Minor League Record Book: Wins, Season

We will now shift our focus to the best minor league seasons turned in by former Valley Leaguers. As I did with the hitters, I’ll choose a specific season to focus on for each category, for both 2006-2019 and All-Time.

We start with wins!

2006-2019
1 Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
4 Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14
9 Brad Mills Harrisonburg ’05 2008 13
Joey Williamson Luray ’05 2009 13
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2013 13
Chad Kuhl New Market ’12 2014 13
Ryan Yarbrough Luray ’12 2017 13

Lenny Franklin Hardy, better known as “Rowdy,” was incredible in High-A Wilmington in 2007. In 167 innings, Hardy went 15-5, 2.48, with a 0.958 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, and 4.9 K/9. For those scoring at home, that comes out to 16 walks and 91 strikeouts. He moved to Double-A in 2008, but ws unfortunately unable to replicate his success at the lower level. He pitched a bit in Triple-A Gwinnett in 2011, but left pro ball after that year. Hardy is now the pitching coach for Arkansas State, and sends players to the VBL most summers.

All-Time
1 Tim Burcham Staunton 1987 17
2 Greg Hibbard Staunton 1987 16
3 Walt Terrell Staunton 1981 15
Ralph Citarella Staunton 1982 15
Jonathan Hurst Front Royal ’86 1991 15
Corey Lee Staunton 1997 15
Rowdy Hardy Staunton ’04 2007 15
Levi Maxwell Waynesboro ’06 2008 15
Austin Gomber Luray ’12 2015 15
10 Steve Fireovid Waynesboro ’75 1983 14
Mike Williams Winchester ’89 1991 14
Brent Billingsley New Market ’95 1997 14
Mike Maroth Staunton ’96-97 1999 14
Jason Davis New Market ’96 2001 14
Mike Burns Winchester ’00 2002 14
Ray Liotta Waynesboro ’02 2005 14
Mike Ballard Staunton ’04 2007 14
Elih Villanueva Luray ’07 2010 14
Ben Alsup Luray ’09, Stan ’10 2012 14
Brandon Sinnery Winchester ’09 2014 14
Logan Boyd Charles Town ’13 2016 14

Tim Burcham went 17-6, 3.11 in 1987 for Palm Springs in the California League, along with a 1.457 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, and 6.2 K/9. He pitched at the Triple-A level for five seasons, but did not get a callup to the Show.

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