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Summer Collegiate  | Rankings  | 9/26/2017

Valley League top prospects

Vincent Cervino     
Photo: Ohio State Athletics

2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index

Year Established: 1897
States Represented: Virginia
No. of Teams: 11
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Charlottesville Tom Sox (30-12)
Postseason Champion: Charlottesville Tom Sox
No. 1 Prospect, 2016: Keegan James, rhp, Strasburg (Mississippi State)
First 2016 Player Selected, 2017 Draft: Nate Pearson, rhp, Staunton (College of Central Florida; 1st round/Cubs)

Player of the Year: Michael Wielansky, 2b, Charlottesville (College of Wooster)
Pitcher of the Year: Tom Sutera, rhp, Purcellville (Siena)

The story of the summer starts and ends with the dominance of the Charlottesville Tom Sox, Perfect Game’s
2017 Summer Collegiate Team of the Year. The Tom Sox won the regular season as well as the championship and were led by the strength of College of Wooster’s Michael Wielansky. The Division III prospect led the league in hitting with a .432 batting average and came away with Player of the Year honors.

Despite entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, Charlottesville dropped game one of the championship series to the Strasburg Express. The Tom Sox rallied back to win the next game by a score of 11-5 and clinched the final victory of the season in a 2-1 thriller of a game three. The Tom Sox took the lead late in the ball game to put a fitting ribbon on their impressive season.

A total of 45 alumni of the Valley League were selected in June’s 2017 MLB Draft, blowing past the record set last year of 26 for the league. The Valley League didn’t have to wait long for their first selection as Nate Pearson was drafted in the first round by the Cubs. Pearson pitched in one game last summer for the Staunton Braves.

 Top 10 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Dominic Canzone OF R-R 5-11 170 Sagamore Hills OH Ohio State SO 2019 Never drafted
2 Zachary Peek RHP R-R 6-3 185 Forest VA Winthrop SO 2019 Never drafted
3 Vinnie Pasquantino 1B L-L 6-4 230 Moseley VA Old Dominion SO 2019 Never drafted
4 Michael Wielansky 2B R-R 6-1 165 St. Louis MO College of Wooster SO 2019 Never drafted
5 Tom Sutera RHP L-R 6-5 175 Waterford CT Siena JR 2018 Never drafted
6 Tony Beam C R-R 5-11 230 Hutto TX Texas-San Antonio SR 2018 Never drafted
7 Max Wood OF R-R 6-0 180 Vancouver BC Central Florida SR 2018 Never drafted
8 Chris Farish RHP R-R 6-4 225 Houston TX Wake Forest R-SR 2018 Indians '16 (31)
9 Brandon Quaranta OF/RHP R-R 6-2 225 Poughkeepsie NY Philadelphia U SR 2018 Never drafted
10 Travis Esquerra 1B/3B B-L 6-0 210 San Diego CA Loyola Marymount SO 2019 Never drafted

Top 5 Prospect Reports

1. Dominic Canzone, of, Front Royal (Ohio State/SO in 2018)
After leading his Ohio State team in batting average as a freshman, Canzone took his hot freshman season directly into the Valley League where he finished second with a blistering .404 average. The advanced bat-to-ball skills and athleticism are the draw here as he finished the summer with only seven strikeouts and can drive the ball well to all fields. The speed was impressive with good baserunning instincts as well with 17 stolen bases on the summer. Canzone’s power is the big question mark on the profile, and as he adds weight and strength the power should increase but presently that’s not a huge part of his game.

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