SURPRISE, Ariz. – Former VCU Baseball player Joe Van Meter will be spending his off-season playing in the Arizona Fall League. He was selected by the Texas Rangers to be a member of their Fall League team, the Surprise Saguaros.
Van Meter, who is in his third season with the Rangers organization, will continue as a starting pitcher this fall. This season he made 28 appearances with 8 starts between Double-A Frisco and High- A Myrtle Beach. Van Meter finished the season throwing 79.2 innings, with a 5-4 record, 2.71 ERA and 80 strikeouts.
The Oyster Bay, N.Y. native was one of the Rams all-time great hitters over his three year VCU career. He still holds the Rams' single-season record for hits and RBI's. As a pitcher for the Rams, he finished his career throwing 26.1 innings, with 15 appearances and two starts, and a career record of 1-0.
"Being selected to play in the Arizona Fall League is a great privilege and I'm very thankful to the Texas Rangers organization for giving me this opportunity, said Van Meter. "It is a chance to compete against what some consider the best hitters in all of Minor League Baseball."
The Arizona Fall League has produced many future big leaguers over its 20 year history including, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard.
Van Meter and the Surprise Saguaros open play today (Oct. 9) with a game against the Peoria Javelinas.