I didn’t think innings pitched was really that big a deal. But then I put this list together, and it’s so bonkers I just had to share it with you. Honestly, if I wanted to sum up one of the ways that baseball has completely changed in the last couple decades, this is Exhibit A.
So what follows is the list of 36 guys with the most innings pitched in one Valley League season, including playoffs, in the seasons of 1994 to 2019:
|Tucker Pryor||Front Royal||2008||79.0|
|11||Heath Bost||New Market||1994||77.0|
|Joshua MacDonald||New Market||2005||76.0|
|BJ Benik||Front Royal||1998||73.1|
|Tim Adinolfi||New Market||1999||73.1|
|21||Christopher Kees||Front Royal||2000||72.1|
|Lee Tabor||New Market||2005||71.0|
|27||Mike Macone||New Market||1994||70.2|
|32||Ross Fetterly||New Market||2007||69.2|
|33||Chris Bowen||Front Royal||1997||69.1|
- Harrisonburg has nine guys on this list; Winchester has eight; New Market has six; Waynesboro, Front Royal, and Staunton have four; Woodstock and Haymarket have one. Covington, Charlottesville, Strasburg, Purcellville, and, interestingly, Luray, have none. (See how the “younger” franchises have none or one?)
- There are 36 total entries on this list. A whopping 28 of them played in the league within 1994 to 2004. Seven of them pitched in 2005 to 2008, and only two from the decade of 2009 to 2019 (the 2010 and 2011 Turks, which means no one has hit the list in the last eight seasons). You can see changes in baseball expectations within this very list!
- For even more context, Reid Celata (Staunton) had the most innings in 2019, with 51 1/3.
- Both Christopher Kees and Casey Kennedy are on this list twice! Kees is #1 and tied for #21, and Kennedy is #15 and #34.
- In 2001 for Winchester, Kees went 8-2, 1.48, with 12 walks and 72 K’s in 97 1/3 innings… and TEN COMPLETE GAMES. He started 11! (The Royals went 34-16 and won the VBL title.) In 2000 for Front Royal, he went 3-7, 3.36, with 13 walks and 54 K’s in 72 1/3 innings, along with four complete games. (Cards went 17-24 and did not make the playoffs.) Kees attended Shenandoah for college, and did not go on to pitch in pro ball.
- Kennedy’s stats: In 1997, he went 8-3, 2.48, with 10 walks and 58 K’s in 69 innings. He started 11 games, but did not complete any of them (slacker). Staunton went 28-17 and lost in the playoffs. In 1999, he went 7-2, 2.57, with only eight walks and 73 K’s in 73 2/3 innings. Staunton went 33-14 and won the VBL title. Kennedy, from the University of Virginia, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000, and went on to pitch two seasons in the minor leagues.
- While many of these guys went on to pitch in pro ball, only two made the major leagues- Jon Rauch and Jesse Foppert, both former Turks.
So what do you think, Brilliant Reader? Pretty intriguing snapshot, eh?