July 17, 2012

Rams Making an Impact Down on the Farm

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 during the work day.

That's where we hope VCUathletics.com will help you keep up with some former Rams doing big things, "Down on the Farm."

JOE VAN METER
MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS/CLASS A (TEXAS RANGERS)
PITCHER

After having a quite productive offensive career as a third baseman for the Black & Gold, Van Meter has made the transition to the mound and is finding a lot of success.

In his third season with the Rangers organization, Van Meter battled a minor injury setback and has posted a 2.25 ERA in 40 innings of work. The most impressive number is his 45 strikeouts compared to just 11 walks. Opponents aren't having any luck in the batter's box, hitting just .214 against the hard-throwing righty.

Used in various roles throughout the year for the Pelicans, Van Meter is trying to find the same success of the last VCU hurler to go through the Rangers organization, Cody Eppley, who is in the New York Yankees bullpen this season.

#47 JOE VAN METER - MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2012
18
1-4
2
0
40.0
31
14
10
4
11
45
.214
2.25
 Career (3 years) 67 6-11 8 0 134.1 121 60 51 15 47 123 .238 3.42

IAN THOMAS
ROME BRAVES/CLASS A (ATLANTA BRAVES)

PITCHER

Thomas is a testament to the "never give up on your dreams" story. The hard-throwing lefty spent several seasons bouncing around independant ball until finally getting his break this season when the Braves signed him away from the York Revolution. 

The 2009 graduate of VCU is now 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA for the Class-A Rome Braves. He has posted 36 strikeouts compared to just eight walks, while also picking up two saves.

 

#37 IAN THOMAS - ROME BRAVES - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2012
14
3-0
2
0
26.2
30
11
9
1
8
36
.278
3.04
 Career (first season)
14 3-0 2 0 26.2 30 11 9 1 8 36 .278 3.04

BLAKE HAUSER
EVERETT AQUASOX/CLASS A SHORT-SEASON (SEATTLE MARINERS)

PITCHER

The hard-throwing righthander from Manchester has made a smooth transition to the pros, posting a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings of work for the Everett AquaSox.

After making 30 relief appearances for the Rams this past spring, Hauser will get a light workload in his first short-season stint before cranking it up next spring with the focus on making his way up the ladder in the Mariners organization.

#31 BLAKE HAUSER - EVERETT AQUASOX - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2012
4
0-0
4
0
6.1
7
4
2
0
5
3
.269
2.84
 Career (first season)
4 0-0 4 0 6.1 7 4 2 0 5 3 .269 2.84

KYLE HAYNES
STATE COLLEGE SPIKES/CLASS A SHORT-SEASON (PITTSBURGH PIRATES)
PITCHER

After starting 15 games and tossing nearly 100 innings for the Rams this past spring, Haynes has shifted to the bullpen for the Spikes, making eight appearances and 10.2 innings of work.

The Stafford, Va. native has allowed runs in just two of those eight outings and has posted nine strikeouts in those 10.2 innings out of the bullpen.

#56 KYLE HAYNES - STATE COLLEGE SPIKES - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2012
8
0-0
2
0
10.2
16
6
6
0
5
9
.340
5.06
 Career (first season) 8 0-0 2 0 10.2 16 6 6 0 5 9 .340 5.06

KYLE PELCHY
GULF COAST LEAGUE RAYS/ROOKIE LEAGUE (TAMPA BAY RAYS)

PITCHER

Pelchy was a hard-working right hander for VCU that got his much deserved opportunity when he inked a free-agent contract with the Rays after wrapping up his career with the Rams this past spring.

The Yorktown, Va. native has been solid in relief for the Gulf Coast Rays allowing just six hits in 7.1 innings of work, while not allowing a walk and striking out seven.

His ERA is just 1.23 in his first five pro outings.

 

#26 KYLE PELCHY - GULF COAST LEAGUE RAYS - BY THE NUMBERS
Year G
W-L
SV
CG
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
Opp. Avg.
ERA
2012
5
0-0
0
0
7.1
6
2
1
0
0
7
.222
1.23
 Career (first season)
5
0-0
0
0 7.1 6
2
1
0 0
7
.222 1.23
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