Checking in with 2018 Top Hitters

At the end of the 2018 Valley League season, ATVL went through the top 15 hitters in the league, and also listed the “next ten”- guys who were very good but just missed the final list. These players came from Division I, II, III, NAIA, and even junior colleges.

I’ve always wanted to set up a specific study to see how these players perform in the succeeding college season after playing so well in the summer… but time just doesn’t allow it. With that acknowledged, let’s take a quick look at how each of the top 25 guys are performing in college this spring (stats are through Tuesday, March 12):

The Top Five

  • Andrew Eyster (New Market), league MVP and top hitter, transferred to South Carolina from Santa Fe. Batting third in a top-25 program, Eyster is hitting 355/425/613 in 62 at-bats, with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 14 runs, 11 RBIs, and a 7/19 BB/K ratio.
  • JD Mundy (Covington) also transferred, from Virginia Tech to Radford. In 44 at-bats, he’s hitting 227/397/477, with 10 runs, 6 RBIs, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and a 13/12 BB/K ratio.
  • Austin Embler (Harrisonburg), from UNC Greensboro, is hitting 315/448/444 in 54 at-bats, with 9 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, a 12/10 BB/K ratio, and 5 stolen bases.
  • Piedmont’s Andrew Burden (Front Royal) is hitting 455/609/742 in 66 at-bats, with 27 runs, 23 RBIs, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, a 23/10 BB/K ratio, and even 11 stolen bases without being caught.
  • Trey Jacobs (Staunton) is at spring training with the Colorado Rockies!

Numbers 6-10

  • Wallace’s Oraj Anu (New Market) is setting the world on fire: through 65 at-bats, he’s at 477/520/1.077, with 22 runs, 28 RBIs, 6 doubles, 11 home runs, and an 8/12 BB/K ratio.
  • Spencer Packard (Front Royal), a transfer from Arizona Western to Campbell, is hitting 234/327/340 in 47 at-bats, with 2 runs, 10 RBIs, 2 doubles, 1 home run, and a 4/10 BB/K ratio.
  • North Georgia’s Chase Sudduth (New Market) is hitting 385/462/626 in 91 at-bats, with 21 runs, 18 RBIs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and a 13/11 BB/K ratio.
  • Chase Cheek (Waynesboro), from Duke, is hitting 250/338/353 in 68 at-bats, with 12 runs, 7 RBIs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, a 7/12 BB/K ratio, and 6 stolen bases.
  • Faulkner’s Shaggy Freeland (Purcellville) is hitting 270/461/460 in 63 at-bats, with 20 runs, 16 RBIs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and a ridiculous 24/7 BB/K ratio.

Numbers 11-15

  • Harvard’s Pat McColl (Charlottesville), after 33 at-bats, is hitting 485/500/970, with 9 runs, 9 RBIs, 4 doubles, and 4 home runs.
  • William Simoneit (Staunton), from Cornell, is hitting 212/278/394 in 33 at-bats, with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 doubles, and 1 home run.
  • UAB’s Colton Schultz (Strasburg) is hitting 403/474/687 in 67 at-bats, with 19 runs, 23 RBIs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, and an 8/5 BB/K ratio.
  • Bennett Hostetler (Covington), from North Dakota State, is hitting 227/261/364 in 44 at-bats, with 7 runs, 5 RBIs, and 2 home runs.
  • Dom D’Alessandro (Charlottesville), from George Washington, is hitting 351/415/456 in 57 at-bats, with 10 runs, 13 RBIs, 3 doubles, 1 home run, and a 6/12 BB/K ratio.

Numbers 16-20

  • Kenny Oyama (Purcellville), from Loyola Marymount, is hitting 306/366/444 in 36 at-bats, with 5 runs, 9 RBIs, 3 doubles, and 1 triple.
  • Louisiana-Monroe’s Masen Prososki (Winchester) is hitting 263/364/368 in 19 at-bats, with 7 runs, 4 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases.
  • Clayton Jeffries (Woodstock), from Lenior-Rhyne, is hitting 361/439/434 in 83 at-bats, with 7 runs, 21 RBIs, 6 doubles, and a 12/7 BB/K ratio.
  • Wingate’s Zach Little (Harrisonburg), in 85 at-bats, is hitting 271/316/294, with 18 runs, 15 RBIs, a triple, and 18 stolen bases (with 0 caught stealing).
  • Kobe Lopez (New Market), from Florida International, is hitting 250/368/250 in only 16 at-bats.

Numbers 21-25

  • Eric Conner (Staunton), from Walsh, is hitting 224/269/429 in 49 at-bats, with 9 runs, 7 RBIs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 home run.
  • Central Florida’s Brandon Hernandez (Staunton) is hitting 209/375/302 in 43 at-bats, with 12 runs, 7 RBIs, 1 double, and 1 home run.
  • Christian Garabedian (Purcellville), from St. Thomas, is hitting 364/427/514 in 107 at-bats, with 26 runs, 32 RBIs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, and a 12/10 BB/K ratio. And 6 stolen bases!
  • Kendall Small (Front Royal), from Wilmington, is hitting a robust 395/518/581 in 43 at-bats, with 15 runs, 12 RBIs, 5 doubles, 1 home run, and a 12/4 BB/K ratio.
  • And last but not least, St. John’s Ryan Hogan (Strasburg) is hitting 174/174/217 in 23 at-bats so far.

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