Minor League Record Book: Runs in a Season

We’ve finished up the record book for career hitting stats, so we’ll turn our attention to season totals. There have been some amazing minor league seasons over history…

By the way, as usual, we’ll look at the 2006-2018 stats, then all-time.

2006-2018
1 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 110
2 Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 107
3 John Raynor New Market ’04 2008 104
4 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2010 96
Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 96
6 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 95
Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 2011 95
8 Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 94
9 Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 2008 93
Joey Butler New Market ’06 2012 93

John Raynor was crazy in 2007- only his second season in pro ball! At Greensboro in the South Atlantic League, John hit 333/429/519, with 110 runs, 57 RBIs, 28 doubles, 8 triples, 13 home runs, a 66/98 BB/K ratio, and a ridiculous 54 stolen bases. There’s an outside chance I saw him play that year, but I don’t remember….

All-Time
1 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1975 148
2 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 141
3 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1986 116
4 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1984 111
5 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 110
6 David Eckstein Harrisonburg 1999 109
7 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1986 107
Pat Watkins Staunton 1994 107
Sherman Johnson Covington ’09-10 2014 107
10 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1983 105
11 Allen Battle Front Royal 1994 104
John Raynor New Market ’04 2008 104
13 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 1999 103
14 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1976 102
Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1987 102
16 Sam Perlozzo New Market ’72 1975 99
David Eckstein Harrisonburg 1998 99
18 Frank Menechino Harrisonburg ’92 1997 98
Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2004 98
20 Scott Jordan Winchester ’82 1987 97
Emil Brown Waynesboro ’94 1999 97
Joe Koshansky Staunton ’02-03 2005 97

As nuts as Raynor’s 2007 was, Gene Richards‘s 1975 was even better- the stats read like they came from a video game. A first overall pick in the 1975 January draft by the San Diego Padres, Richards was sent to Reno in the California League, and….. did this: 381/499/551 in 501 at-bats, with 148 runs, 58 RBIs, 29 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, a 116/75 BB/K ratio, and 85 stolen bases. Yeah. He was in Triple-A in 1076, and in the majors to stay in 1977. Wow.

 

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