Expanded League Record Book: On-Base Percentage

In our second installment of the latest series from your friendly ATVL, we have the top twenty on-base percentages from the Valley League seasons of 1994 to 2019…

1Nick SinayFront Royal20140.534
2Caleb WardWoodstock20190.530
3Jordan TarsovichStrasburg20130.522
4Cole GruberWaynesboro20140.518
5Luke GreinkeWinchester20070.517
6Ryan SullivanCovington20120.516
Blake SipeStaunton20120.516
8Mike SchwartzHarrisonburg20090.508
9Mike MarcinkoWaynesboro20140.502
10Tyler TownsendWinchester20080.500
11Jason KipnisCovington20070.498
12Tommy OravetzCovington20060.497
13Aidan NagleWoodstock20190.495
14Spencer PackardFront Royal20180.494
15Brad ZebedisStrasburg20110.490
16David StoneStaunton20010.484
17Jay GonzalezHarrisonburg20110.483
Gunnar McNeillStaunton20140.483
19Andrew EysterNew Market20180.482
Wes ClarkeWaynesboro20190.482

Notes

  • This is a weird one, in that every single entry, save one, on this list is between 2006 and 2019. Moneyball was published in 2003- is the book one of the reasons that OBP became more important? I have a sneaking suspicion that this might just the case. (Was David Stone just ahead of his time?)
  • Nick Sinay was a master of the hit-by-pitch. For Front Royal in 2014, Sinay was hit by a pitch an incredible 19 times in about 180 regular season plate appearances. Add in his 35 walks, and you get a ridiculous .534 OBP. Now, if you’ve ever wondered, Brilliant Reader, if high HBP numbers is a skill to carry into pro ball, Sinay was also hit by a pitch 70 times in 171 pro games after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. He ended his pro career with a slash line of .229/.412/.282 in 503 at-bats- maybe the most amazing slash line I’ve ever seen.
  • Nine VBL teams have entries here- Waynesboro has three, seven others have two, and New Market has one. Charlottesville and Purcellville are the only franchises to not crack this list yet.
  • There are also two sets of teammates on this list- 2014 Waynesboro has Cole Gruber and Mike Marcinko, and 2019 Woodstock has Caleb Ward and Aidan Nagle.
  • Seven of the 20 were league MVPs.
Front Royal’s Nick Sinay (Rich Cooley/Daily)

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