Fort Loramie’s Jared Hoying belted a solo home run Saturday Night in Class AAA Round Rock’s 5-4 win over Oklahoma City, and in doing so, he became Round Rock’s all-time leader in home runs with 68 in his career for the Texas Rangers’ top farm team.
Hoying, who has had two stints with the big club this season, had a double, a run scored and an RBI Monday night in a 13-2 rout of Nashville, and is now hitting .286 for Round Rock. He leads the team in RBIs with 55, is second in triples with six, and third in home runs with 11, runs scored with 48, and doubles with 18.
He has a .498 slugging percentage and a .347 on-base percentage for an OPS (on base plus slugging) of .845.
In addition to his solo home run that gave him the career lead at Round Rock, he also belted a grand slam in a 10-7 win over Oklahoma City, the blast capping an 8-run inning for the Express.
He finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in that game, then followed it up with two hits and another run scored in an 8-4 loss to the same team. And in the game that featured his milestone homer, he finished 3 for 6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
In addition, back on Aug. 2, Hoying had a big game in a 5-3 win over Memphis, driving in four of the runs. He finished 3 for 3 with a double and a triple, and also scored a run.
Craig Stammen of North Star (Versailles grad) moved one step closer to a return to the major leagues last Tuesday when he was promoted to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers.
Stammen is making his way back from a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm that ended his 2015 season after just five appearances out of the Washington Nationals’ bullpen. Following the season, the Nationals, who selected Stammen in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, decided not to tender him a contract, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
Stammen ended up signing with the Cleveland Indians in February and has been rehabbing with the organization since then. The 32-year-old got his first action of the 2016 season this summer with the AZL Indians in Goodyear, Arizona, pitching three games for them and allowing two earned runs in three innings.
Stammen was promoted to the Double-A Akron Rubber Ducks in July. He pitched 10 games for Akron, allowing one earned run and one unearned run in 11.1 innings for a 0.79 ERA. The only earned run Stammen surrendered with Akron came on Sunday when he gave up a solo home run in a 1-0 loss to the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.
Since joining the Clippers, Stammen has struggled a bit, owning a 6.75 ERA in 22/3 innings of work so far. He went two-thirds of an inning and was the losing pitcher against the Louisville Bats, allowing two hits and one earned run, in the bottom of the 10th in a 2-1 verdict, while striking out one.
He then worked two innings and was the loser against Indianapolis, allowing two hits and an earned run, while fanning two. The run came in the top of the 11th inning in a 5-4 verdict.