Expanded League Record Book: Slugging Percentage

While the OBP list was very “recent heavy,” this list has some older guys on it. Take a gander- the best slugging percentages in the Valley League from 1994 to 2019:

1Andrew EysterNew Market20180.762
2Zach SterryWaynesboro20160.745
3Tyler TownsendWinchester20080.739
4Jon LoveFront Royal20040.731
5Aidan NagleWoodstock20190.711
6Aubrey HuffStaunton19970.710
7Mac WilliamsonHarrisonburg20110.706
Joseph OdomWinchester20120.706
9Jeff Van HoutenHarrisonburg20030.688
10Kirk AscheNew Market19980.687
11Jimmy YezzoWinchester20120.679
12Ryan SullivanCovington20120.676
13Steve McQuailFront Royal20090.669
JD MundyCovington20180.669
15Caleb WardWoodstock20190.667
16Collin CowgillCovington20050.659
17Bradley PichaWinchester20120.657
Julian RidingsWaynesboro20120.657
19Trevin EsquerraPurcellville20170.655
20Jason MichaelsStaunton19950.649
Marcus NidifferCovington20080.649

Notes

  • Eight of these guys were league MVPs (Eyster, Sterry, Townsend, Love, Nagle, Van Houten, Ridings, Michaels)
  • Again, nine current VBL franchises have representatives here- the two missing are Charlottesville and Strasburg (weirdly). Winchester and Covington have four each, New Market, Waynesboro, Front Royal, Woodstock, Staunton, and Harrisonburg have two, and Purcellville has one.
  • “Era” doesn’t seem to matter as much on this one. We have guys as far back as Jason Michaels in 1995, to the most recent, Caleb Ward and Aidan Nagle from 2019 (they were teammates, too). Five players made this list from 2012, widely considered as the summer of incredible offenses… although the league ERA was actually worse in 2019 than 2012 (5.12 to 5.08), but the league slugging was higher in 2012 (.413 to .396). The year of 2012 is the only season that the league slugging topped .400. (Soooo much more will be made of the team stats from these years. Give me some time, ok?)
  • Five of these guys actually reached the highest level of baseball- Huff, Williamson, Odom, Cowgill, and Michaels.
  • Eight more played in the minors- Sterry, Townsend, Van Houten, Asche, Yezzo, McQuail, Ridings, Nidiffer, and two more probably will- Mundy and Esquerra have been signed by major league teams, but haven’t made their debuts yet.
  • Next up will be runs scored, a list that will have very different players!
Eyster

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