Minor League Record Book: Wins in a Season

We have four categories left in the minor league record book- the season records for pitchers. (We still have the major league book to go, though, so don’t worry…)

Here we have the most wins for minor league pitchers ….

2006-2017
1 Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
4 Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14
9 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 13
Joey Williamson Luray ’05 2009 13
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2013 13
Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2014 13
Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2017 13

MAN, I remember that Rowdy Hardy season in 2007. At 24 years old, at High-A Wilmington, Rowdy went 15-5, 2.48, with a 0.958 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, and 4.9 K/9 in 167 innings. Crazy. He didn’t make any prospect lists, though, because of 1) his age; 2) he didn’t strike out enough batters; 3) his stuff wasn’t considered top tier. Rowdy pitched until he was 28, and was then released after 48 2/3 innings in Double-A in 2011. He’s currently the pitching coach at Arkansas State.

Major leaguers on this list: Elih Villanueva (one spot start for the Marlins in 2011), Brad Mills, and Chad Kuhl
Still Active: Kuhl, Villanueva, Logan Boyd, Austin Gomber, and Ryan Yarbrough (I believe Gomber and Yarbrough will make the majors very soon)

All-Time
1 Tim Burcham Staunton 1987 17
2 Greg Hibbard Staunton 1987 16
3 Ralph Citarella Staunton 1982 15
Jonathan Hurst Front Royal ’86 1991 15
Corey Lee Staunton 1997 15
Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
9 Steve Fireovid Waynesboro ’75 1983 14
Mike Williams Winchester ’89 1991 14
Brent Billingsley New Market ’95 1997 14
Mike Maroth Staunton ’96-97 1999 14
Jason Davis New Market ’96 2001 14
Mike Burns Winchester ’00 2002 14
Ray Liotta Waynesboro ’02 2005 14
Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14

Tim Burcham went 17-6, 3.11 in 185 1/3 innings for Palm Springs of the California League back in 1987. His WHIP, though, was a harrowing 1.457, with a 4.2 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9. Tim, a UVA product, did not make the major leagues, but spent five minor league seasons in Triple-A. (And check out that mustache!)

 

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