The Minor League Baseball regular season ended on Labor Day, with postseason playoffs to follow.
Top Texas Rangers affiliate, the Round Rock Express (78-66), won their division of the AAA Pacific Coast League and will meet Oklahoma City (86-58) in a best-of-five PCL semifinals beginning today in Round Rock, Texas.
Express outfielder and Fort Loramie High School graduate Jared Hoying’s regular season saw a low batting average combined with good power and solid defense. He hit .214 with 25 doubles, six triples, 23 homers, 60 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in 129 games, marking consecutive Round Rock campaigns of at least 20 homers and stolen bases in each.
This season is Hoying’s sixth season in the Texas system, and it was thought he could become a “six year Minor League free agent” this winter if not promoted to the 40-man Major League roster. However, that rule actually requires seven years of Minor League service.
Next June will be the sixth anniversary of Hoying turning pro but he should already be under contract for that season, delaying potential free agency until late 2016. Other things can happen but he appears headed back to the Rangers for spring training.
Dave Ross is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News