Yesterday’s winner is Cory Spangenberg; he will face the winner of this matchup in the next round.

Today we have, technically, two hitters with roots in Luray; Jonathan Griffin, who played in Luray in 2010, and Bradley Jones, who played in Charles Town, the city the Wranglers initially moved to in 2015.

Let’s take a look:

  • Jonathan Griffin, listed at 6-foot-6, is a large man with large power. In 2010, coming off his second college season at Manatee-Sarasota, he arrived in the Valley and hit .333/382/.619 in 189 at-bats, with 31 runs scored, 15 doubles, 13 home runs, 44 RBIs, and a 15/53 BB/K ratio for Luray. He finished first in the league in OPS, total bases, and RBIs, and tied for first in home runs. He transferred to Central Florida that fall, and after his senior season in 2011, in which he hit .343/.394/.661 with 19 doubles and 19 home runs, he was picked in the 21st round of the draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent four years in the minors, hitting .271/.334/.459 with 71 home runs, and reaching a height of Double-A. After his release, he has now spent four years in the independent Atlantic League, in which he’s hit .260/.316/.399 with 57 total home runs.
  • Bradley Jones was a beast at the plate in 2015 for the Cannons, hitting .333/.380/.590, with 12 doubles and six home runs in 117 at-bats. He put on a show in the home run derby as well, with his dad pitching to him. He didn’t win, but his semi-final round wowed the crowd. He was named to the All-Decade second team at shortstop. From the College of Charleston, Jones hit .277/.367/.479 over three years in college, and was picked in the 18th round of the 2016 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent all of 2016 and 2017 in the minor leagues, fighting through a wrist injury in the ’17 season, and then abruptly retired after 50-couple games in the 2018 season, where he was assigned to High-A Dunedin. In his three seasons in pro ball, Jones hit .274/.326/.482, with 42 doubles, six triples, 31 home runs, and a 54/219 BB/K ratio in 707 total at-bats.

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And by the way, if you want to read a ton about either the 2015 or 2019 VBL season, be sure to check out the 2019 Valley League Annual!