6/13/2007 – Valley Baseball League News

Major League Baseball teams selected 65 former and current Valley Baseball League players during the 2007 First-Year Player Draft held on Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8. In addition, two players signed contracts prior to the draft. Headlining the 2007 VBL draft class was Tony Thomas, Jr. of Florida State. The second baseman for the Seminoles played for the Harrisonburg Turks in 2005. The third-round pick of the Chicago Cubs hit .430 and led the NCAA with 33 doubles while adding six triples, 11 home runs, and 31 steals. He was named the national player of the year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and remains in the running for the Dick Howser Trophy, Brooks Wallace Award, and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Former Staunton Braves pitcher Tim Bascom and former Harrisonburg pitcher Brad Mills were each fourth round selections. Bascom, out of Central Florida, was taken by the Baltimore Orioles, while Arizona standout Mills was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays. Bascom was one of six VBL players taken by the Orioles, the most of any MLB team. The Cubs were second with five players taken. The Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins, and San Francisco Giants each picked four Valley Leaguers. Altogether 29 players went to American League teams, while 35 went to the National League with 27 of the 30 MLB teams selecting at least one VBL player. Harrisonburg led the way with 12 players drafted in 2007, while Staunton was right behind with 11. Winchester and Haymarket each had eight players picked. Valley League Selections in 2007 MLB Draft Name, College, Round (VBL team and year) MLB Team Corey Brown, Oklahoma State, supplemental round (Winchester 2005) Athletics Tony Thomas, Florida State, third round (Harrisonburg 2005) Cubs Tim Bascom, Central Florida, fourth round (Staunton) Orioles Brad Mills, Arizona, fourth round (Harrisonburg 2005) Blue Jays Jamie McOwen, Florida International, sixth round (Luray 2005-06) Mariners Manny Miquelez, Miami, eighth round (Staunton 2005) Tigers Alex Garabedian, Charleston, eighth round (Staunton) Dodgers Kade Keowen, LSU-Eunice, ninth round (Staunton 2005-06) Red Sox Mark Gildea, Florida State, ninth round (Covington 2005) Nationals Adam White, West Virginia, ninth round (Waynesboro 2006) Indians Greg Sexton, William & Mary, 10th round (New Market 2004) Devil Rays Wally Crancer, Georgia Tech, 12th round (Covington) Orioles Craig Stinson, Texas A&M, 12th round (Harrisonburg 2004) Nationals Garrett Parcell, San Diego State, 12th round (Covington) Marlins Daniel Morales, San Francisco, 14th round (Harrisonburg 2006) Nationals Josh Dew, Troy, 14th round (Harrisonburg 2006) Cardinals Kenny Durst, West Virginia, 15th round (Waynesboro 2006) Rockies Mark Brackman, William Jewell, 16th round (New Market 2006) Tigers Patrick Norris, Oklahoma City, 16th round (Harrisonburg 2007) Royals Chris Fournier, George Mason, 16th round (Winchester 2005) Mets Zach Sterner, Tennessee Wesleyan, 17th round (Winchester 2005) Phillies Levi Maxwell, West Virginia, 18th round (Waynesboro 2006) White Sox Chris Ingoglia, Stetson, 18th round (Staunton) Marlins Bobby Spain, Oklahoma City, 19th round (Harrisonburg 2006-07) Pirates Michael Solbach, Liberty, 19th round (Luray 2005) Diamondbacks Adam McDaniel, Georgia, 19th round (Winchester 2004) Padres Daniel Cook, Florida Atlantic, 20th round (Haymarket 2007) Nationals Tyler Rhoden, Vanderbilt, 22nd round (Staunton 2004) Reds Frank Gailey, West Chester, 23rd round (New Market 2005-06) Blue Jays Jason Bour, George Mason, 23rd round (Haymarket 2007) Reds Brandon Harrigan, Oklahoma City, 23rd round (Harrisonburg 2006) Tigers Chad Rice, VMI, 24th round (Staunton 2006) Pirates Tim Sexton, Miami-Dade, 24th round (Staunton) Dodgers Mike Mitchell, Virginia, 25th round (Staunton 2006) Braves Jason Kiley, Florida Gulf Coast, 25th round (Haymarket 2005) Yankees Clint Robinson, Troy, 25th round (Harrisonburg 2005-06) Royals Kevin Carkeek, Oakland, 25th round (Woodstock 2005) Astros Gary Gattis, Yavapai, 26th round (Harrisonburg 2007) Yankees Ty Pryor, North Florida, 28th round (Harrisonburg 2007) Angels Collin Cowgill, Kentucky, 29th round (Covington 2005) Athletics Jordan Hotchkiss, Brevard, 31st round (New Market 2007) Reds Chad Dawson, Indiana State, 31st round (Harrisonburg 2005) Yankees Dom Duggan, Coastal Carolina, 32nd round (Haymarket 2005) Giants Pete Andrelcyk, Coastal Carolina, 32nd round (Waynesboro) Orioles Luis Bautista, Florida International, 32nd round (Haymarket 2006) Cubs Josh Thompson, Mercer, 32nd round (Winchester 2005) Marlins Joey Stevens, Pensacola J.C., 33rd round (Luray 2007) Diamondbacks Derek Blacksher, McNeese State, 33rd round (Staunton) Marlins Chris Pecora, North Carolina Wesleyan, 33rd round (Winchester 2006) Mariners Tyler Kuhn, West Virginia, 33rd round (Luray 2006-07) Indians Josh Judy, Indiana Tech, 34th round (Haymarket 2006-07) Indians Enrique Garcia, Miami, 34th round (Winchester 2005-06) Cubs Eric Perlozzo, Shippensburg, 35th round (Woodstock 2006) Orioles Yuri Higgins, South Florida, 38th round (Loudoun 2004) Cubs Michael Harrington, Charleston, 38th round (Luray 2005) Orioles Chris Vasami, Elon, 39th round (Front Royal 2006) Rockies Corey Bachman, VMI, 40th round (Winchester 2005) Cubs Jeremy Thorne, Florida Southern, 42nd round (Waynesboro 2006, Staunton 2005) Angels Cole McCurry, Tennessee Wesleyan, 43rd round (New Market 2005) Orioles Shane Jordan, Stetson, 43rd round (Luray 2004) Giants Cat Everett, Tulane, 44th round (Waynesboro 2005) Astros Phil Disher, South Carolina, 45th round (Front Royal 2005) Giants Devery Van Der Keere, Louisiana-Lafayette, 48th round (Covington 2005) Royals Brandon Reichert, Florida State, 49th round (Haymarket 2006) Rockies Mike Loree, Villanova, 50th round (Front Royal 2004) Giants Players who signed free agent deals with MLB organizations Phil Bartleski, Oklahoma City (Harrisonburg 2006) Yankees Justin Jenkins (Waynesboro) Indians Ryan Rachal, Oklahoma City (Harrisonburg 2006) signed with Independent League, Coastal Bend Aviators.