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)

2017 Baseball America Top Draft Prospects

Each year, Baseball America ranks the top draft prospects in each Division I league, and also the other levels, junior college, NAIA, and Divisions II and III. (By the way, years ago I was chatting with a VBL team executive who had an idea to gather all the best D-III prospects during a summer to see how they would fare against the rest of the league. Does anyone have any thoughts of what might happen?)

Anyway, many former Valley Leaguers were named in BA’s college preview article. Let’s take a look, by level first, and then by league.

Division II

#1. Garrett Cave, rhp, Tampa (Staunton 2015)

NAIA

#5. Riley Echols, rhp, Freed-Hardeman (Charles Town 2015)
#10. Brandon Guske, rhp, Freed-Hardeman (Winchester 2015)

Junior College

#2. Nate Pearson, rhp, JC of Central Florida (Staunton 2016)

SWAC

Tyler Howe, rhp, Alabama State (Waynesboro 2015-16), preseason Pitcher of the Year
#1. Ray Hernandez, 3B, Alabama State (Purcellville 2016)
#2. Yamil Pagan, OF, Alabama State (Front Royal 2016)
#6. Joseph Estrada, rhp/OF, Alabama State (Waynesboro 2015)

Southern

#4 Bryson Bowman, OF, Western Carolina (Charles Town 2015)
#10. Chris Cook, SS, East Tennessee State (Waynesboro 2015)

Sun Belt

#5. Kevin Woodall, 1B, Coastal Carolina (New Market 2015)
#9. Brendan Donovan, 3B, South Alabama (New Market 2016)- 2018 potential draftee
#10. Corey Childress, rhp, Troy (Harrisonburg 2016)
#20. Billy Cooke, OF, Coastal Carolina (Charlottesville 2015)

Ohio Valley

#2. Zach Neff, lhp, Austin Peay (Waynesboro 2016)

MAAC

#10. Jose Carrera, SS, Manhattan (Covington 2014-16)
Fabian Pena, C, Manhattan (Covington 2016)- preseason Player of the Year

MEAC

#4. Aubrey McCarty, rhp/OF, Florida A&M  (Waynesboro 2015)
#5. Alex Mauricio, rhp/3B, Norfolk State (Waynesboro 2015)

Horizon League

#6. Zach Sterry, 1B, Oakland (Waynesboro 2016)

Conference USA

#4. Tyler Ratliff, 3B/rhp, Marshall (Purcellville 2016)
#14. Stephen Kerr, rhp, Florida Atlantic (Charles Town 2014)
#15. JC Escarra, 1B/C, Florida International (Staunton 2014)
#19. Cody Puckett, rhp, Middle Tennessee State (Front Royal 2015)

CAA

#9. Adam Sisk, OF, JMU (Staunton 2016)

Big 12

#8. Kameron Esthay, OF, Baylor (Harrisonburg 2015)

Big South

#4. Zach Cook, rhp, Winthrop (Charlottesville 2015)

American Athletic

#7. Jonathan Bowlan, rhp, Memphis (New Market 2016)- 2018 draftee
#17. Drew Crosby, lhp, Memphis (Winchester 2015)

Atlantic Sun

#1. Michael Gigliotti, OF, Lipscomb (Covington 2015)- Player of the Year
#10. Austin Hale, C, Stetson (Waynesboro 2015)

Atlantic 10

#3. Keenan Bartlett, rhp, Richmond (Winchester 2015)
#4. Ryan Kelly, rhp, Saint Joseph’s (New Market 2015)

  • 33 total players
  • By team:
    • Waynesboro- 8
    • Staunton, New Market- 4
    • Charles Town, Winchester, Covington- 3
    • Purcellville, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville- 2

Good luck to all- hopefully all of these young man will get a chance at the next level!

Quaranta, Sterry, and Ward Off to Scorching Starts

The college baseball season is underway, which means, first of all, the opportunity to watch some baseball (if you live close enough, of course), and secondly, more stats!

While pecking around checking up on some of the top performers from the 2016 season, ATVL found three players who are off to scorching starts to their college seasons.

Let’s take a look:

  • Brandon Quaranta (Strasburg 2016) is crushing the ball for Philadelphia University after 4 games and 16 at-bats. Overall, he’s hitting 563/588/1.250, with 6 runs scored, 7 RBIs, 2 doubles, and 3 home runs. As a bonus, Brandon is planning to rejoin the Express this summer!
  • Nick Ward (Woodstock 2016) is ripping for West Chester. He’s also played 4 games and has accumulated 14 at-bats. He’s hitting 571/684/929, with 9 runs scored, 4 RBIs, 2 doubles, and 1 home run. He’s also walked 3 times.
  • Zach Sterry (Waynesboro 2016) is continuing his torrid hitting for Oakland after 8 games and 32 at-bats. ATVL’s #1 hitter in 2016 is now hitting 375/421/813, with 5 runs, 10 RBIs, 2 doubles, 4 home runs, and 4 walks.

Keep it up, guys! (And by the way, if anyone knows of other alumni doing well out there, drop me a message!)

Quaranta

Quaranta

Ward

Ward

Sterry

Sterry

#1 Hitter: Zach Sterry, Waynesboro

We’ve finally reached the top of the hitters’ list! But, of course, we have to take a look at history before Zach gets his writeup…

2015- Shane Billings, Harrisonburg
2014- Gunnar McNeill, Staunton
2013- Jordan Tarsovich, Strasburg
2012- Jimmy Yezzo, Winchester
2011- Brad Zebedis, Strasburg
2010- Cory Spangenberg, Winchester
2009- Stephen McQuail, Front Royal
2008- Tyler Townsend, Winchester
2007- Jason Kipnis, Covington

In what should not be a surprise to anyone who followed the 2016 Valley League season, the #1 hitter is Zach Sterry, from Oakland and Waynesboro!

Zach Sterry Oakland 2016Zach crushed the ball last summer, hitting 350/453/734 in 40 games and 143 at-bats. He added 33 runs, 41 RBIs, 50 hits, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, a solid 27/33 BB/K ratio, and even stole 4 bases without getting caught. He led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage (by a huge amount- Nick Ward finished at .587), doubles, home runs, and RBIs. He tied for 3rd in walks, finished 4th in batting average and on-base percentage, and tied for 5th in both runs and hits. His best game was at Staunton on July 29th, when he went 3-4 with 4 runs, a hit-by-pitch, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, and a stolen base for good measure.

He continued hitting right through the playoffs, too. In 6 games and 22 at-bats, he hit 409/500/818, with 8 runs, 8 RBIs, and 3 home runs. He also had a double and 2 RBIs in the all-star game. Overall, Zach hit safely in 40 of his 47 games throughout the summer!

He led the league in one more category: Most Valuable Player votes. He was also first team All-Valley at first base.

Zach is heading into his senior season at Oakland. Here’s what he did in his first three years:

2014: 279/359/390, 136 at-bats, 20 runs, 18 RBIs, 38 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 15/25 BB/K
2015: 288/363/444, 160 at-bats, 20 runs, 28 RBIs, 46 hits, 13 doubles, 4 home runs, 16/28 BB/K
2016: 301/365/466, 176 at-bats, 36 runs, 27 RBIs, 53 hits, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 17/34 BB/K

Zach was named to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman team in 2014. Watch for another uptick in numbers this coming spring for the big man!

Congratulations on joining an elite group of #1 hitters, Zach!

Zach Sterry at the 2016 All-Star game

Zach Sterry at the 2016 All-Star game

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League Record Book: Slugging Percentage

In our next category of ATVL’s 2004-2016 league record book, we have slugging percentage! And finally, we have not only an entry from 2016, but our brand new leader is from the summer just concluded!

1 Zach Sterry Waynesboro 2016 0.745
2 Tyler Townsend Winchester 2008 0.739
3 Jon Love Front Royal 2004 0.731
4 Mac Williamson Harrisonburg 2011 0.706
Joseph Odom Winchester 2012 0.706
6 Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012 0.679
7 Ryan Sullivan Covington 2012 0.676
8 Steve McQuail Front Royal 2009 0.669
9 Collin Cowgill Covington 2005 0.659
10 Bradley Picha Winchester 2012 0.657
Julian Ridings Waynesboro 2012 0.657

Now we can put Zach Sterry’s season in a bit of context, because he annihilated the field in 2016- the next closest SLG was Nick Ward’s, at .587. That’s almost 150 points!  Well, he shot up to the top of this list, too, with his monster 2016 season.

Under Zach, we have two major leaguers (Mac Williamson, Collin Cowgill), one current minor leaguer (Joseph Odom (reached Double-A in ’16), and three players formerly in affiliated ball (Tyler Townsend, Jimmy Yezzo, Julian Ridings).

Zach Sterry at the 2016 All-Star game

Zach Sterry at the 2016 All-Star game

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!

Cave

Cave

Sterry

Sterry

Reed

Reed

Daily Update, Wednesday July 6

Welcome to the daily look at the Valley League contests from the night before! All five scheduled games were played last night. Take a look….

Results

Covington 6, Harrisonburg 4
Winchester 6, New Market 1
Purcellville 5, Staunton 4
Front Royal 4, Strasburg 2
Waynesboro 13, Woodstock 7 (River Bandits have given up 10 or more runs in a game 9 times)

Hitter of the Day

Zach Sterry Oakland 2016Tough choice today, but our hitter of the day is Waynesboro’s Zach Sterry, from Oakland! Zach went 2-4, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a walk, and a home run, his 8th. Zach is now hitting 301/443/687 this summer, with 8 doubles, 19 runs, 20 RBIs, and a 20/19 BB/K ratio. Zach has hit home runs in 4 straight games, and his 8 total is almost halfway to the most home runs in a season since 2004- Joseph Odom’s (Winchester) 17 in 2012. (His slugging percentage is the 5th best since 2004, too. At this pace, anyway.)

Others of Note

Brandon Vicens, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Brendan Donovan, New Market: 2-4, 2 2B
Jacob Koos, Winchester: 2-3, 2 BB, 2B, SB
Spencer Irvine, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, HBP
Adam Sisk, Staunton: 2-4, run, BB
Wade Arduini, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI, 2B
Sebastian Diaz, Front Royal: 2-2, run, RBI, HR
Tanner Poole, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, RBI, 2B
Sam Palensky, Waynesboro: 3-5, 2 runs, SB
Trey Stine, Waynesboro: 3-5, 3 runs, BB, 2 2B
Eli Putnam, Waynesboro: 3-6, 2 RBIs
Andrew Bullock, Waynesboro: 2-4, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2B
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 3-4, 2 runs, HBP
Christian Leung, Woodstock: 3-5, 4 RBIs, 2B
Jacob Tisevich, Woodstock: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

For the 4th time this summer, the pitcher of the day is Front Royal’s Erne Valdes, the lefty from St. Thomas! ErneErne Valdez St Thomas threw 5 innings against the Express, allowing 2 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and struck out 6. He didn’t get the win, but his game score of 61 was the highest from the night. Overall this summer, Erne is now 2-1, 1.03, with 16 hits, 13 walks, and 45 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings pitched. Look at that again- he’s allowed 16 hits in almost 35 innings!

Others of Note

Mike Hanchar, Covington: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (54)
Mark Hendricks, Covington: 2 2/3 IP, 2 H 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K’s, win
Dustin Lander, New Market: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, win
John Lollar, Winchester: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win (58)
John Bentley, Winchester: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Parker Johnson, Staunton: 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Brandon Caples, Purcellville: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s, win (57)
Ryan Anderson, Strasburg: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K’s (59)
Mitch Strophel, Front Royal: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, win
Tyler Elwer, Waynesboro: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s

Tonight’s Schedule

Harrisonburg (Corey Childress) at Waynesboro (Campbell Scholl)
Covington (Orlando Cannon) at Charlottesville (Brooks Crawford)
Winchester (Jon Peterson) at Strasburg (Benjamin Dum)
Staunton (Thaddeus Ward) at Front Royal (Blake Whitney)
Purcellville (Zach Sloan) at New Market (Alex Hicks)