Today we have the companion piece to the one published on Tuesday- the Rookie level hitter of the year. This award considered players in the Appalachian, Pioneer, Gulf Coast, and Arizona Leagues.

First, the past winners (I started this series in 2014, but determined winners after the fact all the way to 2010):

2018- Nick Hutchins (Front Royal 2015)
2017- Robby Rinn (Aldie 2013)
2016- Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015)
2015- Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013)
2014- Logan Moon (Winchester 2012)
2013- Tyler White (Harrisonburg 2010)
2012- Joel Capote (Luray 2010)
2011- Sean Buckley (Staunton 2009-10)
2010- Murray Watts (New Market 2008)

The 2019 Rookie Level Hitter of the Year is former Charlottesville Tom Sox Vinnie Pasquantino (2017). There were a number of solid hitters at this level, but Pasquantino was the best by a pretty fair margin. Playing for Burlington, the Kansas City Royals’ Appalachian League affiliate, he hit .294/.371/.592 in 211 at-bats, with 17 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 53 RBIs, and a 27/40 BB/K ratio. He is the very first Tom Sox to be honored in this series!

Others of Note

  • Bryce Windham (Charlottesville 2017): .325/.459/.419 in 117 at-bats in the Arizona League in the Chicago Cubs’ system. He also had a ridiculous 30/19 BB/K ratio.
  • Joe Vranesh (Waynesboro 2017), for Ogden in the Pioneer League: .320/.458/.467 in 75 at-bats, with five doubles, two home runs, and seven stolen bases.
  • Lorenzo Hampton (Winchester 2017), in the Gulf Coast League: .280/.387/.360 in 161 at-bats, with seven doubles, two home runs, five stolen bases, and 24 walks.
  • Dominic D’Alessandro (Charlottesville 2018), also in the Gulf Coast League: .292/.421/.415 in 130 at-bats, with five doubles, three home runs, and 27 walks.
  • Zac Ching (Charlottesville 2018), for Ogden (teammates with Vranesh): .316/.407/.469 in 177 at-bats, with 45 runs, 13 doubles, four home runs, 38 RBIs, and 28 walks.
  • Dominic Canzone (Front Royal 2017), for Missoula in the Pioneer League: .299/.340/.608 in 97 at-bats, with 13 doubles and five home runs.

And if you would like read much, much more about Vinnie and the 2019 Valley League season, buy your copy of the 2019 Valley League Annual today!