Minor League Record Book: Batting Average in a Season

This is the last minor league record book entry for hitters! We still have pitchers to discuss, and then the major league record book, of course…

2006-2018
1 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 2011 0.354
2 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2009 0.340
3 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 0.335
4 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 0.333
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 0.333
6 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 0.326
7 Tyler White Haymarket ’10 2015 0.325
8 Jeff Kindel Covington ’03 2007 0.317
9 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 0.316
10 Ryan McBroom Haymarket ’11-’12 2015 0.315

Collin Cowgill crushed Triple-A in 2011 for Reno, hitting 354/430/554 in 98 games and 395 at-bats. He added 95 runs, 70 RBIs, 24 doubles, 8 triples, 13 home runs, and a 51/63 BB/K ratio… and even 30 stolen bases (against 3 CS)! He made his major league debut July 26th of that year. He’s batted 689 times in the major leagues so far, and spent 2018 in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

All-Time
1 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1975 0.381
2 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1997 0.358
3 Collin Cowgill Covington ’05 2011 0.354
4 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 0.352
5 John Kruk New Market ’81 1985 0.351
6 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1977 0.348
7 Talmadge Nunnari Harrisonburg ’96 1999 0.344
Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2002 0.344
9 John Kruk New Market ’81 1983 0.341
10 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2009 0.340
11 Nick Stavinoha Front Royal ’03 2008 0.337
12 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 0.335
13 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 0.333
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 0.333
15 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1976 0.331
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 2000 0.331
17 Emil Brown Waynesboro ’94 1998 0.330
18 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2001 0.329
19 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 2000 0.328
Ryan Shealy Harrisonburg ’99 2005 0.328

Luis Lopez was tremendous at Hagerstown in 1997. I almost certainly saw him play that year, but…. I’m old and have no memory of it. Anyway, he hit 358/430/533 in 503 at-bats, with 96 runs, 99 RBIs, 47 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, and a 60/45 BB/K ratio. He went on to bat 145 times in the major leagues.

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