One of the things that struck me while I was making the top hitters list is that the Valley League had several true freshmen make quite significant contributions to their VBL teams in 2017.
We’ve already had one listed, Alec Aleywine, and today we have our second, the 13th best hitter in the 2017 Valley League season, Charlottesville’s Vinnie Pasquantino, a freshman from Old Dominion!
The 6-foot-4, 230 pound first baseman was a crucial bat in the Tom Sox lineup. Here are his regular season and playoff numbers:
The communications major brings a very intriguing mix of plate discipline and power to the plate, along with good size… the future looks bright for him. Vinnie finished 8th in the league in RBIs, tied for 6th in HR, and was named to the 2nd team All-Valley at DH. (He traded time at first base with fellow Tom Sox Ari Sechopoulos, and was a designated hitter the rest of the time.) His best game was probably June 21st at Strasburg, when he went 4-5, with 3 runs, a double, home run, walk, and 2 RBIs.
This is what he did at ODU- another good stat line:
Several outlets have their eye on him- he was named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball News, to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, and a second team All-State selection by VaSID.
He is definitely one to watch in the future. Congratulations on your excellent summer, Vinnie!