A few days ago, I started a list of former Valley Leaguers who have had very good to excellent college seasons, even asking for help from readers. (Thanks to all who have helped so far, by the way.)
- Brandon Quaranta should be well known to readers of this page. He was a standout hitter (and pitcher) in the Valley the past two years, and has also finished his college career at Jefferson with a bang. This spring, Brandon ended up hitting 370/498/753 in 162 at-bats, with 47 runs (in 46 games), 49 RBIs, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs, a 34/31 BB/K ratio, and even 8 stolen bases in 10 attempts. He led his team in runs, RBIs, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and walks. He was second in hits, doubles, triples (tied with 2 others), batting average, and stolen bases. Jefferson’s season is finished, so Brandon, if I know his work ethic at all, is working out and preparing for some kind of pro opportunity. Hopefully he is drafted, but if not, some indy team will have to give him a shot.
- John Barr has had a nomadic existence in college ball, but he was amazing at his latest stop, New Orleans, in 2018. The redshirt junior went 5-3, 2.20, 1.134 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 8.8 K/9 in 57 1/3 innings- oddly all in relief. He led the Privateers in ERA, appearances, and batting average against. John pitched at Northwest Florida State College in 2017, and for South Alabama in 2016.
- Peyton Maddox, a senior catcher at VMI, has hit very well this season. His slash line is 321/441/503 in 45 games and 165 at-bats, with 9 doubles, 7 home runs, 34 runs and 38 RBIs, 13 hit-by-pitches, and a 24/52 BB/K ratio. Maddox was drafted last June by the San Francisco Giants (but did not sign, obviously), so there is a good chance he’ll get another shot to start a pro career in another month.