Our first matchup of this new series- the “Best Hitters Since 2010 Bracket”- is between two 2012 hitters: Brandon Murray (Waynesboro) and Robby Campbell (Luray).
- Brandon Murray was the second best hitter in the 2012 Waynesboro General lineup (the best one is in this bracket), as he hit .344/.410/.631 in 160 total at-bats. He added 32 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, 13 home runs, 41 RBIs, and a 14/39 BB/K ratio, and ATVL named him the 6th best hitter in the league. The Generals went 31-13 that summer, winning the South Division title but losing in the league semi-finals. Murray played for the College of Charleston all four years in college. He was not drafted, but played a season in the independent Frontier League in 2017, hitting .256/.312/.461 in 219 at-bats, with 11 home runs.
- Robby Campbell was arguably the best second baseman in the VBL in 2012. He hit .387/.437/.605 in 124 at-bats, with 19 runs, 10 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 24 RBIs, and a 9/10 BB/K ratio. He was ATVL’s 10th best hitter, and moved on to the Cape Cod League for five games at the end of the summer. Luray finished 16-26 that summer, missing the playoffs in the last go-round for the franchise (in that location). Campbell played two years in junior college at Northwest Shoals, and then two at South Alabama. He was not drafted at the end of his eligibility.
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