Our #13 hitter, Cody Brown, has something in common with #14 Jeremy Cruz- they both played in the Valley for two years. The main difference between the two is that Cruz played two years in a row, while Brown played in 2006, and then took a one-year hiatus before returning in 2008.
Two years go, Cody hit 283/371/428 for Woodstock in 138 at-bats, with 8 doubles, 4 home runs, and a 17/32 BB/K ratio. Two years later, Brown hit even better in the exact same number of at-bats (weird!), finishing at 333/394/442, with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 0 home runs, and a 12/23 BB/K ratio. He was the best hitter in Coach Foltz's lineup; in fact, he was the first Woodstock hitter to top .300 (with enough at-bats for the batting title) since at least 2004 (the league website has stats from 2005-2008).
The rising senior has had an interesting career at Tennessee thus far. His counting and rate stats, almost without exception, have increased each year he's played. Seriously! Check out the following stats listed in order from freshman to junior year:
Avg/OBP/SLG: 221/333/305- 254/336/386- 295/392/488
Home runs: 3-6-9
Total bases: 47-73-101
The last category does not follow the same trend- BB/K ratio: 25/29- 20/46- 25/32. (All three are pretty good; the freshman and junior rates are excellent.)
If this pattern continues, Cody will hit somewhere around 310/420/510 in his senior year, earning a chance to begin a pro career after the draft comes in June. (Picture below taken by Haymarket Joe)