We shall now embark on our next section of the minor league record book- seasonal records. And I have to tell you, Brilliant Reader, that there have been some insane seasons turned in by Valley League alumni.
What I’ll do for these posts is lay out the 2006-2019 leaders, and then take a little bit more in-depth look at one of the seasons. Then the all-time leaders, and look at one of those seasons as well.
So let’s get started!
|1||John Raynor||New Market ’04||2007||110|
|2||Sherman Johnson||Covington ’09-10||2014||107|
|3||John Raynor||New Market ’04||2008||104|
|4||Jason Kipnis||Covington ’06-07||2010||96|
|Tyler Bortnick||Front Royal ’06||2011||96|
|6||Tyson Auer||Luray ’05-06||2010||95|
|Collin Cowgill||Covington ’05||2011||95|
|8||Mac Williamson||Harrisonburg ’11||2013||94|
|9||Mike Mitchell||Staunton ’06||2008||93|
|Joey Butler||New Market ’06||2012||93|
John Raynor, playing for Greensboro in the South Atlantic League in 2007, made it safely on base 225 times. He came around to score an amazing 110 times. Part of that was that there were four future major leaguers batting behind him that year- Chris Coghlan, Scott Cousins (himself a Valley Leaguer, by the way), Logan Morrison, and Chris Hatcher. Anyway, Raynor hit .333/.429/.519 in 445 at-bats, with 66 walks and 54 stolen bases. (You would expect the team to win something like 60% of its games, right? The team finished 71-69.)
|2||Billy Sample||Harrisonburg ’75||1978||141|
|3||Gary Jones||Waynesboro ’82||1986||116|
|4||Gary Jones||Waynesboro ’82||1984||111|
|5||John Raynor||New Market ’04||2007||110|
|7||Doug Dascenzo||Front Royal||1986||107|
|Sherman Johnson||Covington ’09-10||2014||107|
|10||Gary Jones||Waynesboro ’82||1983||105|
|11||Allen Battle||Front Royal||1994||104|
|John Raynor||New Market ’04||2008||104|
|13||Frank Menechino||Harrisonburg ’92||1999||103|
|Gary Jones||Waynesboro ’82||1987||102|
|16||Sam Perlozzo||New Market ’72||1975||99|
|18||Frank Menechino||Harrisonburg ’92||1997||98|
|Kevin Reese||Winchester ’98||2004||98|
|20||Scott Jordan||Winchester ’82||1987||97|
|Emil Brown||Waynesboro ’94||1999||97|
|Joe Koshansky||Staunton ’02-03||2005||97|
As good as John Raynor was in 2007, Gene Richards was better in 1975, when he spent all year with High-A Reno in the California League. (Reno is now a Triple-A franchise.) Richards hit .381/.499/.551 in 501 at-bats, with 116 walks and a ridiculous 85 stolen bases. He scored 148 times after reaching base 314 times. 314!! By the way, Sam Perlozzo was on that team with Richards- Perlozzo was voted into the Valley League Hall of Fame in 2017.