Our last winner is Zach Sterry; he will move on to face Brandon Quaranta in the next round (coming up soon, depending on how much time and energy I have- seriously, I post a matchup each day I have one).
- Michael Wielansky had a summer for the ages in 2017. Coming from Wooster (Division-III), Wielansky produced for the championship Tom Sox all summer. He hit .432/.489/.677 in 155 regular-season at-bats, with 38 runs scored, 18 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 34 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and a 20/15 BB/K ratio. He also went on to hit .406/.459/.531 in 32 playoff at-bats. He finished 1st in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, doubles, hits, and runs. He also tied for 3rd in RBIs, tied for 6th in home runs, and finished 3rd in triples. That’s first in eight categories, and top five in ten. He was ATVL’s #1 hitter that summer, was first team All-League at second base, and league MVP. He went back to Wooster for his junior year, and received so many awards that I don’t have time to list them all. He was picked in the 18th round of the 2018 Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros, and has spent 2018 and 2019 in the minor leagues. He is still active.
- Carter Pharis defeated Cole Gruber to arrive here. His writeup: “Carter Pharis was a four-year starter at UAB who came to Strasburg after his freshman year in 2016. All he did that summer is hit .342/.440/.535 in 155 at-bats, with 35 runs scored, 13 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 30 RBIs, and a 21/19 BB/K ratio. He helped the Express to a 30-12 regular season record, and the franchise won its second straight title. He was ATVL’s fourth best hitter from that year, and made the All-Decade second team at third base. In four years at UAB, Pharis hit a combined .298/.390/.442 in 801 at-bats, with 125 runs scored, 57 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 137 RBIs, a 103/135 BB/K ratio, and 36 stolen bases while only getting caught twice. He played pretty well in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2017, but was not drafted after his senior season in 2019.”
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