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Summer Collegiate | Rankings | 10/3/2018

Valley League top prospects

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Andrew Eyster (Santa Fe Athletics)

2018 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index
Year Established: 1897
States Represented: Virginia
No. of Teams: 11
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Covington Lumberjacks (26-16)
Postseason Champion: New Market Rebels
No. 1 Prospect, 2017: Dominic Canzone, of, Front Royal (Ohio State)
First 2017 Player Selected, 2017 Draft: Andrew Perez, lhp, Waynesboro (South Florida)

Player of the Year: Andrew Eyster, of, New Market (South Carolina)
Pitcher of the Year: Jared Wetherbee, lhp, Charlottesville (Elon)

The New Market Rebels added some dramatic flare to the championship final for the Valley League, as they utilized a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning to clinch the championship with an 8-5 final over Charlottesville. This capped off a 6-0 run in the postseason for New Market as they clinched their fourth championship in the Valley League and first since 2002.

No. 1 prospect, and league MVP, Andrew Eyster, set the Valley League ablaze, turning heads both by the coaches and scouts alike over the summer. Eyster hit a blistering .421 with nine home runs and the one thing that was certain is that Eyster’s offensive tools and performance put him solidly at the top in terms of prospects.

Thirty-six alumni of the Valley League were selected in the 2018 MLB draft, highlighted by second round draft pick Jonathan Bowlan who was an alumnus of New Market back in 2016. The first player selected who played in the league during the 2017 summer was Andrew Perez, an eighth round pick out of South Florida. 

Top 10 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Andrew Eyster OF R-R 6-3 190 Ocala FL South Carolina* SO 2020 Indians '18 (32)
2 Trey Jacobs 3B L-R 6-2 195 Hope Mills NC SIGNED/Rockies Never drafted
3 Oraj Anu DH/OF B-R 6-3 210 Orlando FL Wallace-Dothan CC SO 2019 Red Sox '17 (28)
4 Jeremy Cook LHP L-L 6-1 205 Weston FL Miami  SO 2020 Never drafted
5 Chase Cheek OF L-L 6-1 180 Orlando FL Duke JR 2019 Never drafted
6 Will Simoneit C R-R 6-4 225 Glen Ellyn IL Cornell SR 2019 Never drafted
7 Kyle Arjona RHP R-R 5-10 195 Cape Coral FL SIGNED/Phillies Never drafted
8 Fred Villareal RHP R-R 5-11 187 Brownsville TX Houston JR 2019 Rays '16 (22)
9 JD Mundy IF L-R 6-0 210 Roanoke VA Virginia Tech JR 2019 Never drafted
10 Graham Ashcraft RHP R-R 6-2 223 Gurley AL UAB* JR 2019 Dodgers '16 (12)

* Transfer

Top 5 Prospect Reports

1. Andrew Eyster, of, New Market (South Carolina/SO in 2019)
When collecting information from evaluators on the standouts from the Valley League this year the name that consistently came up at the top of the discussion was Eyster and his ability as the unquestioned best pure hitter in the league. Following up a big season at Santa Fe College at the junior college level, the Valley League MVP set the circuit ablaze this summer with a scorching batting average of .421 with nine home runs and nearly as many walks as strikeouts. Eyster fits the mold of a player who will be able to contribute right away in Columbia as the smooth stroke and advanced barrel skills will almost force the hand of the Gamecock’s staff to get Eyster in the lineup right away. The barrel ability helps his already solid raw power play up as Eyster is going to hit the ball hard all around the yard.

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