio. He went 4-5 just last night.
  • Robby Rinn (Aldie 2013) was drafted in 2016 by the Royals. He hit 280/341/386 in 189 at-bats in his pro debut, but has exploded in 16 games and 66 at-bats in 2017 so far. He’s at 379/468/545 for Idaho Falls, with 13 runs, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and a whopping 21 RBIs.
  • Gabriel Garcia (Winchester 2016) had a very good pro debut in 2016, hitting 300/393/500 and being noticed by various media outlets as a prospect to watch. Now a year later, and assigned to Helena of the Pioneer League, Gabriel is hitting 308/471/481 in 15 games and 52 at-bats. He has 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, and 12 walks. He’s one to watch.

Results from Friday, June 30

Our last night in June saw 76 runs scored in 5 games…

Scores

Winchester 12, Strasburg 7
New Market 14, Woodstock 3
Charlottesville 8, Purcellville 4 (Battle of the top two teams in the league)
Staunton 9, Covington 4
Front Royal 11, Harrisonburg 4

Hitter(s) of the Day

This doesn’t happen too often, but every once in a while two hitters have incredible nights, and I find it impossible to choose between them. So, since this is my space, after all, and I can choose what I do, I have decided to name two hitters of the night from Friday.

  • Winchester’s RJ Ball, from Daytona State, had our first amazing game. He went 3-4, with 3 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, and two home runs. If you’re counting, and you should be, that’s three extra base hits for the young man from Haines City, Florida. He’s now hitting 257/422/543 in 35 at-bats for the Royals. RJ is transferring to Keiser University for the upcoming year.
  • Max Wood, from Staunton and Central Florida, is our second winner. It’s hard to ignore 6 times on base, which is exactly what Max did last night against Covington. Max went 3-3, with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, a triple, and a home run. Wow! Max is now hitting 348/441/543 in 46 at-bats this summer.

Others of Note

Turner Buis, Strasburg: 2-2, run, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, SF
Cody Wilson, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Seth Wall, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 SB
Jake Washer, New Market: 3-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, BB
Seth Hunt, New Market: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-4, RBI, 2B
Dalton Schroeder, Woodstock: 2-3, run, BB, 2B
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Cole Migliorini, Charlottesville: 2-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B, BB
Payton Marshall, Purcellville: 2-4, BB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 2-4, run, BB, 2B, SB
Andy Szamski, Purcellville: 2-4, BB
Payton Robertson, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, 2B
Jared McDonald, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, HBP
Thomas Johns, Front Royal: 1-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR, BB
Michael Kirsch, Front Royal: 2-3, run, 2 BB
Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

While the hitter of the day was a close one, the pitcher of the day was a little more cut-Joe Bobiak New Market 2017and-dried. Our POD is New Market’s Joe Bobiak, from Cumberland County! Joe threw 8 innings against Woodstock, allowing 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 4. He earned the win and a game score of 61. He threw 110 pitches. On the season so far, he’s 2-1, 3.30, with 25 K’s in 30 innings pitched. Joe is transferring to Lincoln Memorial this fall.

Others of Note

Drew Loepprich, Charlottesville: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win
Sean Lawlor, Covington: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K’s
Trevor Harris, Front Royal: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s win

Saturday’s Games

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