The seventh former Valley Leaguer to be named an MiLB organizational all-star, and second 2018 Covington Lumberjack, is shortstop Bennett Hostetler!
Hostetler, a teammate of J.D. Mundy’s back in ’18, was picked in the 18th round of the 2021 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins, and assigned to Low-A Jupiter, where he slashed .337/.369/.481 in 104 at-bats, with six doubles and three home runs. He moved up to High-A Beloit after that, and slashed .265/.359/.500 in 34 at-bats, with another two doubles and two home runs. He didn’t walk much, but good things happened when he made contact.
In 2018, Hostetler was one of the best hitters in the league, hitting .353/.421/.478 in 136 at-bats, with 14 doubles, one home run, and 11/27 BB/K. He also went 5-12 with a home run in three playoff games. ATVL named him the 14th best hitter from that summer.