We're going even further up the ladder to the second Winchester Royal named to ATVL's top hitters list: #5 Mickey Wiswall.
Mickey had a fantastic year for the Royals, hitting 336/408/557, with 8 doubles, a triple, 7 home runs, 36 RBI, and a 8/32 BB/K ratio. He finished 6th in batting average, 5th in slugging percentage, tied for 3rd in RBI, and also tied for 3rd in hit-by-pitches (with 9).
Wiswall was voted the first team All-League third baseman, and also played in the All-Star game in Covington, where he just about took Jerry Carter's head off with a foul line drive. (Jerry collected the ball, if I remember correctly, and got Mickey to sign it.)
Mickey hit very well as a true freshman for Boston College, finishing at 306/374/461 in 180 at-bats, with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and a 15/34 BB/K ratio. In the Big East ACC as a freshman- not bad!
Baseball America also recognized Mickey's potential when they named him the #9 hitter in the league with the following writeup:
Yup, that's right, he pounded three home runs in one game. He went 3-5 with all 5 RBI in a 5-3 Winchester win. To see the boxscore, click here.
Mickey, currently under contract to play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on the Cape next summer, had a good experience in the Valley, saying, "The Valley League was one of the best experiences of my baseball career. It helped me mature as a player, and improve my game playing along with and against some of the best college players in the nation. I would not trade my experience for anything, and want to thank my coaches, my teammates, and my host family for making this the best summer possible."
I think it's safe to say that everyone, except maybe opposing pitchers, feels the same.