Minor League Record Book: Hits, Season

Our next category for most *something* in a minor league season is hits:

2006-2019
1 Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 168
2 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 2009 166
3 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 164
4 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2010 160
5 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-07 2010 159
6 Rudy Flores Haymarket ’10 2014 158
7 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 154
8 Jonathan Griffin Luray ’10 2012 153
9 James McOwen Luray ’05-06 2009 152
Mac Williamson Harrisonburg ’11 2013 152

Man, Tyler Kuhn was a professional hitter. The 2006 Valley League MVP, Kuhn spent the 2011 minor league season split between Double-A Brimingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He hit .333/.388/.446 in 505 at-bats, along with 32 doubles, 11 triples, and 44 walks. He was only 24, and it certainly seemed like the major leagues would be in his future… but alas, he never got the call.

All-Time
1 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1975 191
2 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 1999 187
3 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1997 180
4 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1986 178
5 Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2002 177
6 Christopher Carter Waynesboro ’01 2007 174
7 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1976 173
8 Talmadge Nunnari Harrisonburg ’96 1999 172
9 Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 1999 171
10 Billy Sample Harrisonburg ’75 1978 170
John Kruk New Market ’81 1983 170
12 Chad Tracy Staunton ’99 2003 169
13 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 2004 168
Tyler Kuhn Luray ’06-07 2011 168
15 Rebel Ridling Covington ’06 2009 166
16 Mike Eylward Staunton 2006 165
17 Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-06 2011 164
18 Allen Battle Front Royal 1994 163
19 Steve Finley Harrisonburg 1988 161
Kevin Kouzmanoff Winchester ’02 2004 161
Luis Lopez Winchester ’92-3 2000 161

Juan Pierre, in only his second professional season in 1999, hit .320/.366/.390 in 585 at-bats for Asheville in the South Atlantic League. He added 28 doubles, five triples, 66 stolen bases, and a silly 38/37 BB/K ratio. He made the major leagues with the Colorado Rockies the very next August.

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