A legendary name in the history of the Valley League has decided to hang up his spikes.
On February 28th, former Valley League MVP Zach Sterry posted this on his Facebook page:
Zach was the best hitter in the league in 2016 for Waynesboro, hitting 350/453/734 in 40 games and 143 at-bats. He added 33 runs, 41 RBIs, 50 hits, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, a solid 27/33 BB/K ratio, and even stole 4 bases without getting caught. He led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles, home runs, and RBIs. He tied for 3rd in walks, finished 4th in batting average and on-base percentage, and tied for 5th in both runs and hits.
He returned to Oakland for his senior year, and actually put up numbers remarkably similar to his Waynesboro line: 346/441/643 in 185 at-bats, with 37 runs, 44 RBIs, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, and an excellent 30/32 BB/K ratio (I had to double-check these stats- I thought I made a mistake with the counting numbers! Same doubles, triples, and home runs…)
The Boston Red Sox took Zach in the 8th round of the 2017 draft and signed him for a measly $5,000. He only batted 80 times that summer, split between Lowell of the New York-Penn League and Boston’s Gulf Coast League affiliate. In 2018, he went to Greenville of the South Atlantic League, and in 203 at-bats hit a solid 291/370/424, with 25 runs, 30 RBIs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and a 23/54 BB/K ratio.
Well, Zach, 2016 will forever be your summer. Good luck in your next stage of life!