The Valley League's best hitter is the third Winchester player to make the list: Florida International's Tyler Townsend. Tyler, for most of the year Winchester's #3 hitter in the lineup, had an astounding year in the Valley.
Over 42 games and 142 at-bats, he hit 387/500/739, with 40 runs, 55 hits, 12 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, 36 RBI, an even 29/29 BB/K ratio, and an additional 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts. He finished in the top six in almost every single category: 1st in batting average, runs, total bases, and on-base percentage, 2nd in home runs and slugging percentage, tied for 3rd in RBI and walks, tied for 5th in hits, and tied for 6th in doubles. By the way, a .500 on-base percentage means that Townsend reached base on exactly half of his plate appearances- an incredible rate!
As recognition for his great year, Tyler was named the first team All-League designated hitter, and, more importantly, the league Most Valuable Player (making it two in a row for Winchester: Luke Greinke was the '07 MVP).
The truth is that Tyler has hit everywhere he's been. He was the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware as a senior in high school, and then picked up right where he left off at Florida International. In his freshman year, even while playing through a shoulder injury, Tyler hit 338/477/515 in 44 games and 136 at-bats, with 9 doubles and 5 home runs. He also had a 26/19 BB/K ratio. He was named a Perfect Game Freshman All-American.
In his sophomore year, Townsend hit 323/419/615 in 53 games and 192 at-bats, with 14 doubles, 14 home runs, 55 RBI, and a 25/29 BB/K ratio. The ability to work counts and get good pitches to hit is what shows in his excellent BB/K ratios, and what BA meant when they mentioned his "intellectual approach to the game."
Another thing that warms ATVL's heart is that Tyler was named to the 2006-07 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List for keeping his GPA over 3.5 (Tyler is a Criminal Justice major).