Valley League All-Decade First Team

As we did with the second team a few days ago, today we’ll take a look at the best Valley League performances in the last decade- from 2010 to 2019.

The first team:

Catcher: Brad Zebedis, Strasburg 2011. The league MVP in Strasburg’s inaugural season, Zebedis hit .420/.490/.638 in 174 at-bats, with 19 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and a 22/20 BB/K ratio.

First Base: Jimmy Yezzo, Winchester 2012. Yezzo hit .362/.401/.679, with 21 doubles and 16 home runs (37 extra base hits!), along with 51 runs scored and 62 RBIs.

Second Base: Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville 2017. Wielansky was the MVP in 2017 after he hit .432/.489/.677 in 155 at-bats, with 18 doubles, four triples, four home runs, a 20/15 BB/K ratio, and 11 stolen bases.

Shortstop: Cory Spangenberg, Winchester 2010. Also MVP, Spangenberg hit .399/.463/.527 in 203 at-bats, with 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs, a 24/27 BB/K ratio, and 21 stolen bases.

Third Base: Michael Garza, Woodstock 2010. Garza hit .388/.403/.565, with 13 doubles, four triples, three home runs, and 23 stolen bases.

Outfield: Andrew Eyster, New Market 2018. Also MVP, Eyster hit .421/.511/.781 in 114 at-bats, with 14 doubles, nine home runs, and an 18/21 BB/K ratio.

Outfield: Aidan Nagle, Woodstock 2019. Nagle, yet another MVP on this list, hit .406/.492/.675 in 160 at-bats, with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, nine stolen bases, and a 23/26 BB/K ratio.

Outfield: Jordan Tarsovich, Strasburg 2013. Yup, also MVP, Tarsovich hit .414/.511/.529 in 157 at-bats, with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a 28/20 BB/K ratio.

Utility: Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg 2016-17. Quaranta was good for two years. In 2016, he hit .375/.425/.713 in 80 at-bats, with seven doubles and six home runs. On the mound, he didn’t give up an earned run in 7 1/3 innings pitched. In 2017, he hit .331/.448/.623 in 151 at-bats, with 11 doubles and 11 home runs. On the pitching side, he went 0-0, 1.59, with four saves, a 0.99 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, and 11.1 K/9 in 11 1/3 innings.

Starting Pitcher: Ricky Winters, Woodstock 2013. Winters went 5-0, 0.44, with a 0.707 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and 9.4 K/9 in 41 innings pitched.

Starting Pitcher: Steven Ridings, Charles Town 2015. Ridings, in 45 2/3 innings pitched, went 3-1, 2.17, with a 1.160 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 11.8 K/9.

Starting Pitcher: Zach Peek, Strasburg 2017. Peek, who was just traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the Baltimore Orioles, went 4-1, 1.80, with a 0.886 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and 10.3 K/9 in 35 innings pitched.

Starting Pitcher: Hayden McCutcheon, Charlottesville 2015. The pitcher of the year in 2015, McCutcheon went 3-1, 1.75, with a 0.972 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, and 11.3 K/9 in 46 1/3 innings pitched. He was pitcher of the year.

Starting Pitcher: Jordan DeLorenzo, Front Royal 2013. In 58 2/3 innings pitched, DeLorenzo went 4-3, 1.69, with a 0.818 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 9.8 K/9.

Relief Pitcher: Adam Zipko, New Market 2013. In 22 innings pitched, Zipko went 0-2, 0.00, with 17 saves, a 1.000 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, and 13.9 K/9.

Relief Pitcher: Shay Maltese, Haymarket 2012. Maltese went 2-1, 0.44, with five saves, a 0.837 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, and 17.7 K/9 in 20 1/3 innings.

Relief Pitcher: Anthony Zimmerman, Purcellville 2018. Zimmerman, in 16 1/3 innings, went 3-0, 0.55, with seven saves, a 0.675 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, and 18.2 K/9.

Relief Pitcher: Reece Karalus, Aldie 2014. In 15 2/3 innings, Karalus went 2-0, 0.57, with four saves, a 0.510 WHIP, 0.6 BB/9, and 14.9 K/9.

Relief Pitcher: Zach Blatt, Luray 2010. Blatt went 2-1, 0.69, with two saves, a 0.808 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 11.1 K/9 in 26 innings pitched.

In list form:

C Brad Zebedis Strasburg 2011
1B Jimmy Yezzo Winchester 2012
2B Michael Wielansky Charlottesville 2017
SS Cory Spangenberg Winchester 2010
3B Mike Garza Woodstock 2010
OF Andrew Eyster New Market 2018
OF Aidan Nagle Woodstock 2019
OF Jordan Tarsovich Strasburg 2013
Util Brandon Quaranta Strasburg 2016-17
SP Ricky Winters Woodstock 2013
SP Steven Ridings Charles Town 2015
SP Zach Peek Strasburg 2017
SP Hayden McCutcheon Charlottesville 2015
SP Jordan DeLorenzo Front Royal 2013
RP Adam Zipko New Market 2013
RP Shay Maltese Haymarket 2012
RP Anthony Zimmerman Purcellville 2018
RP Reece Karalus Aldie 2014
RP Zach Blatt Luray 2010

Congrats to all, and remember, if you want to read all about the 2019 Valley League season, here are ordering instructions!


  1. […] Shay Maltese was on his way to Cal State Northridge when he showed up in the Valley in 2012. Pitching for Haymarket, Maltese was the top reliever in the year of the offense, going 2-1, 0.44, with five saves, a 0.837 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, and crazy 17.7 K/9 in 20 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out 40 in those 20+ innings. Returning to college, he pitched quite well for Northridge for two seasons, going 2-3, 2.88, with seven saves in his senior year, but he was not drafted and did not pitch in pro ball. But he was named to the VBL All-Decade first team! […]

  2. […] Nagle laid waste to the Valley in 2019 for Woodstock, putting up some of the best numbers that the League has ever seen. Over 160 regular season at-bats, he hit .406/.492/.675, with 47 runs scored, 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, a 23/26 BB/K ratio, and nine stolen bases. Then in the playoffs, he went 8-20, with nine more runs, another double, a triple, three home runs, six RBIs, four more walks, and another stolen base, almost leading the Bandits to the finals. He was named MVP of the league, of course, and ATVL named him the top hitter in the league… along with first team All-Decade. […]

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