July 18, 2011

THE FARM REPORT: FOUR FORMER RAMS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS IN THE MINORS

Ever since it was built in the 1980s, The Diamond has served as a pit stop for plenty of future big leaguers. Sure, it has served as the home for the Richmond Braves and the Richmond Flying Squirrels, but that's not what we're talking about.

We're talking about all the VCU baseball standouts that played inside the comfy confines on the Boulevard and then made their way into various levels of MLB organizations.

We also know that the Rams have some of the best fans in the country and always want to keep an eye on how former Rams are doing. I mean, those riveting games of solitaire, sudoku and even "word with friends" aren't going to play themselves.

Enter VCUathletics.com, where we will give you monthly updates on all the guys who donned the Black & Gold. They'll be two different updates, one will be update all the guys in "The Big Show" and the other will feature the guys living up it "Down on the Farm."

This edition, "The Farm Report, focuses on the four former Rams who are working hard, trying to earn their shot at "The Big Show."

SERGIO MIRANDA
HUNTSVILLE STARS/DOUBLE A (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
SECOND BASEMAN

A quality bat finds a way to get into line-ups night in and night out, former Ram Sergio Miranda is a prime example of that fact. The former VCU second baseman has bounced around from position to position throughout his minor league tenure, but has worked his way back to second base throughout the 2011 campaign.

Miranda currently boasts a .242 batting average for the Huntsville Stars. The Richmond, Va., native has appeared in 78 games, scored 38 runs and driven in 22 RBI.

The fifth-year pro is in his third season with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, after originally being drafted by the Chicago White Sox out of VCU.

#33 SERGIO MIRANDA - HUNTSVILLE STARS - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB
OBP %
SLG %
OPS %
Avg.
2011
78 256
38
62
7
1
0
22
19
36
1
.296
.277
.574
.242
Career (5th year)
458
1593
206
451
64
12
7
199
140
187
35
.344
.350
.693
.281


JARED BOLDEN
MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS/ADVANCED A (TEXAS RANGERS)
FIRST BASEMAN

Jared Bolden is in the middle of his fourth season in the Texas Rangers' organization. The former Ram first baseman earned a spot with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League after an impressive spring training.

The Lynchburg, Va., native has appeared in 69 games and is hitting just a few percentage points shy of .300. Bolden has roped 16 doubles, hit three triples and slugged five homeruns.

Bolden continues his path to the big leagues, a path that saw him reach the Triple A level in 2009.

#15 JARED BOLDEN - MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS  - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB
OBP %
SLG %
OPS %
Avg.
2011
69 244
36
71
16
4
5
32
15
62
3
.335
.451
.785
.291
Career (4th year)
363
1263
204
331
57
14
18
147
123
307
31
.331
.381
.713
.265


JOE VAN METER
HICKORY CRAWDADS/CLASS A (TEXAS RANGERS)
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

It seems like just yesterday, that Joe Van Meter was hitting a clutch two run homer over the left field wall at UNC Wilmington to send the Rams to the NCAA Tournament. Today, Van Meter is still in North Carolina, but has a different job and that is getting outs for the Hickory Crawdads of the Texas Rangers' organization.

The Oyster Bay, N.Y. native is in his second season in the Rangers' organization, and has spent all of the 2011 in the Class A South Atlantic League. Van Meter has served as a key catalyst out of the bullpen for the Crawdads with 29 appearances and a 2.42 earned run average. Van Meter owns a 5-1 record and has garnered five saves in 48.1 innings of action.

#28 JOE VAN METER - HICKORY CRAWDADS - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2011
29
5-1
5
0
48.1
31
13
13
2
22
39
.191
2.42
 Career (2 years) 39 5-2 6 0 60.1 42 18 16 3 23 52 .210 2.34

  
  CODY EPPLEY
  ROUND ROCK EXPRESS/TRIPLE A (TEXAS RANGERS)
  RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER

The path to the Majors appears to be paved gold for former VCU Ram Cody Eppley. The Dillsburg, Pa., native helped guide the Rams to two CAA championships and two NCAA tournament appearances during his time at VCU

Eppley’s professional career has been just as good, as he made league all-star teams in both 2008 and 2011. The former starting pitcher even made a brief appearance with the Texas Rangers this season in which he appeared in two contests.

The right-handed pitcher has made 26 appearances and limited opposing batters to a meager .218 batting average.



#49 CODY EPPLEY - ROUND ROCK EXPRESS - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2011
26
3-1
8
0
33.0
27
11
8
1
23
35
.218
2.18
 Career (4 years) 135 11-8 37 0 196.5 166 72 54 9 57 230 .216 2.45
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