Minor League Record Book: Hits in a Season

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2006-2018
1 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 168
2 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 2009 166
3 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 164
4 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 160
5 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2010 159
6 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 158
7 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 154
8 Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 153
9 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2009 152
Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 152

Tyler Kuhn was a professional hitter; it still surprises me that he never got a shot at the major leagues (he was MVP of the Valley League in 2006, by the way). In 2011, he played 107 games at Double-A Birmingham and 23 at Triple-A Charlotte. Combined, he hit 333/388/446, with 70 runs, 59 RBIs, 32 doubles, 11 triples, 1 home run, a 44/77 BB/K ratio, and 16 stolen bases. In his minor league career, he hit a total of 295/349/408 in 2,461 at-bats.

All-Time
1 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1975 191
2 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 1999 187
3 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1997 180
4 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1986 178
5 Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2002 177
6 Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 2007 174
7 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1976 173
8 Talmadge Nunnari Harrisonburg ’96 1999 172
9 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1999 171
10 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 170
John Kruk New Market ’81 1983 170
12 Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2003 169
13 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2004 168
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 168
15 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 2009 166
16 Mike Eylward Staunton 2006 165
17 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 164
18 Allen Battle Front Royal 1994 163
19 Steve Finley Harrisonburg 1988 161
Kevin Kouzmanoff Winchester ’02 2004 161
Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 2000 161

Juan Pierre went nuts for Asheville in the South Atlantic League in 1999, his 2nd pro season after getting drafted in the 13th round in 1998 by the Rockies. He hit 320/366/390 in 585 at-bats, with 93 runs, 55 RBIs, 28 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, a 38/37 BB/K ratio, and 66 stolen bases. He was called up to the bigs in August of the next year to stay.

 

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