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James Hoyt Recalled to Astros Bullpen

Former Little Falls pitcher James Hoyt earned another stint in the majors.

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros recalled former Little Falls Miner James Hoyt to the major leagues on Thursday following a stellar start to the 2017 season with Triple-A Fresno. Hoyt will replace Jandel Gustave, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list, in the Astros bullpen, as the team departs for a three-game weekend series against the Rays in Tampa.

The 6-foot-6 righty made his MLB debut last season with the Astros, totaling 22.0 innings in 22 relief appearances. In his first stint in the big leagues, he fanned 28 and held opposing batters to a mere .203 average. Hoyt began 2017 in Fresno with 5.0 dominate innings, surrendering just one hit while striking out eight.

Hoyt played for the Mohawk Valley franchise – then known as the Little Falls Miners – during the summer of 2008. That season, the Polmar College product compiled a 1-4 overall record in nine appearances and seven starts. In 35.2 innings with the Miners, he struck out 25. After two junior college seasons, he finished his collegiate career at Centenary College of Louisiana, which competed at the Division I level at the time.

Although he went undrafted, the Boise, Idaho, native signed with Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League after one-and-a-half seasons of independent baseball. It was with Olmecas de Tabasco where Hoyt caught the eye of an Atlanta Braves scout, and the Braves sent him to the Astros alongside with Evan Gattis in a trade in January of 2015. As a Houston farmhand, Hoyt developed into a Pacific Coast League All-Star, registering a 1.64 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 49 appearances for the Fresno Grizzlies in 2016.


 



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