Let’s take a quick look at three former Valley Leaguers who are off to good starts in the minor leagues this month:
- Anthony Dimino (Covington 2013) has played at two levels already in 2017- Columbia in the South Atlantic League, and St. Lucie in the Florida State League. He went 7-10 at Columbia, and has since gone 10-28 at the higher level. Overall in 2017, he’s hitting 447/511/500 in 38 at-bats. The 28th round draft pick in 2015 is hitting 334/431/399 over 293 career at-bats.
- Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013) not only played in the Valley the same year as Dimino, but now he’s sharing catching duties in St. Lucie with the former Lumberjack as well. Patrick has raked his whole career, too, as his career numbers are 325/426/467 in 525 at-bats. At St. Lucie in 2017, Patrick is hitting 291/375/455, with 3 doubles and 2 home runs.
- Sam Lewis (Woodstock 2011) is, admittedly, a bit older than his competition at Kane County in the Midwest League (he’s 25), but you can’t argue with his numbers. Over 12 2/3 innings, Sam is 0-0, 0.71, with only 6 hits, 2 walks, and 16 strikeouts. The undrafted free agent has gone 13-6, 2.93, with a 1.06 WHIP and 133 K’s in 135 1/3 career innings. Sam was originally in Kansas City’s system, but was traded in January to Arizona.