Minor League Record Book: Wins in a Season

And we begin the seasonal records for minor league pitchers who happened to also pitch in the Valley League once upon a time:

2006-2018
1 Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
4 Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14
9 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 13
Joey Williamson Luray ’05 2009 13
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2013 13
Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2014 13
Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2017 13

Man, was Rowdy Hardy good in 2007. Undrafted out of Austin Peay, Rowdy signed with the Royals for $1,000. In 2007, his 2nd pro season, he went 15-5, 2.48, with a 0.958 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, and 4.9 K/9 in 167 innings pitched, all for Wilmington in the Carolina League. He led the Carolina League in wins and innings pitched, and finished 2nd in ERA on his way to being named the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. Baseball America also said he had the best control in the league. Rowdy eventually reached Triple-A in 2011 in Atlanta’s system, but he did not make the major leagues. Rowdy is now the pitching coach at Arkansas State.

All-Time
1 Tim Burcham Staunton 1987 17
2 Greg Hibbard Staunton 1987 16
3 Ralph Citarella Staunton 1982 15
Jonathan Hurst Front Royal ’86 1991 15
Corey Lee Staunton 1997 15
Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
9 Steve Fireovid Waynesboro ’75 1983 14
Mike Williams Winchester ’89 1991 14
Brent Billingsley New Market ’95 1997 14
Mike Maroth Staunton ’96-97 1999 14
Jason Davis New Market ’96 2001 14
Mike Burns Winchester ’00 2002 14
Ray Liotta Waynesboro ’02 2005 14
Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14

Tim Burcham pitched in the California League for Palm Springs in 1987. He went 17-6, 3.11, with a 1.457 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, and 6.2 K/9 in 185 1/3 innings pitched. He tied for 1st in the league in wins, and tied for 9th in ERA. Baseball America named him the 9th best prospect in the league. He appeared in 77 games in Triple-A, but never made the majors. He was a replacement player during the 1995 strike, though, and was supposed to be the San Francisco Giant’s opening day starter. He was returned to the minors when the strike ended.

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