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…
|1||Nick Sinay||Front Royal||2014||0.534|
|14||Spencer Packard||Front Royal||2018||0.494|
|19||Andrew Eyster||New Market||2018||0.482|
- 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.