How can I forget from year to year how much the end of the school year saps all my energy?
Well, today we will take a look at three more former VBLers who have done well, even great, in their college seasons: Michael Wielansky (Charlottesville 2017), Erne Valdes (Front Royal 2016), and Ben Dum (Strasburg 2016-17).
- Wielansky, the 2017 Valley League MVP, surely had a season for the ages at Wooster. The junior shortstop hit 401/508/665 in 197 at-bats, with 76 runs, 50 RBIs, 20 doubles, 7 triples, 6 home runs, a ridiculous 40/17 BB/K ratio, and 17 stolen bases in 22 attempts. He led his team in average, on-base percentage, run, hits, doubles, triples, walks, and stolen bases. He also finished second in slugging percentage. He has already been named 1st team All-American by ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com. He is the 2nd known Division III player to reach 200 hits, 200 runs, and 150 RBIs by the end of his junior year. Wow. Michael is returning to Charlottesville this summer, but the big question is whether or not he will be drafted this June!
- Valdes, the #1 starter in the VBL in 2016, was the closer for St. Thomas this year. The lefty redshirt senior went 1-3, 3.23, with 8 saves, a 1.173 WHIP, 7.0 BB/9, and 17.9 K/9 in 30 2/3 innings. While he walked 24, he struck out 61!
- Ben Dum also was a reliever- for VCU. The junior righthander went 2-1, 1.64, with 3 saves, a 0.852 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9, and 7.3 K/9 in 49 1/3 innings pitched. He’s only walked 6 batters all season!