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:
|Round||Overall Pick||Name||Position||College||ML Team||VBL Team|
|2||41||Connor Norby||2B||East Carolina||Baltimore||Waynesboro 19|
|5||140||Evan Justice||LHP||NC State||Colorado||Charlottesville 18|
|6||177||Carlos Rodriguez||RHP||Florida Southwestern||Milwaukee||Charlottesville 21|
|7||205||Christian McGowan||RHP||Eastern Oklahoma State||Philadelphia||Strasburg 19|
|8||242||Hunter Gregory||RHP||Old Dominion||Toronto||Charlottesville 18|
|9||264||Spencer Packard||OF||Campbell||Seattle||Front Royal 18|
|9||281||Alex Ayala||RHP||Florida Southwestern||Tampa Bay||Charlottesville 21|
|9||282||Lael Lockhart||LHP||Arkansas||Los Angeles D||Woodstock 19|
|10||284||CJ Widger||LHP||Rowan||Texas||Staunton 21|
|10||297||Wes Clarke||C||South Carolina||Milwaukee||Waynesboro 19|
|11||317||Dylan Heid||RHP||Pitt-Johnstown||Baltimore||Purcellville 18|
|11||335||Christian Edwards||RHP||Jacksonville State||Chicago WS||Waynesboro 19|
|14||428||Jonny Butler||OF||NC State||Oakland||Winchester 18|
|14||431||Antonio Menendez||RHP||Wake Forest||Tampa Bay||Charlottesville 18|
|15||456||Alaska Abney||RHP||Coastal Carolina||Cleveland||Charlottesville 19|
|16||469||Anthony Simonelli||RHP||Virginia Tech||Kansas City||Winchester 18|
|18||534||Riley Davis||RHP||UAB||Seattle||Covington 19|
|18||536||Hunter Dula||RHP||Wingate||San Francisco||Harrisonburg 19|
|18||539||Bennett Hostetler||SS||North Dakota State||Miami||Covington 18|
|19||571||Thomas Francisco||1B||East Carolina||St.Louis||Charlottesville 19|
|20||587||Trendon Craig||OF||Louisburg College||Baltimore||Covington 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.