**Each offseason, milb.com names “Organization All-Stars” at every position for each major league organization. Of course, I’ll comb the lists looking for former Valley Leaguers.**
J.D. Mundy came to the Covington Lumberjacks while he was transferring from Virginia Tech to Radford after his sophomore year in 2018. He was very, very good for Covington, slashing .353/.474/.705 in 139 at-bats, with seven doubles, 14 home runs, and 48 RBIs. He was ATVL’s second-best hitter that summer, coming in behind only the league MVP Andrew Eyster.
After mashing the ball for two seasons at Radford (he hit .304/.412/.588 in 204 at-bats 2019 and .385/.468/.662 in 65 at-bats in Covid-shortened 2020), Mundy was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his pro debut in 2021, and had an excellent season. At Low-A Delmarva, he hit .324/.461/.577 in 71 at-bats, along with six doubles and four home runs. Moved up to High-A Aberdeen, Mundy hit .278/.361/.521 in 194 at-bats, with 14 doubles and 11 home runs.
His season was unfortunately cut short by a broken thumb, but he showed more than enough to be named Baltimore’s Organizational All-Star first baseman.
(Interestingly, Mundy did not make either Baseball America’s or ATVL’s top prospect list from the 2018 VBL season. Perfect Game had him at #9. With the exception of Graham Ashcraft, Mundy has outperformed every other player who appeared on those three lists!)