One of the offseason series I work through is the Valley League record book, updated with the recently completed season. It’s a fun, easy way to see who some of the standouts were in 2021, and compare them to the last quarter century of history.
So we will begin with the most visible category: batting average. There are two new entries on this one- and by the way, I’ve decided that because these lists hold so much Valley League history, I will not remove players from the bottom; therefore, the lists will expand over time.
|Andrew Eyster||New Market||2018||0.406|
|14||Dominic Canzone||Front Royal||2017||0.404|
|20||Jeff Van Houten||Harrisonburg||2003||0.391|
|22||Nate Rewers||Front Royal||1998||0.388|
- These numbers come from the regular season and the playoffs combined. They do not include the All-Star game (Furman and Galanie both had good games) or, I regret to say, forfeited games. Ugh.
- So we have two 2021 players join this list- Furman tied for third and Galanie tied for 15th.
- Strasburg, Winchester, Staunton, Woodstock, and Harrisonburg all have three on the list; Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and Front Royal have two; Covington and New Market have one. Purcellville hasn’t had one get there yet.
- There is one major leaguer listed here- Cory Spangenberg. Many of these guys have played in the minors, though: Wielansky, Ridings, Greinke, Francisco (just drafted), Billings, Tarsovich, Canzone, Kemp, Van Houten, and Garza.
- Next up is on-base percentage!