We’ve reached the Final Four… and to absolutely no surprise, three of the four are from Strasburg… the franchise that has easily drummed up the most support for its players.
So today we have the second match between two Express- Jordan Tarsovich (2013) and Brandon Quaranta (2016-17).
- Tarsovich arrived here by defeating Nathan Minnich (80-20%), Brad Zebedis (67-33%), and Cory Spangenberg (75-25%). His writeup: “Tarsovich was the MVP of the league back in 2013, the second for the team in three years. He slashed .414/.511/.529 in 157 at-bats, with 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 10 RBIs, a 28/20 BB/K ratio, and 13 stolen bases. It’s clear to see why he was MVP; he led the league in all three categories- batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He returned to VMI for his junior year in 2014, and hit .293/.392/.435 in 184 at-bats. In his (redshirt) senior year, he hit .337/.419/.568 in 199 at-bats, and found himself selected in the 22nd round of the 2015 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers gave him two years in pro ball while bouncing him around to five different levels. In January of 2017, the Dodgers traded him to the Oakland A’s. He spent that season in Double-A Midland, but was released the following spring. Tarsovich hit a total of .238/.338/.352 in 747 minor league at-bats. He currrently lives in Richmond.”
- Quaranta beat Leo Rojas (87-13%), Zach Sterry (57-43%), and Aidan Nagle (74-26%). “Brandon Quaranta was a monster in Strasburg’s lineup… and on the hill. Let’s see: in 2016, he hit .375/.425/.713 in 80 at-bats, with seven doubles and six home runs. He went on to hit .448/.500/1.034 in the playoffs to help the Express to a title. On the mound, he didn’t allow an earned run in 7 1/3 regular season innings and four postseason innings. Then, 2017. In 151 regular season at-bats, he hit .331/.448/.623, with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a 25/32 BB/K ratio. He hit another home run and walked 11 times in nine playoff games, too. On the mound, he went 0-0, 1.58, with four saves in 11 1/3 regular season innings, and 1-2, 1.42 in 6 1/3 playoff innings. He was ATVL’s 2nd best hitter that year (behind only Michael Wielansky). He played all four years at Philadelphia U (changed to “Jefferson” in 2017, I believe), and hit .318/.449/.630 in 462 at-bats, with 24 doubles, 38 home runs, 123 RBIs, a 92/97 BB/K ratio, and 25 stolen bases in the four years. He was not drafted after his college eligibility ended.”
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