#5 Hitter: Dominic Canzone, Front Royal

Dominic Canzone Ohio State 2017

Our 5th best hitter in the 2017 Valley League season is Dominic Canzone, from Front Royal!

Canzone is yet another true freshman who blasted his way through the league, becoming the 8th (or 7th, depending on how you number them) player to top a .400 average since 2004.

Just take a look at this line:

VBL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 28 114 28 46 3 2 3 23 11 7 17 3 0.404 0.457 0.544

Dominic had a super season for the Cardinals, showing both power and patience (4 more walks than K’s?!?). He finished 2nd in batting average, 5th in OPS, 4th in OBP, 7th in slugging, tied 9th in triples, and was named 1st team All-Valley as an outfielder.

Not only did he hit in 21 of his 28 games, but he also had 4 hits in a game 4 times, 3 hits twice, and 2 hits 6 times. His best game was probably on June 23rd, when he went 4-5, with 4 runs, a double, home run, and 3 RBIs against Woodstock.

He also made a splash with the scouting community, as Baseball America named him the 2nd best prospect in the league, while Perfect Game named him the best. His coach for the first part of the season, Brian Daly, said that he has rarely seen a player made adjustments at the plate as quickly as Dominic did for Front Royal.

Here is what Canzone did at Ohio State in his first year in college:

OSU G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 49 166 22 57 4 3 3 36 15 20 13 2 0.343 0.390 0.458

This is crazy. He finished first on his team in batting average, 3rd in hits, tied for 2nd in triples, 2nd in RBIs, 2nd in slugging percentage, 3rd in on-base percentage, and even 3rd in stolen bases. He was named third-team All-Big Ten, and to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Dominic is yet another player who should have a very bright future ahead of him in this game. Congrats!

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(Rich Cooley/Daily)

Dominic Canzone OSU 2017

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