We’re reaching the end of 2019 if you haven’t noticed, and along with this fact, there are “decade” lists popping up. From Paste Magazine’s lists of top everything, from movies to music videos (Childish Gambino’s This is America, by the way), it’s often fun to go back and see what was the “best” in the decade that is wrapping up.

Nova Baseball Magazine is doing the same, running a series of articles on the best baseball players from certain areas in Northern Virginia in the last ten years. (I’m thinking about a VBL All-Decade team, by the way.)

In this one, the best high school baseball players from the Fredericksburg area, written by Joey Kamide, five former Valley Leaguers made the list, including the player of the decade.

  • Ryan McBroom (Haymarket 2011-12) is listed at first base, and is also the player of the decade. McBroom played for Courtland, and then went on the play for Haymarket in the early 2010’s. He made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2019.
  • Michael Nickles (Charlottesville 2019) is listed at third base. Nickles is attending Division-III Randolph Macon.
  • Cole Migliorini (Charlottesville 2017) is listed in the outfield. Migliorini exhausted his eligibility at Randolph Macon.
  • Daniel Brooks (Strasburg 2018) is listed at utility. Brooks is currently a junior at George Mason.
  • Dylan Hall (Strasburg 2017) is listed at pitcher. One of the best starters in 2017, Hall transferred to Central Oklahoma from Virginia Tech.

Congrats to all five!