It’s Monday, so you know what that means- power rankings!
We’re up to the third week of this feature, in which we (and when I write “we,” I really mean “I”) rank the Valley League teams from most powerful to… not so powerful.
I’ll rank the teams using won-loss record (of course), runs scored/runs allowed, team batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage, team ERA, team WHIP, and I’ll compare the ranking from a week ago. Then I will include a sentence about something about the team that caught my eye.
This is ridiculous, of course. Remember that it’s just one person’s opinion. And things sure are weird so far; there are only three Valley League teams with a losing record!
So let’s take a look at the season’s third power rankings- stats through Sunday, June 23:
The Cream of the Crop
- Strasburg Express: 11-5, 108/82 RS/RA, 273/365/427 batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage, 3.59 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, last week: 5th. The Express are an intriguing mix of pitching and hitting; they are probably the only team that does both pretty well. Sonny Dicharia has 21 RBIs in 16 games.
- Charlottesville Tom Sox: 10-7, 140/102, 307/416/431, 5.12, 1.55, last week: 2nd. The Tom Sox rake. The team adds a player like Thomas Francisco, who immediately goes 7-14 in his first three games.
- Waynesboro Generals: 10-7, 113/71, 266/394/388, 3.27, 1.38, last week: 3rd. Like the Tom Sox can rake, this team can pitch. The lineup is anchored by Wes Clarke and Jackson Tate, but needs to get more consistent from top to bottom.
- Staunton Braves: 11-8, 148/127, 290/384/435, 5.50, 1.63, last week: 3rd. Andrew Czech has been on base a ridiculous 46 times in 19 games.
5. Harrisonburg Turks: 10-8, 104/96, 275/391/378, 3.94, 1.37, last week: 9th. The poster team for how quickly things change in this league. The team has won 6 in a row and 8 of 9. Coming fast. Jacob Ferris and Austin Koehn anchor the staff.
6. Covington Lumberjacks: 11-8, 89/103, 266/355/367, 4.94, 1.54, last week: 1st. A 2-4 week sent the Jacks tumbling. An intriguing 3 games over .500 even with a run differential of -14. Logan Amiss is hitting 423/500/635 in 62 plate appearances.
7. Woodstock River Bandits: 10-9, 121/134, 285/390/400, 5.94, 1.85, last week: 7th. Won a doubleheader against Winchester with two late-game rallies. Tristen Bayless deals from the left side.
8. New Market Rebels: 10-9, 96/116, 208/333/268, 5.55, 1.58, last week: 10th. Three players have equal or more home runs than the Rebels as a team- they have 5. But they also have 54 stolen bases, which is by far the most in the league.
Teams With Work to Do
9. Winchester Royals: 7-11, 119/117, 263/375/373, 5.72, 1.64, last week: 6th. I suspect that the Royals are better than their record at this point- the inverse of some teams above. Jimmy Goldsmith and Masen Prososki lead the offense.
10. Front Royal Cardinals: 6-14, 94/140, 237/346/324, 5.62, 1.89, last week: 8th. An 0-5 week sent the Cards downward. Dylan Menhennett is the most consistent hitter so far.
11. Purcellville Cannons: 4-14, 99/145, 267/378/391, 5.99, 1.93, last week: 11th. The team isn’t winning, but Jose Aquino keeps blasting home runs.
That’s it for this week!