Minor League Record Book: Career Home Runs

Next up in the career minor league record book is home runs…. the one you’ve been waiting for, Brilliant Reader?

As usual, we’ll look at 2006-2017 first, and then “all-time” after that.

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 159
2 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 147
3 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 95
4 Joey Butler New Market ’06 92
5 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 84
Ben Guez Covington ’06 84
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 83
8 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 76
9 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 73
10 Jon Griffin Luray ’10 71
11 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 70
12 AJ Kirby-Jones Waynesboro ’09 64

Things are getting tight up there at the top; Clint Robinson will likely not hold onto the top spot if Ryan Schimpf has a full year in the minors in 2018. (And Robinson played at Syracuse, in the International League, in 2017, when Schimpf played at El Paso, of the Pacific Coast League. The PCL plays better for hitters than the IL, so that matters, too.)

Anyway, Robinson, Schimpf, Rudy Flores, Joey Butler, and Tyler White are all active. White hit 23 home runs in 2017, and jumped up to #9 on this list. But hopefully all of these guys will play more in the majors than the minors in 2018.

All-Time
1 Jeff Manto Front Royal 243
2 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 186
3 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 159
4 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 158
5 Andy Abad Harrisonburg ’93 157
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 147
7 Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 146
8 Alan Cockrell Staunton 141
9 Luke Scott Staunton 125
10 Erik Kratz Way,Harr ’00-01 123
11 Stephen Smitherman Winchester ’98-9 114
12 Jack Voigt Staunton 111
13 Steve Decker Front Royal 101
14 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 100
Nick Stavinoha Front Royal ’03 100
16 Larry Sheets Staunton 99
Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 99
18 Pat Watkins Staunton 95
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 95
20 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 93

Robinson, Schimpf, and Flores are on both lists. Erik Kratz is also active, and all the way up there at #10, after adding 13 home runs in 2017.

Joe Koshansky also has another connection to the VBL, as he was one of the people responsible for bringing the VBL back to Charlottesville back in 2014.

Joe Koshansky minor leagues
Joe Koshansky

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