Our 2nd best hitter in the 2018 Valley League season had a first half for the ages. Covington’s JD Mundy exploded on the summer scene, hitting an astonishing 12 home runs in his first 24 games, including in four straight games from June 25 through 29. While he didn’t maintain that torrid pace all year, he still showed, by far, the most power in the league. (Who could maintain that pace? Pitchers stop throwing strikes, and they are much more careful.)
Let’s take a look at JD’s final numbers:
In the league, JD finished tied for 9th in batting average, 2nd in OPS, 6th in on-base percentage, 2nd in slugging percentage, 4th in walks, 1st in total bases (98), 1st in RBIs, 1st in home runs, 5th in hits, and 1st in runs. Wow! JD’s name is now sprinkled among three different categories in the 2004-2018 league record book; 9th in slugging, 6th in home runs, and 6th in RBIs. (He’s tied with another Lumberjack in home runs- Collin Cowgill, who also hit 14 home runs, but 13 years ago, in 2005.)
JD’s best game was probably on June 14th against New Market, when he went 3-4, with 3 runs, a double, 2 home runs, and 3 RBIs. And in those four straight games in which he hit home runs in June? He drove in 14 runs as well. In the All-star game, he went 2-5, with a double and triple, and also went 3-7 at the Prospect Showcase with a home run. He was named 1st Team All-Valley at first base, and Perfect Game named him the 9th best prospect in the league.
JD is transferring to Radford, in part to play more in the field, and in part because it’s where his uncle attended a few years ago. So we won’t hear from him for a year while he sits out, but he’ll be active again in the 2019-2020 season. Might he return to the Valley in 2019?
Anyway, here are his stats for Virginia Tech in his first two years:
So JD hit more home runs with a wooden bat in 151 at-bats in the Valley he did with metal in 241 at-bats in college. Interesting.
Congratulations on your excellent summer, JD, and we look forward to seeing you play in your new digs in 2020!