Monday’s winner is Aidan Nagle; he will move on to face the winner of today’s matchup.
- Jimmy Yezzo had one of the all-time summers in terms of extra base hits. In Winchester in 2012 after his sophomore season at Delaware, Yezzo hit .362/.401/.679, with 51 runs scored, 21 doubles, 16 home runs, 62 RBIs, and a 15/36 BB/K ratio. That’s 37 extra base hits in 52 games! ATVL named him the best hitter in the league that summer. He went back to Delaware for his junior season and put up a .410/.453/.714 slashline, with 28 doubles, two triples, and 13 home runs. The Washington Nationals picked him in the 7th round after that, and he spent the next three summers playing pro ball, topping out at High-A Potomac in 2015. He also played Indy ball for the Washington Wild Things in both 2015 and 2016. He now works for a contractor in Pennsylvania.
- Mike Garza attended Stanford in 2009, but in the midst of transferring to Georgetown for the 2011 season, he played for Woodstock in 2010. All he did was hit .388/.403/.565 in 170 at-bats, with 35 runs scored, 13 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 30 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, and a 4/20 BB/K ratio. ATVL named him the 3rd best hitter in the league. After putting up a .393/.433/.616 numbers for the Hoyas in 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers took him in the 20th round of the draft. He played in the minors for three years, reaching High-A Brevard County in 2014. After his release, he played for two years for Joliet in the Frontier League. Garza is now on the coaching staff at UVA.
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