The names have been culled, the spreadsheet has been updated… the 2021 Valley League draft class is officially in the books.

We have 21 previous and current players drafted this year:

RoundOverall PickNamePositionCollegeML TeamVBL Team
241Connor Norby2BEast CarolinaBaltimoreWaynesboro 19
5140Evan JusticeLHPNC StateColoradoCharlottesville 18
6177Carlos RodriguezRHPFlorida SouthwesternMilwaukeeCharlottesville 21
7205Christian McGowanRHPEastern Oklahoma StatePhiladelphiaStrasburg 19
8242Hunter GregoryRHPOld DominionTorontoCharlottesville 18
9264Spencer PackardOFCampbellSeattleFront Royal 18
9281Alex AyalaRHPFlorida SouthwesternTampa BayCharlottesville 21
9282Lael LockhartLHPArkansasLos Angeles DWoodstock 19
10284CJ WidgerLHPRowanTexasStaunton 21
10297Wes ClarkeCSouth CarolinaMilwaukeeWaynesboro 19
11317Dylan HeidRHPPitt-JohnstownBaltimorePurcellville 18
11335Christian EdwardsRHPJacksonville StateChicago WSWaynesboro 19
14428Jonny ButlerOFNC StateOaklandWinchester 18
14431Antonio MenendezRHPWake ForestTampa BayCharlottesville 18
15456Alaska AbneyRHPCoastal CarolinaClevelandCharlottesville 19
16469Anthony SimonelliRHPVirginia TechKansas CityWinchester 18
18534Riley DavisRHPUABSeattleCovington 19
18536Hunter DulaRHPWingateSan FranciscoHarrisonburg 19
18539Bennett HostetlerSSNorth Dakota StateMiamiCovington 18
19571Thomas Francisco1BEast CarolinaSt.LouisCharlottesville 19
20587Trendon CraigOFLouisburg CollegeBaltimoreCovington 21


  • Charlottesville, with seven draftees, has the most by far. Waynesboro and Covington each have three, Winchester has two, and Front Royal, Woodstock, Staunton, Purcellville, Strasburg, and Harrisonburg all have one. New Market, alas, got shut out (Whither goes Oraj Anu? Andrew Eyster?).
  • It’s interesting that four 2021 Valley Leaguers were drafted. In 2019 there were only two, there was one in 2018 (Andrew Eyster), and one in 2017 (Ted Andrews). Does this mean that the talent level ins higher in 2021? Probably, yeah.
  • After the first ten rounds, I made a prediction that four more players would get picked; only one, Jonny Butler, actually was. Bobby left a comment on the FB page listing five more, and only one of those was, too! (It was Thomas Francisco.) It’s harder to predict these things than it looks.
  • Many more players will sign free agent contracts in the coming days; I will update everyone as I hear of them.