The other top hitters are Cody Winter (.481, five homers, 24 RBIs), Mark Hess (.468), Drew Jones (.432, 35 stolen bases), Raeshawn Breckenridge (.427, seven homers, 39 RBIs, 20 steals), Todd Coleman (.426), Druw Bowen (.407, five homers, 33 RBIs) and John Riddle (.400). McGinnis also has four homers.
McGinnis, a left-hander, is also one of the team's top pitchers, firing a no-hitter against Buffalo this season with 19 strikeouts. For the year, he's 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA and 72 punchouts in 38 innings. Bowen (6-0, 2.21 ERA, 64 Ks in 38 innings) is another top arm.
"As a whole staff, I think we're deeper pitching-wise than we have been in my years here,'' Craffey said. "You've still got to be able to score and your pitching can keep you in the game. Like I always tell the guys, you've got to manufacture a couple of runs to get the pitcher a little help.''
Craffey has tested his squad, scheduling 10 games against teams from either AAA or AA programs, and the Greyhounds have split those 10.
"When I first got into it,'' Craffey said of coaching, "I beat myself up for losing regular-season games. It took me a few years to figure out these regular-season games are just practice. If you're playing better schools, somewhere down the line, you'd like to think it's going to help you out.
"Double-A and triple-A schools one through nine [in the batting order] are usually pretty solid. In single-A, you've got six, seven kids who are fairly good quality baseball players, then you're always maybe a couple kids short. You've got to move kids from this position when one kid pitches, and you're always playing a numbers game in single-A.''
Valley has scheduled a regular-season tuneup game at home against Sissonville at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.