Major League Record Book: Batting Average in a Season

Here are the best batting averages put up by Valley League alumni in the major leagues:

2006-2018
1 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2016 0.347
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2017 0.322
3 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2015 0.303
4 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2011 0.297
5 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2012 0.291
6 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2014 0.289
7 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2013 0.286
8 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2013 0.284
9 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2015 0.281
10 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2013 0.276
11 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2016 0.275

All of these guys have been covered already, so let’s move on to the all-time list….

All-Time
1 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 2016 0.347
2 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1998 0.337
3 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2001 0.327
4 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1996 0.326
5 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2004 0.326
6 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 2007 0.324
7 John Kruk New Market ’81 1992 0.323
8 Dan Murphy Luray ’05 2017 0.322
9 Larry Sheets Staunton 1987 0.316
John Kruk New Market ’81 1993 0.316
11 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1997 0.315
12 John Kruk New Market ’81 1987 0.313
13 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2003 0.311
14 Chris Hoiles Harrisonburg 1993 0.310
15 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1978 0.308
Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2005 0.308
17 Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 1995 0.306
18 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2003 0.305
19 Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2008 0.304
20 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2015 0.303

The top 8 have been covered, so we’ll take a quick look at Larry Sheets‘s 1987 season. In his best year, Larry hit 316/358/563 for the Orioles, with 74 runs, 94 RBIs, 23 doubles, 31 home runs, 143 OPS+, and 2.5 WAR. As far as I know, Larry and Erik Kratz are the only EMU (or EMC back in the day) attendees to make the major leagues.

Larry Sheets Baltimore

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