Six former Valley Leaguers have been named to the Atlantic Sun Conference’s All-Decade team, released about a month ago.
The six in question are:
- Gaither Bumgardner, USC Upstate (Front Royal 2012): Bumgardner was drafted by the Mets in 2013, and spent three years in the minors.
- Kerry Doane, East Tennessee State (Rockbridge 2011): Doane, who turned 30 years old on Thursday (Happy birthday!), was drafted by the Indians in 2013, and spent two years in the minors. (There are no Rapids remaining in pro ball.)
- Michael Gigliotti, Lipscomb (Covington 2015): Gigliotti has been named one of the top 30 prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ system, and finished 2019 at High-A Wilmington.
- Mark Jones, Stetson (Luray 2010-11): After an outstanding four-year college career, Jones went undrafted.
- Patrick Mazeika, Stetson (Waynesboro 2013): After three years at Stetson, Mazeika was drafted by the New York Mets. After spending 2019 at Double-A Binghamton, Mazeika is at the Mets’ training site. He was called up a couple weeks ago, but did not appear in a game before he was sent back down. He might get a major league at-bat before the end of the 2020 MLB season.
- Brooks Wilson, Stetson (Waynesboro 2015): After a senior season in 2018 in which he was a true utility player (batted 187 times and threw 56 innings), Wilson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. He spent 2019 at High-A Florida, and threw a rather effective 87 1/3 innings.
Congratulations to all six!