Minor League Record Book: ERA in a Season

Here we are at last- the finale of the minor league record book. Maybe we’ll have a new format for next offseason? We’ll see.

By the way, 120 innings is the minimum requirement for the lists….

2006-2017
1 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 1.95
2 Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 2.26
3 Mike O’Reilly Woodstock ’14 2017 2.34
4 Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 2.48
Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2015 2.48
6 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2011 2.57
7 Michael Bowman Staunton ’06 2009 2.60
8 Harrison Cooney Front Royal ’12 2014 2.65
9 Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 2.67
10 Cole McCurry New Market ’05 2009 2.71
11 Taylor Hill Winchester ’08 2014 2.81

Mike O’Reilly jumped all the way to #3 on this list with his tremendous 2017 campaign.

Major leaguers: Brad Mills, Elih Villanueva, Chad Kuhl, Tyler Thornburg, Taylor Hill
Still active: Villanueva (free agent), O’Reilly, Kuhl, Thornburg (spent all of 2017 on the DL), Harrison Cooney, Austin Gomber, and Hill (free agent)

That Brad Mills season in 2008- he pitched at three different levels! Overall, he went 13-5, 1.95, with a 1.167 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, and 9.7 K/9 in 147 1/3 total innings. Whoa. He pitched in the major leagues the very next year.

All-Time
1 Ralph Citarella Staunton 1980 1.64
2 Jeff Mutis Staunton 1991 1.80
3 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 1.95
4 Ray Liotta Waynesboro ’02 2005 2.02
5 Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 2.26
6 Jonathan Hurst Front Royal ’86 1991 2.27
7 Mike O’Reilly Woodstock ’14 2017 2.34
8 Greg Hibbard Staunton 1987 2.36
9 Doug Harris Harrisonburg ’90 1991 2.39
10 Sammy Stewart 1976 2.42
11 Mike Christopher Winchester ’84 1987 2.44
12 Rick Honeycutt 1977 2.47
13 Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 2.48
Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2015 2.48
15 Mike Burns Winchester ’00 2002 2.49
16 Dan Smith Staunton 1992 2.52
17 Zach Dixon Harrisonburg ’02 2004 2.53
18 Tyler Thornburg Winchester ’08 2011 2.57
19 Michael Bowman Staunton ’06 2009 2.60
20 BJ Benik Front Royal 2002 2.61
Jason Arnold Staunton 2002 2.61

Ralph Citarella, in 1980, went 11-4, 1.64, with a 1.079 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 8.1 K/9 in 126 innings pitched in Gastonia of the South Atlantic League. He made his major league debut three seasons later, in 1983.

There are some more famous names on here- Rick Honeycutt, Sammy Stewart, Greg Hibbard….

We will turn our attention to the major league record book now!

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