Minor League Record Book: Home Runs in a Season

Next record book entry is home runs in one minor league season, starting with the players drafted after 2005….

2006-2017
1 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 29
2 Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 28
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 28
4 Michael Snyder Haymarket ’11 2013 25
Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 25
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2014 24
7 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-07 2011 23
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2013 23
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2015 23
10 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2012 22
Ryan McBroom Haymarket ’11-12 2016 22

There’s Clint Robinson at the top again, but also take a look at Ryan Schimpf- he’s listed four times- 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015! Four years in a row. He hit 15 minor league home runs in 2016, and 19 in 2017. (20 in the majors in 2016, and 14 in 2017)

Robinson just retired; Rudy Flores, Mac Williamson, and Ryan McBroom are all still active. Both Jonathan Griffin and Michael Snyder played in the Atlantic League the last couple years. In 2017, Griffin hit 278/348/419 in 448 plate appearances for New Britain, and Snyder hit 280/361/517 in 523 PA’s for Southern Maryland.

The all-timers:

All-Time
1 Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2005 38
2 Dan Pasqua New Market ’81 1984 33
3 Jeff Manto Front Royal 1994 31
Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 2005 31
Luke Scott Staunton 2005 31
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2006 31
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2008 31
8 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 1997 30
9 Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 2004 29
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 29
11 Nick Stavinoha Front Royal ’03 2011 28
Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 28
Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 28
14 Pat Watkins Staunton 1994 27
Luke Scott Staunton 2004 27
16 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 1998 26
T.R. Marcinczyk Staunton 1998 26
Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 2005 26
Ben Harrison Harrisonburg ’01 2006 26
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2010 26

Now a different name shows up four times- Joe Koshansky! Joe hit 36 home runs in Asheville in 2005, and added 2 more in Double-A Tulsa. Lest anyone think that his output that year was solely based on the short right field dimensions in Asheville, he hit 31 in Tulsa in 2006, and then 31 again for Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2008. Three of his four seasons represented here are from different minor league levels.

Interesting that only one player is on this list from the entire decade of the 1980’s- Dan Pasqua. Then there are 5 entries from the 1990’s, 9 from the 2000’s, and the remaining 5 from 2010-2017.

Counting every entry (including players on the list more than once), Staunton has 8 lines, Harrisonburg has 4, Waynesboro 3, Front Royal 2, and New Market, Luray, and Haymarket all have 1.

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